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The Other News From England.

10 Jan 2000.

Here we go again.

Index of earlier issues - click here.

(Those who like digging about will find that there are hundreds of articles on many subjects to be found on this site.)

Old issues.

I am working again on old issues of Other News (1993) and hope soon to put a few more of them on the site.

Further reduced edition.

This reduced edition is the result of laziness. I could not be bothered to get my act together in a week in which so much of interest was happening. A new story might be about to happen.


IT IS NOT ALL THAT MANY YEARS since I was advised by my solicitor that one should never criticise a judge. The reason he advised me this was that I had caught a judge being obviously bent and was telling the solicitor I was not willing to put up with it. His response was one of almost terror, and my response was to ask why, but I suspect he was a freemason because I never really got a straight answer.

The statement for me led to a whole lot of questions to do with how public servants behave. It is the job of a judge to serve all of us, not just the very rich and the very poor (the very rich because they will fight back, and if they've any sense of justice will try to get the judge sacked, and the very poor out of a feeling of guilt). The rest of us, somewhere in the middle, should be served too, but it is highly questionable whether we are served with anything impartial or balanced. The judge's own life must necessarily influence how he or she thinks, and the middle people are a perfect target for any malice which might need a direction in which to travel, as they cannot afford to employ other members of the same freemasonry to fight back.

I have related to you in a much earlier Other News the story of a judge in the Lambeth County Court who I saw many years ago launch the full gamut of his prejudices at a certain person who had up until that particular day believed that he would get something at least disguised as justice if not the real thing in front of this judge, but who since that day has never changed his conviction that it is not possible for a judge to be honest. This person was not intimidated as intended, but instead put in his complaints, and although (as is fairly common with this bent profession) the result of his efforts were not published or even related to him personally, I swear I saw the judge the other day on a train dressed in rags, and looking like he was sleeping rough.

Such sweet revenge, you might say, but it made me feel quite uncomfortable. It made me say to myself 'if only he could just have recognised that other people are human too then this need not have happened'.

On the other hand, to be on a train at all, the judge must either have managed to buy a ticket, which means he was not entirely destitute, or jumped a ticket barrier, which means he is just as capable of breaking the law outside the court as he was of breaking the law within it when he worked there.

Why should I feel sorry for such a person? They certainly wouldn't show someone like me any sympathy.

London Rent Assessment Panel.

These people have made their decision - and obviously without regard for any of the evidence. They have coinfirmed the local rent officer's rent despite being shown how the rent officer had fiddled the calculations, had fiddled the dimensions of the premises, had fiddled the description of the tenancy, had fiddled............

Furthermore, they have not sent, as requested, an account of their reasons for the rent they have confirmed - how could they, given that all they done is say yes without regard for anything relevant?

There will be an appeal in due course, and hopefully there will be something other than a bent panel to talk about.

LETSSwing at Crawley January 29, 2000.

(this item held over from last issue). LETSSwing have become very slick over the last couple of years. A well laid back group playing a great mixture of stuff - harmonised vocals, smooth old saxophone, Gabriele Gad on piano (so unique I can't describe it), instrumentals on flute and/or saxophone, old, new, LETS songs, folksy songs, jazz pop and swing, reggae, bluebeat - and all of it danceable.

Many LETSSwing engagements are in hospitals and homes (working for Council for Music in Hospitals), and so are not open to the general public, but on January 29 LETSSwing is doing another show that is open to the public (last one was 8 Dec 99). This will also be an opportunity to see what LETS' are about if you are interested.

at Northgate Community Centre, Crawley, W. Sussex, 10 minutes walk from Station.

7pm till 11pm, admission 5, 2 for 10-15 year olds, under 10 free! (I believe Crawley LETS members can pay part or all in the Crawley currency).

You could email for extra info.


IF YOU WANT A REAL COCKUP, see if you can get Southwark to help you.


The stuff that doesn`t often get changed now follows:

This website is about the destruction of countryside and agriculture. Worth a visit if you want to find out about how it is thought the British countryside will fair under the ongoing creep of the multinationals.

This website is one to do with monetary reform. If you are interested in economics it is worth a look.

This is a website about alternative currencies.Might be worth a look to those who have realised that you don't necessarily have to have money as such to be prosperous.

This is a website for something called The Green Guide. I know nothing about it, but am hoping it is something worthy. Please let me know if it is questionable.

This is a site concerned with one of the most unpopular planning decisions ever made in Greater London, the Crystal Palace Complex. It is so stunningly awful that only a handful of people who do not live near it appear to approve, whilst the rest are not entirely uninclined to mention such things as payola, name it! The site belongs to the London Borough of Bromley, but the aggro generated by it and the destruction of amenity caused by it will be almost entirely suffered by residents of adjoining boroughs and not the people of Bromley themselves.

This is a recycling site based in London, and offering materials to anybody. The organisation is a charity seeking to link suppliers of surplus materials with users. Especially good for the more ingenious designers amongst us.

The email of the people who run the above site is They are called Creative Supplies. Look them up for more info.

Here's an interesting education site - particularly for those who have young children and are not quite sure what to do to avoid the worst of what`s on offer in the mainstream of education.They are called

early Othernews - 1992, 93, 94.

Early Other News essays.

There were a few essays that went out with the early Other News as a freestanding item. You can read these by clicking below.


The Soup Designer`s Handbook.

The Soup Designer`s Handbook.

London Journey - a trip from Docklands through Beckenham and back to Docklands.

Friday Woodworkers.

(Friday Woodworkers are suffering a temporary break due to some of the episodes not having been fully edited at the time of writing. It may take some timne to fix this problem.

Episode 17.

(These articles were written in 1988, and were my first attempt at writing. Some people when shown these fell about laughing, some smiled faintly - and some yawned. I thought I was going to write a technical book, but it soon became apparent that I was much more interested in the people than the technology - and that is the main reason there are no drawings - although it might be rather good to do a couple of caricatures sometime.)

Index of Friday Woodorker articles (and a means of access).

Progress is slow but we`re still moving on.

We are still redesigning The Other News From England. Noticed the change so far?

There is at least one new article this week, and articles on many subjects in earlier issues (which can be seen by clicking below).

Index of earlier issues.

Gabriele Gad on alternative therapy.

A READER COMPLAINED that it was not possible to go back more than 6 articles in Gabriele`s area. Regrettably this is because there is no index, and I have not the time to organise one yet. However, for those determined enough to find the early ones, they should be accessible by going to an early Other News and clicking through from it. This will not be fast, but I think will do the job. They started about November 1997 I think.

Cartoons and graphics.

drawings click here.

sheet music click here.


(I wish someone would make a contribution before I am forced to put in some of my own stuff here).

So new, in fact, that there is nothing there. I want to open a section of this site to be used as a kind of green reference. Ordinary folks usually know what to do in order to be green, but there are times when (a) they don`t know the technology, or (b)they are short of ideas, or (c) they would like to see what some other people think.

So the purpose of this area will be for people to describe to others how they made their own electricity, or saved a great deal of domestic water being wasted, or captured the methane gas from their cesspit, designed their solar bicycle with regenerative braking and portable overnight windcharger, caused plants to grow in a desert, made a solar water pump, etc.

A site for forward-looking people, in fact.

It may be very difficult to edit, but I would like a few articles and tips that are concise, easily understood and ecologically useful. Authors will be named if they so wish. These will be left on the site, and gradually as the number of articles builds up hopefully somebody will construct an index. I won`t volunteer myself, as I have yet to make a subject index for the whole Other News site.



One week carried an article that might be of interest to anybody thinking of taking out an Abbey National mortgage - or those who already have one.

Interestingly, one of the London papers described them as being "among the greediest".

There will soon be a new twist to this story, but I am not sure what it will be until it happens. They are trying to make it as difficult as possible instead of as easy as possible to resolve the present dispute.


(see several weeks back).

This Lexmark business gets worse. I refilled the black cartridge with an ordinary cartridge refilling outfit and it won`t print despite telling me that the cartridge is full and that it is printing.

In an earlier issue I told you about my feelings regarding Tempo retailers and the Lexmark 3200 printer I bought from them. I have now found out another thing about it.

The Lexmark 3200 printer I got from Tempo must surely be the most uneconomical printer I could possibly have bought. The black cartridge only does about 250 pages of ordinary type - for 28! That makes each sheet cost 11.2 pence plus the cost of the paper and probably another 11.2 pence more if any colour is used! - ABOUT 22.4 PENCE A SHEET! Nearly a pound for every four sheets!

I wouldn`t recommend you to buy it - but also look at my earlier article for an idea of Tempo`s service.


A person to help make up a subject index for the growing numbers of articles on The Other News From England. Email

8- or more-track tape recorder. email

Also want good working VW or Volvo 7 series 2.4litre turbodiesel engine. This is the type that goes in an LT van or a Volvo 740TD. email

2,000,000 at 0% interest would quite good too, although I would probably waste quite a lot of it employing musicians to do the great work.

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That`s all this week folks