The Other News From England.

10th. July 2000.

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My apologies. This week has been one in which I have been pursued by bailiffs (a result of CSL's lack of action), which takes rather a lot of energy and puts a lot of strain on one, so that there is only the Joe Punter's Shakespeare and an account of a wasted meeting with Harriet Harman MP this week.

Bonnington Cafe and Bonnington Square.

This Saturday - Bonnington Festival. A variety of different happenings in and around the Bonnington Cafe, Vauxhall Grove and Bonnington Square.

Bonnington cafe is a communally owned cafe in Vauxhall. The atmosphere is somewhat Bohemian, friendly, educated, and much wine (bought from the corner shop across the road) seems to get drunk. Good quality vegetarian. Cheap. The only lighting is usually candles stuck in wine bottles, and the furniture is a collection of odds and sods that people have thrown out. The overall result is relaxed and pleasing. People tend to spend the whole evening over their meal.

The cafe gets very full, but sometimes there is a list of telephone numbers of the people who cater there in case you should wish to try to make a booking. Most Saturdays are catered by Marguerite - but not all.

Bonnington Cafe, Vauxhall Grove, London SW8 UK. Near Vauxhall underground and mainline station, and many buses. Booking is difficult.

Joe Punter's Shakespeare.

King Henry the 6th.part 1 Act 5.

ACT 5.


London. The Palace.

Enter King, Gloster and Exeter.


Have you looked at those letters from the Pope, The emperor, and the Earl of Armagnac?


I have, Sir. They are asking you to make peace with France.


How do you view them?


The best way to stop warring and gain peace.


Hear, hear. I always thought it was both impious and unnatural that people of the same religion should behave like hooligans towards each other.


Besides which, the Earl of Armagnac, who has considerable influence in France and who is closely related to charles, is offering his only daughter to you in marriage - with a sumptuous dowry attached.


Marriage Uncle? I think I'm a bit young for that. I should still be studying. Still, if it will do us and England some good I will go along with your proposals.

Enter a legate (papal representative) and two ambassadors with Winchester wearing a cardinal outfit.

EXETER (aside):

What? A cardinal already? Now he will make himself at least equal with the crown.


My lords ambassadors, we have decided to accept these measures for peace. Winchester and I will shortly travel to France.


Also, as the lady appears very pretty and has such a huge dowry the king intends to make her his queen. (one must remember that it is likely that all the king had seen was a painting).


To support my case, please carry this jewel to the lady as a pledge of my affection. And so, Lord Protector, see them protected and sent safely back to France.

Exit King, Gloster, Exeter and ambassadors.


Hang on, legate. You should receive from me the payment I promised his holiness for clothing me in this cardinal outfit.


I will wait.

CARDINAL (aside):

And now I shall be superior to everyone. Humphrey Gloster I will not be overborne by you. Either I'll make you bend you knee (kneel at the altar, I think he means) or ransack the country with a mutiny.

Both exit.


France. Plains in Anjou.

Enter Charles, Burgundy, Alencon, Bastard, Pucelle and forces.


Here's good news. The Parisians are revolting, and turning again into warlike French.


Then march straight to Paris without further delay.


Peace be amongst them if they are on our side.

Enter a messenger.


Success to our valiant general, and happiness to his accomplices!


Any news from our scouts?


The English army which was divided in two have now regrouped into one, and are intending to attck you in due course.


A bit quick, but we will presently be ready for them.


I just hope the ghost of Talbot is not there.


Don't allow yourself to be frightened. Just believe in yourself and conquest will be yours.


Right. On we go, and let's hope we're lucky.

All exit.

More next week.


HAVING SPENT A FEW weeks discovering how to contact my MP, Harriet Harman, I went to her 'surgery'.

32 people were waiting to be seen, and when I arrived I made 33, and so I was not quite sure whether I should bother to wait. But my anxieties about whether I would be wasting a whole day instead of a half as planned were alleviated when I discovered that the people seeking interview were in some cases whole families of six or so people, whilst Ms Harman was assisted by two other people who talked to people (probably largely about CSL, the failing and possibly badly polluted company who deal with housing benefit and council tax benefit claims). My turn thus came not much more than an hour after my arrival, which I considered to be fairly reasonable.

"I've come to talk to you about CSL." I said as I sat down, "I take it you know who they are."

"Yes, I do," she said, "but before we talk more can I take your address?"

I started to give my address, but before I could complete it she asked if I was sure she was the MP for my area. She thought my MP was Tessa Jowell.

"I was told by the Labour party that you were my MP, but I thought it might be Tessa Jowell," I said, "but anyway the question of CSL will be of great importance to many of these people here. I hope they are putting pressure on about it."

"CSL is most unsatisfactory," she said, continuing to tell me I had been sent to the wrong place. She would, however, refer the matter to Tessa Jowell. She was sorry, she really could not give me any more time as there were other people waiting. (there was actually one other person).

So now, after I have spent a few more weeks trying to contact Tessa Jowell, will she tell me I should be talking to Harriet Harman? And, more importantly, will anything at all get done about CSL, or any other maladministration, fiddle, dishonour, corruption.......?

You never know. It might. But I doubt it.

But perhaps an even more pressing issue is one of persuading a few MP's to learn something about economics that is a little beyond listening to what banks and 'experts' tell them. Therein might lie a solution to firms like CSL.


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


Click here for an email that arrived in January 2000 concerning a proposed reasoned approach to this tricky subject

This website is about accounting investigations and fiddles. If you like to look at financial scandals (both hidden and public) this might be worth a look. I have not been there myself, but the books produced by these people, although difficult to follow, cover a lot of mysterious ground.

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.The British Association for 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).

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.

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In an earlier issue I told you about my feelings regarding Tempo retailers and the Lexmark 3200 printer I bought from them.

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.


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That`s all this week folks