30 April 2001.
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.)
There are some much earlier Other News on this site. Click below.
early Othernews - 1992, 93, 94.
Bonnington Cafe and Bonnington Square.
This Saturday, Phil with his Bert Jansch - type songs. No charge, but the hat goes round.
Bonnington cafe is a communally owned cafe in Vauxhall, Central London. The atmosphere is somewhat Bohemian, international, friendly, educated, and much wine (bought from the corner shop across the road) gets 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, and engage in discussion with those on other tables, the caterer, the band, passers through......
Bonnington Cafe, Vauxhall Grove, London SW8 UK. Near Vauxhall underground and mainline station, buses 185, 36, 2, 88, 322 and others. Booking is difficult.
Two weeks ago, looking for a masonic comment on a certain matter, I telephoned Grand Lodge in London and asked for the press officer. Whether there is a press officer or not I do not know, but I got a person who spoke to me at length about Freemasons, in many ways contradicting the many publicly-held beliefs about them.
One of the first things he did was to be quite willing to tell me what he considers Freemasons stand for - what they consider themselves to be and what obligations they consider themselves to have towards their fellow beings. I will not tell you any more, because I am so surprised by what I heard (and later read in the leaflets he sent me) that I do not yet know what to think. It has been a rule of my life to listen to anybody who talks and to believe them to be truthful until something shows this not to be the case, and so far, whilst I have been looking for holes in the armour I have not found any.
If you want to know about Freemasons you can ask them to send you literature and they will happily do this, and if you want to join Freemasons I know that to be accepted you must have a belief in God (which excludes many who might otherwise join), but that you do not have to be of any specific religion, and furthermore you will not be allowed to discuss either religion or politics at meetings (meetings, I was told, are largely about how to help other people - most of whom will not be Freemasons).
It's all been a bit of a surprise.
King Henry the 6th. part 3.
ACT 4 .
A plain in Warwickshire.
Enter Warwick and Oxford, with French soldiers.
Trust me, my lord. All goes well so far. The common people swarm to us in numbers. But see! Somerset and Clarence are coming.
(enter Clarence and somerset).
Speak quickly, my lords - are we all friends?
Fear not, my lord.
Then welcome both! I hold it to be cowardly to continue to be mistrustful where a noble heart has offered an open hand in sign of love - otherwise I might think that you, Clarence, Edward's brother, just feigned friendship to our proceedings.
But welcome, sweet clarence. My daughter shall be yours. And now what remains to be done but by cover of night, your brother being carelessly camped, with his soldiers roaming the surrounding towns, and he attended by just a simple guard, is that we will take him captive at our leisure. Our scouts have found the adventure very easy. Like when Ulysses and stout Diomede with sleight and manhood stole into Rhesus' tents, and brought from them the steeds, so we, well obscured by the darkness, may beat down his guard and seize the man himself. I don't say slaughter him, for I only intend to surprise him - You who follow me in this attempt applaud the name of Henry with your leader.
(they all cry 'Henry!')
Why, then let's get on our way silently. For Warwick and his friends, God and St. George!
More next week.
THERE IS A TYPE OF CRIMINAL who's main means of avoiding detection (which sometimes works) is to try to create the illusion that it is in fact their victim who has committed the crime whilst they themselves are the victim.
I have never noticed it before in politics, and wonder whether you, if you are a British reader, have noticed it yet. It has been very blatantly done, but as it has been done through posters it may be that you have not considered the similarity (even though you may well remember the questionable reputation of some members of the previous government). The accusation I am referring to is, of course, the poster campaign on which I have commented before, which tells you "you have paid the taxes....so where are the teachers?", (or police, etc.) when anybody who has been watching and experiencing British politics the past twenty years or so could tell you that the reason there are gross shortages in these areas is that the party who have put out these posters made damned sure there were - not a few people believing that the policy was deliberate to create 'opportunities' for 'private enterprise', rendering asunder that which worked well together (the state enterprise) for that purpose.
All that has happened this last election is that the voters, after having finally become too exasperated with the previous government to tolerate them any longer, voted for what they believed to be the only viable alternative - a party that seems largely to have been elected by promising to be much the same as their predecessors, and which is now much less popular than it was because it really has stayed much the same. Voters vote for a different name because they hope there will be a better result than from the last name, and that there will be changes. In the case of the last election almost any party would have been a better result, but this is not quite as much so now.
The next stage for New Labour, therefore, assuming they do get elected, is to actually do something that makes a difference to people's lives in a positive way. Given our constitution, the British obsession with management, and lack of imagination, this will be a very difficult task, but it may be worth trying if they would like to get elected a third time.
Alternet News might appeal to some readers as a regular list of goings-on in the human rights/green areas of life. You can receive it by email. I have put one copy on this site so that you get an idea of what it is about and how to subscribe.
For sample Alternet email click here.
Click here for an email that arrived in January 2000 concerning a proposed reasoned approach to this tricky subject
This interesting email magazine comes at fairly regular intervals and is of interest to almost anybody who is interested in human rights and green issues. In November 2000 it was going out to about 10,000 addresses. Try it. It won't cost you anything, and you can reproduce the contents without paying. You can subscribe by writing to them at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit: Goforth's site
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. http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~bamr1
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, freemasons....you 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 email@example.com. 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 www.edrev.org.
early Othernews - 1992, 93, 94.
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.
London Journey - a trip from Docklands through Beckenham and back to Docklands.
(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.
(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.
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.
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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