The Other News From England.

2 July 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.)

Old issues.

There are some much earlier Other News on this site. Click below.

early Othernews - 1992, 93, 94.

Bonnington Cafe and Bonnington Square.

This Saturday the entertainment is expected to be LETSwing, whose name belies them, since the repertoire is a very wide-ranging mixture of styles, including reggae, bluebeat, blues, old-fashioned jazz, Hollywood latin and quite a few own compositions. "They may be called LETsing but they rock like hell!" one punter put it. Very popular in both hospitals and prisons, which is the area of work they mostly take on. Hanna Heissenbuttel gtr/vox, Steve Barbe vox/multi-inst, Hugh Harris saxophone. 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.


Foot and Mouth Disease (and maybe BSE?).

IT MAY ALL BE becoming clear what is going on at last.

Foot and mouth has been all over the place in Britain this year. There has been a panic in New Zealand, there has been a panic in Europe, and no doubt there has even been a panic in the rest of the world. The British government have decided that the only possible solution is to kill every infected animal and require all persons entering or leaving the area to dip their boots in disinfectant, and seem to have carefully avoided addressing the fact that foxes, badgers, birds, squirrels, rabbits and in fact every other species do not dip their boots. Even some humans don't. The logic of the situation is, of course, that in order to eradicate foot and mouth every single living creature would have to be destroyed, leading to certain problems with the food chain (to say the least).

Alternatives to slaughter have been suggested which have been rejected out of hand, despite historic evidence showing that some of the suggested solutions work, and the slaughter seems to be continuing, bankrupting farmers and wasting what tiny little bit of life farm animals get to no purpose whatever and without any compassion whatever for the animals and very little for the farmers being expressed.

There may be more to this than meets the eye.

If you are a multinational and wish to go in for agrobusiness, what you need is a lot of very cheap and fertile land. What easier way to get it than to make every farmer bankrupt? All you have to do is either (a)bribe a few officials and politicians or (b) convince them with spin that the only way forward is to kill everything that breathes - and hey presto! you have multitudes of bankrupt farmers selling their farms in a buyer's market. It would not be difficult to put the disease in place deliberately, either.

In fact, I might even buy myself a few hundred acres to build a theme park, with plastic effigies of Tony Blair and friends to welcome the visitors, and plastic cows and sheep, a plastic Fordson Major, some plastic geese, plastic barns and a certain plastic Ronald (representing the multinationals) urinating over the whole. The theme would be British Agriculture in the 21st century.


FREEMASONS, understandably, wish to be accepted as ordinary honest upright and honorable citizens.

We have written about them on several occasions (about 8). On all occasions except one, the writing has been of a negative nature, and on one occasion it was positive and quoted various things that a masonic spokesman had said in their favour.

Following the publication of the positive writings there was no difficulty connecting to the server to send and receive email during the following week, whilst on all the other occasions email was cut off for several days and only restored after phone calls to the server and further enquiries.

Are they honest? Is this not the kind of thing the public believe Freemasons do with their time and energies?

Joe Punter's Shakespeare.

King Henry the 6th. part 3.

ACT 5 .

Scene 1.


Enter Warwick, the Mayor of Coventry, two messengers and others upon the walls.


Where is the post that came from valiant Oxford? How far away is thy lord, my honest fellow?


By now at Dunsmore, marching this way.


How far off is Montague? Where is the post who came from Montague?


By now at Daintry, with a pushing troop.

(Enter Sir John Somerville.)


Tell me Somerville what my loving son says, and by your guess how near is Clarence now?


I left him at Southam with his forces, and expect him here within some two hours.

(drum heard).


Then Clarence is at hand. I hear his drum.


It is not his, my lord. Here Southam lies. The drum you hear marches from Warwick.


Who will that be? Likely to be unlooked-for friends.


They are at hand, and you shall quickly know.

(enters the city)

March. Flourish. Enter King Edward, Gloster and soldiers.


Go, trumpeter, to the walls, and sound a parley.


See how the surly Warwick mans the wall!


Spiteful happening! Is sportful Edward here? Where did our scouts sleep, or how were they seduced, that we hear no news of his arrival?


Now, Warwick, will you open the city gates, speak gentle words and humbly bend your knee, call me king and beg my mercy? I will pardon these outrages.


Nay, rather will you withdraw your forces, confess who set you up and who plucked you back down, call me patron and be penitent? And you can still remain the duke of York.


I thought he would at least have said the king. Or did he make that jest by mistake?


Is a dukedom not a worthy gift sir?


Aye, by my faith it is a fine thing for a poor earl to give. I will do thee service for so good a gift.


'Twas I that gave the kingdom to your brother.


Why, then, 'tis mine, even if only by your gift.


You are not strong enough for so great a weight, and, weakling, I have withdrawn my gift. Henry is my king, and I his subject.


But your king is Edward's prisoner. And, gallant Warwick, just answer this: What is the body when the head is off it?


Alas, Warwick had not forecast that. You left poor Henry at the Bishop's palace, and ten to one you'll meet him in the tower.


'Tis so. Yet you are still Warwick.


Come, Warwick, take your chance whilst you can. Kneel down. Do it now, or the iron cools.


I would rather chop this hand off at a blow and with the other fling it at thy face than stoop so low.


Do what you will. This hand will take thy head by the hair, fresh cut off, and write in the dust this sentence with thy blood: 'Warwick, who changes with the wind, can change no more.'

(Enter Oxford, with drum and colours).


Oh Cheerful colours! See where Oxford comes!


Oxford, Oxford, for Lancaster!

(he and his forces enter the city)


The gates are open. Let us enter too.


So that others may set upon our backs? Stay here in good fighting order, for no doubt they will issue out again and bid us battle. If not, the city being but weakly defended we'll quickly overcome them.


Oh, welcome Oxford! for we want your help.

(enter Montague, with drum and colours)


Montague, Montague for Lancaster!

(he and his forces enter the city).


Two of your name, both Dukes of Soimerset, have lost their lives unto the House of York, and you shall be the third if this sword will hold.

(enter Clarence, with drum and colours).


And lo! Here is Clarence, whose love of justice is greater than love for his brother. Come, Clarence, come, you will if Warwick calls!

(sound a parley, and Richard and Clarence whisper together, and then Clarence takes his red rose out of his hat and throws it at Warwick.)


Father of Warwick, do you know what this means? I will not ruin my father's house, and be so unnatural as to bend the fatal instruments of war against my brother the lawful king. Perhaps you will object to my holy oath. I now regret all I have done against my brother and therefore here proclaim myself thy mortal foe. With resolution, wheresoever we shall meet - as we will, if you go abroad at all - I shall plague thee for misleading me. And so, proud Warwick, I defy thee, and to my brother turn my blushing cheeks. - pardon me, Edward, I will make amends, and Richard do not frown at my faults, for I will not be unconstant any more.


Now welcome ten times more than if thou hadst never deserved our hate.


Welcome, good Clarence. This is brother-like.


Passing traitor, perjured and unjust.


What, Warwick, wilt thou leave the town and fight, or will we beat the stones about thine ears?


I am not cooped up here for defence. I shall be leaving for Barnet presently, and bid thee battle if thou darest.


Yes, Warwick, Edward dares, and leads the way. - Lords, to the field, Saint George and victory!

(exit King Edward and his company. March. Warwick and his company follow.)

More next week.


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

Alternet News.

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

Goforth's social justice e-zine.

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:, 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.

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.

drawings click here.

sheet music click here.



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.


A person to help make up a subject index for the growing numbers of articles on The Other News From England. Email (this may now have been provided, but please email if you might like to join in in some way - ed.)

All material on this site is copyright. Contact me if you want to use it. I am quite flexible. Educational non-profit use is free - but ask for permission and print an acknowledgement. If you can`t think what to print, put:

From The Other News From England.

Even better if you print the date of the article.

That`s all this week folks