The Other News From England.

30 July 2001.

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early Othernews - 1992, 93, 94.

Bonnington Cafe and Bonnington Square.

Act undecided for this Saturday - but believed to be Phil. 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.

Civil service.


(Held over again, in the hope that we will get an email from a Mason giving an explanation if we wait long enough. Come on, guys, we don't want this article here forever.):

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 5.

Another part of the field (last week we were on a field of battle).

Flourish. Enter King Edward, gloster, soldiers, Clarence, with Queen Margaret, Oxford and Somerset prisoners.


This has been a period of tumultuous broil. Take Oxford straight to Hames Castle. As for Somerset, off with his guilty head. Take them away. I will not hear to them speak.


For my part, I won't trouble you with words.


Nor I, but will stoop to my fortune.

(exit Oxford and Somerset, guarded.)


So we part sadly in this tumultuous world, to meet with joy in sweet Jerusalem


Has it been announced that he who finds Edward shall have a high reward and his life?


It has, and lo! here youthful Edward comes.


Bring forward that gallant, and let me hear him speak. What, can so young a thorn begin to prick? Edward, what explanation can you offer for bearing arms, stirring up my subjects and all the trouble you have caused?


Speak like a subject, proud York! Suppose that I am now my father's mouth. Resign your seat and kneel whilst I say the same thing to you.


I wish to hell your father had been so determined.


To think that you could still be wearing the pettycoat and never have stolen the breech from Lancaster.(don't know - ed)


Let Aesop fable in a winter's night. His cussed riddles don't fit here.


By heaven, brat, I'll plague you for that word.


Aye. You were born to be a plague to men.


For god's sake take away this witch.


Take away this witch of a hunchback, rather.


Peace, wilful boy, or I will charm your tongue.


Untutored lad, you are too impudent.


I know my duty. You are all undutiful. Lustful Edward, , perjured George and you, misshapen Dick, I am your better as you are all traitors. You usurp my father's right and mine.


Take that. (stabs him)


Sprawl, do you? Take that to end your agony. (stabs him).


And here's for accusing me of perjury. (stabs him).


Oh, kill me too!


Right! (offers to do so)


Hold, Richard, hold, for we have done too much.


Why should she live, to fill the world with words?


What? She's swooning. Do something for her recovery.


Clarence, excuse me to the king my brother. I must go to London on a serious matter. Before you get there, you will hear some news.


What? What?


The Tower, man, the Tower! I'll root 'em out.


Oh Ned, sweet Ned! Speak to your mother boy! Can you not speak? O traitors, murderers! Those who stabbed Caesar were innocent if this foul deed were to be compared with it. He was a man. This, in respect, a child, and men never spend their fury on a child. Is there anything worse than murder? No. My hear will burst if I speak. So I will, so that my heart may burst. Butchers and villains! Bloody cannibals! What a sweet plant you have cut too soon. You have no children, butchers! If you had, the thought of them would have checked your actions. But if you ever chance to have a child expect him to be cut off in his youth. You have killed this sweet young prince.


Take her away.


Nay! Never take me away. Kill me here. Stab me here. I'll pardon you my death. What? You won't? Then Clarence, you do it.


By heaven, I will not make it so easy for you.


Good Clarence, please do it.


Did you not hear me swear I would not do it?


Yes, but you are in the habit of contradicting yourself. Before it was sin, now it is charity. What, will you not? Where is that devil's butcher Richard? Richard, where are you? You are not here. Murder is your obligation. You've never before refused a petitioner for blood.


Take her away, I tell you. Carry her hence (kill her? ed).


May the same happen to you and yours as happened to this prince.

(exit, led out forcibly).


Where's Richard gone?


To London, all in a hurry, and, as I guess, to make a bloody supper at the Tower.


He is very sudden if a thing comes into his head. Now we march there. Discharge the commoners with pay and thanks, and let's away to London, and see how well our gentle queen fares. By now, I hope, she has a son for me.

All exit.


(held over from last week owing to pressure of work.)

THE LAW SOCIETY - the organisation which represents one of the two equally questionable types of British lawyers, solicitors - has been suggesting to journalists that they might at some stage 'name and shame' any of their members who are incompetent, dishonest, negligent, unconsciensious, overpriced, or in a multitude of other ways (presumably) considered by the public to be unfit to deal with.

The process, according to my newspaper, is expected to involve publishing a list of incompetents (etc), with possible expulsion from the Law Society as a last resort - which would make it difficult for the offending party to make a living. The public will then be able to consult this list, and the ones with the highest rating will get a star or something (like school) whilst the ones with the lowest will have some other mark beside their name - what, it is hard to imagine, but intended to force them to improve, like some silly public school black mark.

Of course, like lawyers everywhere, it is unlikely that they will have completely committed themselves over this naming and shaming business. After all, the suggestion of this action without the action itself would protect the credibility of all solicitors incompetent or otherwise for as long as it took the public to realise that it will not actually happen, and each one of them presumably pays a membership fee to the society.

Is it possible that 'naming and shaming' would leave the society with no members at all, even?

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.


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That`s all this week folks