The Other News From England.

13 Aug 2001.

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Old issues.

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early Othernews - 1992, 93, 94.

Bonnington Cafe and Bonnington Square.

This Saturday - Gabriele Gad piano and Hugh Harris saxophone - old-fashioned melodic jazz and own compositions. An old-established act on the British/European jazz circuit. Both have been playing jazz for over 30 years. 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.


(why are these freemasons suddenly so reticent?)

(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 7.

London. The Palace.

Flourish. Enter King Edward, Queen Elizabeth, Gloster, Clarence, Hastings, a nurse with the young prince, and attendants.


Once more we sit in England's throne, repurchased with the blood of enemies. What valiant foes! Mown down at the tops of their pride! Three dukes of Somerset renowned as hardy champions, two Cliffords, the father and the son, and two Northumberlands - two braver men never existed, and with them the two brave bears Warwick and Montague who in their time had tamed the kingly lion and made the forset tremble when they roared.

So we have swept suspicion from our seat and made our footstool of security. Come hither Bess, and let me kiss my boy. Young Ned, for thee, mine uncles and myself have made many sacrifices that thou may repossess the crown in peace. Thou shall reap the gain of our labours.

GLOSTER (aside):

I'll blast his harvest for I am not yet respected. this shoulder was intended to heave, and heave it shall or break my back. KING E.:

Clarence and Gloster, love my lovely queen, both, and brothers, kiss your princely nephew.


The duty that I owe to you, sir, I seal upon the lips of this sweet babe.


Thanks noble Clarence. Worthy brother, thanks.


And to show that I love the tree from whence you sprang, witness the loving kiss that I give to the fruit.

(aside): To be honest, just this way did Judas kiss his master and cried 'all hail' when we know what he really meant.


All is now perfect, having the love of my brothers and the country at peace.


What would your grace have done with Margaret? Her father, Reignier, has pawned the Sicilies and Jerusalem to the king of France in ransom for her.


Take her away, and waft her away to France, and now all that remains is to enjoy ourselves aith jesters, stately triumphs, mirthful comic shows and music as befits the members of a court. sound drums and trumpets, and farewell sour annoyance, for here, we hope, begins lastin joy.

All exit). END of KH6.

This play was followed chronologically by Richard the Third, but we might take a brake from yobs running about Europe beating each other up and committing murder for a look at something a little lighter like a midsummer night's dream - in fact.......


NEIL HAMILTON ex-MPand his wife were taken in by police for questioning in connection with an alleged rape this week. The victim, so the story goes, claims that she was raped by certain persons and in some way this involved Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton. Being Tories, and in the light of Archer's activities and various other things that happened during the Tory years, the public will probably be ready to believe anything about a member of a party some of whose members seemed to become multi-millionaires almost immediately upon being elected. If the police continue to investigate, they may be thinking, will they find that the whole Tory party are just a collection of criminals who managed to convince the British public to elect them. Of course, if they do come to this conclusion with regard to a party they have elected, then there may be some questions they would like to ask about the current government, even though it has in the main behaved with slightly greater modesty.

It's all very Third World, and rape would just be another ingredient of such a lawless and self-centred group. One is reminded of Idi Amin, who allegedly kept the corpses of various victims in fridges like so many sides of beef (which after all is only a small step further along the same road) and a certain African state where it is alleged that one pilot had a permanent job daily ferrying diamonds from a mine within the state to a stronghold somewhere outside where they were stored for the president's nest-egg.

We need to keep an eye not just on who we elect but also what they do with the power we allow them. The idea is that they are there to serve us first, and maybe themselves afterwards - but always in an honest and honorable way.

That may be too tall an order, though, for politicians. ...........................................................................................................................

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