Nice-ing up the BASH

BASH: 25th May The Bug (Ninja/Rephlex) meets the dub poets(Roger Robinson, Space Ape, Malika + special guests) Part 2 (New Flesh) Loefah (DMZ/Ital) John Eden (Uncarved Blog) Having mashed up Shoreditch last month with Nicolette, Ari Up, DJ Flight and Mary Anne Hobbs, BASH returns with another mouthwatering line up The Bug throws down the …

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Power Writers and the Struggle Against Slavery

Power Writers and the Struggle Againt Slavery: Celebrating five African writers who came to the East End of London in the 18th Century (HANSIB/THACMO ISBN 187051833X) A fascinating booklet published by the Tower Hamlets African and Caribbean Mental Health Association. It covers five black writers who lived in the east end in the 18th Century. …

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Death in Stockwell: the unanswered questions

He wasn’t wearing a heavy jacket. He used his card to get into the station. He didn’t vault the barrier. And now police say there are no CCTV pictures to reveal the truth. So why did plainclothes officers shoot young Jean Charles de Menezes seven times in the head, thinking he posed a terror threat? …

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bomber benefits shocker

“One of the would-be suicide bombers who tried to blow up a London Tube train had been handed thousands of pounds in taxpayers’ money. Yasin Hassan Omar, 24, was given £75 a week in housing benefit to pay for the one-bedroom flat where he has been the registered tenant since February 1999.” the Mail online …

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Transpontine: After the silence

Some places have periods of silence all the time. I imagine that, say, Dulwich Village is pretty quiet in the middle of the night. Walworth Road is never quiet, so the two minutes of silence last Thursday for the victims of the London bombings felt quite eery – construction, shop and council workers standing on …

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“Palladium remains somnolent…”

The aftermath worries me than the event, in some ways. Police are investigating an arson attack on a mosque in Leeds. “As news of the attacks spread, gold prices rose from the $424/oz level to above $428/oz before subsiding slightly to $425/oz-$425.70/oz range where it continues to trade. Silver broke back above $7/oz, gaining as …

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Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner…

Caption: Your ironic t-shirt is out of fashion as of 8:50am this morning. What a completely fucked up day. Everybody panicing, but trying to hide it. Everybody staring into space, contacting loved ones, surfing for more information, and then remembering to pretend to work. Everybody, but everybody, walking: I walked all the way home from …

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