Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Getting things wrong on the radio...





The bill didn't get defeated in the house by 237 votes to 14, it got passed by 237 votes to 14. We got defeated. Damn.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

The Haircut Before the Party: Sanford Edition...



On Saturday 18 Feb, we were joined by the really very lovely Richard and Lewis from the Haircut Before the Party. They turned house zero into their hair salon for the afternoon, and gave 11 Sanford residents a free haircut.






All they asked in exchange for the chop was a little chit-chat. Richard and Lewis started swopping haircuts for conversation in squats, but their project grew into an Arts Admin funded hair salon on Toynbee Steet, near Spitalfields Market. In their own words:


"The Haircut Before The Party collective formed in 2009 while sharing the collective experience of squatted housing. The haircut and the social space of the hair salon is for us a means of exploring and asserting a politics that transcends representation and focuses on contact; the formation of friendships, interactions between difference, and negotiation of what is common.

Our salons are set up as spaces for providing a means of pointing towards other projects, initiatives or ideas. The barbers chair acts as a pedagogical tool; conversation is nurtured, teased out or performed in social space.

We cut hair for free, not to offer a service, but to style together the potentiality of new forms of being and exchange".





And, as you can see, their haircuts weren't bad either. It was first come, first snipped, and those that got Mohicans manicured, facial hair homogenised and barnets beautified were: Bapu, Katherine, Meghan, Jess, Fedi, Jonny, Lucia, Edwin, Sine and, recently ex-Sanford resident, Naomi.





All the hair scraps went in the compost, so a little bit of Saturday afternoon will live on, circle-of-life style, long after the haircuts have grown out…

Monday, 6 February 2012

Arbeit macht frei...


Work makes you free. Just needs to be the write kind of work...

Friday, 3 February 2012

Religion for atheists


If God really is dead, he's having one heck of a wake. Our world remains one dominated by his doctrines, still watched over by his sleepy spires; although many of us may no longer be listening, his Word can be heard everywhere. But there's a very good reason for this: fictional he may be, but some of his ideas were half sensible. You don't need to believe in the holy ghost to see that the best bits of the bible offer some good guidelines for successful living. Nevermind Occupy, his magical son, Jesus, was the original revolutionary socialist; we might not be facing economic Armageddon had we turned the tables on a few of our modern money lenders. At this free LSE lecture, Alain de Botton takes us through some of the sensible bits, and tells us that religion is neither all true or all nonsense - that you have to dismiss neither Darwin nor Dawkins to get down with the word of God…

www.lecool.com

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Year of the Co-op 2012: make it co-operative...

"[...] he continues his appeal for the cessation of the slaughter. He pleads for the changing of the system. He advocates co-operation instead of competition..."

Robert Tressell, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists.