Archive for June, 2007

10 things we learnt this G8

The BBC news website does something called ‘10 things we didn’t know last week’. I was thinking, on the many train journeys that it took to get home, that maybe I could find 10 things that I’d learnt during the week.  So, here it is: 10 things I didn’t know last week, if you pretend that today is the 9th June 2007.  As you all know, punctuality isn’t my thing! (more…)


Friday, 22nd June 2007 at 9:54 UTC 7 comments

Celebrating other People’s Festivals

Tonight, as I understand it, is the Summer Solstice. If your faith places significance on this day, then please accept my most genuine and best wishes for a great celebration of an important day in your year. If it isn’t of any significance to your faith/religion/whatever then enjoy an ordinary evening or whatever, but please don’t stay up for the sake of it. (more…)

Thursday, 21st June 2007 at 18:54 UTC 11 comments

To be a bloody tourist or not?

I have much to post, and little time to post it, but am now in the UK again. However, I’ll be out and about a lot, so posting style sporadic. I wrote a few diar-type pieces while on the earlier part of my travels, though didn’t keep it up. This seems worth sharing…

21:05, Paris in the last light. The matter now is food. I asked the Hostel desk worker for ideas, and after stating that I wasn’t fussed at all, he pointed me towards to different options. Back to the Metro Station, and turn right, and there are two places to eat almost opposite each other: one I missed his description of, and which I still can’t quite classify, the other, literally, ‘American’. (more…)

Saturday, 16th June 2007 at 15:53 UTC 3 comments

Monday Action: Go to “out of action”

See also “Monday Action”, linked above.

Having just been running around madly on lots of protests, writing a Monday Action seems like the last thing I want to do.  During the G8, a dedicated team called “Out of Action” provided a mix of silent reflection space and activist trauma support.  For those who don’t know, Activist Trauma is one of the most overlooked, under-rated and forgotten about support-structures required for a decent round of protests.  So I thought I’d break off the endless action suggestions, and just recommend everyone has a week to be ‘out of action’; besides, we’ve got the whole of the rest of the summer to do stuff in. (more…)

Monday, 11th June 2007 at 1:01 UTC Leave a comment

The missing Graham

Have lots to write, but now isn’t the time.  Will be back in the UK on Tuesday, and at my computer Thursday.  For those who haven’t yet gathered, I went to the G8 protests in Germany, which was both exciting and scary, empowering and disempowering, confusing and englightening; the list could go on.

In the meantime, thanks to everyone who loves (or loathes) this site so much its hit 5000 on the counter while I was away, and to everyone who thought/prayed/texted while I was away: you don’t know how much it means.  Thanks.

Sunday, 10th June 2007 at 23:33 UTC Leave a comment

Monday Action: Act to stop climate chaos

See also Monday Actions.

This Friday has been declared an international ‘Day of Action’ on the climate. So, even if you can’t do something spectacular with a big group of people, do something little instead. Doesn’t have to be spectacular, could be just a case of going for a bike ride instead of using fossil-fuel powered transport. (more…)

Monday, 4th June 2007 at 9:06 UTC Leave a comment

Social Networking: The Next Generation

Its not all that long since my conversion to Facebook, and already I’m using an even more up-to-date Social Networking service: Twitter. This won’t mean I stop using Facebook, in fact, my Facebook profile now shows my most recent Twitter Update. And as you’ll hopefully have noticed, the same is shown top right of every page on my blog. So what on Earth is Twitter, why is it so good, why should people not fear it like the plague and what will it mean for the future of humanity. (Might not have time for the last bit, but hey). (more…)

Friday, 1st June 2007 at 9:00 UTC 3 comments

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