Sunday, March 26, 2017

Our video report of anti-Brexit demonstration March 25th 2017



I and my colleague Zoe Broughton filmed the massive anti-Brexit demonstration yesterday.
Yesterday, London was filled with chants of "Stop Brexit now!" as 100,000 of people joined the Unite for Europe march. The calls for Brexit to be stopped came just days before the Prime Minister is due to trigger Article 50.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Nazi Art

1937- Half a million people saw the Great German Art show (more than half the population of prewar Munich) but two million flocked to see the exhibition in the gallery next door of ‘degenerate’ art. This wasn’t what Hitler had intended. Clearly, something had gone badly wrong.


Fascinating article on Hitler's view on art



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Friday, March 17, 2017

Imperial War Museum Short Film Festival seeks entries


IWM Short Film Festival is a showcase of imaginative and challenging films inspired by our collections and our role – to explore the causes, course and consequences of war and conflict, and its impact on people’s lives

Call for entries

Call for entries for IWM Short Film Festival 2017 closes midnight Friday 28 April 2017.
Entries will be accepted in two categories:
  • Documentary
  • Creative Response 
There will be four additional awards:
  • IWM Special Category: States of Emergency
  • Best Student Film
  • Best Use of IWM Archive Material
  • Audience Vote Award
All shortlisted films will be screened at IWM London from 17-26 November 2017. Filmmakers will also be in with a chance of having their film screened at Picturehouse cinemas.
Prizes for 2017 include:
  • An archive and restoration package of up to £10,000 with R3Store Studios Ltd
  • A 12 week paid internship with October Films
  • 5 days free access to a fully equipped studio space or High End post-production facilities at London South Bank University
     
http://www.iwm.org.uk/corporate/projects-partnerships/iwm-short-film-festival?dm_i=1KN7,4TU9B,OM8AUV,I7ZHS,1


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£4000 prize for investigative journalism outside London

A cash prize for investigative journalism is being launched in memory of the distinguished former World In Action editor Ray Fitzwalter, who died last year following a long battle with illness.

The award, which will be made to recognise the work of investigative journalists working outside London, is to be launched by Bourne Supremacy director Paul Greengrass at this month’s Nations And Regions Media Conference, held at The Lowry at Salford Quays and hosted by the University of Salford.

It will mark the huge contribution made by investigative journalist Ray Fitzwalter, who edited Granada’s flagship current affairs programme for 17 years.

The Bury-born journalist developed a reputation as a fearless programme maker over his long career, creating hard hitting documentaries dealing with corruption in business and government, and famously ending the career of home secretary Reginald Maudling after uncovering his links with architect John Poulson.
He also covered the slaughter in East Pakistan which led to the birth of Bangladesh and, as head of current affairs at Granada, commissioned a series of documentaries on the Birmingham pub bombings which exposed one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in British legal history.

Later, he formed his own production company and became a founding member of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. He also chaired the Nations and Regions Media Conference for several years and became a visiting professor at the University of Salford.
The award will be launched at the conference on Tuesday March 28 by Ray’s former World In Action colleague Paul Greengrass, who went on to direct Hollywood hits.
He said: "This is an important award, celebrating the very best of investigative journalism as a time when communities across the UK are fragmenting and fake news is growing rapidly. I’m pleased to be launching the award in Ray’s memory."

The first award will be made at 2018’s conference, with the winner being offered access to significant mentoring in addition to the cash prize which must be spent partly on carrying out future investigations.

A panel of distinguished journalists and programme makers, including ITV’s controller of current affairs Tom Giles and Channel 4’s head of news and current affairs Dorothy Byrne, will take part in the launch event and act as judges for submissions which will be accepted from September onwards.

The prize, which will be announced every year for the next five years, has been sponsored by the University of Salford’s School of Arts and Media, Channel 4, ITV, and David and Elaine Potter from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
Ray’s wife, Luise Fitzwalter, said: “Ray would be both amazed and slightly embarrassed about the idea but would totally approve.”

The University of Salford’s Beth Hewitt, Director of the Nations and Regions Media Conference, said:  “Ray's contribution to investigative journalism was exceptional, he stands as an inspirational figure for anyone working in this field – particularly in this era of fake news.
“Ray passionately believed in the power of journalism to expose the truth and this Award is a most fitting tribute to his remarkable career.”

The conference, now in its 23rd year and celebrating excellence in a climate of opportunity outside London, takes place from March 28-29 and includes a keynote speech from Ofcom chief executive Sharon White, speaking just days before the regulator takes over responsibility for holding the BBC to account.

Bob Shennan, the BBC’s newly appointed Director of Radio, will share his thoughts on the future of the format with Radio 5 Live breakfast presenter Rachel Burden, Line of Duty producer Simon Heath and Happy Valley producer Nicola Shindler will talk about the success of TV drama across the UK, and the makers of Channel 4’s Educating series will share some secrets of their success.



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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Want to celebrate International Women’s Day ? That will be £6 please

IWW ‘Bread and Roses’ Textile Strike in Lawrence, MA, 1912.
An article pubished today by a friend makes a good point about entry fee to celebrate women. She writes...

Three weeks ago I was invited to do a 15-minute TED-style talk at an upcoming International Women’s Day event that a local bar is organising. After they accepted my proposed topic, I received unexpected news that anyone wishing to attend would be charged £6 entry fee. This immediately made me feel uncomfortable, my initial thoughts being:
  • Why is there a door tax for an event that should be inclusive?
  • Why, if a fee is being charged, are the speakers not being paid?
  • Why is none of the entry fee being donated to a charity or campaign group that supports the aims and values of IWD?
“International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.”
When we celebrate an event or occasion, we reflect on achievement, progress, a journey. There is performance, ritual, praise, we do something special in honour of the event in question. So to celebrate women we will look to the past to see how far (or not) we’ve come.
Read more

#BeBoldForChange

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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Women’s Film Night- in Oxford


  • to
  • Film Oxford (OFVM)

    54 Catherine Street, Oxford OX4 3AH (map)
  • Film Oxford is on the corner of Howard St and Catherine St. We have a bike lock ups and a few car parking spaces behind the building off Catherine St.
  • Next Open Screen at Film Oxford, 54 Catherine St, OX4 3AH 7:30-9:30pm, Thursday 9th March 2017 - ALL WELCOME

    Women’s Film Night: an evening of empowering films by and about women, including the film made on the Reel Women course the same week – part of Oxford International Women’s Festival.

    This evening we will be screening "Ramala Prison" -  a short documentary about a UK group, campaigning for Palestinian women, who were held in an Israeli detention center. They secretly documented their imprisonment. One of the women will be there to talk about the film and updates on the current Palestinian situation.

    There will also be a screening of part of "It's A Dog's Life" - an award winning documentary about an undercover investigation into Europe's largest animal testing facility which was broadcast 20 years ago this month. The diarist will be there to discuss her experiences.

    The film made on the Film Oxford Reel Women course will be about local author Sylvia Vetta whose latest book ‘Oxford Castaways 3’ will be launched on the 9th March. This will be the final castaways book and the proceeds will go to Sobell House.
    Open Screen is an monthly event where you can watch and discuss locally made films, meet other filmmakers – ranging from beginners to professionals – and hear about upcoming Film Oxford courses.
https://www.meetup.com/Open-Screen-Oxford/events/238083364/


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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Has Lenovo ripped our concept off?


“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" said Oscar Wilde

However I am not sure if I am being flattered by tech giant Lenovo today.

In 2015 my own Sol Cinema featured in the Lenovo advert for their new Yoga3 Tablet. Lenovo made great effort to bill Sol Cinema as 'the smallest cinema in the world' (see screen grab above from their Facebook page for example).

Or watch the video advert here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwj0peSRctg

Today Lenovo released a video showing people entering a white and red box with ushers and popcorn with Lenovo banners all around it. They have dubbed it 'World's Smallest Cinema' 

Watch the video here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oj0lw6dVR7U

In 2015 we pitched the idea of travelling the UK with the Sol Cinema to help promote the new Lenovo Tablet. So it is very surprising to find that they have taken our concept and made it their own! Cheeky

#lenovo

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

People who dislike the Sun and other tabloids are taking action in their supermarkets

People who dislike the Sun and other tabloids are taking action in their supermarkets


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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Grow For It 2017 funding is now open for applications!


Know  any talented and imaginative young people aged 12 - 25 to raise awareness about the importance of UK native wild flowers and plants?

With two funding options– Transform a Space and Get Creative there's something for everyone. Young people can apply today to be in with a chance of receiving £500 to bring their projects to life!

Successful projects will be selected by a judging panel of young people, from across the UK, who have previously been involved with Grow Wild.

Applying is easy! You just need to create a short video application and send it to us. Learn more about the funding options by watching the short videos below or click here for more information on how to apply.




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Protests against Trump in London and UK

Tomorrow Protests will kick off across London against Trump becoming President of the USA

No to Trump

Friday 20 January | 5-8pm
US Embassy
24 Grosvenor Square
Mayfair
London
W1A 2LQ

Women's March on London

Saturday 21 Jan | 12:00


This march, which is inclusive and open to all, assembles at Grosvenor Square W1 and ends with a rally on Trafalgar Square.

For events in other parts of the country see here.







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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Advertisers dont want their adverts on nuclear weapons

Today I got an email from YouTube stating that their advertisers dont want to place their adverts on a video I uploaded about pensioners protesting against nuclear weapons

They wrote;
'Thanks for submitting your video(s) for monetization. We didn't approve your video(s) for monetization because the content in your video(s) or video details may not be advertiser-friendly.'
I guess if everyone is wiped out with nukes, it means a loss of consumers which is bad for business




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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Things move slow at the Guardian video department

When things move slow in the Guardian video department

When news broke about Police having dozens of undercover cops in the environmental movement, I trawled through our archive to see what images we had to expose it.

Amongst other things, I had filmed the actual car which an undercover cop, PC Boyling/Sutton had driven into the city of London and blockaded a road. He posed as an activist and helped start a riot. The resulting event was the biggest riot London had seen since the Poll tax. I contacted the Guardian on Feb 20, 2011 with our images and insights.
I had an intital response which the Guardian then dropped a day later.

It took 3 years before they would recognise it as an important piece of the story when George Mombiot wrote about it- so once again I contacted the Guardian. This time it was splashed on their website.

So why do stories take so long to be accepted? It can be very frustrating when you are sitting on a great story but media doesn't pick up on it as they can't recognise the value of it.

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My video report from Yarl's Wood detention centre

I spent a very cold Saturday filming to produce this 2.5 minute video report from the mass protest at Yarls Wood detention centre.

#setherfree #yarlswood #shutdownyarlswood



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Thursday, December 01, 2016

What a year for the Sol Cinema

December already!

What a year it has been for the Sol Cinema. We performed at a diverse range of events in 2016. We started our year by performing in the Welsh language, squeezed the Welsh Rugby team in for BBC Sports, performed at 3 events in Cardiff and at Glastonbury festival.

This was followed by 2 enjoyable vintage gatherings, 2 Northern seaside events before we set up by Swansea castle. We even entertained beside the elephants inside Chester Zoo!

A week of performances in Edinburgh plus a spin around the Yorkshire Moors for Musicport festival. Then south to Dartmoor for the Chagford film festival. To top the year off Sol Cinema was featured in Ripleys Believe it or Not! 2017 annual and we were amongst the finalists for the Green Energy Awards.

What will 2017 bring? #2017 #solcinema





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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Mobile solar powered cinema short-listed for Green award

Sol Cinema entertains with solar power

The Sol Cinema -a unique movie house powered entirely by the Sun has been short listed to win £1000 in the Green Energy Awards.


The 13th annual awards ceremony will be held in Bath and will honour the innovation, dedication and creative ingenuity that has driven the green energy revolution. The winner will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony at Bath’s historic Assembly Rooms on Tuesday 29 November 2016.

This year Regen SW, with support from the Institution of Civil Engineers, will award the Best Arts and Green Energy Project Award with a £1000 prize, to raise awareness on how artists can help us address the challenging issue of tackling climate change. Sol Cinema is in competition with 5 other eco-projects from all over the UK.

Merlin Hyman, chief executive of Regen SW, said: 

“We face a pressing need to reinvent the way we generate, use and supply energy. It is inspiring to see the skill and dedication demonstrated by so many local companies and organisations who are rising to this challenge and developing ground-breaking renewable energy projects, pioneering smart power initiatives and working in partnership with local communities.”



Paul O’Connor, Projectionist of the Sol Cinema said;

“We have toured the entire country for 6 years showing thousands of inspiring films promoting environmental action. Whether we win or lose at the awards ceremony, it is still a great honour to be recognised for our hard work and dedication.”

Gower, Wales based artist Jo Furlong and friends designed the micro cinema by recycling a 1972  twin berth caravan to accommodate 8 adults in comfort for a unique cinematic experience. The Sol Cinema has toured all over UK and Ireland and hosted the Welsh Rugby team earlier this year for a BBC special report.

Sol Cinema designer Jo Furlong added;
“The Sol Cinema has been lavished with style and runs entirely on renewable energy. We use a low energy LED video projector and batteries to store the energy from the Sun via photovoltaic panels”

Sol Cinema details can be viewed on
http://www.thesolcinema.org

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UK's largest anti-fracking gathering held in Manchester

Our video report from Manchester



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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Sol Cinema is shortlisted in the Green Energy Awards


Sol Cinema is short listed in the and Nov29 is the awards dinner. 
Awards are on Nov 29th and the short list in full....


BEST ARTS AND GREEN ENERGY PROJECT, SUPPORTED BY THE INSTITUTION OF CIVIL ENGINEERS

The Sol Cinema
The Sol Cinema is a unique mobile movie theatre powered entirely by solar energy.  Touring all over the UK with smartly dressed usherettes, red carpet and inspiring films. Sol Cinema seeks to educate people about the use of solar energy through in an entertaining and engaging way.

Demand Energy Equality

The inspirational Bristol Energy Tree project brought together local energy activists, a drugs rehabilitation charity, a local bio-mimicry sculptor and Bristol's science museum to create a truly cross-sectoral and highly creative public energy art piece. The project sought to maximise social value, by instigating conversation about energy, climate change, fuel poverty and renewable solutions.

The cSPACE Trust

Grounded in arts-led creative facilitation and enlisting professional engineers, ActiveEnergy investigated how turbines might function on the Thames Barrier, developed designs in a university prototyping laboratory, tested a small-scale turbine in the Thames opposite the Houses of Parliament and are currently installing a stream wheel to drive an aerator for fish in the Lower Lea.

GENeco

GENeco and Young Bristol have collaborated on a unique and exciting project to raise the community’s awareness of recycling, by producing a range of creative, eco-inspired artwork within the newly refurbished GENeco offices. The masterpieces included a large wall mural, a photography project and a bottle cap garden, all of which followed an energy-conscious theme.

The Open University

The Stories of Change project collaborated with artists to widen and re-energise the debate around energy and climate change, using creative practices to give a voice to communities seldom heard in energy debates. Activities were designed to create legacies: for participants; for physical and digital audiences; with workshops using leading players, to inform on the future of UK energy policy.

Land Art Generator Initiative

The Land Art Generator Initiative has transformed the engagement of the creative sector with renewable energy. The LAGI Glasgow project engage a large part of the creative community and asks creative practices to put renewables at the heart of place-making with the intention of achieving social change reimagining how we live with energy generation in the heart of our communities.








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Monday, November 21, 2016

Help fund a positive film about cilmate change

A film maker is seeking funds to make a film that highlights solutions to climate change rather than focusing on the problems.





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Sol Cinema published in Ripley’s Believe it or Not!


My mobile cinema, powered entirely by the Sun has been
published in a full page spread in the legendary Christmas annual.

The Ripley's Believe It or Not! annual has now firmly established itself
as Christmas reading. Following hot on the heels of last year's Top 10
bestseller, Ripley's Believe It or Not! 2017 offers a completely new
compendium of strange but true facts and amazing stories, ranging from the
Polar Bear robot to the woman who still suffers from sea-sickness three
years after her last boat trip, to the Swiss daredevil who soars over
famous landmarks in his custom-made jet pack.


Gower artist Jo Furlong and friends designed the micro cinema by
recycling a 1972 twin berth caravan to accommodate 8 adults in comfort
for a unique cinematic experience. The Sol Cinema has toured all over UK
and Ireland and hosted the Welsh Rugby team earlier this year for a BBC
special report.



Sol Cinema projectionist Paul O’Connor said;

‘ The Sol Cinema offers unique mobile entertainment so to be published and
awarded a certificate by Ripley’s is wonderful news. It is great to know
that on Christmas day people all over the World will be opening their
‘Believe it or Not! 2017’ annual and reading about our little cinema’

Sol Cinema designer Jo Furlong added;
‘The Sol Cinema has been lavished with style and runs entirely on renewable
energy. We use a low energy LED video projector and batteries to store the
energy from the Sun via photovoltaic panels’

Sol Cinema details can be viewed on
http://www.thesolcinema.org


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Monday, November 14, 2016

UK's largest rally against Fracking- video report

Undercurrents has produced a video report of the largest anti-Fracking rally held in the UK

An estimated two thousand people marched through the centre of Manchester in the largest ever anti-fracking gathering ever seen in the United Kingdom. Activists converged on the city from Lancashire, Yorkshire, London, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

The march was led by Bianca Jagger (first wife of Rolling Stones Mick) who addressed the crowd at the Castlefield Arena by saying
“I feel fracking is a real threat to our way of life, it’s a threat to our environment, it’s a threat to our water sources, it’s a threat to the air we breathe, it’s a threat to everything we think is important in our lives."

MP for Leigh and Makersfield, and Labour Party candidate for the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham received some of the laudest applause of the day for saying

"I can't support fracking in Leigh, in Greater Manchester or anywhere."

Martin Porter from the Manchester Greenpeace Network said

"This has been a tremendous day that will send a clear message to the government. It has also inspired every one of thousands who attended today. We are ready for the fight that we know is coming next year, and we will win
 frack-off.org 


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Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Are the TMT media awards a way to scam media companies?

In May 2016 I received an email from TMT Media Awards stating that Sol Cinema- my own movie theatre had won an award. They wrote;
'The judges have made their final decision and I am pleased to announce Sol Cinema has won in the 2016 Media Awards! You have been named: Best Mobile Cinema Business - UK'

Great news...until I read into it more and realised that they seemed to have made up a category just so that they could award my cinema. The kicker came when TMT wanted to charge me anything up to £7995 to take out adverts in their own online magazine supplement to highight the award.

They wrote;
'As a distinguished award winner I am sure you will want to share this fantastic news, and to help you to do so, we will be publishing an Award Winners’ magazine'
TMT also emailed to inform me that I can also purchase my own winners award- a
crystal trophy for only £195 (excluding P&p and VAT). They sent me an example of how it would look. See below.
A mere £195 plus vat and postage

So it is just a vanity award. I then discovered that
the online  platform they use is issuu - a free electronic publishing platform for magazines, catalogs, and newspapers. So it costs them very little to produce. It is clearly a way for TMT to generate income by playing on companies love of an award. So I dismissed but it left a sour taste as I tweeted about it (below)



My Twitter posting
It wasn't long before other media companies then got in touch with me and I discovered they also faced the same issue. One company told me TMT nominated them as “Best Animation Studio” and were then asked for money for adverts. They labelled it a 'Scam alert'

They were also asked to fork out thousands of pounds to promote their nomination. One package included;

VIP Package: £4,995 Limited to one winner only
Main front cover image
4 full pages
Personalised digital winners’ logo
4 crystal awards
12-month web banner on our homepage
Digital bespoke e-brochure
1 display advert to appear in 4 issues of TMT Magazine
The Vice President of a US marketing company also got in touch asking me if the TMT email they got were from 'the same scamming organization' that I had encountered.

So it appeared I was not alone in thinking this was not right. So I wrote a blog post about my experience which attracted more attention and I gathered shared experiences. Then on November 2nd 2016 I recieved this email from Joey Banh| Digital Marketing Executive, AI Global Media who is connected to the TMT awards.



'We have noticed that you have posted an article for TMT News as a scam and this is within false context. We would like to request that you have this removed as it is defamatory against our brand.


I replied with the following;
Hello Joey
Perhaps you would like to offer another word other than scam and I can consider
replacing the word?

He never replied and on November 8th I found that my blog posting has been deleted by Google who wroe;

Google has been notified that content in your blog contains allegedly infringing
content that may violate the rights of others and the laws of their country. The
infringing content that has been made unavailable can be found at the end of this
message. For more information about this removal and how it affects your blog,
please visit https://support.google.com/blogger/bin/answer.py?l=en&answer=2402711.

The notice that we received, with any personally identifying information removed,
will be posted online by a service called Lumen at https://www.lumendatabase.org.
You can search for the notice associated with the removal of your content by going
to the Lumen page, and entering in the URL of the blog post that was removed. If you
have legal questions about this notification, you should consult your legal advisor.

Google deleted my original blog posting and let this message
A screen grab from the google search. The link leads to a deleted posting

A google search reveals another post about TMT (also known as Ai Global media) awards being a scam. But once clicked the link does not work so I can only assume that TMT have forced the deleting of this post also. (see screen grab above of the original google search).
So that is how they ensure that no-one hears any complaints about the TMT awards.  I had questioned myself why no-one else has posted their dire experience about this awards scheme.  Now I understand. TMT appears to be issuing take down notices on anyone who complains about their practises.

 

I also found another similar complaint to my own from this company in the USA.

They wrote;
'They are using SPAM with no true basis by which to solicit business. My personal opinion is this is a SCAM and I would not get involved with this firm.'
Anonymous in Miami, FL USA

In
response to being awarded the 'Most Innovative Law Firms of 2016 in the USA' the person wrote;
'The funny thing is, my company is not even a law firm so, it is rather obvious that their examination "of the sector in USA" is far from accurate'


A Marketing manager from AI Global later got in touch asking that I include their comments
'in the name of transparency and unbiased argument'

So here is what they have to say;

'
we are particularly sorry you feel this way about TMT Magazine and, I think, you may have completely the wrong impression of our publication...
We are a magazine that covers news and insight from around the global technology, media and telecoms industries and we also run several award programmes that are designed to publicize the success of companies within their respective fields.'

The way I see it is that awards are given so that TMT can sell advertising.
Yes award winners may get a mention somewhere on a TMT affiliated website but if you want a trophy then you have to pay for it. While they don't have to, companies are still being asked to pay large sums of money  to advertise their award presentation in an online magazine run by the same people who give the awards. While perhaps perfectly legal, it does appear to prey on the vanity of companies. For nearly a year now, I have received a constant stream of emails from TMT asking me to pay for an advert or a trophy. Six months after I first 'won' the TMT award, I still get emails offering me packages. In December I received an this 'package'
so TMT just don't give up

- Single page interview and inclusion in the magazine (approx.900 words)
- A personalised crystal trophy
- A personalised winners logo
- A Personalised winners certificate
- Copyright of the award title

O
ther bloggers have published about similar schemes and here and also here and here.
In my view, j
ust because it is a regular practise for advertising companies to lure potential customers in with awards, doesn't make it right.


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Saturday, October 08, 2016

Akala - Fire In The Booth



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Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Fractured Land- superb documentary

I saw this documentary in Edinburgh recently and it is the best i have seen all year

What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they transformed history? In Fractured Land, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation’s great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom. As 350.org founder, Bill McKibben, puts it, 

"Anyone who can throw a hatchet and sue you is a force to be reckoned with."

Caleb sports a Mohawk and tattoos, hunts moose, and wears a business suit. His father is a devout environmentalist and residential schoolsurvivor.His  mother isin  a seniorposition in   the oil and gas industry. His people, at the epicenter of some of the largest fracking operations on earth, are deeply divided. How does Caleb balance their need for jobs with his sacred duty to defend their territory? He has arrived at a key moment in history, sees the contradictions, and wants to reconcile them.




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Friday, September 09, 2016

Brilliantly designed advert for Lamb





What a great idea for an advert- the only thing they left out is the barren landscape they are walking on which sheep have created





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I am off with my cinema to the Festival of Thrift

I have always loved festivals since i first stumbled into Glastobury in 1993. They are life changing places and offer us all something.

This month I will be taking my Solar powered cinema up North to the UK’s only national celebration of sustainable living, The Festival of Thrift takes place on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September at Kirkleatham Museum in Redcar. The festival has proved to be a great place to find the fun in learning how to reuse, recycle and upcycle, saving money and benefiting the environment.

There will be 120 fabulous stalls with an inspiring range of upcycled, recycled and secondhand items and innovative tasty home-made food and drink. You’ll enjoy 1,200 things to see and do for all the family, showing you how to live a rich and creative life, with 300 workshops to take part in and demos offering thrifty advice, tips and tricks on how to save money.

And best of all, you’ll soak up the wonderfully celebratory festival atmosphere, featuring leading and emerging artists and an eclectic programme of events. Experience thought-provoking art from the likes of Quarantine, who invite festival goers to film their contribution to the encyclopaedic compilation Between Us We Know Everything; enjoy a flick in the Sol Cinema, a solar-powered cinema screening ‘how to’ videos, clips and advice; take your broken stuff to the Fix-It CafĂ©; immerse yourself in interactive entertainment, craft activities and great music including the bizarre sounding 21st century street band Boom Bike Bourree.
Best of all, it’s free!






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Monday, July 25, 2016

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Our unique archive exposes High Court Judge

Today the Mirror have published a story I helped uncover with footage from the Undercurrents archive. We exposed a High Court judge to be a fox hunter when he is supposed to be totally impartial in a current horrific animal abuse case.

The Mirror wrote-

The retired judge leading an inquiry into claims that live fox cubs were fed to hounds was a huntsman, once filmed using his whip during a row with animal rights protesters.
Sir John Chadwick can be seen on ­horseback raising his rider’s crop into the air before bringing it down with force.

Read more and watch our video on the Mirror website



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Thursday, July 14, 2016

YouTube don't want to put adverts on my Trident nuclear video report

YouTube figure no-one will want to place adverts on our video report about people trying to stop Trident Nuclear Missiles. Wonder why?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWPtqWQPc8s






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Saturday, July 09, 2016

Badger visits my garden and caught on camera

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A badger has been visiting my garden recently. Great news but i would prefer if it didn't rip my compost bin to shreds. I filmed it on a Bushnell camera

Undercurrents is an award winning alternative news service producing videos of people taking inspiring actions. http://www.undercurrents.org

Friday, July 08, 2016

My video report - Direct action on Trident Nuclear Weapons

The latest video report I produced has been released. Produced for Lush to educate their staff about important topics of the day.

#stoptrident

July 18th- The Government is holding a vote on whether to renew Trident Nukes so the issue is coming to head.

Labour leader Jermey Corbyn told Sky News
“We are having a look at all the issues surrounding it. I believe security in the world is achieved through peace, through democracy, through justice, through human rights.

“I do not believe that nuclear weapons actually enhance security, I support the nuclear non-proliferation treaty – which we are signed up to – which is trying to bring together collective disarmament. Those are the views that I will be putting forward.”

This video report is about Government determination to forceTrident nuclear weapons upon us. Watch the 2minute report about Direct Actions on the Atomic Weapons Establishment near Reading




Undercurrents is an award winning alternative news service producing videos of people taking inspiring actions. http://www.undercurrents.org