Archive for June, 2007

Meanwhile in Lewisham…

June 19, 2007

…with the PFI pirates mooring on the Ravensbourne at Ladywell and the consultants of Sir Bullock demanding their tithing from all of the five directorates’ budgets, many turn republican in their hearts.

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Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!

June 13, 2007

I just received this email:


Dear Member:

This is to notify you that we have removed or disabled access to the following material as a result of a third-party notification by The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited claiming that this material is infringing:

Olympicman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFyop8OnUYE

Please Note: Repeat incidents of copyright infringement will result in the deletion of your account and all videos uploaded to that account. In order to avoid future strikes against your account, please delete any videos to which you do not own the rights, and refrain from uploading additional videos that infringe on the copyrights of others. For more information about YouTube’s copyright policy, please read the Copyright Tips guide.

If you elect to send us a counter notice, please go to our Help Center to access the instructions.

Please note that under Section 512(f) of the Copyright Act, any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material or activity was removed or disabled by mistake or misidentification may be subject to liability.

Sincerely,

YouTube, Inc.

And so, Lord Coe, where’s your fair play and sense of humour? Don’t you think that we all own a piece of the Olympics? Sure we do! You’ve got all our money!

Update: I clicked on the link and the video is still there, and it had over 600 views, that’s great.

Update #2: They finally took it off.

Olympic petition and widget

June 7, 2007

Last night I designed this new widget inspired by the Olympic logo for London 2012, it serves the purpose to keep the attention high on the fabulous spiralling budget that is coming out of our pockets, all the more true if you live in London with the Olympic Council Tax increase.

But it’s not just taxpayers footing the bill. There’s thousands of grassroots organisations keeping up arts and sport for the various communities across the country and much of their public funding comes from the lottery fund. The lottery fund has already been raided to cover the first big holes in the Olympic budget and we can surely expect more of the same.

Personally I think that in principle the Olympic games are not a bad thing but as all other things that become politically and economically interesting it is all run by the usual bunch of passengers of the gravy train and it is much more a big opportunity to make money go around (them) rather than being about sport.

Only that those money are our money. Britain has become almost a tax heaven for those that have plenty and look at the coincidence, the Minister promoting the Olympic games in London was Tessa Jowell MP, whose husband is a lawyer specialised in tax avoidance that counts among his clients that wonderful example of modern capitalism Silvio Berlusconi.

There’s an online petition asking for the lottery fund not to be raided to fund the gravy for the Olympic, click on the widget to be directed to the page. If you want to do even better, copy the widget and place it on your blog.

Catford Beer Festival

June 6, 2007

Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham, is inviting everyone to sample the finest beers and ciders at this year’s Catford Beer Festival

Well, thanks Steve, see you there then. But if we get pissed and we have a fight don’t say that you hadn’t been warned!

Feeling sick

June 6, 2007

I haven’t written anything on this blog for a few days. You may wonder why. Well, it’s because I was at a committee meeting at Lewisham Council last week and it truly made me sick.

I feel better now, but it took me a few days to process the meeting.

Suffice to say that we were told that now that we have an Executive Mayor we won’t have anymore of those faceless unaccountable characters sitting in shady committee rooms easing up the dodgy deeds of overpaid incompetents. Well it turns out that we still have at least one or two of those characters. And you know, they make me feel so sick that I have to stop writing now. I’ll tell you more about it when I feel better, I have to go out for a walk.