Friday, 23 October 2009

Mongrel Hordes

"The indigenous British people" = Celts + Romans + Saxons + Angles + Jutes + Vikings + Normans...which brings us up to the 11th Century. Over the next 1000 years, chuck international commerce, the victims of the slave trade and the imperial colonies into the mix, and what do we get? Bloody foreigners, coming over here and being our ancestors. I blame the EU.

Ode to E.ON

Friday, 16 October 2009

Swoop Swoop Swoop

Direct action works:

See you on the Swoop?

You really couldn't make it up

Had some fun at a BP recruitment event last night. Tee hee.

At the end, some of us cornered Peter Mather, Head of BP UK, and had a bit of a chat with him. He said some rather...interesting things, as Jess Worth documents on her blog:
He waxed lyrical about how amazingly sensitive about locals’ rights BP are these days. ‘20 or 30 years ago, I admit, the industry was doing some pretty bad things. But those days are gone. You can’t just go round the world raping and pillaging any more.’
If you fancy a slightly outraged chuckle, then read the rest.

Friday, 2 October 2009

Video Frenzy

Having spent two years muttering to myself about needing some online videos of my poetry, suddenly there's been a mad rush of them. It's getting so you can't type "ranting performance poetry video climate change bespectacled freak" into a search engine without my leering face popping up in front of your startled eyes. This is my attempt to compile everything out there so far.

Most recently, the following video was made by Tenner Films at Dungeness nuclear power station, as part of a series called "Thirteen Short Films About Nuclear Power". It's my response to using nuke power as a "solution" to climate change:

Then there's the series of short films I'm making with Undercurrents, the A-Z of Climate Change. Most of them contain some poetry, but several are straight-up videos of the following poems:

Don't Buy It (B for Buying Ethically):

Consumed (O for Outsourced):

Lifestyle Choice (L for Lifestyle):

The Sustainability Manager's Statement To The Board Of Directors (M for Magic Bullets):

Plus there are the videos that various helpful people have made of me performing at the Climate Camps in April and August:

Lifestyle Choice

Don't Buy It

Risk Assessment

Election Day

And as if that wasn't enough, I was on Radio 4 last night and all (if you're so inclined, you'll be able to hear it here for the next week or so).

So apologies for all that.