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Thursday 2 April 2009

More4 News presenter attacked live on air following G20 protests

Last night as Alex Thomson presented More4 News live from the City, a man pushed his way in front of the camera. (more…)


Filed under: Photography,Politics,The media,TV & film,Video-making — GS @ 10:24 am
Wednesday 18 March 2009

Councils banned from using 200 jargon words and phrases in ‘visionary’ ‘step change’

The Local Government Association has compiled a list of words and phrases which council staff should avoid if they are to communicate effectively. Here is the full list:
(more…)


Filed under: consumer,Politics — GS @ 2:21 pm

The Catholic church’s anti-condom message

Last night’s Channel 4 News featured an extraordinary live interview with a Catholic anti-condom campaigner.

It’s obvious that condoms do prevent the spread of HIV. That has been proved in the gay community. In some US cities (more…)


Filed under: Health,Politics — GS @ 11:33 am
Saturday 7 March 2009

War comes home to Britain

In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger describes the basic freedoms being lost in Britain as the ‘national security state’, imported from the United States by New Labour, takes effect.


Filed under: Politics — GS @ 6:02 am
Friday 6 March 2009

Mandelson hit by slime instead of sleaze, for a change

Above: Channel 4 News reports

Unelected Business Secretary, ‘Lord’ Mandelson was hit by slime rather than sleaze when Leila Deen, a member of environmental group Plane Stupid, threw green custard over him this morning. The move was a ‘last resort’ after the democratic process had failed, she said.

Plane Stupid is campaigning against a third runway at Heathrow. (more…)


Filed under: Environment,Politics — GS @ 8:27 pm

LGF Annual Report and Financial Statements: year ending 31 March 2008

Here’s a PDF copy of the Lesbian and Gay Foundation’s Annual Report and Financial Statements, for the year ending 2008.

More than a quarter of the LGF’s income comes from one primary care trust (North Manchester) and about another 50% from other primary care trusts and health bodies. Which are exactly the kind of things that are going to be cut back in bankrupt Britain in the next couple of years if you ask me.

The LGF blows £75,000 a year on rent for its Princess Street offices. Time to move somewhere cheaper? A portacabin on the Bloom Street car-park perhaps?

Staff wages cost £592,901 in 2008. With another £58,572 spent on National Insurance and £43,423 on pensions.

There was a cost of £61,589 to generate voluntary income of £100,736.

It’s interesting reading. Take a look…


Filed under: LGBT,Manchester,Politics — GS @ 11:14 am
Sunday 1 March 2009

‘Cash-strapped BBC’ has probably never been better off

The experience of uncovering the widely misreported crowd figures at the Manchester Pride parade has given me a healthy scepticism towards anything I read in the press.

A popular theme in the news these days is that the BBC is short of cash. But this is never put into a historical context. It seems that journalists are either too lazy or over-worked to look into it in any depth. So I decided to find out for myself… (more…)


Filed under: consumer,Politics,TV & film — GS @ 2:00 am
 
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