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Friday 6 February 2009

CCTV is threat to freedom says House of Lords / Jail for photographing police?

CCTV camera in Manchester city centre

‘The steady expansion of the “surveillance society” risks undermining fundamental freedoms including the right to privacy,’ according to a House of Lords report published today.

Read more at The Guardian

Meanwhile the British Journal of Photography reports that a new law, due to be introduced this month, ‘is expected to increase the anti-terrorism powers used today by police officers to stop photographers, including press photographers, from taking pictures in public places.’


Filed under: Politics — GS @ 3:04 am
Sunday 18 January 2009

Liverpool’s Homotopia festival and Police misled into publishing false Manchester Pride parade figure

Last summer, Trading Standards told the organisers of Manchester Pride to cease publishing material that claimed crowd figures of 200,000 or 250,000 people at the Saturday Pride parade. (more…)


Filed under: LGBT,Manchester,Politics — GS @ 12:59 pm
Friday 12 December 2008

Manchester votes on the congestion charge

The population of Greater Manchester has been voting to decide whether a congestion charge should be introduced and the result is expected this evening. Motorists would have to pay if they crossed either of two rings around the city at certain times of the day. (more…)


Filed under: Environment,Manchester,Politics — GS @ 7:58 am
Saturday 1 November 2008

Does PETA know about Russell Brand’s sick stage act involving dead animals?

Sacked Former Radio 2 presenter Russell Brand appears on the cover of the latest edition of a vegetarian starter kit that is produced by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The Guardian reports that PETA has refused to replace him in response to angry calls and emails following the BBC obscene ‘phone calls scandal.

(more…)


Filed under: Politics,The media — GS @ 12:59 pm
Thursday 18 September 2008

Dust from depleted uranium weapons causes a cancer epidemic in southern Iraq

‘…consider the devastation of Iraq’s health, once the best in the Middle East, by the ubiquitous dust from British and US depleted uranium weapons. A World Health Organisation study reporting a cancer epidemic has been suppressed, says its principal author. This has been reported in Britain only in the Glasgow Sunday Herald and the Morning Star. According to a study last year by Basra University Medical College, almost half of all deaths in the contaminated southern provinces were caused by cancer.’

John Pilger writing in The New Statesman


Filed under: Health,Politics — GS @ 4:19 pm
Friday 29 August 2008

Pride organisers caught out by youth video footage as they attempt to censor parade entry

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Filed under: LGBT,Manchester,Politics — GS @ 8:34 pm
Saturday 16 August 2008

Queer activists invade the Manchester Pride 2008 balloon launch (video)

Young queer demomstrators invade the Manchester Pride 2008 launch - watch the video

Shout out: are you the person who was asked to remove their hooded top for the photoshoot and who refused and was then excluded, or did you witness this incident? I would be very interested to hear your story. Please contact me.

Watch the six minute video (super-widescreen format!). It includes two minutes of exclusive archive footage of August Bank Holiday 1991.

A trailer to embed and share can be found here on YouTube.

The real facts and figures behind Pride can be found here.

Manchester Pride 2008 opened last night. A group of 18 year olds gathered to (more…)


Filed under: Manchester,Politics,With video — GS @ 8:45 am
 
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