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Thursday, February 17, 2005

Getting it on in the Real World

I haven't posted much of late, but for once I've got a good excuse. I've actually been out in the 'real world' doing stuff(!).

On Saturday I was shanghaied into going to the Stop the War Coalion National Conference, as a representative from Nottingham Stop the War. I didn't appreciate having to be to catch a train at 6.56am (I was barely aware there was a world at that time) and I had little hope that the event would be very interesting. To be fair, it wasn't as bad as I'd feared, although working through some 36 motions, interspersed by speeches (from such luminaries as Caroline Lucas MEP, George Galloway, Gary Solomou and Dr Azzam Tamimi) did start to wear me down, particularly when the whole thing dissolved into Monty Pyhton towards the end.

The following day I helped run the (not very excitingly titled) Peace Conference at Nottingham University organised by Nottingham Student Peace Movement (NSPM). Amazingly this was largely succesful. Some seventy people were there at the peak to hear talks from Alan Simpson MP, Dave Wills, Jon Simons, Ranjan Chaudhuri and many others. The event was split up into three sections: "what's oil got to do with it?" looking at oil and war in Iraq and beyond; "living in the shadow of the 'War on Terror'" examining the erosion of civil liberites and the rise of racism on the home front; and "what are we going to do about it?" which posited potential solutions to the world's various problems.

On Tuesday I was busy making trouble around Nottingham as part of the Stop the War Coalition's "day of disobedience". I took part in a Critical Mass organised by the newly formed Lenton Anarchist Forum (which I obviously have absolutely nothing to do with!) which sought to highlight the links between oil, war, environmental destruction and the hegemony of the car. Local photographer and activist Tash was along for the ride and took some photos, as did a member of NSPM. For those of you who don't know me personally, I'm the attractive one, looking cool. I even got to speak at the Stop the War rally at the end. Which was interesting given that there was a fin-fair going on at the same time.

And why haven't I posted since then? Now, that's a secret and has nothing to do with my being lazy. Honest.

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