Why Whitstable Postal Workers Will Be Taking Action on January 12th.

Ballot____________________________________________________________ Yesterday, Thursday 27th December 2012, around 15 postal workers abandoned their Christmas celebrations for a time to attend a union meeting to discuss the outcome of the ballot held earlier in the month about industrial action. This was called because of the Royal Mail’s refusal to institute a proper consultation about the closure of the Whitstable Delivery Office. To be clear on this point: the Royal Mail claim that consultation has taken place “at the appropriate level”. The “consultation” they refer to is the fact that they informed us that the office was going to close. There was never … Continue reading Why Whitstable Postal Workers Will Be Taking Action on January 12th.

Fellow Creatures at Christmas: a Ranter’s Yuletide Fable

Behold, behold, he is now risen with a witness, to save Zion with vengeance, or to confound and plague all things into himself; who by his mighty angel is proclaiming (with a loud voice) that sin and transgression is finished and ended, and everlasting righteousness be brought in with most terrible earth-quakes and heaven-quakes, and with signs and wonders following. A Fiery Flying Roll: A Word from the Lord to all the Great Ones of the Earth. Abeizer Coppe, London 1650. The World Turned Upside Down I’ve been looking for a word. It is something like “sacred”. It is the … Continue reading Fellow Creatures at Christmas: a Ranter’s Yuletide Fable

Prophets and Profiteers: What the Mayans Really Predict

Friday the 21st of December is the winter solstice. It is also the end of the world. Or so they say. If you are reading this on the 22nd or after it probably means that fears about the Mayan prophecy concerning that date have not materialised. It was always a false prediction in any case. It was based upon a complete misunderstanding of what the Mayan calendar actually represented, made by Western commentators who had nothing to do with the culture. Indeed, one of the most famous of them – James Redfield, who wrote the Celestine Prophesy – went so far … Continue reading Prophets and Profiteers: What the Mayans Really Predict

The Unknown at the Labour Club

There was a band on at the Labour Club this weekend, called The Unknown. This was their 20th anniversary. They’ve played at the Labour Club once a year, every year, except for the year of the flood, since 1989. I’ve watched my life go by in those 20 years. I was there for their first gig. I designed the poster. It was a front cover from one of those 60s science fiction magazines, called “Secrets of the Unknown”. The title was written in bold 3D letters. By the artful use of tippex and crayon, I blocked out the words “Secrets of”, just leaving … Continue reading The Unknown at the Labour Club