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Jul 19 2005 12:01
Northern Anarchist Network

The Northern Anarchist Network Conference takes place on Saturday 23 July at 10.30am in Wellington Shropshire. Speakers include Clifton McGowan and Dave Chapel.

The venue is in a hall in the centre of Wellington just off Queen Street. It is 2 minutes from the railway station.

Further details from Rachel at wrekinstopwaradmin@blueyonder.co.uk

Barry Woodling

Northern Anarchist Network

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Jul 20 2005 13:03

your holding in in Shropshire eek

i don't know this proud bastian of NORTHERN anarchism has fallen so far.

I immediately foward a proposal for the formation of the continuity northern anarchist network to uphold the principals of black pudding, whipets and real ales, with its first gathering held in the Pendel Inn, Barley. grin

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Jul 20 2005 15:39
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your holding in in Shropshire eek

i don't know this proud bastian of NORTHERN anarchism has fallen so far.

I immediately foward a proposal for the formation of the continuity northern anarchist network to uphold the principals of black pudding, whipets and real ales, with its first gathering held in the Pendel Inn, Barley. grin

Pendel is spelt PENDLE, ya cock o' the North. You been away too long. Nice pint of Pendle Witch in that there Pendle Inn tho, so I'll second this.

I need to break the news to Barmy that I was brought up in Brighton this Saturday - do you think I'll be expelled. eek

There's a lot o' whippets in Nelson, one bloke who looks like Worzel Gummage takes six of um for a walk every day. He keeps um on the allotments opposite me and they start howlin at about 5pm.

There's sposed to be an Earth First speaker at this weekend's do.

Are you interested in that bike I mentioned - I'll be seeing Headless (the owner) shortly so will mention your interest.

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Jul 27 2005 12:07

Northern Anarchist Network Conference was held in Wellington Shropshire on Saturday 23rd July. It proved a resounding success with supporters attending from West Wales, Somerset, Cumbria, Bury, Rochdale, Swinton, Manchester and Telford.

Rachel from Wrekin Stop War gave a thought provoking speech on Anarchism and the Environment with references to Murray Bookchin, and other aspects of Green anarchism. This gave rise to a lively discussion. This was followed by a session introduced by working class militant Dave Chapple who described the various unofficial strikes that he had helped organise in the Post Office.

Finally there was a short discussion on "the way forward for the NAN", centred on a short paper presented by Martin Gilbert.

The Conference was exceptionally well organised by our hosts from Wellington and took place in an exceptionally friendly atmosphere which differentiated it from previous NAN meetings.

The Next NAN will hopefully take place on November 12th in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Further information about the activities of the NAN from Barry Woodling- e-mail barrywoodling@yahoo.co.uk.

Barry Woodling

Northern Anarchist Network

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Aug 11 2005 08:37

Just a quick thank you to all those who attended the NAN meeting in Shropshire and to Dave Chapple for speaking. The meeting was well attended, lively and interesting.

Clifton McGowan sends his apologies for not attending, he is unwell and Manchester Earth First! have also sent their apologies, they didn't get my invitation to speak until after the meeting. Thanks to the people who helped me to prepare my stand-in discussion at the last minute!

The provisional agenda also included Mrs Ahmad, wife of Babar and organiser of the Free Babar Ahmad campaign. Unfortunately, Mrs Ahmad required the payment of expenses that our group (Wrekin Stop War rather than the NAN) just couldn’t run to. She also stopped returning our emails after a while, which may be due to the fact that she is busy with the campaign.

As a side issue, the Free Babar Ahmad web site appears to be dominated by SWP/Respect stuff. Having met Mrs Ahmad on a long train journey, her self-confessed political naivety would make her an ideal target for cause-hoppers.

Finally, Shropshire is a little further South than is usual for the NAN to venture but we are well north of the 'divide' and I would like to make an emotional (but not Southern-softyish) appeal to our northern comrades not to reject us on grounds of geography-ism. We have plenty of real ales and although many in Shropshire prefer hunting hounds to whippets, we do have a good quota of working class canines too! My Jack Russell, Bertie, is as down to earth as they come and in winter, wears a red and black jumper to help his arthritis.

That said, I quite fancy the pint of Pendle Witch so can the Wrekin throw their lot in with continuity NAN. You bring the black pudding; we’ll bring the Shropshire Blue!

Rachel

The Wrekin, Shropshire

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Aug 11 2005 08:58

Hey Shropshire Lass,

Great to see you on here! smile

The NAN conference just gone was one of the most interesting and well organised conferences I've been to for years - yours and Dave Chapple's talk were particular high points generating fascinating discussions.

Special thanks to you and other hosts. Great vegetarian food there was!

I've been reading more of activities down your neck of the woods on your superb website:

http://wrekinstopwar.org

Look forward very much to seeing you and others in NAN soon. Hee hee, I also thought you were superb with Mike!! grin

My three cats retreat under the duvets in winter, and black pudding is off the menu for me being veggie! I still haven't mentioned to Bryan that I'm a traitorous fiend brought up in Brighton.

tara for now.

Mitch

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Aug 11 2005 11:18

Do the NAN know about this and will they be adopting something similar in the future? I think the Smoking Gnus would be interested! smile

Goat crowned King of Ireland at ancient festival

Wed Aug 10, 2005 5:37 PM BST

By Kevin Smith

DUBLIN (Reuters) - A wild mountain goat was crowned King of Ireland on Wednesday in an ancient annual ritual whose origins are lost in the mists of history.

For three days, Charlie, a grey male goat with brown trimmings, will reign over this year's Puck Fair -- one of Ireland's oldest and best-loved street festivals -- in Killorglin, in the southwestern county of Kerry.

"Nobody really knows how it came about or when," said Jean Kearney, a spokeswoman for the festival, which is expected this year to attract more than 100,000 visitors for a marathon of music, drinking and dancing.

"It has been traced back to the 1600s, but some say it dates back to a festival held in pagan times."

One theory is that the event pays tribute to a wild goat that alerted the town to the advancing armies of military leader Oliver Cromwell in the 17th century.

Another is that it stems from the pagan Celtic festival of Lughnasa, when feasting and sacrifices marked the start of the harvest season, and that the goat is a pagan fertility symbol.

"For the people round here it's no exaggeration to say the Puck Fair is almost as important as Christmas," Kearney said.

"It attracts thousands of tourists but it's also a huge homecoming for Kerry people who have moved away. The atmosphere is just magical."

Charlie, or King Puck to give him his official title, will later be raised up on an elevated platform in the centre of the town square where, from a height of 50 feet (15 metres), he will look down on his loyal subjects for the duration of the fair.

On Friday he will relinquish his gold crown and return to the mountains of Kerry where he was captured last week by local man Frank Joy -- chief goat catcher for the past 15 years.

The festival, which also includes a traditional horse fair, open-air concerts, and firework displays, is expected to generate around 7 million euros (4.8 million pounds) for the local economy.

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Aug 11 2005 12:49
Steve wrote:
Do the NAN know about this and will they be adopting something similar in the future? I think the Smoking Gnus would be interested! smile

Goat crowned King of Ireland at ancient festival

Wed Aug 10, 2005 5:37 PM BST

By Kevin Smith

DUBLIN (Reuters) - A wild mountain goat was crowned King of Ireland on Wednesday in an ancient annual ritual whose origins are lost in the mists of history.

For three days, Charlie, a grey male goat with brown trimmings, will reign over this year's Puck Fair -- one of Ireland's oldest and best-loved street festivals -- in Killorglin, in the southwestern county of Kerry.

"Nobody really knows how it came about or when," said Jean Kearney, a spokeswoman for the festival, which is expected this year to attract more than 100,000 visitors for a marathon of music, drinking and dancing.

"It has been traced back to the 1600s, but some say it dates back to a festival held in pagan times."

One theory is that the event pays tribute to a wild goat that alerted the town to the advancing armies of military leader Oliver Cromwell in the 17th century.

Another is that it stems from the pagan Celtic festival of Lughnasa, when feasting and sacrifices marked the start of the harvest season, and that the goat is a pagan fertility symbol.

"For the people round here it's no exaggeration to say the Puck Fair is almost as important as Christmas," Kearney said.

"It attracts thousands of tourists but it's also a huge homecoming for Kerry people who have moved away. The atmosphere is just magical."

Charlie, or King Puck to give him his official title, will later be raised up on an elevated platform in the centre of the town square where, from a height of 50 feet (15 metres), he will look down on his loyal subjects for the duration of the fair.

On Friday he will relinquish his gold crown and return to the mountains of Kerry where he was captured last week by local man Frank Joy -- chief goat catcher for the past 15 years.

The festival, which also includes a traditional horse fair, open-air concerts, and firework displays, is expected to generate around 7 million euros (4.8 million pounds) for the local economy.

Do your 7 cats go under the duvet in winter grin

By the way, sweet potato (although a little expensive) is now standard in my veggie shepherdess pie!!

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Aug 12 2005 17:01

what i want to know (and nobodys saying) is not what pets wear in the north but who wrote the scurrielous pamplet "the nob of the north" which was sent to All fm? it wasn't anyone i know so who was it?

ps. i know scurrielous isn't spelt rite but i kinda like it so i let it stay.

Steve
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Aug 13 2005 11:26

Yes scurrilous indeed. grin

We got two posted to us and two to the EWN at the Preston PO Box. We reckon we’ll get the blame (or maybe someone in Manchester SF). Who are the Smoking Gnus?

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Aug 13 2005 11:29

can you please, please, please, keep hold of a copy for the AF to have a read of. I love scurrilous stuff - even better when we get slagged off.

Steve
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Aug 13 2005 11:43

Ha so the AF didn't get sent a copy? Could it be one of your lot who wrote it? (quckly adds name to list)

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Aug 13 2005 11:45

I doubt whether one of us wrote it. We closed our mailbox at the post office. We hardly ever got any letters - most of the correspondence comes from email these days.

Could someone scan it and send it as an email.

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Aug 13 2005 12:00
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I doubt whether one of us wrote it. We closed our mailbox at the post office. We hardly ever got any letters

We get loads! grin

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Aug 13 2005 12:03

show off!

We get plenty of emails.

we used to get loads of letters, but they were mostly magazines from other groups. It seemed like a waste of 52 quid. Hence we now share with Liverpool AF.

Steve
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Aug 13 2005 12:38

Well maybe loads is an exaggeration. Re the ‘nob’ I’m sure someone (R?) from Manchester SF will photocopy you one.

knightrose
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Aug 13 2005 12:41

cheers. Is it funny or just offensive?

Steve
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Aug 13 2005 12:47

Funny, at least that was the general opinion at Preston SF but then we aren't the ones being parodied.

knightrose
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Aug 13 2005 12:50

I wonder what the old cock thinks?

Steve
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Aug 13 2005 12:53

Don't know. Been quiet lately after the court appearance. wink

knightrose
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Aug 13 2005 12:56

what court appearance was that. I've been away for a bit. Hopefully he got off.

Steve
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Aug 13 2005 12:58

Something to do with indecent exposure and goats. (This is true apparently)

knightrose
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Aug 13 2005 13:06

hopefully the only true biut is what the charges were. I think someone's got it in for him, big time.

Steve
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Aug 13 2005 13:15

Can't think why

knightrose
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Aug 13 2005 13:16

i dobn't mean one of his circle A comrades.

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Aug 14 2005 18:15

I'm going to the next NAN thing if someone brings a sweet-potato dish. eek

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Aug 14 2005 19:55

only if i can shape it like the edifice on the front cover of nob of the north. i leave this to your imagination.

what does E.F.F.E.C.T stand for refused? are you starting your own political party now that R.E.S.P.E.C.T. failed to usher in world socialism? i see they are participating in a Stop the War thingy in Manc soon with LYNSEY GERMAN speaking. A must see, comrades. And no tittering at the back there. How many times do I have to say it Respect and the Stop the War Coalition are not SWP fronts. Alright? roll eyes

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Aug 14 2005 21:43

Bry put this on the voice a while back - the true version of events! Titter, I think Bryan's goat escapades brilliant!

I'm still in mourning for me hamster Hammy, so I'm staying out of this one in case I get gobbled. Jeez, whimper.

Gobshite Galloway was in Preston recently for the red carpet treatment hosted by Labotomyette (Mike Labotomyette only does one standard speech, and the top o' his head blows off everytime he gives it).

GOAT CASE IN ROCHDALE

MAGISTRATES' COURT (fRIDAY 10/6/05)

Goat husbandry in Lancashire can be, it seems, more perilous than gun-running for the IRA! The Editor of NORTHERN VOICES appeared before their Worships in the Magistrates Court of Friday last, He stood accused of "deliberately, or recklessly, scratching a Renault 'Scenic'," in the former mill town 'village of Castleton' in Rochdale on Monday 13th, September 2004.

It seems he had been tethering a goat at or around 10am on that day on some rough land nearby some Council garages, when the complainant - an Old Age Pensioner called 'Larry' - went to get his car out out of his garage. There had been some history of altercations between the two men and arguments over the goat. Larry had complained about the droppings from the goat getting on the tyres of his car & admitted in Court he had complained about the goat to various authorities: it was claimed he had been involved over the years in complaints to such bodies as RSPCA, the Rochdale Animal Welfare Officer, a local residents' association, the local authority housing office, the Environmental Health Dept. and the Land & Property Dept. He had also complained to neighbours.

Mr 'Larry' had also, it was claimed in Court, gone onto private land where the goat was kept from time to time in the past, perhaps, it seemed to be suggested, to gather evidence for such complaints. On Sept. 13th, the Editor of NORTHERN VOICES had finished tethering the goat and gone back to the backyard or corral where the goat is housed & discovered the wrought iron gate which was pushed inwards. This was strange because the goat in its rush to get out of the yard pushes the gate outwards. There was no wind that day, and in any event because the top hinge is slightly loose it means that the latch catches on the wall & prevents the gate from easily being pushed inwards. The goat herder editor concluded, rightly or wrongly, that Larry had again been in the yard.

He then went up to remonstrate with Larry. Standing outside the garage he shouted: 'Have you been in the yard?' The car engine was running & Larry sitting in the driver's seat could see the goat herder standing a few feet behind the car through his rear view mirror. He papped his horn then before reversing backwards. It seems that by doing this he may have connected with the goat herder.

The goat herder/ editor claimed the car reversed back at his 'at some speed'. He said, at the time, he had two pairs of electricians' pliers in his hands which he uses for tething the goat. The goat herder said he might have caught the car when he jerked his hands up in surprise as the vehicle reversed towards him.

Larry admitted in Court that he had in the past had arguments about the goat and said: 'I lose my rag a lot'. When asked by the Defence solicitor if he thught this was a good thing he said: 'In my case no'. He used the term 'tormenting the goat' in Court, but it was not clear what he meant by this. He agreed that he had reversed his car at the goat herder/editor. Larry said to the Defence solicitor: 'What did you expect me to do; wait there sitting in the car all day?'

When Larry talked of 'tormenting the goat' and 'saying there is no harm in that', the Prosecution objected to the Defence line of questioning asking if his client's character was being questioined. He said that if the character of the Prosecution witness was being examined the he had the right to bring in the character of the goat herder.

The Court was then emptied while legal arguments ensued. over the presentation of evidence.

It was agreed by the Defence & Prosecution that the character of both the goat herder & Larry could be revealed in Court and the case proceeded.

When the goat herder Editor of Northern Voices went into the witness box he went throgh a full account of his previous convictions form 1960s to the present day. His involvement in the Ban the Bomb Movement and his convictions for that; his joining with the Philosopher Bertran Russell and the anarchist artist Augustus John on sit downs with Committee of 100; his refusing to pay a fine and going to prison at Strangways in the 1960s because that that time he thought that was the right thing to do; the events surrouding the breakdown of his marriage and having custody of his eldest son in the 1970s; his arrest for Breach of the Peace on Victoria Station in 1997 in the company of 3 goats and a Irish Gypsy; his arrest while photographing a demonstration on behalf of the unemployed at the Oldham headquarters of the Labour MP, Phil Woollas, shortly before the 1991 General Election.

Early on in these revelations when the urban goat herder was giving details of his convictions in the peace movement, the Prosecution realised he had opened a can of worms which was damaging his case and tried to stop the revelations. But to no avail the Defence insisted on this portrayal of the goat herder as a political activitist and a journalist with Northern Voices.

Later the Prosecution got up to try to limit the damage that had been done by these revations which had backfired on him. Red faced he began to question the goat herder about the scratch on the car he said that if the car had been driven back at him it wouldn't have formed a scratch on the boot door but 'a dot'. The Prosecution had to use a photo provided by the Defence & actual snapped by the goat herder himself in January 2005, to support this contention. There seemed to be a longish diagonal scratch and two other scratches.

The goat herder disputed this while not admitting for certain that he had actually made any of the scratches. In desperation the Prosecution reached for a copy of NORTHERN VOICES, also provided by the Defence. Opening NV4 at pages 12 & 13, he asked about the photo on page 12. The Prosecutor asked: "Who is the person in the photo on page 12, above the caption: 'Nowt so queer as folk: Northern saying'?" The goat herder replied 'Larry' - the witness for the 'Prosecution'. And then he ask: "Do you like or dislike Larry?". To which the defendent replied: "I don't like or dislike him, I just know him".

The defendent then pointed out that though he was Editor of Northern Voices he hadn't written the offending article and that it was written by a Dr. Les May. The Prosecution then read a paragragh from the article 'Nowt so queer as folk': "...our relationship with the car is an ambivalent one. We all want a car, but we don't like the fact that some roads are used as 'rat runs' to avoid a congested roundabout. Nor do we like those drivers who drive much to fast for safety."

The implication of this line of questioning seemed to be that the Defendant, who said he had never had a car, dislike the automobile to such a degree that he might go round scratching cars for the fun of it.

In the end the Court dismissed the case and returned a verdict of 'Not guilty'

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Aug 14 2005 22:00
lucy82 wrote:
only if i can shape it like the edifice on the front cover of nob of the north. i leave this to your imagination.

what does E.F.F.E.C.T stand for refused? are you starting your own political party now that R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

Nah...just "effect". grin

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Sep 10 2005 17:45

In Manchester the Spanish Civil war 70th aniversary memorial committee met today. It decided to go ahead to organise a commemorative exhibition on the Spanish war.

A booklet is also planned with interviews with an International Brigade participant and a former CNT member; a biographical detail of former IB participant: Sam Wild by his daughter; a historical account of the experiences of a nurse who went to Spain from Stalybridge and a report of an army camp for Spanish exiles from the Civil War & other refugees set up by the British after the Second World War: to be researched and completed by Ron of Sol Fed.

The consensus at this meeting was that this work should be a fair representation of the war giving full weight to all the contributions of all the parties which struggled against that military insurection in 1936. The meeting agreed that after 70 years the Spanish people deserve to have their sufferings presented in an 'historical context'. Some people at this meeting felt that in the past this conflict had, in this country, been interpreted in a half-baked way by sections of the British left. Having perused some earlier publications put out in the UK by the conventional left, some of us found they lacked intelectual rigour and were not consistant with our contemporary knowledge of that war.

Approaches have also been made to the Manchester CORNERHOUSE about the possibility of showing a series of films related to the Spanish Civil WAr.

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Sep 11 2005 12:48

how about we dig up corpses of dead spanish anarchist and fuck em? or occupy a telephone exchange (or car phone wearhouse atleast)?