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Pancakes and Carnivals | Fools and Dirty Revolutions

Pancake Day falls this coming Tuesday in the UK… thought I’d post a few thoughts about its origins, and how we might use them to think beyond…well, munching loads of pancakes. Like so many traditions over here, Pancake Day has some origins in the Christian calendar… Shrove Tuesday, as it has historically been known, is [...]

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Mutiny [4] – TAZ | ‘Sending a Cow After a Hare’ | A Merry Life, and a Short One

I’ve been blogging through some of the reasons I’ve chosen to self-publish my new book, Mutiny – Why We Love Pirates and How They Can Save Us, exploring ideas of controlling the means of production, re-imagining ideas of copyright and being able to say exactly what I want to say. One of the final reasons [...]

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Why Go to Festivals When the Music Sounds Sh*t?

Interesting piece in The Independent yesterday, asking why people bother going to festivals when the sound quality is crap, there’s mud everywhere, you can’t sleep, and people push and spill beer all over you. I visited Glastonbury once, many years ago now, and left utterly mystified. Why, I wondered at the time, did so many [...]

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Snow and Strangers and TAZ [2]

As the snow continues to fall, a continuation of the extract from ‘Other‘: Christmas had long passed when the snow fell, but those few February days were picture-postcard scenes of winter and as we trudged through snowy woods near the house I was reminded of the carol: Good King Wenceslas looked out On the feast [...]

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Snow and Strangers – TAZ excerpt from Other

With the current snowy and icy conditions in the UK I thought I’d post an extract from ‘Other’ which links the huge snowfalls we’ve had in the past couple of winters to the idea of TAZ which is one of the central themes of ‘Other‘ – a welcome addition to anyone’s Christmas present pile, heartily [...]

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TAZ and Virtual Communities

Another question via email: On the concept of TAZ (and in particular Greenbelt) I want to tell you about my 16 year old. He has come to love the Greenbelt over the past couple of years as, like many of us, it gives him an amazing space to meet people (ok many are girls!). He [...]

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Is Institutional Religion An Out-Moded Technology? Apple 7 on 15th Sept…

Apple, the series of events I’ve been organising with some others, is back for another three dates. The idea behind Apple is simple: to get theology to engage with technology and social process. We’ve covered diverse ground such as social networks, the Large Hadron Collider, grey ecology, Heidegger and gadgetry. With this new series – [...]

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Back from Greenbelt | Other

In conversation with… Kester Brewin from Greenbelt Festival on Vimeo. Fantastic time at Greenbelt. Was brilliant to meet up with old friends and have some time to catch up. It was also really good to be able to speak about ‘Other’ and engage with people about the ideas that it throws up. I hope that [...]

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Catching Up | Greenbelt Talks preview…

Just got back from a couple of weeks holiday where I took a proper break from posting. Space to think about other stuff really, and ‘Devon’ and ‘Wireless Network’ are not immediately at home in the same sentence yet. This weekend I’ll be off to Greenbelt, where I’m doing two talks expanding on some of [...]

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Original Pirate Material…

Being in that part of the UK for holiday, and hearing on the grapevine that a few people are interested in exploring the thinking I’ve been doing around Hakim Bey’s work on pirates and TAZ, I thought I’d round up a few things here… Firstly, the series of posts I did on ‘A Plea for [...]

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