UK cop jailed for beating activist


Andrew Ott's job was to record evidence that student protestors in Parliament Square were violent, but his clever plan—physically attacking them!—has earned him 8 months in prison. Read the rest

Billboards tell the stories of professionals who can't afford London anymore

The London is Changing project collects the personal stories of professional people who are leaving the city because it has been remade as a playground for the global rich. Read the rest

Nathan Barley: old comedy turned out to be a documentary about our future

When Charlie "Black Mirror" Brooker came up with his trustafarian new media parody Nathan Barley for TV Go Home, no one suspected the character would last this long -- or be so relevant. Read the rest

London cop who repeatedly kicked, beat woman who wouldn't leave her child's sickbed cleared

Officer Warren Luke was cleared of the charge of "actual bodily harm" after he admitted to causing more than 40 injuries to a woman who wouldn't leave the hospital bedside of her seven year old daughter, who has cerebral palsy. Read the rest

The Knowledge: London cabbies' multi-year, grueling training

If you want to drive a black cab in London -- the only cars that passengers can hail from the kerb -- you have to pass "The Knowledge," an unbelievably tough exam that tests you on your minute knowledge of every street, landmark, hotel, restaurant, hospital, church, stadium, airline office, club, police station, court, and tourist destination within six miles of Charing Cross station. Read the rest

London: the dead-eyed banker psycho dream

"Its protagonist lives in a world of almost continual night, with the hungry eyes and dead affect of an Ayn Rand wet dream: his world is constituted of chrome, glass, a palette of white-to-taupe, a spatter-pattern rug and one book, a single book, on graphic design" - Piercepenniless on the Redrow London property development promo video. Read the rest

Gentleman juggler Mat Ricardo at London's South Bank Centre

Mat Ricardo sez, "Completely thrilled to announce that, in what must surely be some kind of administrative error, my one man show 'Showman' will have a three night run at The Purcell Room in London's South Bank Centre on the 19th, 20th & 21st of January." Read the rest

Modified London police brag-sheets

These are a refreshing antidote to the Metropolitan London Police's poster campaign trumpeting their 2014 achievements. Read the rest

Englandland: BBC plans a theme-park

The BBC's commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, is in plans to build a themepark in the Thames estuary, in cooperation with a Kuwaiti property developer and Paramount Pictures. Read the rest

London council threatens freedom of information site for "leaking" info they say doesn't exist

A reader writes sez, "Can you leak a decision that has not yet been made? The local council at the London Borough of Enfield seem to think so, and sent a takedown notice to British Freedom of Information website run by the non-profit mySociety." Read the rest

Hackney hackathon in London this weekend

Christian writes, "Come and participate in 24 hours to hack for Hackney: we will be doing the first Hack-ney-thon to try and improve how the council works and life in the borough. To help with this the council has started a Github account. Read the rest

Surgical sim dinner: food made to look like entrails of writhing "patient"

It's another one from the twisted and brilliant imagination of London's Miss Cakehead: diners were given surgical gowns and gloves, and feasted on trompe l'oeil dishes the they dug out of a rib-cage that appeared to be connected to a screaming victim. Read the rest

UK launch of In Real Life at Orbital Comics, London, Nov 12

I've just come back to the UK from my US tour for In Real Life, the New York Times bestselling graphic novel Jen Wang and I made; I'll be launching it in London at the incomparable Orbital Comics, near Leicester Square, on the evening of Weds, 12 Nov. Read the rest

Some tickets still available for ORG Con, London, Nov 15

Ruth from Open Rights Group sez, "Tickets are selling fast for Open Rights Group's annual digital rights conference, all about debating civil liberties and the Internet: Get yours here. Read the rest

London, Tue night: Cory and Biella Coleman talk about "Hackers and Hoaxers: Inside Anonymous"

Anthropologist Gabriella Coleman (author of the brilliant Coding Freedom) spent years embedded with Anonymous and has written an indispensable account of the Anonymous phenomenon. Read the rest

Tickets for the UK ORGCon on sale now!

Ruth from the Open Rights Group says, "We are really proud of the amazing people Open Rights Group are bringing you as speakers at this year's national digital rights conference." Read the rest

Cakeageddon: life-size "horror-farm" made from cake!

Evil Miss Cakehead's latest edible installation is a "horror-farm" featuring all manner of grotesqueries from baskets of entrails to slaughtered pigs, entirely made from cake! Read the rest

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