In London today, members of the UK Border Agency were stopping people of color at various tube stations and demanding that they show identity papers. Several eyewitnesses confirmed that the patrol officers were singling out brown people, that they were intimidating in demeanor, and that they threatened to arrest passers-by who asked what was going on. At least one officer is reported to have removed his badge number. This comes as the UKBA began to blitz London's neighbourhoods with vans threatening undocumented migrants with arrest and deportation and exhorting them to turn themselves in.
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Artist Alexis Diaz painted this beautiful elephant-headed octopus mural near my flat in East London; I've just got back from Comic-Con and I'm going to make a special detour tomorrow to see it in person. According to Colossal, the mural took a week to paint.
Mat Ricardo sez, "Here's the Web TV version of show 5 of the London Varieties. Want to see a man play classical music while juggling ping pong balls with his mouth? OF COURSE YOU DO! Enjoy the show, and then come to the last ever live show, this coming Wednesday at 9.30pm, at the Leicester Square Theatre, featuring DAVE GORMAN, PAUL ZENON, MAT RICARDO and a packed show of circus, variety, comedy, music, and - as it's the last show - lots of secret special guests! Get your tickets here.
Mat Ricardo's London Varieties: Show Five
Hey, codemonkeys! MakieLab, the venture-backed 3D printed toy company my wife founded in London, is hiring! They've got two jobs open
, one for a senior dev, the other for a front-end dev. Good pay, good people, good products -- happy mutant nirvana, ahoy!
Mat Ricardo's about to host the last ever London Varieties show, and he's issued a challenge with potentially humiliating consequences. Turn up on July 24 to see what happens!
sez, "Artist support agency, SPACE, is using Kickstarter to set up a FabLab
, bringing affordable 3D printing, laser cutting and more to artists and creatives in Hackney, London. With 'Tech City' growing next door to SPACE's East London studios, it wasn't long before they saw the potential of Kickstarter which recently launched in the UK. The campaign's up and running now, gaining momentum and should show the potential of Kickstarter to other arts organisations. Key for many pledgers are the rewards they get and SPACE's campaign is no different. £20 pledgers can get year long memberships of the FabLab with lots of artists already signing up. Top level pledgers will receive 1 of 10 individual, 3D printed sculptures by Hackney based, SPACE artist, Ryan Gander."
The Barbican commissioned artist Leandro Erlich to design an illusion that uses a giant, tilted mirror and a building facade that lays flat on the ground to make it look like its participants are defying gravity and scaling walls. The piece is called Dalston House and it's sited on the foundation of a house that was bombed in the Blitz. Erlich will be giving a talk about the piece tomorrow (Thursday) night at the site of the installation: 1-7 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL.
Art: Leandro Erlich's illusionary Dalston House will have you clinging on for dear life
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Heathrow Express train service from Paddington to the airport in London, a PR firm built a 4m-long cake shaped like a train on the platform, guarded by birds of prey to keep the pigeons away. Passengers were invited to eat the train on Monday.
Happy Birthday Heathrow Express! – A Train Made Entirely From Cake
(Image: Nathan Pask)
At last, London is getting a Maker Faire -- albeit a "mini-Faire." The Elephant and Castle Mini Maker Faire will take place on July 6, and I'm pleased to say that I'll be one of the keynote speakers. There'll be everything you love about Maker Faires on offer, of course, especially activities for young people. I took my daughter to the Newcastle Faire earlier this spring and she had the best time.
Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire, London’s first maker faire, is a go for Saturday, July 6 in Elephant & Castle, a small, bustling London neighborhood just south of the River Thames. The fair is being hosted by the London College of Communication. The Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire will offer a day of family-friendly making, learning, crafting, inventing and tinkering in the heart of London. Be inspired by arts, crafts, engineering, science and technology from more than 70 Makers offering demonstrations and hands on workshops in electronics, coding, hacking, tinkering, 3D printing, crafting and much more. Entry is free...
...Following the fair will be a second day of debates and discussion about making organized in part by the Victoria and Albert Museum. The organizing committee includes members of the 600-strong London Hackspace.
London Calling! Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire set for July 6
Underground power-boxes nestled beneath the pavements* of London keep blowing the hell up. In its defense, UK Power Networks reminds us that there's a lot of these boxes, and only a few of them explode catastrophically every year, blowing huge, dramatic holes in the streetscene. I'm reassured!
The risk is growing said the HSE, with 12 explosions in 2010, rising to 29 last year, following a slight drop to 8 blasts in 2011. Worryingly, in less than six months of this year there have already been 12 blasts.
In May 2012, three women were injured when a cable pit blew up on Edgware Road and back in August 2011, 76 year old Colin Wingate was confined to a wheelchair for three months following a pavement blow out in north-west London.
Londoners at risk of death from outbreak of exploding pavements
*Note for Canadians and Americans: this usage of "pavement" is equivalent to the North American "sidewalk"
David sez, "The Restart Project is a London-based social enterprise and charity aiming at changing our relationship with information technologies by empowering people to repair and reuse their electronic devices.
The Restart Project's vision is one based on collaboration and creativity -- combining online knowledge sharing and cooperation with tangible activities in real life. One of the main such activity have been 'Restart Parties', community repair events, where all kinds of electronics are taken apart and repaired by owners together with volunteer repairers (Restarters). The aim is to promote increased lifespan, share repair skills and promote sustainable and informed consumption of information technologies.
The Restart Project just celebrated its first birthday. In one year, it has thrown 27 Restart Parties, involving and empowering over 500 Londoners of all ages, backgrounds and groups and saving an approximate 393 kilograms of electronics from waste, which is roughly the weight of a polar bear."
the restart project | repair, don't despair! towards a better relationship with electronics
Two and a half years ago, James Siddle moved to London for a new job; in two weeks time, he’ll be moving out to a small town in the country, defeated.
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Right-wing extremists, vastly outnumbered by opposing marchers on the streets of London, gathered Friday to whip up support. Both groups, however, were upstaged by campaigners fighting for a third cause: to stop Britain's brutal and scientifically-questionable badger cull. When the badger women sided against the fascists, writes the International Business Times, they had no-where left to run