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Focused Silence

I have been thinking – I have been thinking that I would like to be a patron of the arts. But, the way I have gone about this is to become a facilitator of the arts more than a patron. Yes, it would be great in cramming my pokey flat with original artwork such as photographs, paintings and collages. However,…

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We’re Just Back From Happygate

…. and had a great time. We (Kathryn & myself) called down to Valley Gardens this morning to see our good friends Stewart and Karen perform (independently of each other) at the first ever Happygate. I was knackered from a night of ill thought out scheming but the weather was mainly dry but for one or two showers. Run by…

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A Review Of The Unthanks In Harrogate

So, where does someone (me) start when reviewing a band that they do not know much about? Well, this is a review of The Unthanks in Harrogate. There are far more qualified people who could lay claim to being an authority on the matter – Indeed, I know very little about the scene they come from. However, they have a…

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New Work Equipment – Fuji X10

So, buoyed by this review I took the plunge and invested in a work camera – A Fuji X10 to be exact. I have had some success with Street Photography – getting signed to Getty – but I needed something a bit inconspicuous. I had thought about saving up for a RICOH GR but that would have taken quite a…

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An Obituary

Whilst paying a visit to leafy Warwickshire, I happened upon this article in the Leamington Courier …. This is the most personal Blog post I have written – yet I did not write it. The subject matter involves me (I am one of the 11). As people who are close to me know – I respect the privacy of others…

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Ô PAON

So, I logged in to Facebook – to try and catch up on shenanigans from the weekend; to see what my nearest and dearest had been up to. I have the good fortune to follow Dylan Carlson on Facebook – the legendary guitarist from Earth. This post from him made me stop in my tracks – I had the good…

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Just Plonk This Here …

In a damning new report, the United Nation’s Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has confirmed that the UK government’s austerity measures and social security reform are in breach of their obligations to human rights. Drawing on evidence from Just Fair, the report considers a number of factors in its decision, including increased reliance on foodbanks, unemployment rates, the…

One Man’s Account Of The Onset Of Insanity

As people who know me know, I have had a period of ill health in the past. The following article was written by by Daniel Smith – I found it on www.vice.com. I have not sought and I do not have permission to repost this article here, on www.ijopona.org – if I have done anything wrong then I will take…

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Why You Should Not Buy A Siemens Product

On Wednesday 15th June, Greenpeace launched a campaign to save the Tapajos region of the Amazon rainforest from a proposed mega-dam that would flood an area of forest bigger than Greater London. From 27th June, Greenpeace will be targeting Siemens, who are in the running for building some of the mega-dam. Some Facts About Siemens According to CEO Joe Kaeser,…