Ritual De-Thatching

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The below is a binaural recording of me doing something that will get me in trouble with my mum. Mum hates it when I have short hair – she equates it with football hooliganism and general misdemeanors – when I should be shopping at M&S and having a sensible side parting.

I used the pair of Binaural mics that I received for my birthday a few years ago – they are designed to be placed in my ear – and then I shaved my head.

All proceeds raised through the sale of this album will go towards keeping me in hats.


Something Else ….

In the previous post I mentioned I had completed my first Dub EP – well, hot on the heels of that I have been trying my hand at a more modern Dub style.

I figure the first EP was pretty 1970’s – but times have moved on. Yes, Daft Punk did Disco. But, dub has moved on from the halcyon days of 1970’s Kingston – so I tried the above.

What do you make to it?

Lion’s Roar by Guerrilla Dub System

I give this EP 5*

Why, it is an EP I made. I have been dabbling in making dub for some time now – almost exclusively taking over my artistic pursuits. However, at 5am this morning the EP was finished. Here it is –

Most people who know me know I have a love of dub – Ska, I can take or leave, but Dub – Hell yeah!

All of the above is my own work with a sample from Mad Professor on Heart of The System – I really like this EP; it gives me the warm fuzzies.

Things I have Been Watching

This web site was constructed to act as a life log for myself – on it I will post things that move me and things that people will find banal. I feel this blog post falls in to the latter category. I would like to highlight two, incredibly popular, things I have been watching on the box.

The first ticked all the boxes: The VVitch. The Witch (stylized as The VVitch, subtitled A New-England Folktale) is a 2015 historical period supernatural horror film written and directed by Robert Eggers in his directorial debut, and produced by Rodrigo Teixera, Daniel Bekerman, Lars Knudsen, Jodi Redmond, and Jay Van Hoy. It follows a Puritan family encountering forces of evil in the woods beyond their New England farm. Here is the trailer ~

An international co-production of the United States and Canada, the film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on 22 January 2015, and was widely release by A24 on 19 February 2016. It received critical acclaim and grossed over $40 million over a $3 million budget. I loved it – It was the creepiest thing I have seen since The Wickerman.

However, as with The Wickerman, you cannot help but take the anti-christian side. In The Wickerman it is the ritual sacrifice of Edward Woodwood’s character, Sgt. Howie. In The Witch I was rooting for the young lady, played by Anya Taylor-Joy. In both films morality triumphs but so does idolatry.

The second thing I want to ramble on about aimlessly is a brand new series that is exclusive to Netflix. Stranger Things is its name.

 (I hope there are no spoilers in the trailer.)

Me and the wife have just seen the first episode of the first series. Whilst we will definately be dipping our toes back in the waters – I think there would be just as much left of it even if all of the nostalgia was stripped away.

Don’t get me wrong – We were on the edge of our seats, the soundtrack is immense (vintage synthesisers) and the special effect were good (very good).

Now then, if you have reached this point in the blog – grab yourself a cold one; you deserve it – keep scrolling for more procrastination …..

My First Ever Reason To Hate Canada

……. because of an environmental cause. See, a Canadian mining company has a license for an insane idea that could become a planetary disaster: the world’s first deep sea mine.

We all know how toxic mines can devastate land-based ecosystems – imagine corporations unleashed to dig up the ocean floor for minerals, far from any scrutiny. It’s the last thing our dying oceans need!

The good news is the company is having trouble raising funds. Let’s drop an ocean of condemnation on this project, scare any further investors away, and make sure this horrific new threat to our environment dies quickly. Click to sign the petition, which will be publicised and sent to every potential investor:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/png_nautilus_loc_rb/?tYpqjhb

Of course, the site chosen for the mine is right next to one of the world’s ocean treasures, a rich ecosystem off the coast of Papua New Guinea that has everything from teeming coral reefs to sperm whales. It’s a sign of what’s to come if we don’t stop this monstrous emerging industry.

The mining company has never operated at this scale, and is already in financial trouble. The project is risky. If we make it even more hazardous by showing the significant economic uncertainties, we might actually stop the mine, and make sure the industry gets a cautionary tale about messing with our oceans!

Across the planet, we’re in a battle to maintain a sane balance between humans and the natural world, a balance that is necessary for sustainable development, and that scientists tell us is necessary for our own survival, as well as countless other species. It’s greed vs sanity – let’s make sure the right one wins:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/png_nautilus_loc_rb/?tYpqjhb

Scientists who study ecosystems talk about how remarkably interdependent they are. We humans are enormously dependent for our survival on small creatures like plankton, or larger ones like sea urchins. We often think of humans as a virus, predatory on our ecosystem. But Avaaz is a movement for people who seek to be protectors and stewards of our natural world, to eventually live in harmony with it.

From that perspective, this campaign is part of our role in our ecosystem, as guardians protecting and serving the wondrous planet that is our home. We on the Avaaz team are so grateful to play this role with all of us in this magical movement.

Lord Dubs & The Calais “Jungle”

Given the title of this Blog post, you may start thinking this Blog post is a music review – far from it: I am fortunate enough to be on the mailing list for Liberty’s Newsletter – not the shop, but the Human Rights watch. The below is lifted from their site. You may be wondering why I would be cutting and pasting a newsletter from a Human Rights Watch on my Blog, Ijo Pona – well, it is self explanatory really. It has to be on a person by person basis – I have made the leap to activist; I recommend you do too. To quote Mahatma Gandhi, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

“In May 2016 the Government made a commitment to work with local councils to bring unaccompanied refugee children in Europe to safety in the UK, under an agreement called the “Dubs Scheme”.

Three months on and they have completely failed to deliver on this promise.

Liberty and Help Refugees are campaigning to hold the Government to account and make this pledge a reality, and we need your support.

Take Action : Ask your Councillor to sign our Statement of Support

Demonstrating local support for the Dubs scheme sends a strong message to central Government that the time to act is now – and that councils are keen to play their part.

Write to your local Councillors using this link. Ask them to sign up to Liberty’s statement pressuring central Government into honouring their commitment.

Statement of Support:

“We welcome the Government’s commitment to create a resettlement scheme to bring unaccompanied refugee children in Europe to safety in the UK. We recognise and support the vital role that local councils can and should play in caring for children seeking sanctuary.

We urge central government to provide funding to build the essential regional infrastructure necessary to secure the placement and support of children across the country and help us build them a brighter, safer future.”

If you are a Councillor and would like to support the statement, please email [email protected]

Write to your local councillor

Supporting Councillors

A full list of councillors who have pledged their support to the statement can be viewed here.

Take Action: Write to your local newspaper

Writing to your local newspaper is a great way of bringing the desperate plight of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children to the attention of your community, council and local MP.

It will be instrumental in persuading local Councillors to sign up to Liberty and Help Refugees’ Protect Refugee Children campaign.

To help you get your message across, here are some tips for writing to your local paper.

Background

Child refugees endure violence and separation from family members; lose access to education, healthcare, the support of their communities and often face bleak and uncertain futures.

As a recent harrowing report from UNICEF revealed, trauma does not end at Europe’s shores.  Children seeking sanctuary across the continent face routine exploitation and abuse. Many have already disappeared into the hands of traffickers.

The UK has a long tradition of providing refuge to those escaping persecution and indiscriminate violence.

In May 2016, the Government committed to create a scheme proposed by Lord Dubs – himself a child of the Kindertransport – to bring refugee children stranded in Europe to safety in the UK.

The time for action is now.  Local and central government must work together to ensure the Dubs scheme fulfils its potential as a lifeline for some of Europe’s most vulnerable children.

Currently huge question marks remain around funding for the regional infrastructure that will ensure consistent and high quality services across the country.

The whole process of resettlement – from assessment overseas, through placement with individual councils, to accessing essential services – must be rooted in the best interests of the child and adequately resourced.

Together we can hold the Government to account. Offering sanctuary to those fleeing war and terror is one of the most pressing human rights issues in the UK today.

By demonstrating local support for the Dubs scheme we send a strong message that urgent action is needed, and that local councils are keen to play their part.”

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Sorry to have rammed it down your throat, but this is a pressing issue – I cannot for the life of me think of the damage inflicted on these young ‘uns. Having seen their homes destroyed through Civil War they now spend their days in the Jungle – I must be hell for people. They have no other option but to try and make a bid to reach our country.

I have contacted Councillor Jean Butterfield in the hope that she helps with this. What really surprised me, when I looked at the list of Councillors was that there was someone with my name as a Councillor for Newby – Newby Hall is where my Dad farms!

Episode #24

Well, it has been a while since I had the chance to do the show. What with a recent passing of  a loved one and the health difficulties I have been undergoing I could not face committing my voice to tape.

However, good-friend-Allan came to the rescue and opened a studio.

Creao will act as an umbrella organisation, as far as I can understand. Part of this is the on-site recording studio. This show is the third recording from the studio – the first was Scooby’s Sound Of Wonder – recorded a while back. The second recording from the studio was my arty show, The Parish News.

GDS Radio Show LogoHowever, I want to focus on Episode #24 of Guerrilla Dub System’s Radio Show. I have been neglecting this child for some weeks now – but the promise of a session at the BBC has spurred me on to keep the project alive. I have also started sending off demos to see if the work I have been doing is any good.

My production is very “1970’s” and is a bit of a throwback. However, I have had over 8k plays on Soundcloud. I have been looking in to PRS but at £100 starting membership that is a bit steep; maybe wait until I get National airplay.

But the recording of the radio show went well, I will paste it below. The studio is excellent – cork-lined loveliness and decent RØDE Mics to keeps the voice alive. I rocked up with my computer and sound card to just sit there with a cold one and felt in my element.

1.Nice it up ft Charlie P by Mungo’s Hi Fi
2.Coconut Jelly Man (Original Mix) by Cali P, Shanique Marie
3.A Di System by African Brothers
4.Springtime Steppa (Original Mix) by Akcept
5.Burnin’ And Lootin’ by Bob Marley
6.Babylonian by Bunny Lie Lie
7.Why The World Stay So by Charlie Chaplin
8.Budda Bye 2014 (Vocal Mix) by Johnny Osbourne, 6Blocc, Capitol City Rockers
9.Dread (Gorgon Sound Version) by Kahn
10.His Imperial Majesty by Luciano
11.Je ne t’aime plus by Manu Chao
12.Thru Me by Papa Dimes
13.Used to Drive a Tractor In Negrille by Lee “Scratch” Perry