Monthly Archives: October 2012

Woman’s Hour Power List

The BBC are compiling a list of the 100 most powerful women in the UK. Who are the movers and shakers who shape the way we live today? Which women have the greatest impact on British politics, society, culture and the economy?

Tell them who you’d like to see on the Woman’s Hour Power List. Find out more here:

Vote for Caroline Lucas (MP), Natalie Bennett (Leader) and Jean Lambert (MEP) on BBC Radio 4 Womans hour please. VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

Fracking in Wales – Public Meeting – Wrexham – Thursday

Jill Evans, Plaid Cymru MEP, Gareth Clubb of Friends of the Earth Cymru and others speaking about the dangers of fracking, hydraulic fracturing to exploit shale gas. This has caused minor tremors by Blackpool and contaminated ground water in the USA. Test drilling has already started near Wrexham.

Apologies for the short notice. Please pass on to anyone who may be able to support this event.

More details here:

GET FRACTIOUS demo – 1st December – London

On1st December – organised by our friends at the Campaign Against Climate Change.

Hopefully we can get a good size delegation from South Wales together!

12 noon Assemble at Grosvenor Square
(or Parliament if Romney wins the US election – see below)

1.00-1.30: Building pipeline, speakers on tar sands and the US
1.30-3.30: March to parliament
3.30-4.30: Building fracking rig, speeches
After-party from 5.00 PM venue tba

Saturday 1st December – midway through the Qatar Climate Talks – COP 18


An e-card to send around to your friends and contacts is here.

Peace Pledge Union’s white poppy project

Each year PPU’s white poppies project challenges the war-condoning values of embedded in many traditional remembrance ceremonies.The red poppy symbol was first used in France to raise funds for children orphaned during the 1914-18 war and was quickly taken over to raise funds for the very people engaged in that war. The white poppy began as a message, mostly from women, many of whom were mothers, sisters, widows and sweethearts of men killed in the First World War. They, like many others, began to feel with the rising domestic and international tensions that the war to end all wars, in which their men had been maimed, killed or languished in prison for refusing to fight, would be followed by an even worse war.

Today, the international white poppy project asks us to remember all the victims of war; the innocent civilans, of all ages, as well as the servicemen.

Andy Chyba has a small supply of the PPU white poppies available, or you can order some here, to share with like minded people:

Verse & Vine – readings and sippings!

I am privileged to report that Robert has invited me to read from my book, The Asylum of the Universe. will read an abridged version of one chapter.

Verse and Vine (November 2nd at The Green Room [above SUSSED])

DateWed, October 24, 2012 at 1:54 PM

The Ecosocialist Tabloid – Issue No1

Green Left members have just put together a free tabloid which was distributed at the anti-austerity demo in London yesterday, to very favourable reactions by all accounts




There are plans to make this a fairly regular production (quarterly perhaps), if we can keep funding it, but this first edition could well become a collectors item.

You can see an online version here:

It may surprise you to hear that I had very little to with the anti-fracking piece on this occasion, but I have a half page piece offering some financial advice on pg. 9 (which may amuse some of you).

I have a very limited supply of the printed version which I will make available on a first come, first served basis to those that come to the meeting on Thursday (see notice below), so long as you promise to encourage as many people as possible to read it!


Bridgend Green Party Meeting Agenda – Thursday 25th October

Bridgend Green Party Meeting

7.00pm Thursday 25th September 2012 at the
The Railway PH at the bottom of Station Hill (upstairs meeting room).

ALL WELCOME (Especially new members!)


  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Apologies for Absence
  3. Minutes and matters arising
  4. Officers’ reports
  5. Councillor feedback
  6. Campaigns update – Fracking / 20’s Plenty
  7. Wales Green Party AGM
  8. Developments in Swansea GP
  9. AOB
  10. DoNM

NOTE – Venue is 1 minute’s walk from both the Bus and Train stations in Bridgend.

REMINDER – If anyone needs a lift to any of our meetings, let Andy know and we will organise it for you.