Thursday, 31 August 2017

Mon 11th Sept Green on the Screen 'Dispossession:The Great Social Housing Swindle'

Kiran Acharya, Associate Producer of film will join us that evening and take part in the discussion of this Inspiring film that explores the agenda behind the neglect, demolition and regeneration of council estates in the U.K. over the past thirty years. It reveals  individuals and communities fighting against the state and private developers, as they try to save their homes from demolition, and investigates the decisions that turned a crisis into a tragedy.In 2017 housing tops the British political agenda for the first time in a generation. But despite the media spotlight, few stories examined the catastrophic long-term failures and agenda that resulted in a chronic shortage of social housing in the UK as have these filmmakers. This film calls upon our Augur capacity to see beyond what is in front of us and is fiercely relevant locally where the 'The Haringey Development Vehicle '(HDV) is considered the biggest privatization and ‘regeneration’ of Council property project currently being proposed in the country. StopHDV campaign have called a London-wide march for 'Social Housing NOT Social Cleansing' on Sept 23rd in an area that is earmarked for demolition and social cleansing. Film At Earl Haig Hall. Elder Ave N8. Doors open 6.30pm, film 7.30pm. Light snacks available before film for donations. Drinks available in main bar. Free Entry. Donations warmly welcomed.
Film reviews; "A timely lecture on humanity" (The Times),  "A carefully balanced, clear headed study of the myriad of ways the UK property market has skewed and malfunctioned.” (The Guardian), “An important and timely film.” (The Observer), "The housing crisis is one of our nation’s biggest scandals and this film shows us it’s deliberate. " (Michael Sheen)

Monday, 21 November 2016

A Personal Appeal to the Seasonally Afflicted

Dear Friends,

At this time of year I become conscious of an affliction which burdens so many in our community.

Just as rodents infected with Toxoplasmosis will throw themselves in the path of cats, the human disease of Toxexmasosis overwhelms otherwise (reasonably) rational people with a compulsion to throw themselves into an exhausting frenzy of purchasing.

The repercussions can be serious. The sufferer may show physical symptoms of light-pursedness and shortness of credit, followed by the mental malaise of Buyer's Remorse. (1)
A more virulent strain of Toxexmasosis has recently been introduced from abroad: So-called ‘Black Friday’, first identified on the dark side (of the Atlantic), infects the population even earlier in the season and every year provokes more rabid behaviour.

But there is hope:

I can personally recommend a 2-step programme to help build up immunity, using the proven remedy of BND:
  1. Buy Nothing Day on Friday 25 November was established in 1992 to assist in combating the disease that was already spreading alarmingly in North America (2)
  2. Newly introduced to the therapeutic arsenal is #AltXmas16, which will be trialled on the afternoon of Sunday 27 November in a Crouch End clinic (for one day only). It allows a measured return to spending after the BND detox, providing a safe environment in which to act out the problem behaviour with reduced toxic side-effects. If you would like to be part of this trial, you will find details below. 
What is #AltXmas16?

In a healing environment gentle volunteers guide the patient towards nontoxic options:  fairtrade, recycled, and locally made objects, and gift vouchers for stimulating new experiences.

Even people fortunate enough to be totally free of the debilitating compulsion to exchange gifts in a formulaic meaningless manner will be able to spend an afternoon sampling refreshments, listening to music and experiencing general pleasantness.

I encourage you to try #AltXmas16 yourself, and to spread the word to anyone who you feel may benefit from it. 

Let me leave you on a positive note with this case study from my personal journey. By strongly resisting the urge to buy people gifts, I observe that I also reduce other people’s desire to buy them for me, thus creating a positive feedback loop, and illustrating how recovery can be a beautifully reciprocal experience. 

Wishing you goodwill and good consumer health,

Gemma x

1. Experts ascribe this to the stress of cognitive dissonance caused by trying to believe one is an agent of goodwill, while  suppressing the knowledge of complicity in environmental crime; the promotion of sweatshop labour; and most importantly, the contribution to the geological instability of London by enabling overweight felines to dig enormous basements.

2. Observance of BND is analogous to the fast days found in all major religions. Abstinence gives us permission to pause in the midst of the frenzy, and the space for contemplation about the true meaning of shopping.


2) Guides to wellbeing and consumer cleanliness: