Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Monday, 29 July 2013

By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea (again)

Friday night at the Railway Hotel in sunny Southend-on-Sea to see the Stripey Zebras play their first show in 31 years. Thanks Graham, it was a real treat!


Sunday, 28 July 2013

Out with Chopper n Rachel

Double double something something
Double double something else

This was Wednesday. Good times, thanks fellers.




Thursday, 25 July 2013

Red Crayon Faction postcards — a sort of summary then

Postcards, postcards, we've got postcards. We've got superlovelynice postcards, as you can see here ably demonstrated by my special assistant.

There are beautiful portraits of Jean Seberg, Malcolm McLaren, George Orwell, Ulrike Meinhof, Leila Khaled, Penny Rimbaud and Johnny Thunders as well as a "group shot" and bonus We're Getting There and Fine Dining in the Liberal-Fascist Complex cards. They come in a pretty red and white candystripe bag and are available at the very reasonable price of £4.50 for a set of ten, with 10% of all sales going to the Dial House Foundation, a centre for the radical arts.

As always, please feel free to take your desires for reality here

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Anne McCloy's private view, Covent Garden, 23 July 2013

You are now entering Free Derry. Double A-side: Girls AllowedBuncha Mean Auld Punks. Everyone looks very fabulous and very mean don't they.

Left to right: Anne, Julian and Belle


Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Some (profound and important) thoughts on «the beach»

I am at the beach building a dune buggy attack battalion (which may be of interest to William Hague and GCHQ). Mechanics needed. No timewasters.



Standing on the beach with a gun in my hand
Staring at the sea, staring at the sand
Staring at myself reflected in the eyes of my good friend Jaime E Greco


I can turn and walk away or I can fire the gun
Staring at the sky, staring at the sun
Whichever I choose it amounts to the same


My friend Simon went to the beach and all he got was this totally awesome shot of one the battleships from the auld Crass fleet.


Chewin' out a rhythm on my bubblegum
Sun is out and I want some
It's not hard, not far to reach
We can hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach



Up on the roof, out on the street
Down in the playground the hot concrete
Bus ride is too slow
They blast out the disco on the radio



Sous les pavés la plage. Et sous la plage.. la plage encore. Monsieur C loves the beach. «See you on yon beach» he said, perhaps a bit affectedly. And he meant it too, both in the physical and the metaphysical sense, but mostly in a sort of acceptance of his own lack of proximity to a literal beach. Luckily good auld Smita was kind enough to take him at his word. «C'est la plage!» says Monsieur C, «C'est la vie! Mais n'oubliez jamais, c'est la guerre en plus!»


I wish I was in a pub. Or in an abyss. Or at the beach. Or anywhere really.






The only bad beach I can think of is the film of the same name by Danny Boyle. Possibly the book is bad too but I'd never know because I will never read it.

The realisation that life is absurd cannot be an end, but only a beginning. This is a truth nearly all great minds have taken as their starting point. It is not this discovery that is interesting, but the consequences and rules of action drawn from it
— Albert Camus

Or whatever... See you on the beach.

Red Crayon Faction postcards — Fine Dining

Too much horsemeat in your diet? Feeling down in the dumps with the multi-misery of the Liberal-Fascist Coalition? Why not fly with the eagles with this super-soaraway yet robust Fine Dining in the Liberal-Fascist Complex postcard. Take your desires for reality here.

Ten A6 postcards in a red and white candystripe bag that includes portraits of Jean Seberg, Malcolm McLaren, George Orwell, Ulrike Meinhof, Leila Khaled, Penny Rimbaud and Johnny Thunders as well as a “group shot” and two bonus cards: We’re Getting There + Fine Dining in the Liberal-Fascist Complex. 10% from every sale goes directly to the Dial House Foundation, a centre for the radical arts.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Red Crayon Faction postcards — We're Getting There

Did you nearly choke to death on the train to work this morning? Maybe drop a line to Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin and share the issues of the day with him on this sleek yet robust We're Getting There postcard. Take your desires for reality here.

Ten A6 postcards in a red and white candystripe bag that includes portraits of Jean Seberg, Malcolm McLaren, George Orwell, Ulrike Meinhof, Leila Khaled, Penny Rimbaud and Johnny Thunders as well as a “group shot” and two bonus cards: We’re Getting There + Fine Dining in the Liberal-Fascist Complex. 10% from every sale goes directly to the Dial House Foundation, a centre for the radical arts.

Mit Liebe und Freiheit und Frühstück für alle

Eine kleine lite Musik in der Bewegung Kunst und Handwerk mit Gudrun

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Red Crayon Faction postcards — Johnny Thunders

Is the bad boy in your life celebrating a birthday any time soon? Maybe now is the time to let him know how much you love him with this rocknrolldeanmartinofheroinesque yet robust Johnny Thunders postcard. Take your desires for reality here.

Ten A6 postcards in a red and white candystripe bag that includes portraits of Jean Seberg, Malcolm McLaren, George Orwell, Ulrike Meinhof, Leila Khaled, Penny Rimbaud and Johnny Thunders as well as a “group shot” and two bonus cards: We’re Getting There + Fine Dining in the Liberal-Fascist Complex. 10% from every sale goes directly to the Dial House Foundation, a centre for the radical arts.

Plutôt La Vie

La beauté est dans la rue






Saturday, 20 July 2013

Red Crayon Faction postcards — Penny Rimbaud

Had enough of Iain Duncan Smith murdering your friends and relatives with those cheeky ATOS assessments? Why not tell him to go fuck himself with this poetic yet robust Penny Rimbaud postcard. Take your desires for reality here.

Ten A6 postcards in a red and white candystripe bag that includes portraits of Jean Seberg, Malcolm McLaren, George Orwell, Ulrike Meinhof, Leila Khaled, Penny Rimbaud and Johnny Thunders as well as a “group shot” and two bonus cards: We’re Getting There + Fine Dining in the Liberal-Fascist Complex. 10% from every sale goes directly to the Dial House Foundation, a centre for the radical arts.

Sous Les Pavés, La Plage

Et sous la plage, la plage encore












Friday, 19 July 2013

Red Crayon Faction postcards — Leila Khaled

Imagine the unfettered joy to be had in sending Foreign Secretary William Hague your very own personal greeting on an attractive yet robust Leila Khaled postcard. Take your desires for reality here.

Ten A6 postcards in a red and white candystripe bag that includes portraits of Jean Seberg, Malcolm McLaren, George Orwell, Ulrike Meinhof, Leila Khaled, Penny Rimbaud and Johnny Thunders as well as a “group shot” and two bonus cards: We’re Getting There + Fine Dining in the Liberal-Fascist Complex. 10% from every sale goes directly to the Dial House Foundation, a centre for the radical arts.

Ne Travaillez Jamais

Tout ce que je cherche dans ce monde pourri c'est un peu la gentillesse






Thursday, 18 July 2013

Red Crayon Faction postcards — Ulrike Meinhof

Has your bank recently refused you an overdraft or turned you down for a loan or a mortgage? Why not write to say that you are ready to negotiate with this classically good-looking yet robust Ulrike Meinhof postcard. Take your desires for reality here.

Ten A6 postcards in a red and white candystripe bag that includes portraits of Jean Seberg, Malcolm McLaren, George Orwell, Ulrike Meinhof, Leila Khaled, Penny Rimbaud and Johnny Thunders as well as a “group shot” and two bonus cards: We’re Getting There + Fine Dining in the Liberal-Fascist Complex. 10% from every sale goes directly to the Dial House Foundation, a centre for the radical arts.

The Allensbach Opinion Poll, July 1971

Dear William Hague and GCHQ,

Here's something of interest and if you have nothing to hide then maybe you should consider writing it down:

On 26 July 1971 Der Spiegel published the Allensbach Opinion Poll which found that 40% of young people were prepared to describe the Red Army Faction's motives as political, not criminal; 20% indicated that they could understand efforts to protect fugitives from capture; and 6% stated that they would be willing to conceal a fugitive.

You're welcome,
D Arigâteau

Source: here

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Red Crayon Faction postcards — George Orwell

Are you tired of the man in your television set controlling the price of beer and cigarettes and recording everything you say and do for the cats at GCHQ? Express yourself more clearly with this doubleplusgood yet robust George Orwell postcard. Take your desires for reality here.

Ten A6 postcards in a red and white candystripe bag that includes portraits of Jean Seberg, Malcolm McLaren, George Orwell, Ulrike Meinhof, Leila Khaled, Penny Rimbaud and Johnny Thunders as well as a “group shot” and two bonus cards: We’re Getting There + Fine Dining in the Liberal-Fascist Complex. 10% from every sale goes directly to the Dial House Foundation, a centre for the radical arts.

West One (Shine on Me) — The Ruts

Rut #1: Babylon's Burning. Yeah, Babylon's Burning
Rut #2: Sounds good, I like it
Rut #1: With anxiety
Rut #2: You what?
Rut #1: Babylon's burning, with anxiety
Rut #2: What the fuck is that supposed to mean?
Rut #1: Well you know, they're anxious about it
Rut #2: Is that the most useful thing we can say?
Rut #1: Oh I dunno, it makes sense to me
Rut #2: I think it sounds stupid. I think West One was better... and I'm talking about the 7 inch mix obviously

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

The Hard Skin Gipsy Hill Delivery Service

— We're The Fucking George?
— That'll be five pounds please!
— Oi! Oi! Thanks a lot!!

Location photographs by Belle Thackray