Travellers : Picture on my main website

I started taking pictures, at the end of the 70’s. I wanted to communicate something of what it was like to be a young rootless “Traveller”. Because I was one. Many looked at the various examples provided by gypsies here and in Europe; to nomadic people across the world. To try life outside the house in many different ways and to pick and select those means that make life comfortable, easy and meaningful. The ‘bender’, the Indian ‘tipi’, the Moroccan ‘yurt’, the Romany ‘bow top’, the western two-man tent, the truck and the double decker bus. Life on the road in an old £300 1960’s bus, truck or trailer seemed like a bloody good option weighed against the prospect of life on the dole in some dirty city where the only values being espoused by the Tory Government were those of me, me , me and more me – what was a poor boy to do. Five of you – £60 each , forget about the Tax and Insurance, let’s just chuck a few mattresses in the back of the Bella Vega and head for the nearest festival where we will be welcomed. Anarchists, venusians, pikies, pixies, conspiracy fugitives, old school, new school, never been to fucking school – wheeler, dealers – tryers, flyers, out and out liars – saints, sinners – all of them strangers in their own very strange land.
[This set from early 1980’s shot on transparency film, all before digitals].

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There is a need to dance

There is a need to dance
There is a need to travel
There is a need to squat
There is a need for protest
There is a need for open spaces
There is a need to celebrate
There is a need for community
There is a need to communicate
There is a need for tolerance

There is a need …….
to be heard

anon

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A little ditty

In the winter,
Wrap up warm.
Raise your hands
and dance till dawn.
Up amongst the woods and heather,
Party people dance…
Together

Lex, Leicester

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The object of a modern police force

It is the object of a modern police force, to help create a society in which they are no longer necessary

Sir Robert Mark, 

Metropolitan Police Commissioner

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The Last Nomads

A film about the Drive to Survive Campaign to stop the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill eradicating Gypsy and Traveller nomadic life in Britain. Made by Daniel Gonzales Franco and Dominic Watters in cooperation with the Drive to Survive campaign.
Jake Bowers

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COP26: advice for NUJ members

The union has published guidance, health and safety tips and emergency legal numbers for those covering the climate change climate in Glasgow.

NUJ members covering the climate change conference need to plan accordingly and take appropriate health and safety precautions.

The union will always stand firm for the right of bona-fide newsgatherers to do their jobs without fear of threats to their well-being.  Our guidance document gives  health and safety tips,  advice when dealing with the police and emergency legal numbers to ensure those covering the event feel prepared, safe and supported.


Always carry your UK National Press Card (UKPCA)/for Ireland NUJ Press Card in an accessible place and use it to identify yourself. Ensure you are protected by adequate insurance and conduct your own risk assessment before working. Make sure you have your NUJ membership number (not press card number) to hand if you need support from the union or Thompsons solicitors.

Carry a copy of the NUJ’s and Thompsons solicitors emergency phone number in case you need help. Thompsons operate a 24-hour emergency  number for work-related criminal matters. THOMPSONS SOLICITORS SCOTLAND ON 07718 416 084. 

Members can also call this number if there are difficulties with police officers, such as being kettled along with protestors: 01786 896000.

There will be a briefing for journalists/news gathers with Police Scotland, for those covering COP26 on Thursday 21 October at 14.00. If you will be covering COP26 and wish to participate contact davida@nuj.org.uk

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NUJ Photographer Andy Aitchison receives an apology from Kent Police

He received a full apology from the Chief Constable of Kent Police, Alan Pughsley, which includes admissions that Mr Aitchison’s arrest, the search of his property and the imposition of bail conditions and Fixed Penalty Notice were all unlawful. 

Andy Aitchison was arrested at his home on 28 January 2021 on suspicion of criminal damage hours after he had taken and shared photographs of activists demonstrating against conditions at Napier Barracks. Officers searched his family home and seized his mobile phone and memory card from his camera.

He  was then held in custody for over five hours before he was released with bail conditions which prohibited him from going near Napier Barracks. A week after the arrest the case  was dropped, however a week later he was issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice. This was only withdrawn after his lawyers threatened legal proceedings. 

Lawyers representing  Andy Aitchison then sent a pre-action letter of claim for damages and an apology arising from this course of events.

In a headed letter from Kent Police, Alan Pughsley said:

 “Further to the damages received by Mr Aitchison in compensation, I apologise unreservedly to him for his unlawful arrest, false imprisonment and breach of his human rights. I expressly acknowledge there was no culpability on the part of Mr Aitchison who was performing an important function publicising the protest in the public interest. I recognise the fundamental importance of free speech and the independent of journalists; I accept they should not be at risk of arrest and of having their equipment seized when acting lawfully in reporting matters of public interest.”

He said of the Fixed Penalty Notice, “there were no grounds for suspecting breach of public health regulations in force… given that Mr Aitchison was properly engaged in journalistic activity”.

Andy Aitchison said:

“I am relieved that this situation is now over and would like to thank the NUJ, in particular their Legal Department who has supported me throughout. I am lucky to have had excellent representation from Bindmans LLP and would also like to thank them for all their support and hard work.
 
“This feels like a very important outcome, that the police have acknowledged that photographers and journalists have a right to work. We must be able to work without fear of arrest and freedom to independently report on events. It is vital to our democracy that we are able to report on all issues, especially if they are politically sensitive.
 
“I hope that Kent Police have learnt from this situation and will work hard to ensure that this does not happen to any other official journalists. 
 
“It was a stressful and totally unnecessary experience to go through, both professionally,  and personally, not knowing what impact this could have on my work, and how distressing it was for my children to have to witness the whole thing. 
 
“I would like to thank everyone who supported me during this challenging time, it has made a significant difference throughout. 

National Union of Journalists said:

“The National Union of Journalists is thankful to Bindmans solicitors in representing our member, Andy, in what has been a very difficult and stressful time.  We are delighted with the outcome, in particular the acknowledgment by Kent Police that journalists should not be prevented from carrying out their jobs.  A victory for journalism and journalists.”

Rachel Harger of Bindmans said:

“Andy should never have faced criminal charges for reporting on a demonstration in his capacity as a freelance photographer and I am relieved that the Chief Constable of Kent Police has accepted this and acknowledged the fundamental importance of freedom of speech and that journalists should not be at risk of arrest or having their equipment seized whilst reporting on events.”

https://www.nuj.org.uk/resource/nuj-photographer-andy-aitchison-receives-an-apology-from-kent-police.html

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Jeremy Deller flow diagram – Acid House Vs Brass band.

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Jeremy Deller flow diagram – Acid House Vs Brass band.

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Everybody In The Place – An Incomplete History of Britain 1984 -1992 by Jeremy Deller

Some of my piccys from 42:49mins

Originally aired on BBC Four 2nd August 2019 – an excellent acid house documentary by Jeremy Deller. Acid house is often portrayed as a movement that came out of the blue, inspired by little more than a handful of London-based DJs discovering ecstasy on a 1987 holiday to Ibiza. In truth, the explosion of acid house and rave in the UK was a reaction to a much wider and deeper set of fault lines in British culture, stretching from the heart of the city to the furthest reaches of the countryside, cutting across previously impregnable boundaries of class, identity and geography. With Everybody in the Place, the Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller upturns popular notions of rave and acid house, situating them at the very centre of the seismic social changes that reshaped 1980s Britain. Rare and unseen archive materials map the journey from protest movements to abandoned warehouse raves, the white heat of industry bleeding into the chaotic release of the dancefloor. We join an A-level politics class as they discover these stories for the first time, viewing the story of acid house from the perspective of a generation for whom it is already ancient history. We see how rave culture owes as much to the Battle of Orgreave and the underground gay clubs of Chicago as it does to shifts in musical style: not merely a cultural gesture, but the fulcrum for a generational shift in British identity, linking industrial histories and radical action to the wider expanses of a post-industrial future.

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‘Know Your Rights’ – Nottingham Youth Commission’s Stop and Search Film

This is a much more ‘fluffy’ version from Nottinghamshire Police. I have quite a wide experience of policing ….. and I have never seen it done, quite like this.

‘Know Your Rights’ is a film, produced by Nottinghamshire Youth Commission in connection with Leaders Unlocked, Nottinghamshire Police and Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping, in order to inform people about their rights when they are stopped by the police and are searched. The film is going to be used by different youth groups, colleges, universities, secondary schools and other services, in order to teach young people about their rights when they are stopped and searched, and about what they are allowed to do. The film is also going to be distributed across the rest of the police forces in the UK, for them to use.

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police stop and search, Y-Stop part 1 | Short Film

Y-Stop highlights your rights and vital skills needed to handle police stop and search scenarios. Y-Stop is a collaboration between young people, charities, lawyers, community and media organisations. It is run by Release in partnership with Fully Focused and StopWatch. Directed by Teddy Nygh Screenplay by Courttia Newland Cast in order of appearance: Sonny Green (River City) Danielle Vitalis (Youngers and Attack the Block) Percelle Ascott (Mandem on the Wall and Youngers) Indra Ove (Resident Evil and The Fifth Element) Chris Streeks Ricky Groves (Eastenders) Nick Nevern (Hooligan Factory & Rise and Fall of a White Collar Hooligan) Tony Fadil Ben Hood

Part 2

-Stop is a collaboration between young people, charities, lawyers, community and media organisations. It is run by Release in partnership with Fully Focused and StopWatch. Directed by Teddy Nygh Screenplay by Courttia Newland Cast in order of appearance: Sonny Green (River City) Danielle Vitalis (Youngers and Attack the Block) Percelle Ascott (Mandem on the Wall and Youngers) Indra Ove (Resident Evil and The Fifth Element) Chris Streeks Ricky Groves (Eastenders) Nick Nevern (Hooligan Factory & Rise and Fall of a White Collar Hooligan) Tony Fadil Ben Hood

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Arrest in Market Square. Nottingham

Difficulties faced by an officer… deployed on his own. BUT … I was interested in the officers first approach. Not a word was said. Not questioned what’s what … before immediately getting out the handcuffs. Thus it seems to me, escalating the situation un-necessarily.

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QR Code

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Organ Performance. Market Square. Nottingham

Part of the opening ceremony of the Goose Fair ….. what isn’t happening this year.

Samsung S10 4K Video 3840 x2160

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Opening the Goose Fair. Nottingham

Lord Mayor, Sherriff of Nottingham etc ….. Reading of the Royal Charter for the opening the Goose Fair Ceremony, Market Square, Nottingham …. even though it’s not happening this year!

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Ratcliffe Power Station Action and Court : My reporting

Previous blog entries: https://alanlodge.co.uk/blog/?s=ratcliffe

Nottingham Spring into Action :: Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station 1

Nottingham Spring into Action :: Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station 2

Nottingham Spring into Action :: Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station 3

Ratcliffe Power station Climate Action, The Judgement [Magistrate’s Court Case]

2nd action >>

Ratcliffe Power Station ‘Climate Swoop’ 1

Ratcliffe Power Station ‘Climate Swoop’ 2

Ratcliffe Power Station ‘Climate Swoop’ 3

My court reporting during the trials:

Ratcliffe magistrates court case 04/20/2007

Ratcliffe Power Station Trials 1
Nottingham Crown Court Case – Nov 2010 – Jan 2011

Ratcliffe Power Station Trials 1a
Nottingham Crown Court Case – 18 Jan 2011

Ratcliffe Power Station Trials 2 PC Keneddy un-masked!]
Nottingham Crown Court Case – Jan 2011

Collected photography about it all at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/tash/sets/72157622705168956
https://www.flickr.com/photos/tash/albums/72157603453183055

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The Secret History of Spiral Tribe

The Secret History of Spiral Tribe
Not many people know this, but the horse-drawn travelers had a big part in shaping the direction of Spiral Tribe in 1991.
Back then we were urban squatters. Occupying empty buildings in London to live, work and, of course, party!
But on the summer solstice of 1991 we headed out of the city to try and find the elusive relocated site of that year’s Stonehenge Free Festival. For years the authorities had created a security cordon around the stones and partying anywhere too close to them would bring down the full brutality of the police.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, we managed to find that year’s festival, on an ancient greenway, hidden deep in the Hampshire countryside. It was known as the Rat’s Run.
These beautiful photos, from Alan Lodge, are of that magical moment.

It was here that the horse drawn made a huge impression on us (you can see from these pictures why!) We’d later become great friends with them – Ixy (now Ixindamix) was one of their number. She’d phone us to tell us of great new locations that they’d found as they’d slowly (at horse-speed) wound their way through the little-known greenways and lanes of rural England. We’d load up the sound system and meet up with them – and of course – party!
It was at these hidden locations, that the Spiral magic kicked in. It’s difficult to put it into words – but there was a strong sense that we were in a timeless landscape, beyond the rigid boundaries of the world according to those who’d impose their reality upon us. It was not an ‘escape’ from reality, rather a behind the scenes peek at reality.
There’s nothing like a horse-drawn rave to change the direction of your thinking!!! ?

Mark Angelo https://www.facebook.com/markangeloharrison/posts/4803445283039652

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A bunch of Furries

A bunch of Furries in Nottingham …. in the rain Samsung S10 4K Video 3840 x2160

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Nottingham Stands With Hong Kong Protest

300 HongKongers and their supporters gathered in Nottingham to condemn the Chinese Communist Party’s repression in Hong Kong ** Hong Kong is in its darkest day in history and a revolution must take place. We will not surrender until we win. Liberate Hong Kong, the revolution of our times. https://www.facebook.com/NottsStandsW… Nadia Whittome MP speaks at the Nottingham Stands With Hong Kong protest at the CCP’s repression of Hong Kong on Oct 2 to 300 gathered in heavy rain. https://youtu.be/ZfmAneMsh3g Samsung S10 4K Video 3840 x2160

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