We’re reading the article “Challenging Patriarchy in Political Organizing – A 101” for next time.
For TROUBLED CHARITY HorseWorld (see The BRISTOLIAN #4.3) the race to the bottom is not yet over if whispers emanating from within the equine charity’s Whitchurch Führerbunker are anything to go by…
Shortlisted for an almost-coveted Bristol Post Business Award, the Horseworld management team forgot about their financial troubles and cut loose at the Awards dinner earlier this Summer. Hey, who wouldn’t jump at the CHANCE TO HOBNOB with red-blooded red trouser fetishist Mayor Fergo and other high-falutin’, self-regarding members of the Bristol business community?
So off trotted HorseWorld managing director Mark ‘Not That One’ Owen – plus the whole senior management team and even the chair of trustees – to bask in the recognition of their particular brand of business genius.
Like others attending they made copious use of the microblogging service Twitter to report on events – and as the vino flowed, the messages got raunchier. At a SURPRISINGLY EARLY 9:45pm came a particularly eye-catching tweet from the official HorseWorld Trust account: “Nikki has promised to streak if we get 10 RTs [retweets] or a donation on table 18”…
The ‘Nikki’ in question is none other than Nikki Bridges, the charity’s high-earning Finance Director – the woman in charge of accounts in an organisation HAEMORRHAGING MONEY ever since Owen took up the reins. Possibly not the most becoming behaviour for a charity bean-counter.
Her boss Owen didn’t even have the common sense to delete the OFFENDING TWEET afterwards. Much, it appears, to the annoyance of several trustees and donors who now suspect their money is being used less to support needy steeds and all too often in funding boozy gala dinner nosh-ups for HorseWorld’s MD and his underperforming pals.
It is also notable that while the Finance Director seems WILLING TO STRIP for cash, the day job has been suffering. The Charity Commission reveals that three-quarters of the way through 2013, HorseWorld has yet to submit its annual accounts for the previous year. In 2012 they filed by May – and reported a staggering £647,000 loss. Could the current reporting delay be in any way connected to an even deeper FINANCIAL BLACK HOLE?
Oh, and by the way, HorseWorld won in its award category – for (yes, you’ve guessed it) ‘Communicator of the Year’.
Abbiamo già parlato qualche tempo fa dei rapporti di trasparenza (se ricordate, Twitter, rapporto di trasparenza), oggi vorrei riportare qualche dato veloce riguardo al rapporto di trasparenza Gennaio 2013 – Giugno 2013, rilasciato da Microsoft un paio di giorni fa; secondo tale rapporto, Microsoft ha ricevuto richieste di informazioni da parte delle autorità, per circa 37.000 account, e sinceramente a me sembrano dati del tutto assurdi.
The BRISTOLIAN can EXCLUSIVELY unveil Bristol City Council’s new official portrait of City Director Nicola “Lady Gaga” Yates, created by local artist and Twitter enthusiast @guriben.
The portrait of the city’s wealthy first lady of local government will accompany all official Bristol City Council announcements and publications by Lady Gaga from Monday and it will also appear on a range of Conservative general election material from next year.
MAYOR FERGO told The BRISTOLIAN, “The portrait is magnificent. It perfectly encapsulates Nicola, her character, intellect and not insubstantial beauty. Well done to Guriben and I look forward to an interpretation of me.”
Lady Gaga has been described as “satisfied” with her official portrait and is said to be keen to see the painting displayed in the City Museum and Art Gallery where she may fit in nicely alongside some of Bristol’s other famous Conservative political figures like the slave trader EDWARD COLSTON and that old reactionary EDMUND BURKE.
The BRISTOLIAN will be commissioning further portraits from Guriben soon for some of our favourite local government officers such as country boy solicitor LIAM ‘MALFOY’ NEVIN, the less than magical new chief legal officer; ANGIE ‘PAIDWELL’ RIDGWELL, the generously remunerated chief bean counter and a farewell portrait of PR man for himself, PETER ‘CLAUDIA-JEAN’ HOLT.
Have you painted a portrait of your favourite local government officer or councillor? Why not send it in?
The best artistic rendering of GARY HOPKINS will win a prize…
Sempre più persone si stanno interessando al fenomeno dei Bitcoin (too little too late?) e in molti mi stanno chiedendo cosa effettivamente è possibile comperare con la moneta digitale. Forse non tutti lo sanno, ma ormai si può comprare tutto con i Bitcoin, non solamente servizi, ma anche beni materiali. Continue reading “Cosa si può comperare con i Bitcoin?”
And so The BRISTOLIAN, with a tear in its eye, draws your attention to the impending departure of Bristol City Council’s Communication & Marketing Director PETER ‘CLAUDIA JEAN’ HOLT – as EXCLUSIVELY revealed in The BRISTOLIAN!
Yes, the SELF-PROCLAIMED PR GURU – who showed off his muscular messaging abilities by cringing in the corner at an Easton Community Centre neighbourhood meeting back in April as his boss Mayor George Ferguson announced that rioting was okay as long as you did it “in the right way” – is off to “a new and exciting role in London”.
Notorious ALLEGED DOLPHIN-FUCKER Holt – snapped up as a hip-sounding young gun by Bristol City Council back in 2009 – will be trading in his BS8 Clifton Hill pad (average price: £350,000) for an NW8 Clifton Hill mansion (currently averaging £1m for flats up to £4m for houses). It’s almost enough to make you wonder how he could have managed to save up so much whilst working for BCC – has he been rifling around in the back of millionaire Mayor Fergo’s sofa for loose fifties?
Anyway, who could begrudge Claudia Jean – who saw himself as the firm-but-fair White House press secretary CJ from The West Wing, when he was more PJ, the Byker Grove kid blinded in a freak paintball accident – the odd ‘PERK OF THE JOB’? Toiling away on thankless tasks like dealing with constant grunty pocket calls from Gary Hopkins every time he sits on his council-issue smartphone whilst settling down on the office chaise longue to enjoy his ‘special interest’ DVDs; or having to explain to a sobbing Sir Hoyty-Toyty that no, the reason your email doesn’t work isn’t because “the pixies who carry the messages through the internet tubes have died” but because you haven’t turned your PC monitor on.
But don’t panic! You fine people of Bristol have not been forgotten! His Royal Holtness is having a taxpayer-funded leaving do at Council House, and you’re all invited!
He’s asked for RSVPs, but he surely won’t mind those who paid his NOT-INCONSIDERABLE WAGES turning up at Committee Room 15 of the Council House on College Green, from 4:30-6pm. Be sure not to be late – there will be a grand “ambient multi-media presentation” at
four five o’ clock, “showing you…unexpected sides of Peter you will never have seen before.” If you can’t make it down to Shitty Hall, you can join the fun on Twitter. He even has his own hashtag: #byebyebristol.
Who could resist?
The London Anarchist Bookfair is at Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road (Mile End tube) from 10am to 7pm on Saturday October 19.
Riot Squad -Fuck The Tories
Ruts -Babylon’s Burning
Blitz -Nation on Fire
Louis Lingg and the Bombs -Alphabet of A Revolution Lesson 1
Quiet Loner -Discontented WinterThe Ex -Hidegen Fujinak A Szelek
Leon Rosselson -Monsters
Ghost Mice -Crawl From our Wretched Graves
The Red Skins -Reds Strike The Blues
Ill -The Kremlin
Louis Lingg and the Bombs -Alphabet of A Revolution Lesson 2
Ivor Cutler -Go On Jump
Omega Tribe -Freedom, Peace and Unity
Arrison Kirby -Living On My Own
Faintest Idea -These Words Are Our Weapons
Manifest -The Yes Man
Jello Biafra with Mojo Dixon -Love Me I’m A Liberal
Louis Lingg and the Bombs -Alphabet of A Revolution Lesson 3
Obsessive Compulsive -No Logo
Blaggers ITA -Ten Men Dead
Echo is a non-profit political events and news site. Echo hopes to provide opportunities for struggle against oppression to grow by increasing participation in demonstrations, events, organised groups, and fundraisers.
Visit the site here: http://echomanchester.net
Saturday 28th September
featuring previous Under The Pavement Guests Class Actions
Sunday 29th September
Anti Capitalist Roadshow features Leon Rosselson, Roy Bailey, Peggy Seeger, Jim Woodland, Sandra Kerr and Janet Russell.
7.00pm Bridge 5 Mill Tickets £10 (£8 concessions).
Monday 30th September
Manchester Film Co-operative would like to invite you to a screening of the Spanish historical drama Libertarias.
Set in 1936, Maria, a young nun is recruited by Pilar, a militant feminist, into an anarchist militia following the onset of the Spanish Civil War. Guided by the older woman, Maria is exposed to the realities of war and revolution, and comes to question her former, sheltered life. While fully immersed in the overall enthusiasm of revolutionary Spain, Pilar and friends find themselves fighting against deep gender inequality which complicates their efforts in the war against Francisco Franco’s Nationalist/Fascist/Catholic forces.
Time Out said that the film “deserves praise for its feminist perspective on the course of the 1936-7 revolution, when women’s liberation was a logical, if hardly well-recognised, constituent of the libertarian ideals that the Spanish working class rose up to assert.”
Doors at 7pm, the film to begin at 7:30pm. Admission: £3 waged, £2 unwaged/student. Venue: The Kings Arms, Bloom Street, Salford.
More information: http://www.manchesterfilm.coop
Monday 7th October
Wednesday 9th October
CULTURE SHOCK | AOS3 | Black Star Dub Collective | Sporadics | Autonomads
The Big Western, Moss Side Tickets £9 from here
Saturday 12th October
Sunday 20th October
Thursday 21st November
Morning Glory plus 2 Sick Monkeys, Dead Subverts and Revenge of the Psychotronic Man
7.00pm Star and Garter, Fairfield Street (near Piccadilly Railway Station) £10 adv/ £12 on the door
Saturday 23rd November
Manchester & Salford Anarchist Bookfair
Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/305339022930675
Any what’s ons?