Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Hippie Januaries

In January 2005, I was writing about Jesus drawings, poverty and diet and Jodie Foster.

In January 2006, I was writing about the Radio 4 UK theme, Charles Kennedy, the good and (mainly) bad of therapy, how to get to Amarillo, sex offenders and incapacity benefit.

In January 2007, I was writing about night photography, the US bombing Somalia, abortion, movement photography, and you heard my voice.

And in January 2008, I was writing about creative protest by shopdropping, a terminally ill woman deported, astrology, and the awful treatment of rape victims.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

How People Find Hippie Blog

It's always interesting to see, through referral stats, how people find this blog. Links from other blogs, and links from blog-related stuff is quite common, but the google searches that people do, and find me, are sometimes quite intriguing.

I get a ridiculous number of hits through people searching for anal bleaching, for verruca cures, and for how to give used stamps for charity, amongst other things.

Today's intriguing in-link is that I am #1 in the search results for give me a fuckin idea to eat in ipswich. And the post that gives me that top spot? Oh yes, the murder of prostituted women in Ipswich. Go figure.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Better Than Vista

As a long-suffering user of Bloody Vista, this actually did make me laugh out loud.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Taking Liberties

I have just watched the film Taking Liberties, which you can see for free at If you haven't seen it yet, then you really, really must.

"Right to Protest, Right to Freedom of Speech. Right to Privacy. Right not to be detained without charge, Innocent Until Proven Guilty. Prohibition from Torture. TAKING LIBERTIES will reveal how these six central pillars of liberty have been systematically destroyed by New Labour, and the freedoms of the British people stolen from under their noses amidst a climate of fear created by the media and government itself."

It features Walter Wolfgang (the 83 year old man who was arrested under the terrorism act for shouting, 'Nonsense!' at the Labour Party Conference), Brian Haw, Mark Thomas, Maya and Milan, Sylvia and Helen, Mouloud Sihali, Shami Chakrabarti, and many, many more inspiring people who protest loudly against the shocking and frightening attacks on our civil liberties in the name of anti-terrorism.

There are very apt archive clips brilliantly juxtaposed with people speaking about the current situation in Britain, and perfectly chosen music.

The official website for the film is, and perhaps most importantly, it has a fairly well-stocked What You Can Do page.

I found that the film contains stuff I already knew, but perhaps needing reminding of, as well as things I had no idea about, for instance that the prisoners held in Guantamano Bay represent just 4% of the people that America is detaining in secret all over the world.

It consolidates a lot of facts in a way that brings it all together in a comprehensive and, frankly, terrifying way.

Watch it now. Then join Liberty and Amnesty. Then protest. If you dare.