This is what a revolution looks like – ahem, slash and burn editing – killing your darlings with the delete button

A dump post for bits cut from a manuscript. So yes, I will not be talking about Bababababadiouuuuu. But leave it here in case I need to retrieve it from the hungry mouse: that atrocities here and there and the perpetual state of war cannot be swallowed whole means we need not agree with the … Continue reading This is what a revolution looks like – ahem, slash and burn editing – killing your darlings with the delete button

Coincidence Theory – side of the bus yet again – tradecraft

The film “Zero Dark Thirty”, directed by Katherine Bigilow, written by Mark Boal, was careful to doctor any non-sponsored ads from the side of (some of) the buses shown – number 10, not number 30 – in the recreation of the July 7 2005 London bombings. This first image of the erased cola ad is … Continue reading Coincidence Theory – side of the bus yet again – tradecraft

Pantomime Paranoia in London, or, ‘Look Out, He’s Behind You’

The book version of a commentary on various things Fun^da^mental (plus stuff on the Kumars at No. 42, Jean Charles de Menezes, Forest Gate, and the general mayhem of war-on-terror culture) is now out in a volume edited by Ian Peddie. Some of this material first appeared in various places across this blog, and was my inaugural lecture. … Continue reading Pantomime Paranoia in London, or, ‘Look Out, He’s Behind You’

Terrorvisionaries (part two)

A talk at Nottingham University Politics department last night gave me a chance to elaborate my worries over new media anthropology in South Asia, pantomime terror and the hanging channel – following on from the talks I’ve given about the Mohammed Afzal case and the DIY Cookbook video from Fund^da^mental. The notes below presume you … Continue reading Terrorvisionaries (part two)

Mind The Gap

I am always suspicious of travellers’ tales, especially those I’ve heard (or told) before. They get refined and streamlined, they come to resemble one’s own version of the Lonely Planet guidebook. Jacques Derrida knew this, commenting on travel narrative – he identifies two ‘risks’ of travelogues in the possible meanings of the terms we use: … Continue reading Mind The Gap

DEATHS IN CUSTODY

UNITED FAMILES & FRIENDS CAMAPIGN DEATHS IN CUSTODY FAMILIES TO MARCH ON DOWNING STREETLondon Saturday 29th October 2005.Assemble 1pm at Trafalgar Square for a march and demonstration to Downing Street The United Families & Friends Campaign – the national coalition of death in custody family campaigns – today announced its seventh annual remembrance procession. The … Continue reading DEATHS IN CUSTODY

POLICE CUSTODY DEATH FAMILIES DEMAND END OF SHOOT TO KILL POLICY

INJUSTICE If you are in London, this is important. A film made by friends with work from Goldsmiths students and comrades… Shoot to Kill does not make the tubes safer. Police who kill must be prosecuted. No Deaths inCustody… ———- Forwarded message ———- Press Release: 1/9/05 No Embargo POLICE CUSTODY DEATH FAMILIES DEMAND END OF … Continue reading POLICE CUSTODY DEATH FAMILIES DEMAND END OF SHOOT TO KILL POLICY