When this happens, you know you’re on the right side.
Haunting new stuff was shown at a press launch yesterday at the Sant’Antonin church in Venice, depicting Al Wei Wei’s time of incarceration, using hyper-realist models of himself and his captors. The notorious activist artist’s latest work is comprised of six parts: (i) S upper, (ii) A ccusers, (iii) C leansing, (iv) R itual, (v) E ntropy (vi) D oubt.
As we write radical artist Mark MacGowan (aka Artist Taxi Driver) is pushing a pig with his nose from Kings Hospital, Camberwell to Downing Street, to express his disgust at the government flogging off parts of our NHS. He says on blog where’s daddy’d pig, “Without a mandate, having concealed their health policy, this Government is giving away NHS contracts to the highest bidder. The tendering of NHS services to private companies is a despicable act. Under the cloak of austerity the primary purpose of this government is to move public money into private pockets, as fast as humanly possible, they are like pigs at the trough of public money. “They” are the ones that are fleecing the public purse, “they are the least amongst us”.
Mark told La Bouche in an interview back in 2009 that he has no problem doing long distance crawls. “I’m really good at crawling. I can do about five miles a day. To me it’s like jogging” he revealed.
Mark MacGowan is well known for his mad art stunts or ‘comments’ as he likes to put it, on current affairs. Some of these have most famously included pushing a monkey nut across town with his nose to protest against student top up fees, leaving a tap running for a year and kicking a crack head around town to highlight their rights. In the last couple of years he has become a YouTube sensation for his wild rants about the Tories.
Get to Downing Street for 6pm to see Mark deliver his pig to number 10.
We don’t really do book reviews, in fact, I don’t think we’ve EVER done one. However, when we heard about ‘The Eccentropedia’ we immediately took to the blog to enthuse about such a prospect.
“Isn’t this fabulous?” We raved. “Don’t you just need to have it? The author [Chris Mikul) has long been banging up zines about the most unusual people that ever lived, and now here it is binded into one big book, thanks to unpopular culture gurus Headpress. We just hope we get an invite to the launch party as there’s absolutely nothing we love more than a room full of eccentrics.”
Anyway, a couple of months later and still no party invite but we did hear the thud of our review copy (yay) and ever since we have been hooked on reading more and more about the world’s weird and wonderfuls.
This is an ironically comprehensive guide of not just the well known eccentircs but the undersexed n the under-rated. The avanteguard, the many occult leaders, radicals and some real freaks also grace the pages, accompanied by some awesome etchings. Mikul has barely left a stone unturned in his quest to document nature’s most ourageous and I couldn’t reccomend a better stocking filler! Pick yours up here, on Headpress’s site.
When we caught sight of this on the BBC site yesterday, we could not help but wonder where we’d seen this naughty nun before. Then we remembered chatting to ‘Sister Ruth’ outside Tescos in Clapton one time. She was ever so nice, invited us over for a cup of tea n everything. Well, we were glad we got on her good side as it has transpired that we certainly wouldn’t want to get on l’autre..
According to the Beeb
A 72-year-old woman who sent envelopes containing white powder to parliamentary figures including Nick Clegg has been given a community order.
Ruth Augustus, who claims to be a Catholic nun, was found guilty of six hoaxes involving noxious substances in July.
She has been told she must serve a two-year community order and have mental health treatment.
The letters were intercepted at an east London mail screening centre last year.
The powder was found to be non-hazardous, the Old Bailey heard.
Augustus, of Leyton, east London, accepted that she sent envelopes with letters in them but claimed police put the white powder in.
Mark Kimsey, prosecuting, said three envelopes were intercepted at a mail screening centre on 17 June 2011.
One was addressed to Deputy Prime Minister Mr Clegg and on the envelope was written “devil worshipping”, “freemason”, “sex with 30 plus women”.
When Sister Ruth was asked about her motivations concerning Clegg’s package, she said he “lied about all the tuition fees and everything else, keeping those Tory millionaires and rats in government”.
She added: “He boasted about all the women he’s had sex with. He’s an atheist singing hymns in the Albert Hall.”
“Sharks have thrived for 400 million years. They get less cancer and are less susceptible to certain viruses than we are. They’re also called “majestic” more often than many of us. But we’ve failed to steal their proverbial flavor,” reports politics site Atlantic.
So healthy are sharks that humans have apparently been grinding up, eating, and uh, injecting, the endangered species in a bid to harness their immunity. Shark cartilage continues to be used as adjunctive therapy in cancer, osteoarthritis, psoriasis, and macular degeneration, despite the evidence for its effectiveness being slim.
And we moan when they munch on us…
As a result of this kinda like almost witchcraft-sounding treatment, and not to mention the fin snatching mafia (a highly lucrative ingredient in soup) the shark population is in worrying decline. Hurray, I hear you secretly sigh, eyeing up scuba diving hols in the Red Sea, fear free. But before you do, ‘jaws’ for thought: Every year around 100 shark attacks are reported worldwide, although death is quite unusual. In comparison, 100 million sharks are killed every year by humans.
Disability campaigners, Black Triangle, announced yesterday that the Mental Health Resistance Network’s application for judicial review has been granted. They will now be able to challenge the coalition’s flawed Work Capacity Assessment, which has been finding people with severe disabilities fit to work, and removing their disability allowance. This has been having a devastating impact on these vunerable peoples’ lives, with the Mirror reporting that a heartbreaking 32 people a week are taking their lives after failing the test.
Black Triange said :
“It means that their case can now go on to be heard and the WCA will be reviewed by the judiciary to test its legality and compatibility with both human rights and domestic legislation and common law protecting the rights of individuals from the actions of the State!”
La Bouche fully supports this movement and are delighted to hear of its progress. Whilst the elite are given a tax boost, this barabric attack on those with disablies is quite simply beyond unacceptable. This country can afford welfare for everybody in need and we will not put up with this.