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Eccentropedia: The most unusual people who have ever lived.

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.

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Spreading the word… More things we like!

This exhibition:

Suzanne Treister’s Hexen 2.0 at the Science Museum

But don’t expect science, expect séance!

We have long been fans of Treister’s psychedelic adventures into the shadows of the military occult and psychological warfare. Here above a vast expanse of bizarre modern machinery in London’s Science Museum, we journey into post World War 2 governmental and military imperatives. Expect sinister psychiatrists, a séance of academics and tarot cards with a twist. This is on until April 30th and is not to be missed.

This pic:

At the La Bouche towers, we do NOT like bullfighting, and so we welcomed this picture of a matador repenting at his involvement in the vile sport.

This photo shows the collapse of Torrero Alvaro Munera, as he realized in the middle of the his last fight… the injustice to the animal. From that day forward he became an opponent of bullfights.

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Some things we kinda really like…

And so we’re back from outta space.. Sorry for the absence, even zine editors have to take a little annual leave here n there.

We have some very exciting posts lined up for you but right now, just  a few things that have caught our eye…

1) This book

Eccentropedia – an A-Z of Eccentrics 

by Chris Micul

Isn’t this  fabulous? Don’t you just need to have it? The author has long been banging up zines about the most unusual people that ever lived, and now here it is binded into one 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.

2) This flyer

We  were deeply amused by anti-cool club night ‘Club Cool”s latest flyer, by rock rave band The Coolness.

3) Kindle

What a creation! Writers are bipassing the commercial clutces of literary agents and becoming instantaneous bestsellers! La Bouche will be taking to Kindle to magic up our own downloadable zines in the very near future. We may even be launching our new sister zine ‘Yeah, basically’ by similar means… You heard it here first.

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Please please please protect the sick and the poor when you vote on welfare reform.

I sent the below email to a bunch of Lib Dems today as the House of Lords will vote for time limiting ESA (Employment and Support Allowance) to just one year THIS AFTERNOON. This means that those who are sick (no matter how sick) will have all their benefits taken away from them after just one year putting them in an absolutely unimaginable situation. You can find a list of email addresses on the UK Uncut website if you too wish to send an email. You can also use and adapt my letter below, if you are limited for time which was adapted from a template which can be found on the UK Uncut site.

Rose Mouton, La Bouche Zine

“As somebody who voted for Lib Dems in the last general election, I am writing to you in the hope that you will not vote for time limtiting ESA to just one year in the coming welfare reform bill Report Stage and Third Reading. This could put people who are already suffering immensely in an absolutely unbearable and inhumane situation.

-700,000 people with serious illnesses and impairments will be affected by this policy, many losing any right to an independent income.

-The means test is set at just £7,500 per year, meaning that a partner must support an unwell or disabled loved one if they earn more than this.

-Families already overwhelmingly living in poverty will lose £4661 per year. This is three times as much as higher rate taxpayers will lose in child benefit.

-This policy only affects working families and savers as it only applies to those who have contributed NI or have savings over £6000.

-It is a disincentive to work and will only encourage families to break down

-The only justification ministers have given for this policy is that “We can’t afford it” Sick and disabled people with limited capability for work are conflated with jobseekers as ministers claim ESA must be brought into line with JSA

-Ministers admit that 94% of those affected will not have found work by the end of the year. They also insist that it is irrelevant whether or not they have recovered.

-People with serious, lifelong, and degenerative conditions will all be affected by this. People with MS, Cancer, Parkinsons, Bowel Disease, Kidney Failure, Heart Disease, Lung Disease, Schizophrenia, Bi-Polar and many many more conditions will lose benefits, left in limbo until they are judged unable to do any kind of work at all,.

At your annual conference this year, Liberal Democrat members voted overwhelmingly to oppose an “arbitrary time limit” on ESA. Please, please, stand by the wishes of your grassroots and of your party and oppose this cruellest of measures.

We are relying on you to help us. Only Liberal Democrat peers can provide a majority and ensure that a one year time limit on sickness benefits is not made law. Please, you promised to protect the most vulnerable and if ever a policy hit the most vulnerable the hardest, then it is time limiting ESA.

Many thanks,

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Christmas comforts and the Age of Aquarius

Dear bouchers,

Happy belated Christmas. This year we had an unexpected present:
Xmas sales of celebrity biographies down 60 per cent with quirky independent books (such as Mark Forsyth’s The Epyologicon’)and system-sceptic ’10 things they didn’t tell you about Capitalism,’ soaring ahead in the best-seller charts. This info, along with reports that both mainstream paper sales and X-factor viewings are down leads us to that exciting feeling that people may be thinking again. In the words of our friends’  Bryn Phillips and the Big Society  ‘I feel the sudden turn of the wheel’…

In other Xmas news…

La Bouche popped into Midnight Mass at Southwark Cathedral for a (admittedly drunken) wail where we became deeply moved by the Bishop’s sermon, where he too talked about 2011 being a marked year of change, especially for the church. In a possible nod to the Occupy movement he talked of how the clergy had begun to seriously question the morality of the banking sytem, along with the media and the mainstream press. He talked of how the churches had this year united to protect those affected by the coalition’s brutal cuts, the 35,000 adults and children now sleeping on the streets of Britain. He talked of how this will only worsen in the coming year with more benefits to be capped, how ‘society’s safety net now has holes in it.’

Indeed, The House of Lords is currently reviewing the Welfare Reform Bill. It targets the most vulnerable people in our society. The bill could save the government £1 billion over five years whilst he human cost will be immeasurable. If they targetted super-rich tax dodgers they could save £125 billion in the same period. You can sign a petition to stop this, if you wish.

2012, The Age of Aquarius

Although the above is bleak, there is perhaps no need to brace yourself for the armageddon we have been led to believe is thundering neigh.  Druids and Pagans are actually reportedly very excited about the coming year.

It has been said for some time that we are sifting into the The Age of Aquarius in the cycle of astrological ages. Each astrological age is approximately 2,150 years long, the average time it takes for the Vernal Equinox to move from one constellation of the zodiac into the next and thus we have been locked in dark Piscian times for yonks. The Aquarius traditionally “rules” electricity, computers, flight, democracy, freedom, humanitarianism, idealists, modernization, astrology, nervous disorders, rebels and rebellion. Other keywords and ideas believed associated with Aquarius are nonconformity, philanthropy, veracity, perseverance, humanity and irresolution. So, asides from the ‘nervous disorders’ it’s all sounding good! Some astrologers believe that the influence of a New Age is experienced before it arrives because of a cuspal effect or Orb of Influence.

So there you go, au’revoir Pisces and salut Aquarius. La Bouche would like to wish our friends a very happy new year and leave you with this old’un…


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Hello world!

Bonjour bouchers,

We are now a blog, as well as a website and a zine!

This  is so we can bring you articles as they are written as opposed to every four or five months, as over the previous years. In such mental eventful times this is seemingly necessary. We can no longer keep up… I mean, since we got together our last issue, Bin laden’s been pronounced dead,  a supposed ‘Murdoch revolution’ occurred and London has become  a burning cradle of discontent. It seems everything we have been ranting n raving about over the years is coming  more and more to an ugly and unbelievable head.

On top of all these crazy happenings, Amy Winehouse, one of our only decent mainstream talents (as declared by Mr Pete Doherty himself in a La Bouche interview) passed away joining the 27 rock n rollers’ club (our conspiracy theorist columnist may have a thing or two to say about this).  The death of Ms Winehouse, on top of the impending dreaded X-Factor season,  has stepped up our urgency to keep you informed of all the glittering artistic and musical talents of the underground. We need to keep you up to date on all this dear readers, otherwise some of these fabulous beings that come to our attention slip the net.

So please do join the blog to hear more from the mouth of the anti-mainstream, La Bouche Zine.

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