British Prince Charles, Earth Hour and a private helicopter


This video is called Earth Hour 2015 Highlights.

This 2013 video from Britain is called Prince Charles leaving Volunteer park by helicopter.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Prince Charles ‘burns 1.3 tons of carbon’ in private helicopter after urging public to turn off lights for Earth Hour

Earth Hours saw 700 monuments across the world switch off

Kashmira Gander

Tuesday 31 March 2015

Prince Charles made an 80-mile trip by private helicopter over the weekend, just days after he encouraged the public to turn off their lights as part of a global campaign to save energy.

Last Friday, Prince Charles urged people to turn off their lights for Earth Hour between 8:30pm and 9:30pm on Saturday.

Some 700 landmarks across the world went dark to mark the occasion, including Buckingham Palace, London’s Tower Bridge, Old Trafford football stadium and Big Ben.

But on Sunday, the heir to the throne and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, were flown almost 80 miles in the Queen’s helicopter from Highgrove, Gloucestershire to Ascot, Berkshire, where the couple watched the Prince’s Countryside Fund Raceday.

It is estimated that the Sikorsky S76C aircraft burned 1.3 tons of carbon during the trip, The Mirror reported.

In the video message released on Friday, Charles urged people to observe Earth Hour “not just for ourselves but also for our children and grandchildren”.

“Ladies and gentlemen, Earth Hour is exactly what it says it is. One hour for the whole world to think about this extraordinary planet that sustains us all.

“It is a symbolic and powerful reminder that together we have the power to change things.

He added: “It should also remind us that we do not have much time in which to make those changes.

“If everyone in the world consumed natural resources at the rate we do in the United Kingdom, we would need three planets, not just one, to support us,” he said.

Peace movement against British nuclear weapons


This video from England says about itself:

Burghfield Lockdown 2 March 2015

2 March 2015

Blockade of the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Burghfield, West Berkshire, where the UK’s Trident nuclear warheads are assembled.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

PEACE ACTIVISTS BLOCK NUCLEAR BOMB FACTORY

Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Campaigners from across Europe join anti-Trident blockade

PEACE campaigners from across Europe blockaded one of Britain’s key nuclear bomb factories yesterday in protest against plans for the £100 billion renewal of Trident nuclear weapons system.

The blockade of Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Burghfield, outside Reading in Berkshire, marked the launch of a month of peaceful action before May’s general election.

Protesters chained themselves together across Burghfield’s entrance gates.

The blockade lasted almost 10 hours before ending peacefully. There were no arrests.

Parliament will make a decision on Trident replacement in 2016, but campaigners say advance work on the programme has already started at Burghfield and sister factory AWE Aldermaston a few miles away.

The Burghfield action is supported by 60 organisations.

Peace campaigners from Finland, Sweden, Spain, France and Belgium joined British protesters.

The protest was organised by Action AWE campaign. Supporters include film director Ken Loach and actor John Hurt.

Blockader Andrew Dey from Yorkshire said: “It’s time for Britain to join other UN nations in negotiating an international nuclear ban treaty.

“We’re calling for the manufacture and modernisation of nuclear weapons of mass destruction to end. The bases can be used for disarmament purposes, employees need not lose their jobs.

“The reality of a so-called ‘nuclear deterrent’ is that nuclear armed submarines patrol globally, ready to fire 24/7 with the ability to wipe out cities almost anywhere on Earth within 15 minutes at a cost of billions which should be spent on the NHS.”

Ruka Toivonen, a blockader from Finland, said: “We don’t want to suffer nuclear winter and radiation caused by British or other nuclear weapons. We support Scotland’s right to become nuclear free and call on the UK to cancel Trident, stop threatening the world with accidental or intentional nuclear disaster and support negotiations to ban and eliminate all nuclear weapons.”

Jan Jones from Pontardawe, a Wales Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament CND Cymru supporter, said: “Although we’re told that the vote on new nuclear weapons will not be taken until 2016, we know that work has already started on their design.

“The money that is proposed to be spent on new nuclear weapons could pay for scrapping all student tuition fees for 30 years, or could fund all Accident and Emergency departments in the UK for over 40 years.”

Burghfield carries out the final assembly and maintenance of Trident nuclear warheads.

A treaty banning nuclear weapons may be possible, following initiatives by civil society, International Red Cross, religious organisations and nuclear-free governments, and could be agreed by 2020.

The Westminster government has a stockpile of around 225 nuclear warheads, each with eight times the explosive power of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.

Seven-mile pro-peace scarf rolled out in England


This BBC video from England says about itself:

7-mile scarf at centre of anti-nuclear protest

9 August 2014

Factories where nuclear missiles are produced in Berkshire have been the focus of a colourful demonstration. Peace campaigners unfurled a seven mile pink scarf between sites at Burghfield and Aldermaston, to protest against Britain’s Trident nuclear programme being renewed. This is the entire length of the scarf in 45 seconds

From the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in Britain:

Seven-mile pink scarf rolled out in latest demonstration of opposition to Trident

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Photographs available

A seven-mile scarf knitted by over 5,000 people from around Britain and beyond has been rolled out between the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire. The knitters are calling on Parliament not to replace the Trident nuclear weapons system when the decision comes up in 2016.

The event is the latest demonstration against Trident at the AWE, the site of increasingly frequent protests as the general election approaches in May 2015. Critics contrast the £100bn cost of replacing Trident with the heavy cuts to public services and social security.

The sections of the scarf, which have been displayed individually in towns around the UK, were linked together for the seven mile stretch at 1pm today (Saturday 9 August). The date was chosen as the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in 1945.

Activists holding up the scarf along the seven miles route observed two minutes’ silence for the victims of nuclear weapons.

The knitters include people from all parts of the UK, as well as Kenya, South Africa, France, Austria, parts of South America and elsewhere.

The Wool Against Weapons initiative is organised by Action AWE and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) along with activist Jaine Rose.

CND’s General Secretary, Kate Hudson said:

‘It is a disgrace that this government is prepared to squander over £100bn on a monstrous Cold War weapons system, while it slashes funding for health, education and other public services.

‘The British public is increasingly fed up with being told there’s no money left while exorbitant sums are earmarked for nuclear weapons.

‘With a Parliamentary vote on whether or not to replace Trident due in 2016, grassroots actions like the Wool Against Weapons initiative are becoming more frequent: representing the majority of the British public who reject this phenomenal and immoral waste of taxpayers’ money.’

Angie Zelter, co-founder of Action AWE, said:

‘This is just the start of people’s mobilisation. People have to act because the government won’t disarm without people in their thousands taking to the streets. Many who have been knitting this scarf are now preparing to join the month of action at AWE in March, weeks before a general election that could determine the future of Trident.’

Knitting against nuclear weapons


This video from Britain says about itself:

2 April 2013

Jaine Rose of Wool Against Weapons talks about plans to create a seven mile long knitted peace scarf to stretch between Atomic Weapons Establishment sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield, Berkshire, where UK nuclear weapons are made.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

ATOMIC WEAPONS: “Radical knitters” will gather in Leeds on Friday to contribute to a seven-mile long scarf for an anti-nuclear protest.

Campaigners across Britain are staging “knit-ins” to add sections of the scarf — organised by Wool Against Weapons — which will be unravelled between the nuclear weapons factories at Burghfield and Aldermaston in Berkshire on August 9, the anniversary of the 1945 nuclear attack on Nagasaki.

The Leeds event starts at 12pm outside City Art Gallery.

British student tortured, jailed in United Arab Emirates


This video from the USA says about itself:

Report: UAE Ruler’s Half Brother in Torture Tape

24 April 2009

The United Arab Emirates says a member of its ruling family is the man seen in videotapes torturing another man. The acknowledgement comes at a time when Congress is reviewing a nuclear power deal with the UAE.

From daily the Morning Star in Britain:

Tuesday 3rd June 2014

A TWENTY-YEAR-OLD British student has been jailed for nine years in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after a “confession” under torture, legal charity Reprieve revealed yesterday.

Ahmad Zeidan, from Berkshire, was arrested by Sharjah police in December 2013 and held incommunicado for several days, during which time he was hooded, beaten, and threatened with rape, according to Reprieve.

Mr Zeidan was also forced to sign documents in Arabic — a language he cannot read — which were subsequently used against him during his trial on jumped-up drugs charges.

A dossier submitted last week to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture by Reprieve on behalf of 19 prisoners details a pattern of torture in UAE prisons that includes hooding, beatings, threats of rape, and long periods of solitary confinement.

Reprieve investigator Kate Higham said: “This sentence, based on Ahmad’s ‘confession’ under torture, is the result of a shockingly flawed trial process. Sadly, Ahmad’s case is just one of many that point to the systematic use of police torture in the UAE and its acceptance by the authorities.”The UAE must urgently reconsider Ahmad’s case, while the British government must do all it can to push for his release.”

Update 19 June 2014: here.

A BRITISH man allegedly tortured into confessing to drugs offences by United Arab Emirates police launched an appeal yesterday against his conviction: here.

A BRITISH student’s appeal against his conviction in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), based on a “confession” allegedly extracted through torture, was rejected yesterday: here.

British peace activists stop nuclear weapons construction


This video from Britain says about itself:

Fast at AWE Burghfield, 6-9 August 2013

International fast at the Atomic Weapons Establishment Burghfield to mark the 68th anniversary of the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

By Joana Ramiro in Britain:

AWE nuke factory expansion blocked by peace activists

Tuesday 20th May 2014

A NUCLEAR arms factory was forced to abandon expansion work yesterday after peace activists blocked its entrance.

Anti-nuclear activists stopped traffic from accessing the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) site in Burghfield, Berkshire.

The Action AWE protesters lay down on the road for over four hours, preventing several trucks with building materials from entering the factory.

They had been locked to each other through arm tubes since 7am.

None of the activists were arrested.

Hannah Brock, who was among those blocking the road, said she could not “stand by while the British government gives itself the power to murder millions, into the next generation.”

AWE Burghfield site is where the final assembly of warheads — the toxic or explosive material inside missiles — takes place.

A new assembling facility is now being built under the £500 million Project Mensa.

Action AWE and supporters of the Campaign Against Nuclear Disarmament argue that constructions should come to an immediate halt as the government is yet to review Trident.

Protester Joanna Frew said: “Trident is illegal, immoral and a waste of money.

“We have a real opportunity over the next year to say that it is no longer acceptable and that we don’t want an illegal renewal.”

London-based activist Andrew Dey said the protest had succeeded in disrupting work at the site.

He told the Star: “When we left the main gate even half an hour later there were still long queues of construction vehicles waiting to enter the base.

But he added that leaflets handed out to workers make clear that cutting Trident should not mean cutting their jobs.

“We’re not calling for the Burghfield and Aldermaston bases to be shut down,” he said.

“We’re calling for them to stop working on nuclear proliferation. Those bases can be used for disarmament purposes.”

Burghfield is linked to AWE’s more famous base Aldermaston and occupies 225 acres of land.

See also here. And here.

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Gays caused British flood disasters, politician says


This video is called UK Storms 2014: Flooding Across England.

There are not only funny theories in Texas, USA about the causes of the first world war. There are also funny theories in England about the causes of recent flood disasters.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Ukip suspends councillor who claimed floods were caused by gay marriage

Ukip councillor David Silvester’s suspension comes after new interview in which he says gay people ‘can be healed’

Patrick Wintour

Sunday 19 January 2014 15.32 GMT

A Ukip councillor who blamed the Christmas and new year floods on the passage of gay marriage laws has been suspended from the party, Ukip said on Sunday, reversing an earlier view that he was entitled to his opinion.

Henley-on-Thames councillor David Silvester, who defected from the Tories in protest at David Cameron‘s support for same-sex unions, said he had warned the prime minister of “repercussions” if gay marriage went ahead.

He was suspended by Ukip after defying a request not to do further interviews on his beliefs following his initial claims made in a letter to a local newspaper. The move came as leader Nigel Farage launched a clearout of “extremist, nasty or barmy” views from the party ahead of polls in May.

On Sunday Silvester caused fresh controversy, telling BBC Radio Berkshire that being gay was a “spiritual disease” that can be healed. His remarks led Ukip’s official gay and lesbian group to send Silvester a letter saying he had “rightly attracted derision from people of all political beliefs, and once again painted Ukip in a negative light – an unacceptable act for which you cannot be excused”.

Tory business minister Michael Fallon said the comments showed “there clearly are one or two fruitcakes still around there” – a reference to David Cameron’s previous criticisms of Ukip.

Silvester said the new law, paving the way for the first gay marriages in Britain this spring, was the latest mistake that would anger God – following on from abortion laws, which he likened to the Holocaust.

In the radio interview, which followed his initial claims about the link between flooding and gay marriage in a letter to the Henley Standard, Silvester said: “I don’t have a problem with gay people. “I believe as a Christian I should love gay people and indeed, I do.

“My prayer for them is they will be healed. It is nonsense to say it is homophobic. If you love a person enough to want them to be healed and to have a proper family, that is hardly homophobic. It is a spiritual disease … it’s not what I say, it’s what the Bible says.”

Silvester added: “I am a man who prays every day for every member of the cabinet and for every member of the royal family and when, two years ago, I wrote to the prime minister to warn him there are repercussions for serious breaches of the coronation oath, such as this one has been, when I saw what followed I naturally assumed this was the result of them going against God’s laws.

“This is not new, this happened in the Old Testament – they were warned if they turned against God there would be pestilence, there would be war, there would be disasters.”

The open letter from Ukip’s LGBT group said: “The Met Office have stated ‘the main reason for the mild and wet weather so far is that we have seen a predominance of west and south-west winds, bringing in mild air from the Atlantic – as well as generally unsettled conditions’ – regardless of whether you believe in a God or not, sudden rainfall has not just formulated out of nowhere upon the UK. An Act of God this is not.”

Protesters egg home of UKIP ‘gay marriage caused storms’ councillor: here.

United States Republican politician blames gays for tornadoes, diseases, etc.: here.

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Sparrowhawk, woodpecker and redwing


This video from England says about itself:

Magpie harasses a sparrowhawk as it tries to eat its (Berkshire pigeon) lunch.

Today, again to the cemetery. Sunny weather. Warmer than usually in December.

In a holly bush near the entrance, blackbirds and a redwing feeding on berries.

A jay.

A bit further, a great spotted woodpecker in a tree,

Greenfinch and great tit sounds.

A blue tit in a tree.

Then, half-hidden between branches of a coniferous tree, a special bird: a sparrowhawk.

British anti-nuclear weapons demonstration


This video from Britain says about itself:

Stop Fooling with Nuclear Weapons!

Join us on Monday 1st April 2013 at AWE Aldermaston – Britain’s nuclear bomb factory – where thousands of people will join together to say ‘Time to Scrap Trident: Stop fooling with nuclear weapons!’

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Protesters at Aldermaston

Friday 29 March 2013

Thousands of peace campaigners are to picket Britain’s nuclear manufacturing facility at Aldermaston in Berkshire on Monday – marking 50 years of easter protests at the facility.

Since the 1950s Aldermaston Atomic Research Facility has been targeted by peace campaigners every easter Monday.

Sheffield CND‘s Jonathan Wallis called for campaigners to join the protests on Monday against the Trident nuclear weapons system.

He said cancelling Trident would save well over £100 billion.

More about this is here.

Demonstration report: here.