English badger feeding in garden

This video from England is called Badger feeding in garden 2018.

Britain: The Tories’ badger cull is ‘unlawful and counterproductive,’ High Court hears: here.


British pro-peace artist Peter Kennard exhibition

Union Mask (2003), Warhead (1986), and Broken Missiles (1980). Photo: Peter Kennard

By Len Phelan in England:

Monday, June 11, 2018

Exhibition Review: Art of protest and survival

Peter Kennard‘s exhibition marking the 60th anniversary of CND is a potent reminder of why its message is so vital, says LEN PHELAN

Art Against War: Peter Kennard and the CND Movement
Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

THE SABRE-RATTLING over the Korean peninsula a few months ago saw the spectre of nuclear conflagration again loom into view, a vision chillingly reinforced by the hands of the Doomsday Clock — the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ symbol representing the likelihood of a man-made global catastrophe — moving to two minutes off midnight.

Arms Conversion (1986) and Haywain with Cruise Missiles (1981) by Peter Kennard

So to say that this exhibition, marking the 60th anniversary of the foundation of CND, is timely is something of an understatement.

It draws together works by Peter Kennard, one of this country’s most significant political artists, who for decades has supported the campaign founded in 1958 in response to the detonation of Britain’s first hydrogen bomb and the housing of US nuclear weapons in this country.

His photomontages have ensured that the movement, and the striking imagery that came to represent it, have been etched into the public consciousness, none more so than his 1980 image Protest and Survive, depicting a skeleton reading a civil “defence” booklet which skewers the idiocy of government propaganda, or the portrait of Tony Blair taking a selfie in front of a massive conflagration during the Iraq war.

Kennard, who trained as a fine artist, turned from painting to photomontage in the late 1960s and, drawing on the traditions of constructivism and the techniques of early pioneers like John Heartfield, developed his unique and instantly recognisable subversion of the familiar and the iconic.

Running Out (2005) and Firth of Clyde (1980) by Peter Kennard

Thus John Constable’s bucolic Hay Wain has a trio of Cruise missiles ready for launch, a monochrome Trident submarine looms out of what initially appears to be a banal colour postcard, the world mutates into a gas mask and, Transformers-like, a tank is reconstructed as a digger.

“I want to encourage people to think about their own situation and activate”, Kennard has said. “But I’m not trying to tell them to do this or that. I’m just trying to show how I see the world at the moment.”

How he’d like it to be transformed is memorably represented in the image Warhead, where a nuclear missile is decapitated by the CND symbol. A familiar sight on anti-war demonstrations, its brilliant visual economy in representing what the campaign is all about six decades on demonstrates why Kennard remains such a potent recruiting sergeant for the peace movement.

The exhibition, which is free, runs until October 7, opening times: museums-sheffield.org.uk.

Canada goose reunited with goslings

This video says about itself:

23 May 2018

Sometimes, animals just need a helping hand and the rescue can be a very simple affair!

We were recently called out to rescue four young Canada goslings from an island in the middle of a lake. Unfortunately, the island had plastic walls and the young birds could not join their anxious parents in the water.

Luckily, it was only a short trip in the boat and the family were soon reunited. The adults weren’t best pleased with Simon rescuing their offspring, but they soon settled down and floated away as a family once again.

Young starlings ringed in England

This video from England says about itself:

18 May 2018

Annual monitoring of starling nestboxes at RSPB Hope Farm shows territories have increased from 3 in 2000 to 16 in 2017. But how about this year? Our short video shows how our scientists monitor the chicks.

Racism, sexism at English university

This video, about crimes of the nazi occupation of then Poland, now Ukraine says about itself:

Rape of Jewish women and slaughter of over 6,000 Jews. Lviv 1941

16 May 2016

Description at beginning of film.

This city is known by three names. Lviv (Ukrainian); pronounced as L’vil.

Lwow (Polish) pronounced L’vuf. L’vof Russian. Also called Lemburg by the Germans.

The pogrom against the Jews there may be associated by either of these names so it can be confusing.

Actions like this also happened in Kaunas, Lithuania, mostly perpetrated by [pro-nazi] Lithuanians.

One of the first films showing Jews forced to run to trenches to be shot was filmed by an off duty German sailor here in 1941. …

Music: Krzysztof Penderecki. “The Dream of Jacob”.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Warwick University suspends 11 students over racist and misogynistic ‘jokes’

ELEVEN male students at Warwick University have been suspended pending a disciplinary investigation after screenshots of a group chat showed that they joked about rape and used racist and anti-semitic slurs.

Three formal complaints were made to the university, with dozens of screenshots of the alleged remarks provided as evidence.

The screenshots from Facebook showed one chat member wrote: “Rape her friends too,” with another replying: “Sometimes it’s fun to just go wild and rape 100 girls.”

The conversation continued with: “Rape the whole flat to teach them all (a) lesson.”

Another message read: “What do we do with girls? RAAAAAAAAAPE.”

At one point, a user wrote: “Rape her in the street while everybody watches,” with another responding it “wouldn’t even be unfair.”

One chat participant then said: “Even the pakis?”

Further remarks included: “love Hitler, hate niggas and jews and Corbyn.”

Discussing racism, one user said: “Yeah racism is frowned upon at Warwick? Fucking bull.”

Others replied “EDL!” and “racism is class.”

The University of Warwick – a member of the elite Russell Group of universities – is ranked 11th in the UK, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018.

A University of Warwick student union spokeswoman said: “The SU condemns the content of these messages, together with all forms of sexism, racism, anti-semitism, ableism and threats of violence, in the strongest possible terms.

“The SU has been supporting the victims and will continue to do so.

“We are also proactively co-operating with the university’s ongoing investigation and hope to see a conclusion as swiftly as possible.”

Help saving English forest

This video from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in England says about itself:

4 May 2018

You hold the key to a secret forest. Your support today will help raise £500,000 to cover the cost of the remaining 174 hectares of Franchises Lodge – an area of over 1,000 acres of woodland, pasture, scrub and heath in the New Forest, unseen by the public for over 100 years.

English ‘toff’ poachers kill birds of prey

This video from Britain says about itself:

Raptor Persecution in the Peak District National Park

30 April 2018

The RSPB‘s Mark Thomas talks about a new paper, published in British Birds, which reveals a clear link between areas of the Peak District managed for driven grouse shooting and the illegal killing of birds of prey.

This video from Britain says about itself:

Chris Packham responds to the new paper, “Raptor persecution in the Peak District National Park”

30 April 2018

A significant new paper reveals a clear link between land burnt for driven grouse shooting and raptor persecution in the Peak District National Park. It also shows that goshawks and peregrines are declining in those areas where driven grouse shooting occurs.

In this response, Chris Packham calls for change. “We should all have the pleasure of being able to enjoy the natural treasures that we can find in our national parks.

“This isn’t acceptable – this needs to change quickly.” Read the blog here.