G20 protests: Climate Change Camp

UPDATE from The Guardian 05/04/09:

The man who died during last week’s G20 protests was “assaulted” by riot police shortly before he suffered a heart attack, according to witness statements received by the Independent Police Complaints Commission

Mr Tomlinson, a married man who lived alone in a bail hostel, was not taking part in the protests. Initially, his death was attributed by a police post mortem to natural causes. A City of London police statement said: “[He] suffered a sudden heart attack while on his way home from work.”

But this version of events was challenged after witnesses recognised the dead man from photographs that were published on Friday.

Aside from the 30-something man who apparently died of natural causes while being ‘kettled‘ (and, upon release, photographed and had their details taken, or else back into the kettle – why?), what on earth happened at the peaceful and quite fun climate change camp on Bishopsgate??

From this (4pm-ish, see the green ‘Nature Doesn’t Do Bail-Outs’ banner?):

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Wow. When Mike Leigh goes comic, he really goes for it. Happy-Go-Lucky , the tale of Poppy, a North London primary school teacher with a very un-London persistently sunny nature and a whole host of whacky quips, gets driving lessons and talks too much. That’s the film. The latest Mike Leigh film. No, really.

Read on at Netribution

And your little dog too!

The lovely Louis plus-one’d me to a performance of The Wizard of Oz at the Royal Festival Hall last night. I thought it was aimed much more squarely at kids than at adults, but L thought it was more in-between and hard to say. At least it’s no Wall-E, which, coming from Pixar, was such a disappointment, having no winking-at-the-adults chat that Toy Story and Finding Nemo did. Wall-E is very, very dull. Extremely. Don’t bother. Unless you like squeaking robots, and not much else.

But anyway! Back to Dozza and co!

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Tate Modern: Street & Studio

Went to the Street & Studio exhibition at the Tate Modern today. It’s an attempt at showing the history of urban photography, from the mid-to-late C19th to the present. Most of the photos were taken in New York, London, Berlin and other Western European cities. There’s also a fun interactive thing on Flickr, allowing you to submit your own urban portraiture for possible inclusion in a book. Now that would be exciting.

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How did Boris make it to Mayor?

Hornchurch's horned church

1) Targeting the suburbs.

I was surprised to see Bozza canvassers lining Hornchurch High Street when I was down there a few weeks ago, but why? Havering is a true-blue Tory area, always has been, and his minions were preaching to the converted. Didn’t get much of that when I went to vote just off Richmond Avenue, once home of T. Blair.

Make it all the way out to zone 6, and you’ll also find that they love their cars. Figures.

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