Friday, 27 February 2009
I hope this finds you where you want to be. Apologies for my tardiness in telling you about March’s wander, February is a trickster of a month and I have been distracted hunting for the first signs of Spring. The LRM will of course be convening to celebrate First Sunday, This Sunday March 1st and it would be splendid if you could join us.
The theme of the walk will be space; we’ll be exploring the gaps between solididity and the absence that lurks at the heart of the city. This feels particularly apt now as the false nirvana created by capitalism crumbles and shop windows begin increasingly to reflect and reveal nowt but a hollow shell.
The LRM celebrate the beauty in the mundane and derelict and reclaim the places regeneration forgot (or chose to ignore). We’ll be looking at nothing and thus discovering everything….
Space is somewhere to play and build the city of our dreams. Absence can make the heart scream louder and the imagination soar. Don’t be scared of the void; look closer, jump in. When we loose something we didn’t realise was precious the space can be bigger than the thing that was there. Opportunity is everywhere; an abundance of flora and fauna thrive where shoppers fear to tread and the biodiversity of emptiness is breathtaking. Some may see weeds the LRM find treasure….
We’ll be meeting 1pm outside Ilva (Great Ancoats Street, opposite the oxymoronic retail ‘park’) If you haven’t been to Ilva recently you’re in for a treat – it’s a giant empty ghost shop guarded by a lone fake plastic tree. Alongside are seats and a large permanently vacant car park which looks perfect for loitering in (although I suspect we won’t be staying still for long) We’ll probably meander along Piccadilly basin to commune with its winged residents and decipher how paradise got its name
There are bound to be some pleasing echoes and secret performance spaces so please bring any small musical instruments you may have – kazoos, tambourines, flutes, that kind of thing. I have a vision of an impromptu LRM orchestra and a noise making device may be useful if you stumble upon a vortex, black hole or rip in the space time continuum. Who knows what’s lurking at the periphery….
As usual we’ll finish with our favourite beverages and a bit of a natter. If you need any more information (although the route is of course unwritten and our intentions goodhearted but sketchy) or if don’t fancy hanging around a car park on your own waiting to see what happens and want to meet en route please call the LRM hotline 07974929589
In other news we have a splendid line-up of bands, films and sundry wonderful entertainment lined up for our Subverting Surveillance night. What we lack thus far are a date and venue; if you have any suggestions please do holler. We need somewhere accessible, cheap and with good beer please. Plans are also afoot for a May Bank holiday extravaganza full of shenanigans including Manchester’s first urban fox hunt (with, naturally, unnatural non-foxes. No animals will be harmed) More details coming soon….
Thanks, as ever, to all who contribute, contradict and inspire the LRM
Love and daffodils
Wednesday, 18 February 2009
Six Rivers album launch, 7.30pm-2.00am Thursday 19th February 2009, at the Ruby Lounge, 26 High St Manchester M4 1QB, tickets £4/5.
There will be live music from Single Cell artists Caulbearers, Mel Uye Parker, I-Mitri, You and Boo, Julie E Gordon, Badger The Hermit, Brocken Bow, Invertor and Andrew Mucha
Contact 0776 138 4271 join them on Facebook or at: http://www.singlecell.co.uk/
Single Cell's 14 track, debut compilation, Six Rivers, is availablefrom 19th February 2009, as a free download or a limited edition,hand-made CD album. For excepts just follow this link: http://www.singlecell.co.uk/index_clone.html. They've spent the last week assembling the Six Rivers albums with recycled CD sleeves from Portland Oregon, photography from subterranean Manchester and graphic design from Wigan. album is available from this Thursday at our launch night for a one off, special knock down price of £5!
This requires no special skills or equipment, although an open mind, a keen sense of the absurd, sensible clothing and a curious eye are more or less prerequisite. Many loiterers do have artistic skills or like to carry a camera around to document their adventures - not only can this provide a lovely reminder but can be shared for the enjoyment of distant comrades. Many examples of the loiterers art can be found, for example via our Flcker account.
I've spoken before, and doubtless will do so again, about how loitering is a fundamental human right - we own the city, although the big monolith THEY may not like us to realise this - and one of many serious threats to that right is the insidious sense of fear instilled in us through nonsense scare stories in the media and petty regulations telling us what we can;t do and that its a privilege to be allowed on the streets at all
I'll come to the no kissing zone at Warrington Central another day when i've worked out if its a spoof or not (and when i've got over my bitterness about noone wanting to snog me) and because actually a new law has come into effect which would (like so many) be funny if it didn't infer such sinister intentions.
It is now an offence to photograph a police officer; chilling if like too many i know you may have cause for concern about their actions on occasion. Yes, Section 76 of the Counter Terrorism Act makes it a criminal act should a policeman stray into your camera shot - annoyingly it is perfectly OK for them to intimidate legitimate and legal protesters by waving a lens in their faces. Ho hum.
http://www.fitwatch.blogspot.com/ (note the naughty games they play)
http://www.bjp-online.com/public/showPage.html?page=836675 (british journal of photographers)
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/02/422318.html (nice protest video)
http://kriswithak.co.uk/ladybird (in case you need a reminder of what the police actually do. Its very funny)
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
Hola ninos de la nueva planeta,Hope we have all had a fine day.
I would like to invite you all to our first open day at the Platt Chapel, that shall take place this coming Saturday at the Chapel itself (wilmslow rd, opposite O.P campus). Last week we had a very successful and positive meeting with many people who shared our excitement of creating a community project, an autonomous space for those who wish to use it.
It was decided that the way to go forward was for everybody to meet up at the space for a nice cup of tea, maybe even abit of cake and most definitely a good old chin wag. So from 1 pm the doors, of our very dusty, slightly dilapidated and probably very cold, chapel (not to discourage anybody, for the building itself is truly magnificent) shall be open to all that wish to enter.
At the moment the project is very much in its early stages and it needs all the help it can get, so please come along this Saturday to share ideas, be inspired and get involved.
I have attached a bit of information that tries to explain the dream and also the minutes from the last meeting. (note i have not put these on the blog but you can get them by email of course) The main thing to keep in mind is at these early stages anything could go and it is up to all of us to decide and make these ideas a reality.
looking forward to seeing many friendly faces
peace, love and light to you all x
P.S if anybody would like to join us on Friday it is action satisfaction
day, that is cleaning and gardening, getting the old place ready for Saturday.
we shall be there from about 11am.
for more info contact Ben 07846894351 or rick 07891095245