I have had this "dream" for over 30 years, to at least once be at The Last Night of The Proms in RAH. But the 9th of September went by and I wasn't there. Once again. So at least THAT is a tradition. But #theproms is not what they used to be. Gone is the "post-war" feeling and "come together" between nations. Some beautiful pieces, the crowd is there, but not the expression of "all of us". Even more so now post #brexit #bbc #sirhenrywood #britain
Joey Grostern, Sam Bright in DeSmog
"#DeSmog has previously revealed that the Conservative Party received £3.5 million in donations from fossil fuel interests and climate science deniers in 2022, while two-thirds of the directors in charge of the party’s multi-million-pound endowment fund have a financial interest in oil, gas, and highly polluting industries."
🇺🇦 🇷🇺 Storm Shadow missiles were used by #Ukraine to attack the Black Sea fleet headquarters, the country's air force has told Sky News.
Anne Applebaum @anneapplebaum compares #TuckerCarlson to enemy radio propagandists who broadcast to #Americans during the Second World War. British readers will think of "Lord Haw Haw", William Joyce, who broadcast from Nazi Germany, was captured and became last person to be hanged for #treason in #Britain
Last year Stagecoach's services helped prevent the release of 239,844 tonnes of #carbon into the atmosphere
Over 400 fully electric vehicles to be introduced over the next 12 months
🇬🇧 The UK’s Crown Prosecution Service has authorised charges against five people suspected of #spying for Russia.
The three men and two women, aged between 29 and 45, are accused of “conspiring to collect information intended to be directly or indirectly useful to an enemy”, the CPS said.
Challenged to take a stand,
"#Labour said it would work with industry to meet the 2030 target, arguing that families would ultimately be better off because #ElectricVehicles had much cheaper lifetime costs."
The #RSPB took on ministers and fell to earth. How it happened is a warning to us all https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/sep/08/rspb-ministers-wildlife-charity-power-britain
When the truth puts the liars on the offensive they reveal what they're really about, controlling the social media narrative (maintaining the lie that they're serving the public's best interest)
UK’s Disastrous Online Safety Bill Passes, Imperilling Security and Privacy in the UK
Despite universal condemnation and constant protest, UK lawmakers passed the Online Safety Bill anyway.
Anti-encryption, age verification, and other laws are now the law of the land in the UK. This thanks to the disastrous Online Safety Bill passing very recently.
By Yasmeen Serhan/London
December 16, 2022
"As the #ClimateCrisis worsens, and as the international efforts to mitigate its effects continue to fall short, activists like #CameronFord have become more daring. Over the past year and a half, the 32-year-old British carpenter has blocked highways by gluing himself to roads and chained himself to an oil tanker.
"Like most #environmental campaigners, Ford never wanted to do anything that could land him in jail. 'I was hoping to emigrate to Canada one day,' he says from his home in Cambridge. But Ford changed his mind about the need for bolder activism after attending a talk hosted by the climate group #InsulateBritain last summer. 'It made sense to make that stand earlier, whilst there was still a chance that we could actually mitigate the worst of it, rather than once it’s too late,' he says.
"Ford is hardly alone in that view. Other British protesters like him have gone so far as to tunnel under major infrastructure projects, throw soup at famous works of art, and scale a 190-food bridge—all in a desperate bid to draw the public’s attention to the looming climate catastrophe.
"But their democratic right to protest is now at risk as the British government declares war on tactics that it regards as disruptive and, ideally, illegal. Draft legislation that the House of Commons approved in October  would pose unprecedented restrictions on the right to #protest in #England and #Wales.
"'When [#ClimateCollapse] is what we face, I believe the only thing that would curtail us is the death penalty,' says Ford, 'because the alternative to us not standing up is death.'"
Roman emperor Antoninus Pius was born OTD in 86 AD into a senatorial family; emperor Hadrian adopted him as his son and successor https://cromwell-intl.com/travel/uk/hadrians-wall/?s=mb #travel #Britain #history
I sadly feel that the #UK is increasingly becoming a backwards, technologically laggard country, keen on protecting the existing rather than investing in the future and allowing new ideas to flourish. Exactly the opposite of what made #Britain great to begin with.
Maybe they can be content though that #Japan is quickly following suit.
🔹 the degradation of environment (global warming and various types of pollution) and
🔹 the threats to liberal democracy (inequality and rising authoritarianism)
🇬🇧 🇨🇳 Britain's Foreign Secretary James Cleverly urged his #Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Tuesday to push #Russia to withdraw its troops from #Ukraine and stress to Moscow the importance of respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Brexit bombshell: France and Germany plot EU ‘inner circle’ – leaving door open for Britain | The Independent
Time for some history and English cultural heritage.
Every September volunteers for Heritage Open Days organise events and open up usually private buildings to celebrate the culture and heritage of England. We ventured to the historic Appleby-in-Westmorland to check out some of the ancient buildings.
It was fascinating!
Loads more photos, plus some history, available for you right here -> https://www.iancylkowski.com/blog/2023/9/18/appleby-in-westmorland-cumbria-autumn 👍
“50 Years After Chile’s Coup, Salvador Allende’s Grandson Speaks About Britain’s Role in the Rise of Pinochet: In Santiago, Declassified spoke with Pablo Sepúlveda Allende about Margaret Thatcher’s friendship with Chile’s dictator and how Labour helped him evade justice for crimes against humanity.”
By John McEvoy & Pablo Navarrete in @Declassified_UK
British allotment gardening -BritishHeritage.com https://britishheritage.com/history/allotment-gardening-britain #history #Britain #Gardening
🇷🇺 🇬🇧 #Russian private lender Sovcombank has filed a lawsuit with a Russian court against #British bank HSBC, seeking to recover debt in roubles equivalent to 12,958 ounces of gold, court filings showed.
People who have run #UK for the last 15 years are wondering how we ended up with a "broken" #Britain
What questions does Britain face today?
Will Laura Kuenssberg have her say?
On China's stance, and aid to give
In disaster-hit regions where lives grieve
Cleverly's answer will be key
He'll set the course of history
> The world mostly ignored the anniversary of #QueenElizabeth’s passing, a reminder of how little the royal family means.
🇬🇧 #Britain on Friday officially proscribed the #Russian mercenary #Wagner Group as a #terrorist organisation, after announcing the move last week, which will make it illegal to be a member or to support it.
Todays postal arrival, bought with some birthday money: Literary Hauntings, A Gazetter of Literary Ghost Stories from Britain and Ireland. From #TartarusPress. #Books #GhostStories #Gazetteer #Literature #Fiction #Geography #Psychogeography #Bookstodon #Reading #ShortStories #Ghosts #Hauntings #Britain #BritishFiction #Ireland #IrishFiction #Horror #BritishBooks #IrishBooks
Once dusk has given way to true darkness, the majestic #TheKelpies dominate the Scottish sky.
You can find the previous shot in this series here: https://mastodonapp.uk/@stuherbert/111025428356873963
Facial recognition could transform policing in same way as DNA, says Met chief
Britain’s most senior police officer has predicted that facial recognition technology will transform criminal investigations as much as DNA testing has done, a prospect described as dystopian by human rights campaigners...
#UK #Britain #facialrecognition #protest #chillingeffect #CCTV #privacy
@davidnjoku I do not know much about life of black persons in the contemporary United Kingdom, but please read the real story of Abram P. Gannibal, man born in Africa and lived his life successfully in Russia in the 18th century.
The greatest of the Russian poets, Alexander Pushkin was his great-grandson. Also, many British aristocrats descend from him.
Nothing quite sums up 13 years of #Tory misrule than this:
"...In 2014, an air traffic control training centre by #Bournemouth airport was bought to house another free school, #Parkfield, after a four-page vendor’s report. #Asbestos and #Bats were later found on the site and unexploded bombs have yet to be ruled out..."
It will take the UK a very long time to extricate itself from the wreckage of 14 years of Tory misrule - & I have * zero* confidence that a @UKLabour government under ‘Sir’ Keir (#KidStarver) #Starmer is up to the job of ‘building back better’!
To the contrary, I fear they will just manage our decline slightly more effectively but just as corruptly!
I think Tax Justice UK are right when they say as part of addressing chronic Government underfunding we need:
'[N]ew wealth taxes levied on the super rich (those with net assets over £10m) – & existing taxes like Capital Gains updated so the super rich pay the same tax rate as working people.'
It's the end of the summer holidays.
Just as a heatwave arrives!
So we got up nice and early to hike to Colwith Force, snapping some gorgeous woodland and waterfall scenery. Added extra, swirling mist and fog burning away from the mountain tops.
Plenty more photos from this day are waiting for you right here -> https://www.iancylkowski.com/blog/2023/9/6/colwith-force-lake-district-autumn 👍
🇺🇲 🇬🇧 #Russia warned Tuesday it will treat any US move to station #nuclear weapons in the UK for the first time in 15 years as an “escalation” after media reports indicated plans to deploy the bombs on #British soil.
In our continuing series of "how post-#brexit #Britain descends into a banana republic (possibly soon without bananas)", on today's episode we take a look at the state of the prison conditions in this third world country:
A change of plans meant rediscovering the incredible Kingsdale.
Arguably one of the "crowning" (sorry) features of Kingsdale is a pair of giant boulders teetering near the valley's western edge. They are known as the Cheese Press Stones.
Loads more photos from this hike are waiting for you, right here https://www.iancylkowski.com/blog/2023/9/4/kingsdale-yorkshire-dales-autumn 👍
Politicians’ promises to rid #Britain of ‘#DirtyMoney’ in the aftermath of #Russia’s invasion of #Ukraine haven’t come to fruition
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2023/sep/04/five-ways-kleptocrats-can-keep-hold-of-their-uk-assets #ToryPoliciesInAction #MineyBeforePeople #DirtyParty #LoopholesForDonors?
"Imperial Federation - Map of the world showing the extent of the British Empire in 1886. Statistical information furnished by Captain J.C.R. Colomb, M.P. formerly R.M.A. Mclure & Co. Queen Victoria Street, London. British territories coloured in red. (Published as) Supplement to ''The Graphic'', July 24th, 1886. (Inset) Map of the world showing the extent of British territories in 1786." https://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/s/bz3c3b #Map #Maps #Cartography #History #Histodon #Histodons #British #Britain #Empire @histodon @histodons
Of course the British royal family has history in forgiving and protecting sex offenders, all the while attempting to rewrite history in the process. Lord Mountbatten for example (Charlie boys favourite uncle). Bare in mind the British royal family are also the head of the church of England. #princeandrew #britain #royalfamily https://normalislandnews.substack.com/p/king-charles-orders-family-to-forget
Join me in wandering around the ancient village of Dent.
An ancient church, centuries old buildings, cobbled streets, all sat snug in a steep valley.
Loads more photos of this place are waiting for your eyeballs here https://www.iancylkowski.com/blog/2023/9/2/dent-yorkshire-dales-autumn 👍
It would appear that “former Tory MP Antoinette Sandbach has threatened the University of Cambridge with legal action after a historian named her as a descendant of merchants who enslaved his ancestors.”
Oh, my… It would be a damn shame if more people knew of this so please do not boost this post.
Here in Northeast #USA we think of Northern Europe as our lateral equivalents.
Draw a line out from the latitude of New York City, what do you hit?
Northern Europe is counterintuitively (for Americans) over from *Northern* #Canada. Great #Britain lines up with Labrador, North of Newfoundland. Pretty far North and... so why isn't Great Britain cold like Labrador?
That's due to the AMOC.
Think of it (vast oversimplification) as a gyre of water turning the Atlantic in a big circle. The current shoves warm water far North along Europe's Atlantic coastline. And reciprocally, it pushes cold water down to New England.
It also explains why Britain is famously foggy and rainy.
So what's going to happen if the AMOC shuts down?
Northwest #Europe will freeze, and New England will cook.
Waiting for Godot - Wikipedia
"It was seen as an allegory of the #ColdWar" or of French #Resistance to the Germans. Graham Hassell writes, "[T]he intrusion of Pozzo and Lucky [...] seems like nothing more than a metaphor for #Ireland's view of mainland #Britain, where society has ever been blighted by a greedy ruling élite keeping the working classes passive and ignorant by whatever means"
A Bank Holiday Monday meant a day out with me Dad.
We embarked on a wee wander around Hawes, an ancient market town slap bang in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales.
More photos from this day are ready for you right here -> https://www.iancylkowski.com/blog/2023/8/29/hawes-yorkshire-dales-summer 👍
CupOfTea.social is a general UK server for casual chit-chat and good wholesome content:
CupOfTea.social runs on Glitch Mastodon, a special version of Mastodon with extra features.
At #BiPrideUK23 on Saturday in #London there will be a chance to pick up the #book Purple Prose: #Bisexuality in #Britain Edited by Kate Harrad (2016). I'm one of the chapter curators. https://biprideuk.org (event is also #Online #Hybrid) http://www.thebookbag.co.uk/reviews/Purple_Prose:_Bisexuality_in_Britain_by_Kate_Harrad
#UKBiBook #UK #Bisexual #Community
Post-WWII #Britain invited colonial citizens to rebuild the nation, but met them with discrimination. "No Blacks, No Irish, No Dogs" signs & "Go back" jibes faced even UK-born children.
It developed a selective amnesia, often portraying the narrative as though only immigrants benefitted, using this skewed perception to justify stringent immigration policies.
The true essence of a nation lies not in closing its gates but in valuing those who've enriched it.
#BlackHistory #BlackBritain #history
The #BritishMuseum theft(s) row is just the latest incidence of the problem that British claims to be on the moral high ground somehow seldom seems to survive contact with reality.... its the decadence & #corruption of post-imperial #Britain laid bare in one story.
We seem to be becoming the lying, untidy & anti-social neighbours that everyone crosses the road to avoid....
Or perhaps its just history circling back to bite us in the bum?
In any case it hardly a glowing example of civility!
What we've loved the most in #Scottish #Highlands:
- great #sea #bathing especially on the #Northernmost coast,
- inimitable #boggy #mountain #walking--be it #Ireland or #Britain, remember you need #gaiters to #walk dry-ish on those isles,
- breathtaking #wild #landscape,
- bright warm #weather for a week, followed by more mixed showery sunny-spelly which was more like #Scotland :) Very #refreshing!
- and very good #food in many places!
A question to #Britain history fans: my father is writing an article and he stumbled on a reference about “royal stables near London” where some MoD armoured division was stationed, likely until 1970’s. I tried to find it but none of the obvious locations (Royal Mews etc) rings the bell. Any ideas? 🤔
Every day, Britain slips closer to the dystopian end-times world from Children of Men…
(seriously, what kind of psychopath thought up the idea of putting them on a barge?)
Oh, word? Is that why most people filing for bankruptcy due to medical bills are college educated homeowners in middle class professions and why more than 10% of adults at or above 400% of the poverty line owe medical debt? Unless you're redefining "those at the bottom" to mean "bottom 90% of the population," which lol lmao.
Anyway, nice try, but tell your co-workers at Kaiser Permanente to come up with better talking points.
A land of concentration camps, e coli infested rivers and where the government is so keen to pretend away a pandemic that they'll deny the public up to date vaccines for #COVID this winter because that would be admitting it hasn't 'gone away'
And nobody in #Westminster wants to fix any of it, we just aren't worth the effort it seems.
Absolutely outstanding article from Frances Ryan. What a sad state of affairs... 😔
British people, I cannot explain adequately what absolute hell the American healthcare system is. You know how people say: "at least in the US, you can get fast treatment. At least in the US, you can choose your doctor. At least in the US, you can get the most innovative treatment"?
Lies. All of it.
The US healthcare system excels at one thing only, and that's bankrupting people.
Seton-Karr, W. S. (1893). The Marquess Cornwallis. United Kingdom: Clarendon Press. https://www.google.co.uk/books/edition/_/rO21AAAAIAAJ #History #Histodon #Histodons #UK #UnitedKingdom #GreatBritain #Britain #British #India #Book #Books #Bookstodon #Ebook #Ebooks @bookstodon @histodon @histodons (19)
"#Britain on Monday committed to granting hundreds of licences for #NorthSea #oil and #gas extraction.
Britain has a target to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, but Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said even by this date the country is expected to get more than a quarter of its energy from oil and gas."
Heyooo this is my #intro post pls boost
i'm a multiply #disabled #Autistic white #trans #lesbian living in the so-called uk (specifically on the island of #Britain), I'm Bargee, I live nomadically on a #narrowboat which I mostly successfully maintain myself. Interested in #RightToRepair and #repair more generally. A factor of the way autism manifests for me is hyperlexia (verbose speech, obsessive about choosing the exact right word, obsessed with learning new words and ways of speaking), this means my writing comes out really formal; read it as a class thing if you want but I'm working class, no now or future inherited wealth, no access to managerial or corporate power, lived paycheck to paycheck my whole adult life.
Politically speaking i'm into #greenanarchy, I love the #iww, i'm here for #familyAbolition and #policeabolition, #transformativejustice and #prisonabolition. I want an end to all colonial rule, capital, states, nations, borders and capital. In terms of the island I am on I am here for the end to the English occupation of the six northern counties in Ireland, the end of English rule/occupation/power in Scotland and Wales, and the end to all English overseas domination in all forms perpetrated under the flag of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. I'm pessimistic about technology and I think it and legislation can't solve social problems.
I'm a linux user, obviously, and a #foss advocate.
I'll make a separate pinned post with a cw for sexy. Flirts welcome if you're a dyke, don't think covid is over and still mask up (or disability precludes you masking), and if you're like, older than mid twenties (i'm in my thirties). CIS AND TRANS MEN NO FLIRTING, THIS IS IN CAPS BECAUSE YOUR PEOPLE SEEM INCAPABLE OF READING COMPREHENSION.
To People of Colour: I collect my cousins, particularly white trans/disabled girls and autistics. If someone is doing a racism from an instance mine is federated with and you want collection please let me know. If I see this myself I do my best to not need asking. Being gracious and grateful when receiving criticism and asks for accountability or change in my behaviour is important to me and I do not expect your tone to be a certain way for me to hear it, and I am grateful for any time you take a chance on me and do me the generosity of feedback. I understand that feedback does not have to be complete and that a gift of feedback does not obligate the giver to provide further explanation/education/contact. I understand what diunital thinking is and do my best to employ it. I can usually keep my temper and own feelings in check when collecting and recuse myself when they get in the way of constructive action. I have no qualms with conflict, upsetting people and being "mean" where necessary, however. This paragraph is here for your informed consent and does not obligate you to like or trust me or interact with me.
A note on language: I use nondisabled, disablis(t/m) to honour the disability activists I have known and organised with in Britain, over the more common americanisms abled, ablis(t/m) but I don't care what anyone else uses. I use C(oercively)AFAB and CAMAB over AFAB/AMAB and if you're TME I think you should do the same. I don't really mind what language other trans women and TMA people use but I would encourage you to look into the terf historical useage of FAB (female at birth) and the transmasc transmisogynist useage of AFABulous, as well as to think about how CAMAB both decenters our ASAB and centers the violent upholding of cisgenderism, and think about whether this might be a useful lingustic distinction for you. But I'm not the boss of you, do what feels important/right to you.
I'm angry that after 10 years of rising up the ranks in my career and growing my wage I'm still struggling to pay bills as though my wage has over doubled from 10 years ago the mismanagement of the economy keeps moving the bar of comfortable just ahead of me.
In this context I must say that though I regard the overall record of the 1997-2010 #labour government as mixed at best an achievement that has stood the test of time was the creation of the #ons - Office for National Statistics - with far greater independence than its predecessors. #ons can fairly be regarded as a world leading institution - one of very few #britain has to its name - arguably #nice - the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence - is another.
Bloody refugees... I mean asylum seekers.. coming here expecting to have a legitimate way of entering the country to make their request to not be tortured or otherwise threatened with death. ...THE CHEEK!
#Britain wasn't built on fairness, social justice, equality or opportunity!!
It was build on being born to the right family.
Born in a warzone.? tough! Try harder in your next life!
#Tory party policy
Time for somewhere a little different.
We enjoyed a long weekend break in and around Marsden, nestled in the South Pennines of West Yorkshire.
Although conditions were less than favourable, I still walked away with some reasonable photos.
There's plenty more for your viewing pleasure here https://www.iancylkowski.com/blog/2023/7/3/marsden-west-yorkshire-summer 👍