Lets Talk About Population Baby! By Brian Chrystal

Humanity at present is like lemmings preening there fur coats before going over the cliff, but we are taking many other species with us. David Attenborough has stated that he can think of no environmental problem that would be easier to solve with fewer people. The difference we can make is the difference between 8 billion and 10 billion but we can only do this by facing up to the problem and braking the taboo of talking about it. We do not need coercion, set limits or eugenics but we do need to talk. Read more…

Bands Brought Together To Play At The Peartree Stage July 2014

In July 2014 Ragged Uni teamed up with Edinburgh Fringe Live and the Peartree to put on a small music festival where bands played, got live streamed and the crowd put what money they could into a hat.  It was all done on a voluntary basis and the idea was to explore what could be done for zero budget to promote local bands and hopefully put a few quid into their hands.  It was a success and many bands played, people enjoyed themselves and reached into their pockets to give a few quid, also they were live streamed.
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Podcast: Professor Virginia Eubanks Talks About Digital Deadends

“If we don’t want the information age to deliver widespread economic and political destruction, we must commit to including all citizens in a dialog about creating a just and equitable future.  In the end, our liberation is bound up in each other; we all sink or swim together.”

Professor Virginia Eubanks wrote the book Digital Deadend from her time living and working with a YWCA just outside of New York.  Her experiences trying to provide free education, support and span the ‘digital divide’ led her to write this book.  Her studies show the myths which are perpetuated around the rhetoric of the digital age – i.e. computers will make us all free; it will make education accessible to all; the ‘poor’ lack skills whilst the rich have them…
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12th Aug 2014: ‘Plebs’; The Ruskin College ‘Strike’ of 1909 by Colin Waugh

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Come along to The Central Library  (George Washington Browne Conference Room which is one floor down from the front entrance) for 5pm to listen to Colin’s talk. There will be some food provided and an opportunity to talk…

 

Name of Speaker:

Colin Waugh (Independent Working-Class Education Network)
 

Subject of Talk:

‘Plebs’: the Ruskin College ‘strike’ of 1909
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Rediscovering Independent Working Class Education by Colin Waugh

The meeting at Ruskin College on 27th March is essentially about how independent working class education (IWCE) could be developed within trade union education.

The impulse for this stems partly from the pamphlet ‘Plebs’: the Lost Legacy of Independent Working-Class Education, produced last year by PSE to mark the centenary of the 1909 Ruskin College ‘strike’. What happened in and around that ‘strike’ is important now because it is the main example available to us of working-class people setting up on their own initiative a system of adult education -the Labour College movement – that was independent of the employing class and its state. Read more…

Beyond The Urban Fox by Bob Redwater

I sold all of my guns. The time had finally come for me to retire from an active life of hunting and poaching. It was my lack of mobility and fitness rather than a sudden attack of  guilty conscience that made up my mind. I need two sticks for walking and am no longer able to outrun a gamekeeper.

Most of my secret hunting activities took place on private estates owned by the gentry and run by their tweed clad servants. I was able to feed my family with a healthy diet of wild meat as apposed to battery reared animals and fowl which had lived a miserable life before they were slaughtered. My hunting methods were many and varied, perfected by trial and error over a lifetime. Rabbits were my mainstay but we also feasted on Hare, venison, pheasants, partridge, goose, duck, salmon and trout.

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