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2009
DEC 4th 2009:
FLAME OF HOPE BLOWN OUT
After a hard fought 6 month campaign by the 2,000 strong workforce, The Redcar Blast Furnace is to be blown out at the end of January. It means the loss of 1,700 direct Corus jobs and up to 8,000 in contract and supply jobs. It is also the end of the largest blast furnace in Europe and a iron-smelting tradition that began at Eston Ironworks in 1852 and saw at its peak in the 1860s, over a 100 furnaces on the Tees.
(left) BBC Look North report featuring a clip from
'A Century in Stone' broadcast, 2.12.09

2 DEC 2009:ArtsBank - The View From Here!
The view from the roof is that the sky is the limit ! ArtsBank is progressing apace and our plans are getting bigger and more exciting with each passing week ! On behalf of my compadres, Bryan Goodall (above left) and Paul Ingram (above centre), MANY THANKS to all the artists and photographers who have contacted us since our media launch in November. It is amazing that there REALLY is so much talent in this area that must be exposed to the public. THANKS to all the members of the public who have shown interest and sent good wishes. And lastly, and definitely not least, BIG THANKS to Glen, John and all the crew doing the building conversion.
cheers Craig

5 NOV 2009:A MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT !

WELCOME TO THE ARTS BANK !
AT LAST...
A Major Arts/Exhibition Centre Celebrating

THE REAL CULTURE
of Teesside, Cleveland & North Yorkshire
PRIORITISING
the very best of local art and artists
film, photography, fine art, performance, music, talks etc...
Opening Spring 2010
at 29 Milton Street, Saltburn-By-The-Sea.

click here for full story and pics

NOV 5th: VIN GARBUTT FILM - COMING SPRING 2010
"Teesside Troubadour - The Vin Garbutt Story"
Filmed in Australia, Malaysia, Canada, Belgium, Holland across the North East and most recently in Northern Ireland.
1 hour documentary and almost 2 hours of music - in editing phase finally !
Launch re-scheduled for Spring 2010 due to 'ArtsBank' happening this year out of the blue !
NOV 5th: COATHAM FREE DVDS NOW AVAILABLE !

The film shown in the House of Commons
that Vera Baird tried to stop !

As blanked by the Evening Gazette !

LIMITED EDITION DVD (70 mins)

SOLD OUT SORRY,
BUT YOU CAN:

WATCH ONLINE !

"During times of universal deceit TELLING THE TRUTH becomes a revolutionary act" George Orwell
NOV 5th: COATHAM DVDs HIT COUNCIL
All 59 councillors and all the senior officers involved in the Coatham fiasco have had a dvd and letter hand-delivered by myself. Both Labour Mps Vera Baird and Ashok Kumar and the opposition, Paul Bristow (prospective Con candidate), Greg Clark (Shadow Minister for Teesside) and Michael Bates (Lord of Langbaurgh) have also recieved them at Westminster.

To all of you THE OFFICIAL FILM GUESTBOOK is awaiting your comments!
NOV 5th: COATHAM FENCE STILL COSTING THE PUBLIC

"I don't like the Guantanamo Bay feel of it all" - Vera Baird MP, May 2007.
And we don't like paying for it Vera - £48k and rising !

FOR THE CAMPAIGN LATEST
AND TO FIND OUT WHAT YOU CAN DO:

click here

Pics by B.Rackenberry

NOV 5th: PENNY FOR THE GUY...
BUT HOW MUCH FOR MPs?
In the run up to this years Guy Fawkes Night, reports have been coming in of a curious outbreak of national sympathy for the long-maligned Mr. Fawkes who the public claim suffered similar political frustrations in the early 1600s before hatching his famous plot. Angry youths are this year standing outside pubs with effigies of their own MPs! In one of the nation's poorer wards, Coatham Redcar, a lippy young scrote told reporters "MPs get loadsa money standing about doing nowt so why shouldn't we...and Guy Fawkes never claimed for expenses...or explosives!"
OCT 29th: RANDOM PICS OF THE WEEK !
Paul Daniels (pic by Jimmy Willis, Coatham Protest Camper) / The House of Pancrack in the Summer of Scandal
OCT 29th: TORY LEAFLET SHOCKER !

Somebody asked me in the street today if I had turned TORY???
For the record, the answer is NO and NEVER
in a million years BUT
it appears I am on a new leaflet sent out by Conservative MP hopeful Paul Bristow...

The pic was taken at Parliament back in July where Paul & Lord Bates of Langbaurgh kindly hosted a screening of 'Bulldozing Democracy' to try and save Longridge Wood...or at the very least give the M'bro Mayor and his Labour lapdogs a red face in the Big House...
And that was worth at least twenty pictures !

30 SEP 09: The Lanky Chubby Paralympic Football Coalition Party?
In tonight's Gazette a letter from C.Terry of Saltburn - this is NOT me under pseudonym NOR do i know this person!
But thanks for the thought C.Terry you made my day...and maybe our MPs too???

SEPT 09:
A GREAT VICTORY AS
COUNCIL BACKS OFF CENTRAL GDNS!

The ludicrous plan of M'bro Council to concrete over Central Gdns and the lake in the centre of M'bro with a multi-storey car park, hotel and office blocks is NOT going ahead.

The council told the Gazette they made their decision because of the present economic climate and the great number of public objections. The lake they said will remain but building on the surrounding green space may happen in the future. The controversial plans were brought to the attention of many by local residents. Their spirited campaign resulted in the film Beacon of Hypocrisy, the staging of a demonstration and featuring on The BBC Politics Show. This is a fantastic result for those who have worked hard to save the site. The council have acted wisely and should do the same for the great objectors to the plans for Longridge!


September 16th 2009 - 60th Anniversary of the last shift at Eston Mine - featured in the new edition of 'Coastal View'

'A CENTURY IN STONE' DVD AVAILABLE FROM: Online Shop and Retail Outlets


22 AUG 09: GAZETTE DUMBS ME DOWN !
On Aug 3rd, I posted an open letter to Gazette editor Darren Thwaites on the Gazette's 'Have Your Say' online forum. I accused the lack of coverage of my 3 political films about local authorities as proof of being biased in favour of the councils and the paper being dumbed down. The letter and corresponding thread has now been viewed almost 1000 times. Darren didn't respond.

On Aug 14th, I wrote to Darren again via the letters page of the paper itself. Again I accused him of bias and dumbing down. Tonight they printed it BUT NOT all of it. They tried to come across as bold and virtuous making it the main letter with a pic and with a foot note from the editor BUT typically they cut the most pertinent and damning section of it. They dumbed me down and I rest my case! Below is my letter with what they did not print in bold red...

Dear Darren,
Councillor Dunning’s attempt to regenerate credibility for the Coatham leisure scheme (‘Project Will Regenerate Redcar’ 10/08/09) failed to deliver like the scheme itself. When Councillor Dunning stated that only the protestors believed the scheme wouldn’t regenerate Redcar he was wrong. I can bear testimony to 800 Redcar & Cleveland taxpayers who attended recent screenings of my latest film ‘Coatham-A Common Concern’ in Coatham, Redcar, Marske, New Marske, Lazenby Saltburn and The House of Commons no less!

Many who came to see the film were also as shocked as I that this newspaper chose not send a reporter to watch the film nor run a feature on it and the many serious questions it raises. In a paper that afforded a recent front page and a half to a story about a kitten on a busy road and a full page to a man who grew a giant cabbage, I think a story about the first independent documentary feature about a local council ever made in Teesside’s history; that was made with voluntary labour, funded by public donations and shown in Parliament and which the Redcar MP tried to stop from being shown is surely newsworthy enough? Or was it not featured like this letter probably won’t be because the paper is biased in favour of the council? When the council announce a new £30m scheme to regenerate Redcar seafront and the paper fails to ask what about the phantom £88m Coatham scheme then surely we have an answer.

yrs sincerely and for the good of Teesside, Craig Hornby

MON 20th JULY: LONGRIDGE TO THE LORDS!
On Monday 20th July, 'BULLDOZING DEMOCRACY' was screened in THE HOUSE OF LORDS.
Afterwards, the Longridge Campaigners and myself discussed the green hypocrisy of Middlesbrough Council with Lord Michael Bates of Langbaurgh, Greg Clark MP & Shadow Minister For Teesside, Paul Bristow Conservative candidate for Ashok Kumar's seat plus Kay Brennan from The Woodland Trust.
Lord Bates added his support to the campaign commending "the power and wit of the film". He also humorously remarked "I'm glad I'm not on the recieving end of that !" ASHOK KUMAR Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland (ironically the constituency of both the Longridge campaigners in Marton and myself in Saltburn! ) chose not to attend BUT was in the building as he walked past our delegation in the Parliament lobby and looked a little surprised !

Special thanks to Lord Bates and PA Alison for hosting the screening and thanks to all who attended.
THE FIGHT FOR LONGRIDGE IS FAR FROM OVER !
To watch the film click here
For background on the campaign click here

Sat 11th & 18th July 2009:
TEESSIDE STEELWORKERS MARCH IN DURHAM & REDCAR
On the 25th anniversary of the Great Strike and decimation of the coal industry, Teesside steelworkers fighting for 10,000 jobs, marched alongside the former Durham mining communities for the 1st time in history. The following week groups from Durham and across the country joined the Teesside march and rally in Redcar.

25th June 2009:
COATHAM DVD APPEAL
WE NEED YOUR HELP !

My new film is a VERY TOPICAL expose of public money being grossly misused by an inept and hell-bent Redcar & Cleveland Council. For 6 years under the guise of a fantastical leisure scheme, they have tried to get 359 houses and flats built on covenant-protected sea front and common land.

They promised new leisure facilities 11 years ago and haven't laid a brick. The only thing they have constructed is a fence which has been guarding empty space for 2 years and has cost the public a shameful £48k and rising. They also shockingly paid 50% of Persimmon Homes £284k planning fees. They have forged and suppressed documents and bent and broke the rules to push the scheme through. This is a regeneration disaster that has ignored massive objection for 5 years has cost the public in total around £1million.

In May the film was premiered in PARLIAMENT and then to 800 people across Redcar & Cleveland to critical acclaim. BUT it has been blanked by the local media who have not attended a single show. The same treatment was afforded to the Longridge and Lake films a couple of months ago by the Evening Gazette. I believe it is because the films challenge the flawed logic of our powers-that-be too much and the local media are in a bit of a quandry. They are biased or gutless or both. Either way they have failed to do their duty and simply report news of the first independent documentary-feature on local politics ever made on Teesside.

It has been put together over the last 2 years with Pancrack funds and public donations. The campaign group and myself have worked for FREE because we believe the public have A RIGHT TO KNOW THE TRUTH BEING DENIED THEM. This is about democracy in our borough as much as it is about preserving public land; getting a real leisure scheme and saving this dying seaside town
.

PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE WORD !

Many Thanks to all who donated to the dvd fund !
Craig Hornby & The Friends of Coatham, June 25th 2009

Watch the Trailer Below and please email me if you have any queries
craig@pancrack.tv

WATCH THE COATHAM TRAILER: YOUTUBE


Wed 17th June 2009:

"Tees Valley: The Documentary Truth" Clips & Talk
at Teesside University


COATHAM FILM - NEW DATES !
Thur 21st May:..NEW MARSKE Club
Frid.29th May:..
SALTBURN Community Theatre
Thur 4th .June:
.LAZENBY Club
Tues 9th .June:
GUISBOROUGH Quoit Club
Wed 10th June:.
REDCAR Priory Club
Thur 18th June:.MARSKE Working Men's Club

All 7.30pm - Admission free / donations welcome
except Saltburn which is £3 due to hire of venue & cinema equipment
.
MORE DATES AROUND THE BOROUGH SOON !
1 JUNE 09: PIC OF THE WEEK!

Undoubtedly
the greatest sense heard in
Middlesbrough Town Hall since it was built...
but sadly alas, not in the council chamber!

Tony Benn greeted his audience ON THE STREET
with trademark cup of tea and pipe.
His backpack-cum-foldy chair (his own invention !)
he declared the only safe Labour seat in the country !

As he already has a copy of 'A Century in Stone',
the least I could do was give him a 'Bulldozing Democracy' dvd and a Coatham flyer !

A brilliant, top bloke and national treasure.



Snapper: Mr. Ping Ram

1st June 09:
GHURKAS TO JOIN FIGHT FOR
COATHAM COMMON !

Reports are coming in that protest camper and army
veteran Jimmy Willis has recruited the victorious Ghurkas
for a summer offensive to take back Coatham Common.
Reports of Joanna Lumley being spotted in Radar buying camo hotpants are however unconfirmed at this time...


(All Redcar Police and Community Wardens please note -
chill, this is all complete made up b*ll*x !)
11th May 09: NEVER MIND THE BAUBLES ! £125,602 a year Redcar MP Vera Baird makes national headlines trying to ponce the cost of Xmas trees and baubles from the public purse! Despite public outrage, she has refused to apologise to her constituents, many of whom are facing an uncertain future due to the recession and the additional shock news from Corus steel. Her arrogance is laid bare in this statement "In cases where you are not sure if the claim is acceptable or not, you put it in". In other words, if you can get away with it, let the people pay for it !
Vera, I don't think the people of Redcar are gunna forget this one.
8th May 09: THE END OF TEESSIDE STEEL?
The Redcar Blast Furnace, the last one on Teesside and the largest in Europe, is set to be mothballed following the break up of its 5 company customer consortium. This means the end of a 10 year supply contract - worth 70% of its sales. Global demand for steel took a nosedive last Autumn and there are no signs yet of a recovery. If Teesside Cast Products cannot be saved within 90 days, it will mean a major blow to the struggling Teesside economy and over 2,000 job losses. And it will also be the final chapter of the story that began with Bolckow & Vaughan at Middlesbrough, 169 years ago.

7th MAY 09: BIASED GAZETTE BLACKOUT
In February, I put on a showcase in Middlesbrough of 4 eco-political films made in Teesside one of which commissioned by Friends of The Earth in London. The event was a cultural / political first for Teesside but the Evening Gazette sent nobody to report on the event and showed no subsequent interest in the films.

In March, I organised a demo outside a national climate change conference hosted by Middlesbrough Council. I had a large "Stop The Robocop Chainsaw Massacre" banner and I stood 7 foot 9 with a loudhailer leading the chant. 100s of 'Bulldozing Democracy' dvds were given out to all arriving delegates. I spoke to a Gazette reporter on the day but curiously when the report appeared 3 days later, it did not mention me, nor show the banner nor explain what the dvd being given out was about. The Northern Echo covered it all and also made a video of the event. The next day I sent Gazette editor Darren Thwaites a dvd and requested a meeting to discuss a number of issues and concerns that I had. He never replied.

In May, we took the Coatham film to Parliament. This was another cultural / political first for Teesside but it made only a meagre article buried deep in the Gazette and with no picture. The Northern Echo and the Sunday Sun ran bigger articles and with 2 pictures each. On returning from Parliament, we showed the film to 600 people in a church. This was yet another cultural / political first for Teesside but the Gazette sent nobody to the event and has shown no interest in the film.

I called the Gazette editor twice but as usual never reached him. Deputy editor Adrian Hogg did return my call stating that they had covered the story. He also asked what the big deal was about taking it to Parliament stating "who would be interested in a film about Redcar, the MP for North Surrey?" and why had we set up the show via an MP from another area and not the Redcar MP? These questions were sure reason for a journalist to look into the story but sadly not at the Gazette and their readers across Teesside weren't able to find out about it.

A few years ago, when 'A Century in Stone' was full on, all I had to do was blink and I would be in the paper. The Gazette even included me in their "101 Most Influential People in The Tees Valley" pull-out supplement! Here I am today with a feature-length documentary full of Teesside people talking about the future of Teesside's main seaside town; it is shown in the House of Commons and in Redcar to an audience of 600; and the Gazette's interest is NIL ZERO ZILCH. Will the forthcoming Vin Garbutt film get the same treatment...?

There have been far too many instances that simple coincidence cannot excuse. I have repeatedly sent in letters that have been 'overlooked' and more often than not had content neutered. The lack of interest in the Longridge, Lake and Coatham films leaves me in no doubt believing that there is a deliberate effort on the part of the Gazette to manage/downplay/contain opinion that is sharply critical of our local councils and the big regeneration schemes. We have been fed hype and spin for a decade about a golden future in the Tees Valley; about Middle- haven, North Shore, Coatham Enclosure and they have all failed to deliver at enormous expense ; and were failing long before the recession hit.

Despite all the false dawns and empty promises, why is the Gazette still so keen to keep printing without question what the councils and TVR tell them year after year? At what point does the Gazette conduct a serious evaluation / debate? Will it ever? Income from public bodies in the form of advertising is becoming increasingly important as income from selling papers to the public is dwindling. How much does this influence what gets prime coverage? If the public are fed a steady diet of patronising drivel by politicians and are not encouraged at every turn to engage in serious debate then the pandemic of apathy will only worsen. And that is bad for local democracy and also bad for local newspaper sales! I urge the Gazette to radically re-think, there are swathes of decent but disillusioned Teessiders who have stopped buying your paper.

6th May 2009: THE ANTI-TRUTH COALITION
"The leaders of all the political groups on Redcar and Cleveland Council have joined forces in condemning the tactics being used by a minority of protestors opposed to the Coatham Links re-development project. This follows the distribution of a leaflet and production and screening of a film by protestors" says Cllr. Abbott who also describes the protestors as 'hateful'. Bigot Abbott you haven't even seen the film ! And what tactics...the audacity to print a leaflet and make a film about how rubbish your coalition and your Coatham bungling was ??? Sorry mate it's a free country and...
THE LIGHT OF TRUTH WILL SHINE UPON THE SILVER SCREEN !

5th-7th May 2009: COATHAM FILM SHOWN TO 600 IN CHURCH



Despite Vera Baird calling the church warden and the parish dean to cancel the show, the show went on - for 3 nights - and to 600 people. Neither she, nor Ashok Kumar nor any of the 59 councillors attended as per usual...
and we reserved front row seats every night for them too !

5th May 2009: COATHAM FILM SHOWN AT PARLIAMENT

A 42 min. edit of the Coatham film was shown at 1 Parliament Street via Robert Goodwill MP for Scarborough to around 20 people including Paul Bristow, the prospective Tory candidate for Ashok Kumar's seat, plus representatives from The Environmental Law Foundation and The Open Spaces Society. Directly after the screening, Mr. Goodwill remarked that he felt decieved by us for showing a different and longer film than the one we had showed him in Scarborough. For the record, the film we showed was only 7 mins longer than the one showed in Scarborough and was largely the same film. There was also never any clear stipulation made in Scarborough about showing that exact same cut in Parliament. A group discussion followed the screening in Parliament and Mr. Goodwill stated that he couldn't stay too long as he had a meeting. But he stayed for the whole duration, an hour and 20 minutes, and was very much engaged throughout.

Vera Baird did not attend but we believe did send associates who promptly left as soon as the film finished. A statement by Vera Baird claimed that the film contained 'nasty allegations'. These 'allegations' are not nasty but are in fact accounts and opinions s of members of the public exercising their democratic right to ask questions of their MP and council. They feel, like Vera Baird once did when Labour were in opposition, that "there was something sinister going on" within the council over the Coatham scheme. Mr Goodwill also issued a statement that he did not endorse these allegations and following a discussion with Vera Baird was ending his involvement with the FOCC. He did nevertheless think the content of the film was serious enough to set up the Parliament screening and did state that there were lessons to be learned for the council over their handling of the Coatham scheme. This was elaborated upon by Paul Bristow (pictured below) who thought the Coatham affair was astonishingly poor and as he stated on camera, serious questions quite rightly needed to be answered.

All in all, the Parliament show was a step into the unknown for all of us and good to do. It was disappointing not to get any national press but what chance did we have with the MPs expenses scandal featuring our Vera breaking the same week ! Meanwhile back at home...the campaign by film was only just beginning!



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Watch Trailer Here
..... ...............Coatham Protest Blog

PLEASE SIGN 'SAVE LONGRIDGE WOOD' PETITION:
10 Downing Street Online

Every name is pressure and if they still ignore,
every name is more evidence that they are un-democratic tyrants!

10th & 11th MARCH: DEMO IN MIDDLESBROUGH
LOCAL ACTION ON COUNCIL HYPOCRISY !
With placards and banners, chanting protestors sportingly descended upon Middlesbrough Council's 'Local Action on Climate Change' conference. 100s of DVDs were given out to arriving speakers and delegates

CLICK HERE FOR SPECIAL FEATURE & PICS

WORLD EXCLUSIVE !
M'BRO CONCRETE EMITS OXYGEN !

“People have often said to me that the air in M’bro is actually cleaner than probably on the Cleveland hills for one reason and another”

RAY MALLON tells BBC POLITICS SHOW 15.03.09


CLICK HERE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT
BBC BREAKS STORY BEYOND TEESSIDE ! From the Scottish borders to Cumbria, Northumberland and all the way South past Whitby, the BBC Politics Show breaks the Longridge and Lake story and licences Pancrack footage to do so! In the face of a no-nonsense BBC journalist, Mallon is knocked off balance, his arrogance and ignorance revealed to the region !

CLICK HERE TO WATCH
DEMO BRINGS MEDIA OUT IN FORCE !
NORTHERN ECHO Video


NORTHERN ECHO Article 1
...Article 2....


EVENING GAZETTE Article


Thanks also to BBCTees and BBCLookNorth for covering the story
ROBOCOP HIDES FROM PROTESTORS !
Demonstrators waited for Ray Mallon's arrival at conference in vain. He didn't show his face but was in the building at 9.30 to give his speech so how did he do it? He told BBC Tees that he went in his usual way via the back gate BUT we were told that the back gate had never been used since the front entrance was put in a year or two ago. We checked that back gate just after 9am and it was padlocked. We believe he came in the back of the police van that sped through around 9.15 and promptly left. Either way he knew we were there and avoided us! When everyone had all but left, he did send someone out to tell us that he was coming out to speak to protestors but it was too little, too late and I was off to film the fence coming down and got there just in time.
LONGRIDGE LIBERATED !

With VIP speakers and 250 delegates in town, MBC were also busy saving face taking down the fence at Longridge. And on the eve of the conference were also pictured in the Gazette planting trees in Coulby Newham...

Timing...the secret of comedy !
BULLDOZING DEMOCRACY IN WHITBY !
New Longridge film gets screening at Whitby Film Festival Night...

Email from organiser Nigel Ward "I screened 'Bulldozing' last night - last on the bill - and it brought the house down. Congrats and all that - seriously, good work. I'll show your stuff everytime" thanks Nigel and best of luck with big festival !

Link: Whitby in Shorts Film Festival

1,000 DVDS & FLYERS GIVEN AWAY !

Mega-thanks to a generous and anonymous sponsor, 1000 x dvds of 'Bulldozing Democracy-Beacon of Hypocrisy' and a 1000 x colour leaflets were pushed through letterboxes and sent out to the media just days ahead of Middlesbrough Council's 'Local Action on Climate Change' conference. The truth is out there !
"We would love to hear from you and hope you share in our enthusiasm"
Middlesbrough Council
- 'Green Spaces Action Strategy' 2006
OK...WE ENTHUSIASTICALLY OPPOSE YOU AND EXPOSE YOU!
PRESENTING 2 NEW FILMS FOR MIDDLESBROUGH:
1. '
BULLDOZING DEMOCRACY' Parts 1 & 2 (above)

2. 'BEACON OF HYPOCRISY' (below
)
FEB 2009:
COUNCIL PLAN TO STEAL
PUBLIC GREEN SPACE !

If a council creates an open space with public money for the public to walk freely upon until it decides they can't because it wants to sell it off to private developers...
WHERE IS THE FREEDOM???

SAVE CENTRAL GARDENS
- CONTACT:
Sheila 01642 - 222 876
Lynda 01642 - 355 654
26th FEB 2009: FAKE BUDD ON THE TREES !
"We have listened to the views of local people and have decided that any further work on the site will be postponed until the autumn. In the meantime the fencing will be removed and restoration work will be undertaken to allow people to enjoy the area for the time being" Cllr. Dave Budd, Middlesbrough Council.

Nice one Dave...so its got nowt to do with the fact that the council have capped all spending until the end of this financial year and then in April it is bird nesting season and illegal to carry out any felling until the Autumn??!!!

THE FIGHT FOR THE TREES GOES ON - THE CREDIBILITY BATTLE IS WON !
FEB2009:FRIENDS OF THE EARTH 'ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE'
a pancrack production commissioned by F.O.E.

The world's leading chemical and steel companies have been making huge wealth out of Teesside since the 19th century...yet Teesside has always been one of the UK's most deprived areas. Fair deal ?!
This film introduces the concept of 'environmental justice'
= a healthy environment and social justice for all.

For Friends Of The Earth CLICK HERE
10th FEB 09: SCREENING EVENT

JAN 2009: BIG BROTHER POLICE STATE M'BRO?
For the very first time in 20 years of filming, I was harrassed by a police officer for filming in broad daylight in a public street - of derelict and empty buildings in Albert Road, M'bro to be precise. And why was I approached and quizzed for information? Because of the apparent "terrorism threat"?!! We were under greater threat from the IRA for 30 years and we never had this!!! And it is a well known fact that more people die choking on peanuts every year than from terrorism... I point blank refused to give my name. After more cyncial questioning the young bobby proceeded to write up a description of me in his little book and then cleared off. I carried on filming and across the road there was a paper shop where people quite possibly could have been buying peanuts unaware of the risk.... Do you think this affront to our basic liberties would have been tolerated in the wake of winning two world wars???
JAN 2009: LONGRIDGE FIGHT GOES ON !
. The Council have applied to the Forestry Commission to try and get a felling licence as the law prevents the total destruction of the woodland in a single three month period. The license will permit them to rip out the remaining half of the wood ASAP.And they have done this knowing full well that a government inspector’s report on the council’s development plans is imminent and may well say the site should not be built on. The group are still fighting to save the site and replant trees upon that which the Council has destroyed.
JAN 2009: LONGRIDGE FOOTPATH FARCE
The Council's dawn raid against the residents of Marton West on Dec 15th saw a steel fence seal off the footpath used by the public including PARENTS WALKING THEIR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL! I was arrested on that path protesting the fact that the council had given no public warning to say they were going to close it. The fence has since been re-routed allowing some access to the path but deliberately blocking other sections of it. It's a little bit of iron fist and the result is quagmire...the actions of a green beacon authority you decide???
JAN 2009: JULIE 'JOOLZ' McLAY 1963-2009
..
On January 27th, Julie, my cousin, artist and art-therapist, sadly died way too young with way too much to offer, aged 45 after a 2-year battle with cancer. From Eston to art college and a life beyond the humdrum, she was inspiration that I and all who knew her won't forget. From her chosen field of work she leaves a book written during her illness and published
just before she died entitled
"Love, Desire and Teen Spirit". Many thanks to the Evening Gazette for a great tribute
JAN 2009: 'ALDINFIRMARY' NOW OPEN !
Hey everyone ALDI is now open on the site of the historic North Riding Infirmary!
And the entrance portico has been rebuilt up the back street !
Middlesbrough Moving Forward Yeeeeeeeehaw.............not.

JAN 2009: MARCH FOR PALESTINE
A demo in Middlesbrough against the US-backed Israeli blitzkrieg of the concentration camp that is the Gaza strip; and in the last days of the Bush regime, no coincidence surely. Here's to optimism in the age of Obama...

"The largest political demonstration in a decade in Middlesbrough" said organiser Pete Smith of Teesside Against The War. A great cause, spectacle and speakers esp. Frank Cook MP for Stockton North who was superb.


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