Serious Sam Barrett

  • Posted by mark
  • 5 August 2009
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My mate Sam has 2 record release shows coming up to promote his new 'Close to Home' Lp, there's one up north and one down south so if you're lucky enough to live near Leeds or London here's the details...

13th August, Nation of Shopkeepers, 27-37 Cambridge Street, Leeds, 8:00pm, Free Entry (<you can't argue with that!)

14th August, The Green Note, 106 Parkway, Camden, London, 8:00pm, £6 (tickets available from wegottickets there's only 15 left so be quick)

I know he would much appreciate the support and if you can make it to either one you'll get to witness something pretty special...

LONG LIVE THE YORKSHIRE RAMBLER!!!

that summer feeling

  • Posted by ruben
  • 4 August 2009

RAIN

the rain is warmer than rain was in February.

and it's falling straight rather than driving sideways.

that's what makes it summer.

all we need now are some summer tunes.

we have loaded david's summer playlist into a collaborative spotify project.

help us out, add your favourite summer tracks and they'll automatically play in howies HQ.

click here to get involved (you'll need spotify, click here to get it)

Rebel Cell

  • Posted by howies
  • 2 August 2009

Last night I went to a theatre night of sorts, at Stoke Newington International Airport.  A friend of mine is in a production called Rebel Cell.  Rap theatre from Baba Brinkman, Dizareli and Jamie Simmonds (on the beats and scratches). 

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The year is 2013 and England is a totalitarian state.  The BBC has merged with the BNP, Tesco are forming alliances with the government and taking over industry, and Glastonbury is a prison camp (England's Guantanamo).  The leader of the revolution is being seen as a terrorist, and has been detained in prison before going on trail.  He has one last chance to tell his story. 

In life, Baba and Dizareli both believe that our government needs a massive shake up- but have very different views on how we need to get there.  Democratic action within the official channels -vs- direct activism.  The show displays their political views to the nth degree, making it a really entertaining show.

They are en route to Edinburgh, as I type this.  If you get a chance to see them perform I would strongly recommend it!  They had rave reviews from the press at last years Endinburgh festival, and this year looks set to be even bigger and better.

Why the Do Lectures matter?

  • Posted by howies
  • 27 July 2009

chairs BW

Why The Do Lectures matter?

And why becoming a member matters too?

We live in interesting times.

And we live in important times.

Most of the important business models have yet to be written.

Most of the ‘why didn’t I think of that’ answers for climate change have yet to be dreamt of.

Most of the important scientific or technological breakthroughs are just doodles on a notepad.

As well as interesting times, these are exciting times.

Necessity will make a good taskmaster. Crisis will make a good editor. Having finite resources will make us infinitely more creative with how we use them going forward.

Yup, interesting times.

And if consumers will have to change how they consume, and if business will have to change how they do business, then so will Government have to change how they govern.

Our system of having a four-year government for 100-year problems means tough decisions are rarely made. A manifesto designed to win votes isn’t the same as a manifesto designed to do what needs to be done for the safety of future generations.

And how we have treated this planet in the past will have to be different to how we treat it in the future. A tree helps produce oxygen, rain and sucks in carbon dioxide. Yet we only put a value to it once we cut it down. At the very same time as when it stops producing rain, when it stops producing oxygen and stops sucking in carbon dioxide.

Indeed these are interesting times.

We have to fill in a 3-page form to start an account with Fed Ex. Yet a badly run bank has to only fill in a 2-page form to get billions from the Government to shore up their bank.

Interesting times, indeed.

But rather than being a time to be down or despondent, this is the time for great change. And yes, there is much that needs changing. There is much to do.

But reassuringly the human mind is more creative than any computer will ever be. The answers will come from the brightest, stubborn-nest, and oddest of people.

And the thing that brings this oddball bunch together is that they are all stubborn dreamers. Brilliant enough to have the idea. Stubborn enough to make it happen.

Buckminster Fuller described the importance of vision best when he said, “ There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly”. But as well as the vision, you need that grit determination to make your idea live.

That is what The Do Lectures is here to Do. It is a platform for the Doers of the world to tell us their stories. So they can inspire the rest of us to go do something amazing too. In simple farming terms, it is just manure for the field. It is here to help grow ideas.

The Do Lectures is not a business, but it has to pay its way in the world. Appropriately a set of talks with sustainability at its heart needs to be, well, yes, sustainable.

To that end, we sell tickets for the event so the rest of the world can see them the talks for free. Our aim this year is for a million people to see the talks. To me, that is a lot of ‘mind manure’ being spread around the world.

So does the Do Lectures matter? I believe they do. And maybe they matter more in these interesting times than any other time.

I believe that ‘mind manure’ sure needs spreading around.

So my last question today is would you become a member of The Do Lectures?

Memberships costs £50. You will receive 4 newsletters a year. Have the inside track on choosing speakers and be able to make suggestions too. Have first refusal on future tickets. Receive a Do Lectures 2009 T-shirt that has a chance of coming with a golden ticket to this years Do lectures.

But the biggest thing of all is just to feel part of it. To feel like you are doing something to make this happen. To become a doer too.

So if this is crowd funding in its truest form, we need the crowd to put their hands up and say ‘I’m in.’ ‘I think The Do Lectures matter. Here’s my £50.’

A simple email to Claire@thedolectures.co.uk will be enough to start this off.

David Hieatt

Wee Do 2009

  • Posted by howies
  • 18 July 2009

It is fair to say that the Wee Do Lectures, in both the London and Bristol locations, have been fantastically well received.  There is clearly a real enthusiasm for building a community based around the sharing of knowledge and ideas.  

We hope those who have attended  a past Wee Do enjoyed the experience.  We have certainly enjoyed putting them on.  We are really excited about the line up for the rest of 2009 - so much so, we have decided to let you in on who we have coming up:

London:

28th July - Cycle Chic (http://londoncyclechic.blogspot.com/)

11th August - The Hungry Cyclist (http://www.thehungrycyclist.com/)

25th August - Cooler Magazine (http://coolermag.com/)

8th September - Prick Your Finger (http://prickyourfinger.blogspot.com/)

22nd September - Shared Interest (http://www.shared-interest.com/)

6th October - Liberty TBC (http://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/)

20th October - Rainforest Foundation (http://www.rainforestfoundationuk.org/)

3rd November - Battersea Dogs Home (http://www.battersea.org.uk/)

17th November - Respect the Mountains (http://www.respectthemountains.com)

1st December - Salomon and Libtech Snowsports (http://www.salomonsports.com/uk/)

15th December - Good Energy (http://www.goodenergy.co.uk/)

Bristol:

24th July - Richard Spink from Carbon Neutral Expeditions (http://carbonneutralexpeditions.com/)

August  - Bristol Beer Factory (http://www.bristolbeerfactory.co.uk/)

September - Jon Bradshaw: Explorer

October - Fifty Fifty Skate Crew

November - Nick Hand (http://twitter.com/nickhand)

December - Fairbridge (http://www.fairbridge.org.uk/)

We look forward to seeing you at a Wee Do in the near future!

Throwdown Threes

  • Posted by tim
  • 18 July 2009

Categories:

Ok, we neglected our eclectic child and should be ashamed, but thankfully they have returned from a holiday in the broom cupboard shared with a box of old toys and some shake and vac.

Nancy and Lee

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Willard Grant Conspiracy

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Billy Childish and the Buff Medways

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London’s fat beats

  • Posted by howies
  • 17 July 2009

Today in the London store we are listening to:

Vampire Weekend, Starsailor, Phoenix, Seasick Steve, Fanfarlo, Modest Mouse, TV on the Radio, and Discovery.

What are you listening to right now?

Derek Jarman and Coil go to Avebury

  • Posted by tim
  • 10 July 2009
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Wee Do Video – MC Elemental

  • Posted by howies
  • 8 July 2009
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We have a short sneak peak video of our MC Elemental Wee Do event.  It was an incredible night and we really appreciate him taking the time to come and perform.  Full length footage of the performance will be going up on the DO lecture website in the next couple of weeks.   

If you missed MC Elemental's insightful and hilarious performance he will be making a return to Carnaby Street in the New Year.  

We will also be posting a short video clip of our Tea Pigs event shortly.

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