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Campaigners say warm summer brings early start to conker season

In Uncategorized on August 26, 2014 by kmflett

Campaign For Real Conkers
Against bans on conker playing
Press Release 26th August Contact Keith Flett, 07803 167266

Campaigners say warm summer brings early start to conker season
The Campaign For Real Conkers, the group that opposes bans on conker playing, has said that the warm summer weather means one of the earliest starts ever a conker season this year. Traditionally the season gets underway on the August Bank Holiday Monday but it is usually several weeks into September before sufficient conkers have fallen to allow games to start.

In 2014 trees in many areas have excellent conker crops and recent winds have seen some starting to fall already.

The campaign believes that conkers is a game that is free to all play and should also be free of rules and regulations whether imposed in contests or petty bureaucrats who argue wrongly that playing conkers is in some way dangerous.

Campaign organiser Keith Flett said, 2014 looks like being a bumper year for conkers and a real chance for the traditional game to fight back against screen based attractions.

• The Campaign for Real Conkers promotes free for all conker playing across the UK an alternative event to the World Conker Championships on October 12th where it encourages people to have a go at playing conkers without the need for rules, regulations and teams.

Notes for Editors
• The CFRC believes that conkers is one of the few sports that can be played for free. All that is required is a conker and some string.
• It is opposed to championships, rules, regulations and commercial sponsorship.
• It seeks to encourage young people to play conkers. It should not be the preserve purely of those of mature years

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Richard Attenborough joins Beard Hall of Fame

In Uncategorized on August 25, 2014 by kmflett

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that Richard Attenborough, who has died at 90, has been appointed to the Beard Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame consists of a range of hirsute public figures, both alive and deceased, whose beard has had a distinctively positive impact in the public sphere.

It currently includes Tony Benn, Brian Blessed, Frank Dobson, Bob Dylan and Spike Milligan amongst others.

BLF organiser Keith Flett said Richard Attenborough had a distinguished acting and directing career. In later life his beard underlined the gravitas of his work, and he is a worthy entrant to the Beard Hall of Fame

More details contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

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The Ambridge Socialist: The Left Field raises the Red Flag over #loxfest

In Uncategorized on August 24, 2014 by kmflett

The Ambridge Socialist
24th August CONTACT KEITH FLETT 07803 167266
The real Borsetshire Echo: 60 years of class struggle in Ambridge

The Left Field at Loxfest raises the Red Flag over Borsetshire
With the news that the Pet Shop Boys were a late addition to the main stage at the Loxfest, a Loxley Hall in Ambridge, Borsetshire, the Ambridge Socialist Left Field, unreported by mainstream media, also drew crowds at the event.

Billy Bragg, who is in the US, sent a message of support on twitter drawing attention to the resistance of agricultural workers from Borchester to Dorset, ‘Remember the Tolpiddle Martyrs’.

The Left Field was opened on Friday afternoon with Joe Grundy singing his unique Borsetshire version of the Red Flag.

The up and coming Americana band, the Borsetshire Levellers, featuring Jazzer McCreary on milk crates, was a big hit.

Saturday saw Lynda Snell perform her rarely heard renditions of traditional Borsetshire llama songs, which have been compared to Kate Bush in terms of their musical idiosyncracies.

Also sparking interest on Saturday in the Left Field marquee was a talk by David Archer on the roofs of Ambridge.

Ambridge Socialist Editor Keith Flett said, obviously the Left Field is an established thing at Glastonbury and this isn’t on the same scale. Even so we are pleased to bring the message of radical music, culture and politics to Loxfest

The line-up for the Left Field at LoxFest:

Joe Grundy sings his Borsetshire rendition of the Red Flag
Bert Fry reads poems from the rural proletariat
Jill Archer speaks on Wihelm Reich and the politics of the Radio 4 orgasm
The Professor speaks on why religion is wrong
Eddie Grundy sings As Soon As This Pub Closes..(the revolution starts)
Pat Archer speaks on organics & neo-liberal in Borsetshire
Lynda Snell sings traditional Borsetshire llama ballads

A month in Ambridge
Radio review: A month in Ambridge
Scandal has hit Loxfest, putting the lineup in doubt – but at least Kirstie Allsopp is still on the bill. Lord knows what Jill and Roy are likely to get up to out in the field, though

Nancy Banks-Smith
The Guardian, Tuesday 19 August 2014
I was waiting for The Archers omnibus on Sunday, as you do, when Jill Archer popped up in the preceding programme, Broadcasting House, nicely sandwiched between an admiral and an Arab journalist. After reviewing the papers, they were tested on their punctuation by a proper professor, who asked their opinion on Molly Bloom’s soliloquy from Ulysses: “I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.”

“Good orgasm,” said Jill Archer instantly. Crisp as a biscuit.

Radio takes its life in its hands with old ladies. They are apt to come right out with it.
Ambridge has a rich motherlode of old ladies. June Spencer, who plays Peggy Woolley, is 94; Patricia Greene, who plays Jill Archer, is 83. “So many old faces!” as Eleanor Bron said with more truth than tact on her arrival in Ambridge, as Carol Tregorran. Miss Bron is 76. All soaps are matriarchies. The testosterone-fuelled shouting in The Bull (“‘e called me a yokel!” “‘e what? I’d ‘ave punched ‘is lights out!”) and the bellowing of Otto, a real bull (“He’s certified fertile”), are just noises off.

Meanwhile, over at Loxfest, Troy Sturn, the dyslexic lead singer of the big attraction, has had his collar felt for hitting his girlfriend. “A women-only group has pulled out!” Well, that’s a blessing, at least. Added Loxfest attractions, beside Troy hitting people, will be Fallon serving “fair-trade-and-all-that on vintage crockery”, as recommended by Television’s Kirstie Allsopp; Jolene – Ambridge’s answer to Dolly Parton – and ‘arrison Burns, the singing detective, giving Golden Ring plenty of welly; Susan’s eye-catching new hairdo by Fabrice of Felpersham; and the Borchester Echo stirring it as usual (“You know what journalists are like!”).

We also know that Elizabeth, the lady of the manor, and Roy, the hired hand, are not safe around each other at music festivals, so brace yourselves for a Jill Archer. As it is now known in the trade.

• A Month in Ambridge will return on 17 September

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The Ambridge Socialist: Billy Bragg sends a message of support to the Left Field at #loxfest

In Uncategorized on August 23, 2014 by kmflett

The Ambridge Socialist
24th August CONTACT KEITH FLETT 07803 167266
The real Borsetshire Echo: 60 years of class struggle in Ambridge

Billy Bragg sends a message to the Left Field at Loxfest
Veteran radical root musician Billy Bragg has sent a message of support to the Ambridge Socialist Left Field while he is on tour in the US.

Bragg wrote on twitter, ‘Remember the Tolpiddle Martyrs #BorsetshireHeritage’ underlying that those fighting for decent conditions for rural workers have a common basis whether in Borsetshire or in Dorset as the Martyrs were

The Left Field was opened on Friday afternoon with Joe Grundy singing his unique Borsetshire version of the Red Flag.

The up and coming Americana band, the Borsetshire Levellers, featuring Jazzer McCreary on milk crates, was a big hit.

Saturday saw Lynda Snell perform her rarely heard renditions of traditional Borsetshire llama songs, which have been compared to Kate Bush in terms of their musicial idiosyncracies.

Also sparking interest on Saturday in the Left Field marquee was a talk by David Archer on the roofs of Ambridge.

However the highlight of Saturday in the Left Field was a duet by Bert Fry and Joe Grundy of a Borsetshire version of Which Side Are You On?

Ambridge Socialist Editor Keith Flett said, we welcome Billy Bragg’s message of support and hope that next year his schedule will allow him to play Left Field at Loxfest

Billy Bragg @billybragg
@kmflett @IntaComm Remember the Tolpiddle Martyrs! #BorsetshireHeritage
5:17pm • 23 Aug 2014 • Twitter for iPhone

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Campaigners say BBC may have banned Dr Who from appearing with a beard

In Uncategorized on August 23, 2014 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Press release 23rd August contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Campaigners say BBC may have banned Dr Who from appearing with a beard

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that with the start of a new series of Dr Who on 23rd August it is more than time that the Dr wore a gravitas adding beard.

Despite the fact that the Daleks are widely believed to be pogonophobic [except where collaboration with the hirsute suits their purpose] no substantive Dr Who has worn beard.

Matt Smith briefly appeared with a beard in 2010 but this was later revealed to have been a fake illusion.

More recently in 2013 John Hurt did appear as hirsute Dr Who in Night of the Doctor but he has not permanently joined the pantheon of Drs.

The current Doctor, Peter Capaldi, is frequently hirsute but so far has appeared as Dr Who exclusively clean shaven.

The campaigners say that there is serious concern, particularly after the John Hurt episode, that the BBC has decreed that Dr Who must be clean shaven.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, given the likely pogonophobia of the Daleks you have to ask which side the BBC is on in its apparent Dr Who beard ban

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Peterborough Beer Festival: Things have changed- is cask fighting back?

In Uncategorized on August 23, 2014 by kmflett

Peterborough Beer Festival: Things Have Changed
Those who read the New Musical Express in the 1980s and 1990s might be familiar with ‘Ive seen the future of rock’pieces.

I was at Peterborough Beer Festival on Wednesday and there is no doubt that if this isn’t the future then definitely things have changed.

For those unfamiliar the festival is held in tents in central Peterborough and is one of the biggest in the UK. It has several hundred cask beers and unlike the Great British Beer Festival which it follows on from it has a long standing tradition of showcasing new breweries and new beers.

So what has changed?

Certainly it was not an embracing of craft keg. But I knew things had changed when my first conversation after I arrived was with a CAMRA volunteer about whether a sour beer on cask was actually sour enough or whether another sour beer might be better.

In short the range of beers and beer styles, all on cask, at Peterborough has changed significantly.

Aside from the sours I enjoyed [thirds of] a lemon and lime double ipa from Arbor[8.2%] an imperial stout from Be(x)ar County, Papa Steve (9%) a rhubarb stout from Imperial and a saison from Nene Valley [7.2%].

If you drink regularly in the London craft beer scene these are the kind of beers you’d expect to find. But these beers feature usually on keg.

Here they were all on cask and in good condition.

I’m not exactly making a cask v keg point here.

Rather I’d say that the practice seems to have become that more interesting and unusual beers are most frequently to be found on keg rather than cask.

Peterborough this year has challenged this by showing that interesting beers, many strong, can be served in cask, done well and be very drinkable.

It is an argument about not cask v keg but a balancing out of the two where there has been something of a preference for keg.

In short whether inadvertently or not Peterborough beer festival has thrown down a gauntlet

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Ambridge Socialist Update: Crowds flock to the Left Field at #loxfest

In Uncategorized on August 23, 2014 by kmflett

The Ambridge Socialist
23rd August CONTACT KEITH FLETT 07803 167266
The real Borsetshire Echo: 60 years of class struggle in Ambridge

Crowds flock to the Left Field at Loxfest

With the news that the Pet Shop Boys are a late addition to the main stage at the Loxfest, a Loxley Hall in Ambridge, Borsetshire, the Ambridge Socialist Left Field, unreported by mainstream media, is also drawing crowds at the event.

Rumours that Billy Bragg, who is in the US, may play via satellite link on Sunday afternoon continue.

The Left Field was opened on Friday afternoon with Joe Grundy singing his unique Borsetshire version of the Red Flag.

The up and coming Americana band, the Borsetshire Levellers, featuring Jazzer McCreary on milk crates, was a big hit.

Saturday sees Lynda Snell perform her rarely heard renditions of traditional Borsetshire llama songs, which have been compared to Kate Bush in terms of their musicial idiosyncracies.

Also likely to spark interest on Saturday in the Left Field marquee is a talk by David Archer on the roofs of Ambridge.

Ambridge Socialist Editor Keith Flett said, obviously the Left Field is an established thing at Glastonbury and this isn’t on the same scale. Even so we are pleased to bring the message of radical music, culture and politics to Loxfest

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