The Bird Feeder

This time of year some of our neighbours need some help. Spring when the birds are having to feed their chicks is the time of year that they have the least in nature to feed on. The plants haven’t produced seeds and nor is it warm enough for the abundance of bugs and flies.

Creating a Bird Feeder out of recycled lids

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During my purge on plastic I have ended up with a massive pile of plastic lids. I didn’t know what I had been saving them for but I knew I would use them for something and a bird feeder it was.  So with the help of my sister we decided to have a go and put my idea to the test.

We gathered the lids washed them and joined them together with a nice twine. ( I feel a bit all Blue Peter here).

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We bought a range of bird feeds from the £1 shop so it didn’t come to much and a lump of lard. Melting the lard  in a saucepan adding the bird feed to it until it became thick and tacky.

We took the threaded bottle tops and scooped up the mixture and patted them down with the back of a spoon. Laying the tops on a baking tray to let them set.

And we waited.

I have now hung these bird feeders in and around the Heath and they love them.

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I won’t restock the bottle tops as they are fiddly and not that great if they get dragged off by foxes leaving plastic around the Heath. So I have made sure I have kept an eye on them and collected them when they are finished.

They look good but not really enough food in them. I think I’ll just use larger containers. But we tried, it was fun, it looked good and I know the birds enjoyed them.

Hampstead Mum

Extreme Right Wing Neo Nazi Terror Plot Foiled

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That’s what the headline should have been, but alas no it read that a Terror plot against the Euro 16 had been foiled. So for all intent and purpose with todays emphasis in the media being an Islamophobic narrative we could be forgiven if we assumed that this was a Islamic state attack that had been disrupted, who else would attack a predominately white European competition? Not until half way down in the article do you see mention of the plot to kill Muslims and Jews.

The very fact that this person was caught leaving Ukraine a country with the White Power Flag hanging in it’s government buildings, a country where fascists and the far right openly attack and have killed members of the “left”  Recently Ukrainian MPs passed a law that officially recognizes Ukrainian nationalists who collaborated with Nazis in the 20th century as ‘freedom fighters’. Members of several official, underground and paramilitary groups, including the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and Ukrainian Insurgent Army, operated from 1917 till 1991. They fought ‘for the country’s independence,’ and are now granted social benefits by the new law. I find it surprising that this plot was foiled by the Ukrainian SBU and wonder what their agenda is. But that’s yet to be seen.

Imagine if this attack had been an ISIS/ISIL member that was caught leaving say Pakistan or Saudi Arabia 2 countries known for being strongholds and financers of ISIS/ISIL. The news that a white Neo Nazi had been caught at the border of Ukraine and Poland has proven once again that our media is only interested if the perpetrators are Muslim. This attitude has again been confirmed to me by looking at my news feed on Facebook and twitter. Not a whisper, this guy had the makings of Chemical weapons, Stock piles of machine guns and ammunition that were only going to be used in racist attacks.

Everyone screamed outrage at the Paris attacks and not at similar attacks elsewhere and people lambasted others for their selective outrage. If this guy hadn’t have been caught, someone that was working within Ukraine with Armed Neo Nazi groups and had he managed to carry out the suggested 15 attacks at the Euro’s by a French National once again you could change your profile pictures in acts of support to the murdered and injured and they may even include a football logo. It sickens me that our media make light of this type of attack. People are more likely to be killed by neo Nazi’s in Europe and America than ISIS

Hampstead Mum

 

 

First Shave of the Year

 

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After getting through 2 razor blades and a bath that looks like some slash horror scene with out the blood and a plug hole that looks like a yeti has just been sucked up I now have shiny hairless legs, well the bottom bit anyway. It’s always such a job the first shave after winter. Do I do it in the bath and have hair floating around? Do I do it in the shower? and miss big chunks as I can’t see properly with the water cascading down them. I actually find a combination works best.

Winter is officially over I have shaved my legs.

Now why would I want to tell you about my personal maintenance?  What I wanted to talk about is how this action created a whole dialogue in my head like no other. Why would I have a twinge of betrayal to the feminist movement? That my actions are not that of a true feminist? Why do I feel I have to justify the action with this dialogue? I must feel that otherwise why would this thought even come into my head?  For me the leg hair is a seasonal thing in the winter it is left and I believe it helps insulate me and for the summer it comes off.  This is for a couple of reasons I find that when it’s warm I get itchy and the other is you don’t get to see my lovely tattoo underneath the forest and I would hate not to be showing the world my tattoo.

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I agree it’s natural and Patriarchy along with the media have made it seem unnatural by dehumanising and sexualising the women to the extent they have no body hair at all which leads us into the complex relationship we have with body hair, but that another blogs worth. Obviously I wouldn’t be shaving my legs if there wasn’t any razor’s around but there is so why wouldn’t I ?  I think and feel sexy either way and so does my partner . I am not even going to go into the pressures put on to our teens through porn to shave, preeen, pluck and wax to be ready for the taking. That fight back is on a different scale.

The point is to be able to do what we ever we chose and not what is expected of us isn’t it?

Hampstead Mum

 

 

 

 

Coventry needs us !

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So Coventry wasn’t important enough to go and oppose the fascists according to some people. “Oh it’s only a few EDL” What the actual fuck ? It’s not about the numbers it’s about the history of the Town the place where the NF had their first head quarters, Where 2 tone originated to combat the racist tendencies of a city, borne from an Industry that involved mass migration for work. A city where I fought in the streets, the night clubs and in our homes. We lost friends we lost family members sometimes through choice sometimes not. A city that seems to have been forever in recession.
As some of you know that’s my youth and I carry the scars. The reason Coventry is important like Rotherham it is a perfect ground for recruitment for the far right this is for lots of reasons, ignorance, poverty, fear, unemployment, right wing media and it’s a generation thing. The children of the fascists I fought in my youth are now on the streets and it will take nothing to recruit them. A place that I do not feel comfortable talking about my views and people think it’s still ok to openly use the N word. We need to oppose a group how ever small to stop the recruitment. In Coventry last weekend the evidence of their presence was on every lamp post, telcom box and that’s not even going into the estates.

So those macho cunts who think if there isn’t going to be a fight it’s not worth it….you are a disservice to the cause and your selective attitude shows me you don’t understand the grass roots history of fascism in this country.

Luckily  enough of the locals and some old redskins turned up to show the nasty fuckers they are not welcome and I thank them with all my heart. So it doesn’t matter how many are going to show this is about stopping recruitment and certain places take on a special importance when it comes to the fight and Coventry is one of them.
A Coventry Girl, A two tone girl, A rude girl.
Hampstead Mum

Anarchism

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It’s not a form of Statism,  Anarchists don’t want to impose their value system on anyone else.

It’s not terrorism. The agent of the government – the policeman who uses force, to scare people into obedience- is the terrorist. Governments threaten to punish any person who defies state power, and therefore the state really amounts to an institution of terror.

Anarchism never relies on fear to accomplish anything because a person that is afraid is never free.

Here is what I believe as an anarchist:

Government is an unnecessary evil. Human beings, when accustomed to taking responsibility for their own behaviour, can and do co-operate on a basis of mutual trust and helpfulness.

No true reform is possible which will leave the government intact. Appeals to Governments for a redress of grievance’s, even when acted upon, only serve to increase the supposed legitimacy  of the government acts, and therefore add to it’s amassed power. Governments will be abolished when it’s subjects cease to grant it legitimacy.

Government cannot exist with out the tacit consent of the populace that’s you. This consent is maintained by keeping people in ignorance of their real power. Voting is not an expression of power, but an admission of the powerlessness, since it cannot do otherwise than reaffirm the governments supposed legitimacy.

Every person must have the right to make all decisions about their own life. All moralistic meddling in the private affairs of freely acting persons is unjustified.

Behaviour which does not affect uninvolved persons is nobody’s business but the participants. Here I must add that self defence of your community as in antifascists against right wing extremism is the only exception to this you may not know the people involved.

All governments survive on theft and extortion it is called taxation. All governments force their decrees on the people, and command obedience under the threat of punishment.

The principle outrages of history have been committed by governments, while every advancement of human thought, every betterment of the human condition has come through the practices of voluntary co-operation and individual initiative. The principle of government which is force, is opposed to the free exercise of our ability to think, act and co-operate.

Whenever government is established, it causes more harm than it forestalls, under the guise of protecting populaces from crime and violence, governments not only do not eradicate random, individual crime, but they institutionalise such crimes as censorship and war

All governments enlarge upon and extend their own powers: under government the rights of individuals constantly diminish.

Anarchism is in favour of a free society organised along the lines of individual freedom, mutual aid and voluntary co-operation.

What’s not to love about that ?

Just an anarchist voice

xx

The Hampstead Mum

 

 

 

Why should we look after our own ?

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“We should look after our own first” is the battle cry of those on the right. You know those that aren’t racist they have a black friend, those that have 3 years worth of poppies on the grills of their cars, those that do exactly that only look after their own. It just so happens that their circles are so small and insular that if you don’t fit in your not one of their own and subsequently won’t get helped. But we don’t need to look after our own we need to look after everybody. This is the job of government, and why you elected a government. Unless you elected them to look after other peoples bank balances and not your own but I doubt that somehow. A government that earns enough to be able to look after their own but they have chosen not to. They prefer to wine and dine arms dealers, those that protect the capitalist status quo and of course the dictators lets not forget the dictators.

So please lets direct our anger at the people that are to blame for the poverty, the housing crisis, the wars, the food banks, the unemployment and stop blaming the victims however many times the media tell you it is their own doing. Be angry at the way the government in hand with the corporations are carving up the risks and profits with out a thought of consequence and effect. They are all stepping back from their responsibilities as they become ever more bound to private companies and allowing NGO’s to fill that gaps all too conveniently.  This increasing involvement from NGO’s lets governments off the hook, absolves them from all responsibilities and with out NGO’s governments would fall. This also means that charities can go where governments can no longer go and instead of sorting the shit out they created leave it to others.

So what we have is NGO’s with vast amounts of wealth usually from donations, money that you have already paid  government to do the deed through various contributions. Groups that are hierarchal, not usually influenced or open to public criticism, definitely not democratic, and could be accused of wasting millions whilst trying to fill the gap with little or no real accountability.  The same organisations that have been accused of preying on vulnerable and elderly with their selling techniques. Once again you will have to fit into some organisations criteria to receive any help and once again if you don’t fit you don’t get helped. Is this what we want ? I know I don’t. We need to take it all back and redistribute it and fuck the government and fuck the NGO’s and look after everybody.

Hampstead Mum

 

Easter selfie #1916

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Easter, 1916

 

I have met them at close of day
Coming with vivid faces
From counter or desk among grey
Eighteenth-century houses.
I have passed with a nod of the head
Or polite meaningless words,
Or have lingered awhile and said
Polite meaningless words,
And thought before I had done
Of a mocking tale or a gibe
To please a companion
Around the fire at the club,
Being certain that they and I
But lived where motley is worn:
All changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.
That woman’s days were spent
In ignorant good-will,
Her nights in argument
Until her voice grew shrill.
What voice more sweet than hers
When, young and beautiful,
She rode to harriers?
This man had kept a school
And rode our wingèd horse;
This other his helper and friend
Was coming into his force;
He might have won fame in the end,
So sensitive his nature seemed,
So daring and sweet his thought.
This other man I had dreamed
A drunken, vainglorious lout.
He had done most bitter wrong
To some who are near my heart,
Yet I number him in the song;
He, too, has resigned his part
In the casual comedy;
He, too, has been changed in his turn,
Transformed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.
Hearts with one purpose alone
Through summer and winter seem
Enchanted to a stone
To trouble the living stream.
The horse that comes from the road,
The rider, the birds that range
From cloud to tumbling cloud,
Minute by minute they change;
A shadow of cloud on the stream
Changes minute by minute;
A horse-hoof slides on the brim,
And a horse plashes within it;
The long-legged moor-hens dive,
And hens to moor-cocks call;
Minute by minute they live:
The stone’s in the midst of all.
Too long a sacrifice
Can make a stone of the heart.
O when may it suffice?
That is Heaven’s part, our part
To murmur name upon name,
As a mother names her child
When sleep at last has come
On limbs that had run wild.
What is it but nightfall?
No, no, not night but death;
Was it needless death after all?
For England may keep faith
For all that is done and said.
We know their dream; enough
To know they dreamed and are dead;
And what if excess of love
Bewildered them till they died?
I write it out in a verse—
MacDonagh and MacBride
And Connolly and Pearse
Now and in time to be,
Wherever green is worn,
Are changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.

FOOTNOTES: September 25, 1916

Source: The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats (1989)