further reading

The aim of this page is to create a comprehensive resource of links that stem from this site’s published and forthcoming articles. Clicking the respective title field will list all those currently published, with a 404 if there’s nothing. It’s a work in progress and looking a little busy, but I’ve written a cleaner/improved version that’s in beta.

South Coast Culture

Black Cat Comedy
Award-Winning Comedy in the Heart of Southsea. Launched in early 2007 the Black Cat Comedy Club has already played host to some of the brightest, sharpest and sexiest talent on the comedy circuit today in a small intimate venue on England’s sunny south coast.
[ Black Cat Comedy @ facebook ] [ Black Cat Comedy @ twitter ] [ Black Cat Comedy @ MySpace ]

Strong Island
Excellent site designed to promote, showcase and inform people about Portsmouth and Southsea’s scene.
[ Strong Island @ facebook ] [ Strong Island @ twitter ] [ Strong Island bike rides @ flickr ]

The Dirty South
The Dirty South focuses on music and culture from across the South coast. Everything from club nights and art exhibitions to gigs and theatre. From Bournemouth to Brighton (with the occasional jaunt to London) The Dirty South team will give you an insight into all things cultural “Southern Style”.
[ The Dirty South @ facebook ] [ The Dirty South @ twitter ]

Independent News Sources (a.k.a. Non-Corporate, Non-Mainstream)

UK Indymedia
Global Indymedia
A network of individuals, independent and alternative media activists and organizations, offering grassroots, non-corporate, non-commercial coverage of important social and political issues. (Global IMC Network)


WikiLeaks @twitter
WikiLeaks @facebook
The Guardian
El Pais
Le Monde
New York Times
Der Spiegel
http://bit.ly/eEUCdR WikiLeaks Mirror Site
http://bit.ly/gpOLWO WikiLeaks Mirror Site
http://bit.ly/h9uoyV WikiLeaks Mirror Site
http://bit.ly/gI74oC (automated wikileaks mirror tracker)

Frontline > News
The Frontline Network is a media club located in the heart of London that uniquely champions independent journalism and combines eating, drinking and thinking.

Frontline > Events
We bring together the key players and thinkers in politics and the media and give you an opportunity not only to hear from experts but to ask questions and contribute to the discussion in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. All events are open to the public.

Aljazeera (eng)
Al Jazeera English, the 24-hour English-language news and current affairs channel, has its headquarters in Doha, the capital of Qatar. The organisation is the world’s first global English language news channel to be have its HQ in the Middle East. With broadcasting centres in Doha, Kuala Lumpur, London and Washington DC and supporting bureaux worldwide, the channel will set the news agenda, bridging cultures and providing a unique grassroots perspective from under-reported regions around the world to a potential global audience of over one billion English speakers. The station broadcasts news, current affairs, features, analysis, documentaries, live debates, entertainment, business and sport. Building on Al Jazeera Arabic channel’s ground breaking developments in the Arab and Muslim world that have changed the face of news within the Middle East, Al Jazeera English is part of a growing network that is now extending this fresh perspective from regional to global through accurate, impartial and objective reporting.
[ Aljazeera RSS (eng) ] [ Aljazeera at facebook (eng) ] [ Aljazeera (arabic) ] [ Aljazeera RSS (arabic) ] [aljazeera (at wikipedia 1 & 2) ]

(many more to come. It’s late. I’m tired)

Fight For Your Rights

John Pilger
The words Journalist and Respect rarely sit together well, but John Pilger is a distinguished exception. Harold Pinter said of him, “John Pilger unearths, with steely attention, the facts, the filthy truth, and tells it as it is.”

Whistleblower’s get their own wiki!

Chilling Effects Clearinghouse
This website offers background material and explanations of the law for people whose websites deal with topics such as Fan Fiction, Copyright, Domain Names and Trademarks, Anonymous Speech, and Defamation.

Open Rights Group
The Open Rights Group exists to preserve and promote your rights in the digital age.

Our vision is of a world in which justice and sustainable development are at the heart of trade structures and practices so that everyone, through their work, can maintain a decent and dignified livelihood and develop their full potential.

The British Humanist Association is the national charity supporting and representing people who seek to live good lives without religious or superstitious beliefs. Our vision is of a world without religious privilege or discrimination. We promote Humanism, campaign for an open society and a secular state, and work with others of different beliefs for the common good.

They Work for You
For all its faults and foibles, our democracy is a profound gift from previous generations. Yet most people don’t know the name of their MP, nor their constituency, let alone what their MP does or says in their name. We aim to help bridge this growing democratic disconnect, in the belief that there is little wrong with Parliament that a healthy mixture of transparency and public engagement won’t fix.

NO2ID is a campaigning organisation. We are a single-issue group focussed on the threat to liberty and privacy posed by the rapid growth of the database state, of which “ID cards” are the most visible part. We are entirely independent. We do not endorse any party, nor campaign on any other topic. We aim to publicise the case against state identity management among the general public, in the media, and at every level in government. NO2ID’s members are from all sorts of backgrounds and hold all sorts of opinions on other questions. They almost certainly include people much like you.

This United Kingdom based blog attempts to draw public attention to, and comments on, some of the current trends in ever cheaper and more widespread surveillance technology being deployed to satisfy the rapacious demand by state and corporate bureaucracies and criminals for your private details, and the technological ignorance of our politicians and civil servants who frame our legal systems.

Liberty is also known as the National Council for Civil Liberties. Founded in 1934, we are a cross party, non-party membership organisation at the heart of the movement for fundamental rights and freedoms in England and Wales. We promote the values of individual human dignity, equal treatment and fairness as the foundations of a democratic society.
[ Liberty website ] [ Liberty RSS Feed ] [ Liberty @facebook ] [ Liberty @Twitter ] [ Liberty @MySpace ]

Amnesty International UK
Amnesty is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for human rights. Its work is based on careful research and on the standards agreed by the international community. Amnesty International UK is one of more than 50 nationally organised sections that make up the Amnesty International worldwide movement.
[ Amnesty worldwide site ] [ Amnesty Podcast ] [ Amnesty @facebook ] [ Amnesty @flickr ] [ Amnesty @Twitter ]

Refugee Council (eng)
Refugee Council (multilingual options)
The Refugee Council is the largest organisation in the UK working with asylum seekers and refugees. We not only give direct help and support, but also work with asylum seekers and refugees to ensure their needs and concerns are addressed.

Scottish Refugee Council (multilingual options available)
Scottish Refugee Council is an independent charity dedicated to providing advice, information and assistance to asylum seekers and refugees living in Scotland. We also provide specialist services in areas such as housing and welfare, women’s issues, community development and media and the arts. We play a leading role in policy development, and campaign on refugee issues to ensure that Scotland plays a full role in meeting the UK’s legal and humanitarian obligations under the 1951 United Nations Convention on Refugees.

The F-Word
Contemporary UK Feminism. “This webzine exists to help encourage a new sense of community among UK feminists, and to show the doubters that feminism still exists here, today, now – and is as relevant to the lives of the younger generation as it was to those in the 60s and 70s. The webzine was founded by, and is mainly written by younger feminists, those of us born during or after the feminism of the 60s and 70s. Although we encourage contributions from feminists of all ages, we are particularly keen to encourage and showcase the new voices of younger feminists, our peers. To this end, contributions from new writers of all ages, and young women and girls are particularly welcomed and encouraged.”

National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns
For freedom of movement and the right to remain. NCADC brings together families, individuals and organisations to campaign against deportations and to fight injustice in the immigration and asylum system.
[ NCADC Country Information] [ NCADC at facebook ] [ NCADC at twitter ] [ NCADC at WordPress ]

Iran Human Rights Documentation Centre (eng & Farsi)
The Iran Human Rights Documentation Centre (IHRDC) believes that the development of an accountability movement and a culture of human rights in Iran are crucial to the long-term peace and security of the country and the Middle East region. As numerous examples have illustrated, the removal of an authoritarian regime does not necessarily lead to an improved human rights situation if institutions and civil society are weak, or if a culture of human rights and democratic governance has not been cultivated. By providing Iranians with comprehensive human rights reports, data about past and present human rights violations and information about international human rights standards, particularly the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the IHRDC programs will strengthen Iranians’ ability to demand accountability, reform public institutions, and promote transparency and respect for human rights. Encouraging a culture of human rights within Iranian society as a whole will allow political and legal reforms to have real and lasting weight.
[ IHRDC at facebook (eng) ] [ IHRDC at twitter (eng) ]

Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO)
“IKWRO is a registered charity founded in 2002. We provide advice, support, advocacy and referral in Arabic, Kurdish, Turkish, Dari and Farsi to women, girls and couples living in Britain, in particular helping women facing domestic violence, forced marriage and ‘honour’-based violence. Our mission is to protect Middle Eastern women at risk of ‘honour’ killings, domestic violence, forced marriages and female genital mutilation, and to support them in upholding their right to live without fear or oppression.”
[ IKWRO at facebook ] [ IKWRO RSS ]

Stop Honour Killings! (multilingual options)
The International Campaign Against Honour Killings (ICAHK), provides support and protection to women faced with ‘honour’-based violence and forced marriage. The project was established in the aftermath of the murder of Heshu Yones, in a climate of growing awareness of ‘honour’ as an factor in women’s subordination. It was out of this awareness, and the understanding that ‘honour’-based violence, and oppression against women justified in the name of ‘honour’ are widespread, and not confined to any particular group, that the movement towards an international project, to inform journalists, academics and the general public and provide a platform for activists to discuss their methods, opinions and experiences, and to share their campaigns within a community. ICAHK is a secular organisation which stands for the universality of human rights.
[ ICAHK Forum ] [ ICAHK RSS ]

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) (UK edition)
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) (multilingual options)
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people. In more than five decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. Today, a staff of some 6,600 people in more than 110 countries continues to help about 34 million persons.

Big Brother Watch
Big Brother Watch is a new campaign from the founders of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, fighting intrusions on privacy and protecting liberties. We will help you use the Freedom of Information Act to demand to see data held about yourself by the authorities. We hope Big Brother Watch will become the gadfly of the ruling class, a champion for civil liberties and personal freedom – and a force to help a future government roll back a decade of state interference in our lives.

A great many links to add here still. :)

Country Profiles (a.k.a. Where in the world is that?)

An initial introduction from your host.
While one should always be mindful to retain a healthy suspicion/cynicism, and always acquire as many sources as possible, the links provided below that emanate directly from governments, should be viewed with extra caution. Hidden agendas regarding the public perception of certain nations exist, therefore such sites ought to be a perfect repository for such regular, if subtle, deformations of character.

Country Profiles via BBC
Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions. They also include audio and video clips from BBC archives.

List of sovereign states via Wikipedia
This is a list of sovereign states, containing 203 entries, giving an overview of states around the world with information on the status and recognition of their sovereignty. For the sake of clarity, it is divided into two parts. The first part lists all 193 widely recognised sovereign states, including all member states of the United Nations and Vatican City. The second part lists states which are de facto sovereign, but which are not widely recognised by other states. Both parts are arranged alphabetically.

Countries via World Health Organization
members of WHO by accepting its Constitution. Other countries may be admitted as members when their application has been approved by a simple majority vote of the World Health Assembly. Territories which are not responsible for the conduct of their international relations may be admitted as Associate Members upon application made on their behalf by the Member or other authority responsible for their international relations. Members of WHO are grouped according to regional distribution (193 Member States).

Country profiles via UK Government Foreign & Commonwealth Office
We have knowledgeable experts who keep detailed profiles of every country worldwide. In this section of the website, you’ll find summaries of these detailed country profiles. For each country, we give headline facts and figures about the population, capital city, currency and so on. Then briefly outline the geography and recent history, current politics and economic trends, and the country’s commercial and political relations with the UK.

The World Factbook via CIA
The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities. Our Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.

Countries via Yahoo! Directory
Less formal. Covering many sub-topics such as cities and towns with their respective local business, shopping and entertainment. A different approach than the links above, though appears to me, perhaps not to have been updated in certain areas, but this opinion was gained from a brief overview, it might nevertheless prove a useful addition to the previous, considered ‘official’, sources

Our Environment – Palm Oil

Going palm oil free
Is it possible to completely avoid palm oil?

Free me from palm oil
I’m an ordinary consumer in the UK trying to live palm oil free, I believe I am now eating and drinking palm oil free meals.

By buying a product which bears the GreenPalm Sustainability logo, you can make a positive contribution to the certified sustainable production of palm oil. GreenPalm is a certificate trading programme which is designed to tackle the environmental and social problems created by the production of palm oil.

Friends of the Earth
Palm oil – rainforest in your shopping

The demand for palm oil.

BBC Panorama
Palm oil products and the weekly shop.

World Wildlife Fund
WWF, Panorama and palm oil.

Our Environment – Animal Welfare

Save The Adelaide Port River Dolphins
Save The Dolphins In Taiji
Save The Dolphins
Friends of Dolphins
Stop Killing Dolphins at Dennmarklets
Campaign Whale
Seal Hunt
Various facebook sea life campaigns with, as ever, many more to add yet.

Monkey World
Monkey World assists governments around the world to stop the smuggling of primates from the wild. At the Centre refugees of this illegal trade as well as those that have suffered abuse or neglect are rehabilitated into natural living groups. Monkey World, the chimpanzee rescue centre, based in Wareham, Dorset, UK, Rescue and Rehabilitation of primates world wide.
[ Monkey World Website ] [ Monkey World @facebook ]

Red Alert | Orangutan Preservation Campaign
Red Alert Orangutan Preservation Campaign is a private initiative in aid of the survival of the orangutan, now classed as an endangered species due to human activities. Red Alert OPC is not a charity. In aid of Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation UK. The moment we give up the fight is the moment they lose the battle. Let’s do what we can for the orangutans!
[ Red Alert Campaign Website ] [ Red Alert @facebook ] [ Red Alert @twitter ]

Orangutan Appeal UK
The Orangutan Appeal UK is a registered charity based in the south of England, dedicated to the rehabilitation and preservation of Orangutans and the conservation of their habitat. The Appeal strives to protect remaining wild populations of orangutans by providing support and funding for projects across Malaysian and Indonesian Borneo; and by raising awareness of the plight of this great ape across the globe. The Appeal is also authorised to work on behalf of the famous Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre!

Ethical and sustainable news, with an impressive list of links.

UK League Against Cruel Sports
The League Against Cruel Sports is a registered charity that brings together people who care about animals. We believe that cruelty to animals in the name of sport has no place in modern society.

UK Animal Rights
UK Animal Rights Web Directory. A comprehensive online resource for all animal rights issues in the UK.

Protect Our Wild Animals
The hunting of foxes, deer, hares and mink with packs of dogs must be consigned to the history books, where it belongs, with its likewise illegal bedfellows, cock fighting, dog fighting and badger baiting.

UK Hunt Saboteurs Association
This weekend, there will be someone trying to torture and kill innocent wild animals for sport within a few miles of where you live. We’re going to be there to stop them…Will you?

Keep Fox Hunting Banned (@facebook – website coming soon!)
Under Legislation of the hunting act 2004, it is illegal to hunt participate in fox hunting: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/ACTS/acts2004/ukpga_20040037_en_1. We intend to keep it that way. Please Invite as many people as you can – Fox Trust Foundation

World Wildlife Fund
WWF-UK is the UK arm of the WWF Network, the world’s leading environmental organisation founded in 1961 and now active in over 100 countries.

The Bill Hicks Foundation for Wildlife
Our philosophy is that wild animals were here first, and the least we can do, for invading and destroying their natural habitat, is to give a little something back by helping those we can. Often, this “little something” means volunteers putting in many selfless hours; giving up nights, weekends, and any pretence at a “normal” life; and spending their own money on medical expenses, supplies and food. Donations help, but they just don’t put a dent into the expenses incurred.

Alan Bennett

The Habit of Art
Alan Bennett’s latest play at the National Theatre.

Alan Bennett biography.

Regarding Alan Bennett
An appreciation of an author’s work.

The World Of Alan Bennett
Flickr group.

Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett’s ‘The History Boys’ filming diary
Radio Times.

The History Boys

Living Icons

Alan Bennett’s gift to the Bodleian library.
The Guardian.

Bennett biography.
BBC Leeds.

Peter Ackroyd

Prickly Peter
2004 Interview from the Independent.

Tales of the city
2003 interview with Peter Ackroyd from The Guardian.

Wired for Books
1991 interview with Peter Ackroyd. Audio download. Recommended.

Bomb magazine
1989 interview with Peter Ackroyd.

Stewart Lee

Stew’s official website.

Stewart Lee
At MySpace. If that’s your sort of thing.

Stewart Lee Interview
washing machine blog! 2009 August 6th

Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle
Mini-review-like-thing at johnpeel.net

Stewart Lee
At Wikipedia

Fist of Fun
Excellent fan site with numerous resources. Recommended.

Stewart Lee interview
Dave. 2009

Stewart Lee interview
The Standup Blog. 2008

Stewart Lee interview
The Void. 2007

Stewart Lee Meets Ted Chippington
Feature from BBC2’s Culture Show on YouTube.

Stewart Lee: Noises Off
Lee takes issue with Ben Elton over BBC criticism. The Independent 2008/04/06.

Jonathan Meades

Jonathan Meades @twitter … Would appear to be the man himself.

Jonathan Meades: Off Kilter
BBC Four programme page.

Film Cars Limited
Production stills from ‘Off Kilter’ series.

Little Atoms
Download audio interviews with Meades. Recommended.


The 5-Minute Interview: Jonathan Meades
The Independent.

Meades’ articles
Clive James website.

Meades’ articles
More Intelligent Life magazine.

Changing times for Jonathan Meades
Evening Standard interview.

Still sans recent update.

Meades: Humanism advocate.
“The secularisation of society is vital. That means: quashing faith schools; instituting a uniform and predominantly Anglophone educational system; administering civil laws which do not acknowledge religions’ peculiarities; insisting on the primacy of free expression over the rights of institutionalised superstitions.”

John Peel

john peel everyday
One-stop news feed from all the Peel sites. Recommended.

johnpeeldotnet.wordpress.com (ne. johnpeel.net)
Archived blog with links & news feeds will guide you where you need to go for all things Peelie.

John Peel Torrents
John Peel torrent feed.

John Peel Scrapbook
An awful lot of links that’ll save you googling.

John Peel’s Record Box
You ought to know what this is.

Many friends links are missing from here, due only to apathy. I love you all. Truly. :)


The Stanno Tutti Bene DVD Release Campaign
Facebook Campaign to achieve a DVD release for Giuseppe Tornatore’s superlative 1990 film, Stanno Tutti Bene, starring Marcello Mastroianni with typically superb score by Ennio Morricone.

Terry Gilliam | Dreams: The Terry Gilliam Fanzine
Long standing and very comprehensive fanzine dedicated to the writer, animator and film director Terry Gilliam. Highly Recommended.

Terry Gilliam goes all dot.com. Hey this is new isn’t it? About time!

Movie Map North Wales
If you enjoy movies or TV of any kind, we’re sure you’ll find something of interest and our site will tell you the location along with lots of general information and links for you to find out even more about what we feel are the best locations in the UK.


Prepare to stay for some considerable time!

Vintage Poster
The main focus of this huge and sumptuous archive is the early 20th century.

1930s Advertising
At flickr


I’m a Photographer
“Photography is under attack. Across the country it that seems anyone with a camera is being targeted as a potential terrorist, whether amateur or professional, whether landscape, architectural or street photographer.”
[ I’m a Photographer, not a Terrorist website |
I’m a Photographer, not a Terrorist @ facebook |
I’m a Photographer, not a Terrorist @ twitter ]

Not A Crime flickr group
“Police in the UK and abroad routinely invoke bogus anti-terror legislation to prevent photographers from carrying out their work, and photojournalists are constantly filmed at gatherings and their details kept on an ever-growing database. There is no point petitioning governments, because they’re not listening, and the problem is generally that laws are being misused, rather than drafted, to harass photographers. Over the next year, we hope to gather thousands of self-portraits of photographers – professional and amateur – from around the world, each holding up a white card with the words: ‘Not a crime’ or ‘I am not a terrorist.”

British Journal of Photography
Established in 1854, British Journal of Photography is the world’s longest-running photography magazine. Published weekly from 1864, on 3rd March 2010 British Journal of Photography re-launched with a sleek new look and an injection of new editorial sections, returning to its original monthly roots.

Everybody I Shot Is Dead
Deborah Chesher: “I was a rock’n’roll photographer back when the music business was about the music. I have just released my new book “Everybody I Shot Is Dead,” a collection of my photographs of the musicians who have passed, along with my personal stories. I started this blog to chronicle the making of the book, from its inception to release. It’s been an amazing ride and I intend to continue writing here as long as I have something to say. I hope you’ll stick around – the journey has certainly not reached its end.”

the admired, the recommended and the loved

Bill’s Boots
Bill Hicks’ audio.

The Bill Hicks Special
Previously unheard interview of the much-missed comedy legend Bill Hicks by a very young Nick Doody from the stairs of his student house back in 1992. Bill talks about his obsession with UFOs, the “Dylan Approach” to comedy, and gives tips on giving up smoking. via Doubling Up (Duration: 00:50:02)

RL Music/KSR
Richard ‘RL Music’ Lawson and Kent ‘KSR’ Spong: The most repected and in-demand vintage analogue, and digital, synth source. Trusted by numerous pro musicians and humble amateurs alike.

Lean Into The Light
Richard ‘RL Music’ Lawson and Kent ‘KSR’ Spong’s music blog.

Steve Heineman
Long time friend and excellent musician to boot.

increasingly beleaguered
I like the cut of his literary jib.

Shreen Distracted
Shreen Ayod: Campaigner, Photographer, Film Maker….the list goes on!

Ten Percent
RickB is a chap who shares many similar links as I, and would seem also to share similar values too. (please note updated link)

Jeroo Roy
Painter, designer, and illustrator, Jeroo Roy has exhibited work at venues and events such as, the Nehru Centre, London; the National Portrait Gallery, the International Conference on HRV (Honour Related Violence) in Stockholm, and at a similar conference at New Scotland Yard. A former student of the JJ School of Art, Mumbai, and the London College of Printing, Jeroo initially worked as a designer for magazines as well as a children’s book illustrator.

calm, almost too calm
Journalist David Mery’s excellent site, focusing on our eroding Civil Liberties, and more. Read some of his published articles, and why it Police take 4 years to apologise for his unlawful arrest.

Many friends are missing, due mainly to apathy. I love you all. Truly. :)

Computers: Hard and Soft

Helpful tips, advice, troubleshooting, software reviews, security news, all free independent, impartial and ad-free!

Opera-specific directory for UserJS, UserCSS, Menu setups etc. (opera browser resources)

Tamil’s blog
Superb Tips, Tweaks and Opera FAQs. (opera browser resources)

bpm’s Operations Room
Understanding & extending Opera. (opera browser resources)

Further Empirical Concerns

John Peel Everyday | A single page of splendidness, delivering news feeds from Peel sites around the globe.
johnpeeldotnet@wordpress | Inactive, but rich blog, archived with links & news feeds will guide you where you need to go for all things Peelie.
The Reggae Show | Archive recordings from Mark Lamarr’s celebrated BBC Radio 2 series, is somewhat quieter still. I’m sorry for that too.
John Peel, with illustrations Strictly a work in progress.


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