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Before my teens I was a rambler; my experience 'outdoors' as a rambler naturally led into activism. After a long period (about 15 years) not making videos I find that rambling, activism and life are intersecting once more – and I need to communicate what I see around me today.


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inc image Ramblinactivist 10/17: ''Keep Space for Peace', part 2 – USAF Croughton'

22/12/2017

This video investigates not just USAF Croughton ('RAF' assumes a level of control that does not, in reality, exist), but also the evolution of the idea of "network-centric warfare" as it has developed at this site. USAF Croughton is about to undergo a large upgrade to extend its mission. The new 'Joint Intelligence Analysis Centre' (JIAC) will create an intelligence hub in Europe that will co-ordinate NATO (but predominately US) military and intelligence services across the new 'electronic battle space'. That means not just continuing its existing involvement in various activities which violate international law and the Laws of War; it will intensify the capacity of the US to project its power using technology across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The video concludes with a brief snippet from the 'Keep Space for Peace' week demonstration and rally at Croughton in October 2017.

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inc image Ramblinactivist 9/17: ''Keep Space for Peace', part 1 – NSA Menwith Hill'

06/12/2017

A trip to NSA Menwith Hill, for the 'Keep Space for Peace' week gathering. It's possible to say many things about this site, and give a technical analysis of its capabilities, but what concerns me is something relatively simple. Who is accountable for the acts carried out within the perimeter fence? In this short film I take a look around the site, look at a little of its history, and document the marvellous Tuesday evening actions that take place here each week. The last third gives a brief digest of the presentations from the 'Keep Space for Peace' global event at Menwith.

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inc image Ramblinactivist 8/17: 'Transgression and Change... and Rambling'

10/11/2017

Change requires transgressing existing norms and practices. Far from being a crime, if you take the time to understand how the system works you can find ways where the law can enable you to make change through making the system fight itself – creating new opportunities for action through the nature of those contradictions. For me, the way into learning these techniques was walking and accessing the countryside – or rather, try to do so. What's important is to find your own particular interest, take time to discover how you might use the law to enable that, and then create opportunities for change by seeking to make those paper-based "legal rights" something tangible in the real world.

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inc image Ramblinactivist 7/17: 'Autumn Blackberry and Apple Pie – Welcoming the Autumn with a forage'

29/09/2017

The sudden arrival of a lot of fruit requires some action to deal with it. I decide to go and forage for blackberries on the edge of town to provide a little extra 'wild' nutrition. In this short video I outline the law on foraging, and how to pick blackberries, and then take you through the process of cooking a very simple apple and blackberry turnover – which in this case I'll store in the freezer ready to cook in order to make the fruit last into the Winter months.

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inc image USAF Croughton – Keep Space for Peace 2017

15/09/2017

USAF Croughton is about to undergo one of the biggest redevelopments since it was constructed by the USAF almost 70 years ago. The new "Joint Intelligence Analysis Complex" will put the site at the heart of a web of military and intelligence networks stretching from the USA to Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. However, given the nature of the operations this will involve, the question arises as to whether the development is lawful under International Law.

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file icon 'Keep Space for Peace 2017' – WEBM video
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file icon 'Keep Space for Peace 2017' – OGV video
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inc image Ramblinactivist 6/17: 'The Free Range Weekend Firepit'

14/07/2017

At the end of a Free Range Network Gathering in West Wales we relax around the fire. The just waning full moon goes hazy as the cloud closes in, and as the temperature falls the mists rise. Then Tim blows dige as we meditate on the flames, the flickering lighting up the mist around the leafy hollow we're enclosed within. All's well :-)

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inc image Ramblinactivist 5/17: 'Summer Solstice, with Subtitles'

05/07/2017

Come with me on an early morning, Solstice walk... I had so many things to think about, given it was a rare chance to get out for a walk. In the end, my mind just shut down and enjoyed the view. Sometimes it's necessary just to shut up and listen – hence the subtitles. To simple be, rather than 'being'. That's the essence of marking certain days by reconnecting with nature. It's not for experience of some other, perceived 'natural' time; it's for the change in perspective it brings amidst our distracted lives.

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inc image Ramblinactivist 4/17: 'The Free Range 'Feral' Stick-Fire Cooking Grate'

14/06/2017

Cooking outdoors is a fun skill to learn to expand your ecological awareness and personal resilience. Cook well outdoors from fresh or foraged food, and you can cook well anywhere. Problem is, where do you find the 'ecologically sound'/fossil-fuel free kit? The Free Range Stick-Fire Cooking Grate is a small, light-weight, trestle-style cooking grate designed to burn small sticks which, with a few tools and components, you can easily build yourself.

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This 'ramblinactivist' video shows the process of building and using the grate – enjoying an evening not just 'out in the sticks', but 'cooking with sticks too.

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For the detailed design information, and background on the use of the grate and land law in England and Wales, see the design handout on the Free Range Activism Website

file icon Mobbsey's Musings: 'Taking the Fossil Fuels out of Camp Cooking'
The are some innocuous uses of fossil fuels which go largely unnoticed. One such example is camping outdoors. Camping shops sell a variety of stoves fuelled by gas, liquid petrol or methanol, or chemical-based solid fuel compounds. Thing is, if you're outdoors, is the use of fossil fuels necessary?
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inc image Ramblinactivist 3/17: 'Hummus and mindfulness – Skills, resilience and relaxation beyond consumerism'

18/05/2017

We all have to consume; it's a necessary reality of existence. However, in the 'Consumer Society' the most radical thing you can do is not to consume 'as directed' – by finding alternative options that meets your needs while enacting a set of principles in opposition to that overbearing and exploitative economic paradigm. This principle was self-evident during one of Britain's darkest consumer crises of late... 'the hummus shortage'.

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inc image Ramblinactivist 2/17: "The Ignored Pollutant" – Noise, Health and Ecopsychology

03/03/2017

A few days ago I went for a walk, well before the dawn, in order to listen to the 'dawn chorus'. It's something I like to do a few times a year, especially in the early Spring when the birdsong is at its loudest. I've been doing these walks since before my teens. Over that period there's been one inescapable change in the countryside around my home town of Banbury – noise.

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inc image Ramblinactivist 1/17: "Domestic Extremism" – A Great English Tradition!

16/02/2017

On a busy day in London, walking and riding the tube between meetings, I take you on a tour of England's historic tradition of 'domestic extremism'; its importance in shaping our country as it is today, and why it has always been vehemently opposed by the English state. Labels like 'domestic' or 'non-violent' extremism are a means by which the state tries to avoid having a discussion on certain pressing issues – precisely because they threaten the competency of the state and/or the manner in which it rules.

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