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I've worked primarily with community groups for many years – mostly in the UK, but also in Eastern Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. The materials produced from that work have relevance not just to the people who commissioned them, but many other communities too. For that reason I maintain an on-line archive of my work.

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I don't go out of my way to appear in the media. There's not a lot of point trying to innocently research controversial issues is people know who you are and thus won't candidly part with information. Every now and then though being in the media is either unavoidable, or necessary to get a message out to a wider audience.

This page contains some of my broadcast/video appearances over the last three decades. A few are hosted on this site, but most are hosted off-site in YouTube.

Note that this page only lists 'videos'. For my documentary/factual 'podcasts' go to the Podcasts page.


inc image The Global Military Infrastructure and You

July 2018

A cut-down version of the workshop produced for the Global Network's 2018 conference in Oxford looking at the central role of data in military and intelligence activities – and while focussing on USAF Croughton, it considers that all such networks are in fact now part of one unified network, generated through 'data dusion', which poses serious risks to our privacy and civil rights.

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inc image The Global Network's site visit to USAF Croughton

July 2018

The morning that peace activists from around the world gathered outside USAF Croughton to learn about the new global data network that imperils civil society.

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inc image Ramblinactivist 1/18: 'An Otter in the River Leam'

07/05/2018

Walking out near Wappenbury, I stop to take in the birdsong along the River Leam... when an otter swam by!

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inc image What is USAF Croughton?

May 2018

A short video (produced for Croughtonwatch) on USAF Croughton's role in drone warfare and mass surveillance across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

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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 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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inc image Keep Space for Peace Week, USAF Croughton 2015

03/10/2015

A short video (produced by Oxfordshire Peace Campaign) on USAF Croughton, drones and surveillance, filmed at the Croughton Peace Festival 2015.

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inc image 800 Years of Activism

07/05/2015

A video of my talk for Occupy Democracy on Polling Day in Parliament Square – presenting the history of activism in Britain from the Middle Ages to the present day.

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inc image Arrest the Cabinet

05/03/2015

Sometimes, as an environmental researcher, there are things which you come across which are completely awful. Events or incidents for which knowing, or telling through reports is not enough... they require action.

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inc image In Bed With Bez

February 2015

I've always looked upon John and Yoko's "bed in" as a beautifully constructed action event. Little did I know that 45 years after that I'd be a guest at a similar event, 'In Bed with Bez'.

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inc image On-line activism and digital technology

August 2014

Every year I like to do workshops at The Green Gathering, Britain's premiere eco-festival. In 2014 I did three different workshops over the week – one of which later turned up on the Internet.

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inc image We Need to Talk About Fracking

2014

A week on a rock 'n' roll tour bus with a group of anti-fracking experts and media people... and fashion designers Vivienne Westwood and her son Joe Corre. It was supposed to be a debate, but the industry flatly refused to turn up and debate with us. So in the end it was just a long, at times surreal, bus trip where we met communities around the country.

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inc image Going to Extremes: The project to develop unconventional gas extraction in Britain

December 2013

As part of the School of Advanced Study's 'Extreme Energy Initiative' I gave my 'Going to Extremes' workshop at the University of London. The video was later posted as a podcast by the University.

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inc image Fracking for Shale Gas

December 2012

A video of the first workshop I carried out for the School of Advanced Study's Extreme Energy Initiative in December 2012, covering the technological and economic framework behind unconventional gas and oil in Britain.

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inc image FRAKNET: Fracking Facts

29/03/2012

A guy asked to film my workshop at the national gathering. I said yes – this was the result. It's a highly rushed/condensed presentation of my "Jam Tomorrow" presentation squashed down from the usual 2 hours to under 30 minutes.

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inc image Fracking Hell: Britain's Gas Rush

2012

Produced by the Ecologist Film Unit, screened on LinkTV, this short documentary charts the project for unconventional gas in Britain.

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inc image Computers in Cross

May 2003

This music video, produced with music created for the launch party, documents the setting up of 'The Container', a community ICT and technology recycling project – Palmer's Cross, Jamaica, April/May 2003.

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inc image "Anti-TWAT" (anti-The War Against Terrorism)

November 2001

Anti-TWAT was produced as part of the electrohippies day of action against the Afghan War, which launched a global on-line action from a tipi on top of a mountain in Wales (well, someone had to do it!).

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inc image Infowar: The Hacktivists

2001

During 2001 I worked with an Australian production company to produce a documentary on on-line activism surrounding the FTAA Conference in Quebec. Whilst I appear throughout the 1 hour documentary, this extract shows the section about "the electrohippies", who I with worked on the project.

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inc image The Electrohippies Really Badly Edited Video (TERBEV)

2000

How to make a video without real editing equipment? This clip is from a video where the electrohippies had a weekend making a video without proper equipment – hence, "Really Badly Edited"

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inc image Protest and the Net

November 1999

Channel 4 might not have been keen, but the BBC were really interested in my work. We took over some tables the end of the cybercafé at the top of George Street in Oxford, I gave then an hour's tuition on what the issue was about (whilst they plied me with coffee!), and this was the result.

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inc image N30

November 1999

This was Channel 4's second hacktivism item in November 1999 – again, I didn't really feature because I think they wanted to visually portray your typical anarchist, not a computer geek! A pity, as Mark Easton and his film crew took up quite a few hours of my time, and it was quite difficult fitting them all into my workshop!

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inc image Internet Anarchists

November 1999

I got a call from Channel 4 as a result of some of the technical workshops we'd been running on Internet and campaigns (somehow my name was dropped out of the electro-ether). I gave them some ideas.

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inc image One Minute to Save the Planet

1994

Created by a group of people getting animated over what's the most important environmental issue they need to animate, they come up with a curious solution.

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inc image Reclaim the Bases, USAF Croughton 1985

May 1985

This is a short 5 minute extract, focussing specifically on Croughton and Barford, is from a longer video made by Cruisewatch in 1985 called, "The Unsinkable Aircraft Carrier". It shows the campaign to reopen the right-of-way across the base, running from Croughton to Juniper Hill, which was closed off during the early 1980's expansion of the base.

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