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The Picnic is a Political Act

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On June the 25th 2014, it will be the seventh continual year there has been a symposium (picnic) at George Orwell’s grave.  It’s also of course his birthday. Back in 2007 we sat on the grass sharing food and drink, experiences and stories. As we have done every year since. Asking questions, discussing threatened freedoms […]

Are we finally living in 1984?

Watching the watchers

How do you feel about the world we are creating right now? What were your thoughts when the #PRISM news hit the headlines and Edward Snowden appeared in your browser saying these words?.. “If living unfreely but comfortably is something you’re willing to accept, and I think many of us are, it’s the human nature, you can […]

1984 Looks Like This

John Perivolaris and christian Payne photographed by David Dunnico

On the 2nd of May this year I took a walk from Manchester into Salford with Dr John Perivolaris. (Here is a conversation we had on the way.) listen to ‘Walking into Salford’ on Audioboo We were heading to see David Dunnico’s Exhibition entitled ‘1984 Looks Like This‘  currently showing at Salford Museum and Art […]

The Future Of Social Networking

This is not science fiction. This technology exists in separate devices now. I know that, you know that, but show this to someone outside of social networking and other such geekery and it would blow their socks off. I remember earlier this year whilst touring with the GetAmbition team Bill Thompson talked about Augmented Reality enabled contact […]

Irony

The Perfect Prison

There is a quiet, dark revolution underway in Britain. It was happening yesterday, it’s happening now – this minute. It will continue to happen tomorrow. Without anyone really noticing it we are becoming a police state. We’re not quite there yet – it’s a long way down to the real depths of secret police, social […]

Cop Cam

Do I look like a terrorist?

On more than one occasion, while out and about taking photographs, (mainly in London) I’ve been stopped for having a camera round my neck and looking like I might be about to take a picture. Yup, that’s all it seems to take now-a-days to raise the suspicions of some underpaid private security guard. Just be […]

The Perfect Prison

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There is a quiet, dark revolution underway in Britain. It was happening yesterday, it’s happening now – this minute. It will continue to happen tomorrow. Without anyone really noticing it we are becoming a police state. We’re not quite there yet – it’s a long way down to the real depths of secret police, social […]

Episode 30 – Talking George Orwell with Blair at our feet.

We stand at the end of the reign of Britain’s least favorite prime minister Tony Blair, at the same time standing in the rain at the grave of Eric Arthur Blair, English novelist, essayist and critic. You probably know him as George Orwell, famous for his political satires Animal farm and the world renowned ’1984′. […]