No wealth for the commons? [Glasgow Events]

Bored with the games?

Glasgow Autonomous Updates:

Glasgow Games Monitor invite you to a critical intervention into the
Commonwealth Games. Free talks, film screenings and the Games Monitor
Library………23rd July to 3rd August at Stereo and The Old Hairdressers

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The Glasgow Games Monitor Library

Throughout the period of the Commonwealth Games (23rd July to 3rd
August), Stereo and the Old Hairdressers will host the Glasgow Games
Monitor Library.

Reading materials generated by Glasgow Games Monitor since it began in
2008 will be available to take away for free. The library will be
situated within the bar area of Stereo and aims to bring together a
range of reading materials which aim to contextualise, not only what the
Games have entailed for the people of the East End of Glasgow, but what
market-driven urbanisation entails for all of us.

Read research primers on Clyde Gateway Urban Regeneration Company; the
role of ATOS in the Commonwealth Games, Housing in Glasgow, a critical
view of ‘Legacy’, and Work and Volunteering in relation to the Games.
Also available are interviews with Margaret Jaconelli and the Save the
Accord Campaigners. The Jaconelli family were violently evicted from
their Dalmarnock home to make way for the Games Site, they continue to
battle for a fair settlement from Glasgow City Council since having the
family home Compulsory Purchased and subsequently demolished. Since the
demolition of the Accord Day Centre in Dalmarnock, to make way for a
Coach park for the Games, campaigners have been pursuing local and
national government for a replacement building. As the curtains rise on
the games, these fights continue.

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Monday 28th July from 8pm @ The Old Hairdressers Bar
Film Screening – Admission Free
The Five Ring Circus: The Untold Story of the Vancouver 2010 Games Dir:
Conrad Schmit (2007) Duration: 76 minutes

Schmidt’s documentary captures the build up to Vancouver’s Winter
Olympics held in 2010, and reveals a familiar story of organiser’s false
claims over the total financial cost, the environmental sustainability
of the sporting urban mega-event. It also highlights the suppression of
protest over the
purpose and legacy of the Games in Vancouver.

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Tuesday 29th July from 8pm @ The Old Hairdressers Bar
Film Screening: Admission Free
Glasgow: Work (1982) Duration: 60 minutes

This documentary made for the BBC in 1982 shows Glasgow in the throes of
both its rapid de-industrialisation, and the Glasgow East Area
Regeneration (GEAR) project which ran from 1976 to 1987. The documentary
features interviews with workers and shop stewards at Anderson
Strathclyde in Bridgeton as the decision was taken to close the factory.
The film invites reflection on who is really benefiting from cycles of
publicly funded regeneration strategies.

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Thursday 31st July from 6pm @ Old Hairdressers Gallery Space
Talk with Dr Anna McLauchlan: Admission Free

Anna McLauchlan will talk about recent research revealing the extent of
swimming pool closures in Glasgow.

Other events start here:

Report on Britain’s dirty war against the Tamil people, 1979-2009
Tuesday, July 22 at 6:30pm
STUC Building, 333 Woodlands Road, G3 6NG

This event will present a report that traces three decades of UK support
for Sri Lanka’s counter-insurgency campaign against the Tamil
independence movement, and is based on previously unseen British
government documents. It reveals that veterans of Britain’s wars in
Ireland, Oman and Malaya repeatedly advised the Sri Lankan security
forces, arguably prolonging the conflict when peace was a possibility.

Full details here:


Grow Your Own
Thursday, July 24 – September 11
Polmadie Plots, Toryglen

This is a free course though booking is essential. To book a place
please contact Colin at either or 0141 613 2766

Whether you have a spare window ledge for a window box, or an allotment
plot, this course will help you to get started growing your own food.
The course will cover the basics of seed sowing, planting, composting,
and harvesting, and there will also be help to design your own space for
growing fruit and veg. There will be lots of practical activities, help
and advice, and visits to gardens in the area.


Propoganda Workshop
Thursday, July 24th at 6:00pm – 9:00pm
The Haldane Building, Hill Street, Glasgow School of Art

Come along for an evening of subversion, sedition and fun at the Glasgow
School of Art. The aim of this workshop is to collaborate, share ideas
and develop propaganda to:

- Raise awareness of an particular issue, or be generally seditious and
– Develop a creative strategy to achieve this (postering, flyering,
direct action, culture jamming)
– Work out a plan of action to carry out activities

Refreshments will be provided. This workshop is part of a students
postgraduate design project on anarchism as part of the Design
Innovation and Citizenship course If you would like to come along or
would like further information, please contact Chris or RSVP at:


The Empire Cafe
Thursday, July 24th until Friday, August 1st
The Briggait, 141 Bridgegate, G1 5HZ

The Empire Café is an exploration of Scotland’s relationship with the
North Atlantic slave trade through coffee, sugar, tea, cotton, music,
visual art, academic lectures, poetry, debate, workshops, historical
walks, film and literature.



Frack Watch
Sunday, July 27 at 2:00pm – 4:00pm
GMAC, 103 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HD


The Scottish Government is going to give the go-ahead for fracking in
the central belt of Scotland, the gas to be used as a feedstock for the
INEOS plant at Grangemouth. How can we prevent this reckless plan?

Come along to Frack Watch and say what you think could be done.

The date has been chosen because by then the “expert panel” will have
reported to Scottish government and the new licences handed out – so we
will be clearer exactly what we’re up against.


Grow Local, Shop Local, Love Local
Sunday, July 27 at 12:00pm – 5:00pm
The Briggait, 141 Bridgegate, G1 5HZ

*****A Glasgow Local Food Network Market at the Empire Cafe*****

Join us for Food Sovereignty Day at The Briggait: An afternoon of
workshops, cookery demonstrations and tasters.

Browse and buy at stalls from local Glasgow growers selling fresh
vegetables, herbs, fruit and other delights, all made from locally
sourced ingredients!


Playful Movement in nature: discovering self and place
Sunday, August 3 at 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Malls Mire, Toryglen

Playful Movement in nature: discovering self and place.
Facilitated by Satya Dunning, Wellbeing Practitioner and Dance Artist as
part of The Living Well series for Urban Roots.
Half a day on Sunday 3 August 2014 at Malls Mire.
2pm – 6pm.
Cost: £5

To book a place email: or tel: 0141 613 2766

Playful Movement in nature aims to increase wellbeing by being creative
in a natural environment.

It’s a chance for you to get energised, and absorbed in a natural
environment and leave busy thoughts and concerns behind.
It’s a space to reconnect with your body, others and your surroundings
through play, movement, mindful based activity, using your imagination
and paying attention to what’s around you.

You will:
Discover a new sense of self and relate to your surrounding creatively.
Increase your capacity to be in the present moment and have fun.
Improve your listening skills use a multisensory approach.
Deepen your experience of how creativity and nature contribute to your

The session is usually a mixture of talking, playful movement, sometimes
drawing, reflecting and seeing how we can bring these experiences into
our daily life.
No experience is needed. Open to 16 years old and plus.
What to bring:
Water, a snack and something to write on (notebook, journal).
Comfortable layers of clothing.


Protest the Glorification of War
Monday, August 4 at 9:30am
Donald Dewar statue on Buchanan Street/Sauchiehall Street

On Monday, August 4, the UK government is organizing a ceremony to mark
one hundred years since the British entered World War I. The intent is
to glorify war and imperialism while justifying the UK role in World War
I. There will be a ceremony at 10am at the Glasgow Cathedral followed by
a wreath laying in George Square. Royals, probably Charles, Cameron and
commonwealth heads of state will all be taking part in this travesty.

The Scottish Peace Network, a broad coalition that includes the IWW, is
organizing protests to demand an end to imperialist wars and call for
Scotland and the UK to leave NATO. We will be meeting at 9:30am that day
at the Dewar statue on Buchanan Street. From there, small groups will go
out to sites at the cathedral and on to George Square. Bring placards
but we will have some to hand out to those who join us without a
placard. We will also have a flyer to distribute.

The Peace Network brought together a range of groups and individuals to
protest the recent Armed Forces Day in Stirling. We can do it again in


Friday, August 9 at 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park

Join KPC for a day of free family activities celebrating KPC’s summer
youth programme on Saturday 9th August.

The day will run between 12-6pm with a host of exciting workshops to get
involved in including:

- Carnival Arts and Crafts
– Caribbean Dancing with G.O.D.S
– Taekwondo Taster Sessions with Kinning Park Taekwondo Club
– Glasgow Science Festival Activities
– Punjabi Bhangra Dancing with Asap Bhangra
– Facepainting and Games

The day will also showcase NicoleO’Donnell Performingartsacademy and the
KPC Kid’s Summer Programme’s, ‘Carnival of Beasts’ parading at 3pm in
Plantation Park across from KPC.

The KPC Women’s Group will be cooking up tasty Indian foods and the KPC
Kids will be serving homemade sweet treats in association with Open Jar

Live music and more to be announced!

All welcome.


Geoengineering – Human Innovation, or Hubris? – Prof. Colin McInnes |
Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, August 11 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

Geoengineering research is at present a speculative venture at the
intersection of Engineering Science, Climate Science and public policy.
Current research programmes aim to devise and develop processes through
which the climate could be actively tuned to partly offset the
potentially regressive impacts of future human-driven climate change.
For some, geoengineering is a clear example of human hubris, and, for
others, a hedge against high climate sensitivity and/or the continued
growth of carbon emissions.

In this talk, Colin will explore the technological means of delivering
geoengineering interventions, both feasible and speculative, and will
put contemporary thinking on the topic into its historical context. He
will then speculate on how large-scale engineering ventures could impact
human development into the deep future – whether greening deserts or
greening Mars, or indeed protecting the Earth from the natural
calamities of the past.

Colin McInnes is Professor of Engineering Science at the University of
Strathclyde where leads the Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory, an
awarding-winning space technology research centre. He is a Fellow of the
Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and was
awarded the Society’s Kelvin Prize in 2013. He is author and co-author
of a number of publications on the technological challenges associated
with Geoengineering, most recently contributing to an edited volume
Geoengineering the Climate System published by the Royal Society of


Create Your Own Cult, The Scientology Way – Dr Martin Poulter | Best of
Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, August 18 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

Scientology has been described in the States as “ruthless, litigious and
lucrative” and in this country as “corrupt, sinister and dangerous”, yet
it boasts global success and has made hundreds of millions of dollars.
Thanks to the Internet, it now faces an unprecedented global opposition.
The scary secrets of Scientology and its recruitment methods will be
exposed in this talk. It will be useful for anyone wanting to set up
their own lucrative cult

Dr Martin Poulter first encountered skepticism while a teenager. He has
a Philosophy and Psychology degree from Oxford University and a PhD in
Philosophy of Science from the University of Bristol. He has been a
Scientology-watcher since 1995, when he was threatened with legal action
over material he posted online. He is an ordained minister in the Church
of the SubGenius, which offers eternal spiritual salvation or triple
your money back.

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Martin spoke at one of Glasgow Skeptics’ first events, back in January
2010. As we approach our fifth birthday in November, we hope to bring
back some of the best speakers we’ve heard from in that time.


Reforming the Glasgow Social Centre Collective
Tuesday, August 19 at 6:00pm
Electron Club Room, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

Glasgow Social Centre collective was a group that aimed to create a safe
and healthy space, open to all members of the community, that was to
operate as a hub for a variety of community and social groups in
Glasgow. They worked on principles of mutual aid, solidarity and
co-operation, and aimed to provide a space which promoted education and
involvement in issues of environmental and social justice.

Due to changes in life circumstances the original collective had
disbanded over a year ago, however some of it’s members are still at
hand and the idea of opening a sustainable social centre lives on.
Individuals and groups are invited to this open meeting to discuss the
formation of a new GSC collective.


Penington Cohousing Public Meetings
Wednesday, August 20 at 05.15pm Cafe & 17.45 Blytheswood Room (Mitchell
Sat 23 Aug 14.30 Cafe & 15.00 Blytheswood Room (Mitchell Library)

Seeking new members!

Cohousing is a way of living in community. Starting with an interested
group of 20 to 25 households, we will design our homes for our site,
including a common house where we will have regular shared meals and
space for community activities, and visitor accommodation. The
landscaping will enable more day to day interactions to develop the
sense of belonging. Sharing the design process will be part of community
formation. Once built we will each buy our homes, and pay a regular
charge for the shared facilities, and do a few hours of work to maintain
the facilities each week.

We plan to use high building standards, reducing the need for energy
input, and generating electricity eg from solar cells. Design will take
into account the anticipated needs of an ageing community, like step
free access. Plans are to have a cross age community that is mutually
supportive, with opportunities to engage in activities, and reducing the
isolation currently prevalent among older people. We are looking for a
site with good access to public transport as the Cohousing Community
will be part of the wider community that it is located in, not a gated


Health & Hierarchy
Wednesday, August 20 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

This month’s talk looks at the negative impact capitalist society has on
our health. Full blurb to follow.


Glasgow AF discussion group is open and free to all, however any
donations towards costs will be appreciated. Tea/coffee/juice/biscuits
will be provided free of charge. Our venue is accessible to
wheelchairs/powerchairs. We will also have a book stall from the RiB
project with books and other related material for sale. We ask that all
those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer
spaces policy here:


Thursday, August 21 at 8:00pm
McChuills, 40 High Street, G1 1NL

This Fail Better is dedicated to the martyrs of Palestine (Gaza, West
Bank & Historic Palestine). By answering the call from the Palestinian
civillian population for the total Boycott Divestment and Sanction of
Israel, we can work to dismantle the Apartheid State.

There will be poetry, music & film including:

Short films made by the LAJEE youth centre in Aida Camp, Betlehem

If anyone has words or music to share, please get in touch.

This Fail Better is a social space for discussing where we are. There
will be no formal discussion, but treat the night as place to meet up
with friends and folk to discuss what’s going on – whatever your
knowledge/involvement with the Palestinian struggle.

There will be as much information on BDS as we can get our hands on.

All pennies spent will go directly to help the refugees of Palestine


The Decline of Violence – Helen Dale | Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, August 25 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, criminologists warned a despairing
and frightened public throughout the developed world that already
terrifying rates of violent crime would continue to rise. They
described, among other things, the emergence of the ‘Superpredator’, an
adolescent male who knew neither conscience nor remorse.

However, their predictions were wrong.

Crime rates began to drop like a stone. In the US, the drop had already
commenced when criminologists were sounding their direst warnings. Other
developed countries – including both England and Scotland – followed the
US lead, and crime is now at historic lows.

Those who have read Steven Pinker’s ‘The Better Angels of Our Nature’
would be aware that Western societies have become less violent over the
long term – as in, since the Middle Ages. The period from 1965 to 1990 -
when crime rose – represented a short-lived and partial reversal of this
trend. Because criminologists got it so wrong, many have reoriented
their scholarship in an attempt to work out just what it was that made
crime escalate in the 1960s, and then, as though by magic, drop away in
the 1990s.
Helen will discuss the various theories put forward in an attempt to
explain the latest decline of violence, and offer suggestions as to
which have the greatest explanatory power.

Helen Dale studied her English law at Oxford (where she was at
Brasenose) and her Scots law at Edinburgh, and although she now works in
corporate law, she started out – for the most part – practising criminal
law. One of her advanced papers at Oxford was in criminology, and she
(like lots of other lawyers) wanted to work out how an entire discipline
could get it so wrong, and what may explain the (recent) decline of

Helen blogs at:


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Portobello Park school plans: Holyrood official in row over conflict of interest

Herald Sunday 22 June 2014

A top Holyrood official is embroiled in a conflict of interest row over controversial plans to build a school in an Edinburgh park.

Andrew Mylne, the head of the Parliament’s non-executive bills unit (NEBU), advised Edinburgh council about its legislative proposals for Portobello Park and met opponents of the plan.

However, a campaign group has made a formal complaint as Mylne lives in the area and has children in the school catchment.
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It has been announced today that MSPs have decided to put the Portobello Park private bill, which seeks to circumvent the ruling by three senior judges of the Court of Session prohibiting the development of Portobello park or any other inalienable common good land, to the vote on 26 June. This comes as no surprise – evidence sessions were cut short, not all objections were heard, not all questions were answered but, such is the desperation to railroad this bill through, the objections of more than 500 people and many others have been swept to one side. The council has declined to make the “new park” part of the bill, despite the fact that it was suggested by PPAG and one of the bill committee. A clear indication that they have no intention of creating one and conveniently there is no mechanism for the parliament to call the council to account if (when) they do not follow through on their promises. There will be a “debate” in parliament on 26 June but we know already how the vote will go as many MSPs without knowing anything about the issues stated their intention to support the bill way back before it was even lodged. The merits or otherwise of the bill have not been properly scrutinised and a political decision has been taken. Never mind that it puts all common good land across Scotland at risk.

Please e-mail your constituency and list MSPs now and ask them to vote “NO” to the bill.

Group of park volunteers in threat to disband over ‘arrogant’ council

Wednesday 7 May 2014

A VOLUNTEERS’ group which aims to improve a public park is considering disbanding after claiming to have been ignored by the local authority that set it up.
East Renfrewshire Council plans to build a new £22 million high school in Cowan Park, the largest green space in Barrhead.
The authority is pushing ahead with its proposals even after it emerged that the proposed site is Common Good Land. The Friends of Cowan Park group, which says it brought the land’s protected status to the council’s attention, has claimed that it has been excluded from the decision-making process by the authority. Continue reading