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RT @daddydark: There is nothing worse than doing an amazing project with some young people and finding out they went back to the old way …

RT @daddydark: There is nothing worse than doing an amazing project with some young people and finding out they went back to the old way ...
Aug 10

RT @daddydark: And make sure that the youth project you implicate has a legacy and is sustainable. The six week poetry project is dead too.

RT @daddydark: And make sure that the youth project you implicate has a legacy and is sustainable. The six week poetry project is dead too.
Aug 10

THANKSGIVING Can beauty save us? Yesterday I looked at the river and a sliver of moon and knew the…

THANKSGIVING

Can beauty save us? Yesterday
I looked at the river and a sliver
of moon and knew the answer;

today I fell asleep in a spot of sun
behind a Vermont barn, woke to
darkness, a thin whistle of wind

and the answer changed. Inside the barn
the boys build bongs out of
copper piping, electrical tape, and

jars. All of the children here have
leaky brown eyes, and a certain precision
of gesture. Even the maple syrup

tastes like liquor. After dinner
I sit the cutest little boy on my knee
and read him a book about the history of cod

absentmindedly explaining overfishing,
the slave trade. People for rum? he asks,
incredulously. Yes, I nod. People for rum.

—via Two poems by Maggie Nelson | machine project

Picked up a recommendation for Maggie Nelson via Eireann Lorsung (@eireannmor), and glad for it. Currently investigating further… 

Aug 10

"There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do."

“There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.”

- Freya Stark (via fasteater)
Aug 10

Two incident maps for an overview of London/UK disturbance: http://bit.ly/rtCG3Q … http://bit.ly/qorIsm

Two incident maps for an overview of London/UK disturbance: http://bit.ly/rtCG3Q ... http://bit.ly/qorIsm
Aug 9

RT @godsdog: A key distinction in the digital era: Being smart doesn’t mean keeping up on events, it means understanding them.

RT @godsdog: A key distinction in the digital era: Being smart doesn't mean keeping up on events, it means understanding them.
Aug 9

RT @BlueBirdTail: Just witnessed the aftermath @ Catford Halfords: Sat Navs, car stereo, exp. bikes. Mgr said 9 stores targeted, 6 broke …

RT @BlueBirdTail: Just witnessed the aftermath @ Catford Halfords: Sat Navs, car stereo, exp. bikes. Mgr said 9 stores targeted, 6 broke ...
Aug 9

"There’s a widespread myth that law and order is preserved by police, politicians and other…"

“There’s a widespread myth that law and order is preserved by police, politicians and other forces of authority. Not true. Never has been. If we all decide to go out and chuck a dustbin through Argos’s window and help ourselves, it would take about 15 million coppers to contain it. We actually have about 150,000. Law and order is kept by a collective acceptance of mutual goals. If, as a society, we look after each other, offer everyone a share and a stake in the common weal, maintain some semblance of a Rousseauian Social Contract, then the vast majority of people will mostly stick to the rules without ever needing to see a police officer. When people lose that sense of being looked after, no longer feel part of society, no longer feel like they have any kind of share in any kind of collective, the ties that bind begin to be broken. Rioting, especially the type of vandalism & looting we’ve seen in London, is a sure sign that the social contract is unravelling around the edges. In the days and weeks and months to come, we shall see how far it has frayed. There are few things more dangerous to a society than a populace with nothing left to lose.”

- There is a context to London’s riots that can’t be ignored | Nina Power | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
Aug 9

RT @brumguvnor: Wonder if the media will comment on the role of social media in organising a spontaneous #riotcleanup ? Yes I’m looking …

RT @brumguvnor: Wonder if the media will comment on the role of social media in organising a spontaneous #riotcleanup ? Yes I'm looking ...
Aug 9

RT @dhothersall: As we digest last night’s horrors and brace for economic storms, Londoners coming together for #riotcleanup is welcome …

RT @dhothersall: As we digest last night's horrors and brace for economic storms, Londoners coming together for #riotcleanup is welcome ...
Aug 9

RT @simonpegg: Visit www.riotcleanup.co.uk for info on how and where to help if you can. #riotcleanup

RT @simonpegg: Visit www.riotcleanup.co.uk for info on how and where to help if you can. #riotcleanup
Aug 9

Toured the ‘hood. Quiet for now. Glass on some streets. Chinese shop and pub on Lee High Road smashed in. Let’s see what tomorrow brings.

Toured the 'hood. Quiet for now. Glass on some streets. Chinese shop and pub on Lee High Road smashed in. Let's see what tomorrow brings.
Aug 8

Dear students, young poets and writing fam: please stay safe…

Dear students, young poets and writing fam: please stay safe...
Aug 8

London Riots Map – maps tweets with postcode and tag #londonriots – not sure how accurate. Missing SELon action… http://bit.ly/oxk9C1

London Riots Map - maps tweets with postcode and tag #londonriots - not sure how accurate. Missing SELon action... http://bit.ly/oxk9C1
Aug 8

“@deptfordhighst: still not heard any confirmation of that. Lots of confusion due to Sky News confusing Deptford with Peckham!”

“@deptfordhighst: still not heard any confirmation of that. Lots of confusion due to Sky News confusing Deptford with Peckham!”
Aug 8

RT @mwendelezi: smh RT @FavouriteThing: @mwendelezi yep. West Croydon and north end. Station been closed. Argos and maplin looted #londo …

RT @mwendelezi: smh RT @FavouriteThing: @mwendelezi yep. West Croydon and north end. Station been closed. Argos and maplin looted #londo ...
Aug 8

Police are reportedly threatening punishment for those inciting violence via social networks… Any praises for good uses? #LondonRiots

Police are reportedly threatening punishment for those inciting violence via social networks... Any praises for good uses? #LondonRiots
Aug 8

And tech’s been taking a few digs, with action being organised by Twitter and BlackBerry Messenger. #LondonRiots

And tech's been taking a few digs, with action being organised by Twitter and BlackBerry Messenger. #LondonRiots
Aug 8

Lewisham – area affected and pinning photos to locations – Google Maps http://bit.ly/r2xara #LondonRiots

Lewisham - area affected and pinning photos to locations - Google Maps http://bit.ly/r2xara #LondonRiots
Aug 8

London riots: live via The Telegraph, updated every 90 seconds. Trouble also in Birmingham and Leeds. http://tgr.ph/oBvAN2 #LondonRiots

London riots: live via The Telegraph, updated every 90 seconds. Trouble also in Birmingham and Leeds. http://tgr.ph/oBvAN2 #LondonRiots
Aug 8