DONCOPOLITAN Issue 2 – OUT NOW! #DoncasterIsGreat #ILoveDN

Frenchgate Centre DONCOPOLITAN

Issue 2 of the Doncopolitan magazine is out now and available for FREE in bars, cafes, libraries, community buildings and shops across Doncaster… including Church View, The Blue Building, Cask Corner and Sine FM to name but a few.

If you’re one of those poor unfortunates who do not live in Donny, don’t despair, you can still check out the online version here…

But if you still want to see the mag in all its papery glory leave a comment or drop me a line and I’ll post one out to you :-)


Donny Maker’s Make Café Sunday 8th June – #DoncasterIsGreat #WeLoveDN

Doncaster maker Group - Make Café

Doncaster Maker Group – Make Café

The Doncaster Maker Group is hosting its first ever Make Café next Sunday (8th June) from 2pm until 6pm at Church View

Click here to download, print and share a copy of the Make Café poster :-)

Let’s Build Bohemia In The Best Little City In England!.. #DoncasterIsGreat #ILoveDN

The labour of love (and blood, sweat and tears) which my co-conspirator Rachel Horne and I (along with a host of wonderful people listed in the front of the mag) is finally available online!…

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(Trouble viewing the magazine in the post? Then click here.)

If you’d like a copy of the real thing in all it’s papery glory then just let me know :-)

Bolton Urban Growers on austerity and the New Economy

Originally posted on BOLTON URBAN GROWERS:

Bolton Urban Growers are working to address food poverty in the most direct and practical way that we think possible, and that is by helping people to grow their own food in their yards and gardens, for us this isn’t a short term plug in the dam of a collapsing corporate capitalism and global banking system,  we are doing this as a long term project to help people transition through to a community based growing and home production model, which in turn will bring new and diverse ways of working and providing the resources that we need to survive on a daily basis. resThis is something that we believe in strongly and echoes through out our practical workshops and in our outreach work where we work with members of the community by showing them directly how to make something that will be of use to them as a human being…

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Class warrior calls for better democracy in local elections

Originally posted on Inside Croydon:

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Next May, JON BIGGER will be standing for election as a candidate for Class War, an avowedly anarchistic group. In part, as he explains here, his reasons for doing so are the despair at the way we are all ill-served by our democratic system

As far as I’m concerned, democracy is about participation.

Blowing his own trumpet: Class War candidate Jon Bigger

Blowing his own trumpet: Class War candidate Jon Bigger

By that, I mean people actually doing things in agreement with others. Our system of liberal democracy is something of a misnomer, as it resembles the ancient Roman Republic far more than it does the democracy of ancient Athens. In Athens, the joining of the two words demos (people) and kratos (power) resonated in the hearts of people wanting freedom. As it still does.

This week’s local elections in Croydon seem three thousand years away from people power. It’s likely that fewer than 4 in 10 of those…

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Here’s the real reason the Tories are allowing the destruction of robin eggs and nests

Originally posted on Pride's Purge:

(not satire – it’s the UK today!)

UPDATE: here’s my response to Natural England’s attempts to defend their plans: 
How Natural England are lying about their plans to allow destruction of robin nests

I must admit to having been more than a little puzzled at first as to why Natural England are proposing that nests and eggs of bird species such as robins and starlings will be allowed to be destroyed without the granting of special licences.

This would mean members of the public would be allowed to destroy any nests or eggs they came across – more or less at will.

Natural England’s consultation paper on the subject doesn’t shed much light on the reasons for these quite shocking proposals either – other than stating that these birds can present a “public health and safety” hazard.

There is no explanation of what exactly the public health and safety hazards of robins’…

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What a #DNweekeND !!! Doncopolitan launch and Pop-Up Maker Space #DoncasterIsGreat #ILoveDN

doncopolitan launch

What a wonderful weekend the DNweekeND was! After years in the making Rachel Horne (see above) – collaborator and whip-cracker – and I (along with a fantastic team of editors and contributors) finally brought a print copy of the Doncopolitan kicking and screaming into the world. And it went down a storm (quite literally on Sunday when it rained so hard the synchronised swimmers in Sir Nigel Gresley square were forced to take shelter ;-) )…

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There are copies available at various venues including The Little Theatre and Church View, but if you’re having trouble finding one leave me a comment and I’ll sort something out for you :-) The kids above (getting familiar with Doncaster band, Bang Bang Romeo) were also taking part in another great DNweekeND project…

doncaster maker space

The Doncaster Maker Group and John Brigg’s Doncaster Urban Growers (DUG) Pop-Up Maker Space!

donny maker space

Where the two groups converted a disused shop in the Waterdale shopping centre into Doncaster’s first ever DIY maker space. Maker Spaces (or Hackerspaces) are traditionally  community run workshops which focus on emerging technologies such as 3D Printing. We also play with technologies – such as the Raspberry Pi, Makey Makey and Arduino projects we had running over the weekend…

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pi shop

…and we plan to build a 3D Printer from scrap, but we also focus on a whole range of other projects – from arts and crafts…


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…to guerrilla gardening and building projects which can help to supply the essentials of life – food, energy, fuel, shelter & entertainment – all guaranteed to save you money by using waste materials… like this aquaponics demonstration unit which the DUG built from pallets and old barrels…

DUG aquaponics

In fact we’ll help you build almost anything you want!.. Hence the Doncaster Maker Group Wishing Tree…

wishing tree

So if you’d like to get making come down to Church View this Thursday evening (May 15th) at 6:30pm and join us for our DN-debriefing where we’ll be planning the next step for the Doncaster Maker Group :-)


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