A superb TLC-changing meeting with the man from the council tells us to go full steam ahead, but focusing on the arts and education in phase 1 - our strategy turned on its head made it feel more real baby. We might well start using this excellent project management tool, too: www.asana.com
I very much enjoyed the presentation and had some interesting conversations about it afterwards - I have a real sense that people are ready to fuck our inhuman educational systems. I then got deliciously drunk on what turned out to be a very stretched journey back home, stopping off to meet up with Joe in Brum for a couple of hours (in a pub, natch) - band going very well, now called The Light Programme, fabulous name! Look out for them... Also stopped off in that great pub on Sheffield station and waited with my Grimsby tribe for the replacement bus from Doncaster - and somebody for some reason had a crate of budweiser and very generously shared it out. And then I want to the pubs in Grimsby afterwards and had some great fun with some great people. Hehe.
Been listening to News from Nowhere by William Morris (from https://librivox.org/news-from-nowhere-by-william-morris/ ) and found myself disappointingly underwhelmed for quite a while... there's a definite lack of narrative tension in this utopia, but then the arguments against private property emerged and I found my view of our world had shifted somewhat. Private property as the cause of our discontent is a persuasive argument indeed and simply abolishing private property creates more authentic existence - property really is theft. About the book from Wikipedia:
News from Nowhere (1890) is a classic work combining utopian socialism and soft science fiction written by the artist, designer and socialist pioneer William Morris. In the book, the narrator, William Guest, falls asleep after returning from a meeting of the Socialist League and awakes to find himself in a future society based on common ownership and democratic control of the means of production. In this society there is no private property, no big cities, no authority, no monetary system, no divorce, no courts, no prisons, and no class systems. This agrarian society functions simply because the people find pleasure in nature, and therefore they find pleasure in their work.Pleasure in work! Yes! And oppose those dry as dust fuckers that are determined to suck the joy out of work and life. Here's Leon Rosselson beautifully "Bringing the News from Nowhere":