September 28, 2008


I found Abdullah al-Faisals first interview in Jamaica here on Islambase. The difference in his treatment by Jamaican media tells a lot of the story of Jamaica. I've been intending to contact him through some of his friends and was surprised to see Daniel Sandfords interview with him in South Africa. I watched Religious Hard Talk on hot sunday nights in Mandeville whilst on holiday there. It is very good. When I was there they had a gay Bishop from Canada, who thankfully wasn'y arrested on his way to the show.

September 25, 2008


Absolutely fantastic. Every part fo this doco should be incorporated into the society we live in NOW.


Fuckin hell what a LOAD OF SHIT!!! What a bunch of muppets! You fucked up India man! How could you fuck up India? No seriously India was great. The truck ride was brilliant. Just when you think you are going to see a bit of India- no. its back to Booringmans innane diary cam.

Focuses on sweaty butt.
Voice over: I am wearing the wrong trousers. I have a sweaty butt.
Switch to diary cam: My butt was very sweaty. People laughed when I walked by.
Back to Booringmans sweaty butt, Voice over: I have a sweaty butt.


Focus on hobbling cameraman, voice over: Camera man has twisted his ankle.
Switch to diary cam: Camera man has twisted his ankle. It might be bad.
Back to hobbling cameraman: I have hurt my ankle. I have no idea how bad it is.

Who fucking edited this crap? Hilarious.

Train goes past poor people, voice over: Ahh.. Poor people. Beside railway tracks.

India looked as amazing as usual though.

Yeah man

September 24, 2008

"DEATH" RANT (In inverted commas)

Another story from my favourite newspaper who I'm sure are about to post me a cheque for my work any minute now...


A POEM recited by jailed hate preacher Abu Hamza, in which he glorifies martyrdom, has suddenly appeared on YouTube.

Hamza, serving seven years in London’s top-security Belmarsh Prison, delivers nine verses in Arabic under the title: “Death, eagerly for the sake of Allah.”

He praises the “spirit of the martyr” and asks for jihad fighters to be given God’s mercy...

...The verses, used as the soundtrack to an al-Qaeda style video lasting 3½minutes, has also been posted on a site run by a London-based Egyptian exile listed in the US as a “global terrorist”.

A photo of the hook-handed cleric was displayed with an announcement that the recording is by “Sheik Abu Hamza Al Masri from Belmarsh Prison in Britain”...

...The tape is the first time a new recording of Hamza has been issued since he was held four years ago for soliciting murder. But a written interview with him appeared on the web three months ago...

...The Prison Service insisted: “There is no proof this recording was made by Hamza and no evidence it was made in prison.”

But internet terror expert Neil Doyle said: “I have spent hours listening to Hamza recordings. I am 1,000 per cent sure it is him.”

Well that is Hamza alright, and he's rhyming. God knows why they always record these things with the microphone in a bucket. Was it recorded before he went to prison? Don't know. Are the walls in Belmarsh particularly echoing? Fuck knows. I've got no idea what this tape says.

Telegraph, Metro, Daily Mail, This is London

September 22, 2008

Hamza Related Stuff

The Islamist website of the Al-Maqrizi Center in London has posted a recording of extremist Sheikh Abu Hamza Al-Masri, currently serving a prison sentence in the U.K., reading poetry in which he asks Allah to grant him a martyr's death.

It was not reported how the recording was smuggled out of the prison.

Source: Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, London, September 22, 2008

David Perry who prosecuted Hamza is sitting on the De Menezez inquiry in the Oval..


ISLAMIC hate preacher Omar Bakri Mohammed’s outlawed group has warned it plans its own Twin Towers-style terror attack...

...Al Muhajiroun is widely believed to have influenced the 7/7 ringleader Mohammed Siddique Khan to lead the suicide bomb attacks that killed 52 people in the capital in 2005.

Choudary, speaking at an Islamic conference at the Al Huda Centre in Walthamstow, east London, said: “The country is splitting into two camps and there is the prospect of another 9/11 or 7/7 attack.”

During the conference two videos were shown to the audience which featured several convicted terrorists.

Another speaker, Abu Waleed, a disciple of jailed preacher Abu Hamza, joked about Muslims carrying rucksacks and said Downing Street and the White House – along with the rest of the world – would soon be under Sharia Law...

No idea. I did a google search, if this is Abu Waleed I never saw him in Finsbury park. Muslims have lots of names. The scant information I got said that there was some distance between Hamza's group and Al-Mujharoun. If they are meeting again I will try to get along.

September 18, 2008


Eleven men have appeared in court in Estonia charged with evading taxes by smuggling homemade vodka through a mile-long underwater tube. Prosecutors say that at least 6,200 litres (1,360 gallons) of illegal spirits had been pumped through the plastic pipeline, laid at the bottom of a reservoir that separates the Estonian town of Narva from Ivangorod in Russia.

The smugglers taped together hundreds of short lengths of plastic tubing to create the pipe, in a feat of engineering and perseverance that enabled them to avoid 900,000 Estonian crowns (about £45,000) in excise duty.

A ripple of applause went round the court room as they entered.

September 17, 2008

Could be anyone really...

They are mostly British nationals, not illegal immigrants, and most are religious novices. Those over 30 are just as likely to have a wife and children as to be loners with no ties, the research shows.

They were no more likely to have mental illness
and come from diverse ethnic backgrounds.

While most are male, women are often aware of their husband's and sons activities but do nothing to stop them.

Most over-30s have steady relationships and children, challenging the idea that terrorists are young men driven by sexual frustration and lured to "martyrdom" by the promise of beautiful virgins waiting for them in paradise.

The study, carried out by MI5's behavioural science unit, also played down the role of radical extremist clerics such as Abu Hamza.

Researchers talked to terrorists who had been involved in activities ranging from fund-raising to planning suicide attacks.

September 16, 2008


I used to see her in the Old Bailey but I've never spoken to her. One of the younger guys who used to hang around Hamza was working for her as a trainee assistant.

Barrister Michael Wolkind QC said the allegations against Ms Arani should have been cleared up in "15 minutes rather than 15 months" - and he criticised other lawyers for isolating her.

"She came to prominence because of her hard work," he said. "She deserves to regain her professional reputation."

As I've said I've never spoken to her but I'm assuming the problem between her and other lawyers and the press is that she believes Hamza is who he said he was at the trial, which leads all of them to assume that she supports terrorism.

September 15, 2008


The BBC has been saved from a fate worse than Charlie Boorman's paint drying road trip by none other than Russel Brand, who has made a proper road movie. Fucking fantastic. Isn't he mad? isn't he zany? No. he is normal. Its every other fucker. I'm not going to say anymore, just watch it.


Lutan Fyah says there is no need to apologise following a statement he made at the 'Reggae In The Valley' show last week in St. Elizabeth.

In explaining his statement, Lutan Fyah said, "It was a statement like, big up Bounty Killa because mi si him mek nuff yout come inna di business an turn millionaire an mi seh mi woulda waan si di dem do some tings like dat to. Some Rasta weh did inna di show tek it upon dem self fi seh a dem mi a talk."

Fyah further went on to explain, "My statement was within the music, not the Rasta community, di statement never mean seh mi a dis Rasta people cause mi a Rasta to, suh mi would a dis mi self."

Glad he cleared that up then.

September 14, 2008


I have been watching Charlie Boormans trip from Ireland to Sydney on the iPlayer. Is it me? Do they just miss the interesting bits out maybe? Didn't get them on film. The first two episodes come across as really bland. Its like a fucking package holiday only they have more interpreters laid on. I'd hate to have that much back up on a trip abroad. How can you have a genuine experience of a country which is your own? I never clicked before that Charlie Boorman is the son of John Boorman. Maybe it is the silver spoon which makes it all so bland. Am I jealous? Yeah probably. Of the trip, but not the company. This sort of planning would take all the fun out of a trip for me. Its the sort of thing a snooty girlfriend would insist on. How can you film a bloody trip around the world and it be crap? Ah well. They are in India next episode so I have a bit of hope. You could fall over drunk with a camera in India and make a good movie.

For a less Boor-ring travelers tale read Tom Thumbs Hand to Mouth to India. I met this guy at the end of his journey and got one of the first copies printed in Goa. I advised Tom to approach some publishers on his return but he didn't seem too keen on the idea. I think he had had enough of his trip by then. I was pleased to come across the book selling well on Amazon a few years ago.

September 12, 2008

Could cry, wouldn't help.

In spite of her faith that suicide and murder would take her to paradise, Ibrahim showed flashes of teenage confusion. "At the end of every sentence, she kept saying 'I want my mum'"

Victims or Villans? Iraqi Female Suicide Bombers in The Guardian


Mr Choudary then referred to Bakri’s notorious aim of flying the ‘flag of Sharia’ over Downing Street, claiming that this would happen by 2020 as 500 people a day were converting to Islam and laughing that Muslim families in places like Whitechapel and Bethnal Green in east London were having ‘10 or 12 children each’.

Next 9/11 will be in Britain This is London

This reads like Its the Stupid Demography but from the other direction innit.

September 11, 2008

"AL-QAEDA BRUV" replies to The Sun

In all my time in Finsbury park I never really had anything against the Sun newspaper. They cover The War on Terr-r their way, I do mine. They steal my video and present it as their own exclusive. Whoever wrote this story has no interest in news, truth or the 7/7 victim they called for the quote. The Sun are scum. What a surprise.


September 10, 2008

"AL-Qaeda Bruv" in giving painting to Malung TV News Sicko Blogger Shocker

I've just got to find a place to put it! Here it is sideways on my shelf, the safest place for the moment. Musa came round, we filmed a bit of his reaction to The Sun's page 26 "Shocker" I'm having a few technical difficulties but it should be up soon.

Terror in the Skies

Panorama's Terror in the Skies is on the BBC iPlayer. Good stuff, very well done. I watched a lot of this trial and was as surprised as these guys relatives seemed to be that such mild mannered people would attempt something like this. I was also surprised that the jury believed Mohammed Gulzar. I'm not saying I didn't believe him, watching him give evidence he seemed very convincing. I'm glad I wasn't on the jury.

The last statement about "Wondering where the devil they might have been radicalized" is the usual TV terror thing which gets my goat. This seems ridiculous to me. Is the suggestion that Al-Qaeda types are spiriting around mosques with swinging pocket watches? I don't get it.

Muslim kids are growing up together, they see what is happening in Palestine, they understand that it couldn't happen without masses of US tax dollars. They see the West is propping up corrupt dictators, one after another in Muslim countries. This is common knowledge, its not a conspiracy theory. I wonder. Do they feel small? Powerless? Angry maybe? How does this shape these peoples lives? I was very surprised by 7/7, afterwards I have been more surprised how relatively few Muslims are reacting like this over here. Don't get me wrong, I could never actively support the notion of an Islamic state, it would suppress the free choice of a lot of my friends. I can see though that it must be obvious to every Muslim that an Islamic state is being actively suppressed by some major power groups worldwide, and this is what radicalizes them.
The image links to a labrynth of beautiful artwork

September 04, 2008

Its an Impossibility

Arriving in Dieppe

Being rescued by complete strangers about an hour and a half outside Dieppe after running out of petrol at 2AM

Driver under van after going through a toll gate

Yeah just got back from Britanny again. Totally different animal to last year when we just turned up and played. This year we worked really intensely on a show for two weeks, built a set for the band, props for the dancers and got a whole load of projections and shadow work together then performed at the end. Video promo is coming. I think we have the nucleus of a really accessible dance show together which we aim to be pitching by christmas for the festys next year. Above is a pic of my effects boxes the morning after the show. It was really good to be amongst the granite again, on a creative vibe. I got so into learning the language I confused myself involuntarily trying to translate every thought into French.


Decorating on high

I pitched my tent by the riverbank. It seems to have healed my spine. For the first time in years I didn't wake up with pain in my lower back. I had pain in my ribs from stage diving into the dancers in rehearsal, pain in my feet from loosing my torch and trying to navigate my way through lumps of granite on the way home, I was sneezing continually because of the dust, but I had no more spine pain.

Some of the posse knocked up a granite oven and landscaped it into the surroundings.

First pizzas with oven makers

Our hostess with marrow and pig

Compost toilet

Jason our film maker on a tandem.

and out come the freaks

Our host and friends

Randomly arranged branches turn into a couple dancing on the sculpture trail


Mange too

Britanny band Vortex turned up about 1AM. We struggled a bit to get them on as things got a bit sketchy but they were well worth it. Very good rave influenced rock. By this time everyone was chucking hay everywhere and I could hardly breathe in the barn.

Blended faces

Freaked out freak

After the show we got a chance to relax and wander. This is some really peaceful cornfields at sunset. I miss this sort of stuff in London.

Next time I am going better prepared with dust masks, steel toe boots and a head torch. Really good creative communal vibe, very good to be away from computers, news, mobile phones and civilization. More pics coming...