Archive for September, 2006

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National Climate March – November 4th

September 25, 2006

Rally at US embassy 12 Noon

This will be part of A Day of International Climate Protest the Saturday before the Nairobi Climate Talks with demonstrations demanding urgent action on climate all round the world. There are now more than 40 countries where plans are being made: http://www.globalclimatecampaign.org/ 

Speakers at the
US embassy Rally so far: 
George Monbiot, Colin Challen MP, Caroline Lucas MEP, Norman Baker MP, Zac Goldsmith. 

The Programme includes and Protest Bike ride starting at 10am from Lincoln’s Inn Fields followed by the main rally at the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square at 12 and the I-Count Mass Gathering in Trafalgar Square at 2pm 

More info as it becomes available : http://www.campaigncc.org/ 

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Nuclear Power Debate

September 19, 2006

‘We must embrace nuclear power to solve global warming’

 

Yesterday I went to a very interesting debate on nuclear power and the role that it should play in the future of Britain’s energy supply. The debaters were Caroline Lucas of the Green Party and Tim Jackson of the Sustainable Development Commision speaking against the need for nuclear. Speaking for were Paul Domjan, an expert on energy security with the pro business think tank and Dr Patrick Moore co-founder of Greenpeace (yes sounds incredible but more later)

 

I feel that I should declare myself straight away and say that I am dead against the building of more nuclear power and that its use should be phased out as much as possible. The debate was lively and the audience distinctly pronuclear which made things even more inciteful as they tried to convince themselves that they were right, and succeeding in the great part.

 

Dr Patrick Moore cofounder of Greenpeace and now working at his own consultancy firm, Greenspirit, has an amazing past and holds very controversial positions given his environmental background. He was on the original Greenpeace boat that sailed out and started the organization, ironically to try and stop the
US testing nuclear bombs in 1971. He now believes in nuclear, GM, deforestation, increased use of plastics and the list just goes on. To find out more go to
http://www.greenspirit.com. He was at pains to remind everyone that it was a moral and proper decision to go for nuclear to avoid climate change, that it was cost effective by citing some disputed examples, that most fuel being used was in fact recycled fuel and that there would not be the mountains of waste the alarmist were predicting. The other main argument put forward for nuclear were that it was essential to develop to ensure that we were no longer totally reliant on our gas from places Russia and oil for the middle east and other unstable areas (mainly due to western involvement).

 

Caroline Lucas made a very impassioned case against the need for nuclear power in the energy mix of a future Britain. She stressed the very sensible proposition that the future should be a combination of energy efficiency, both in the home and business, which would reduce our carbon emissions by 40%, combined with a focus on renewables and making our existing power stations greener by carbon capture and storage. However she did not say exactly what technology she thought would be most viable to replace our existing power generation, nor any assurance that carbon storage was close to being a realistic proposition in the near term. The most convincing arguments for me came from Tim Jackson who delivered the performance of the night. He has just completed one of the most comprehensive reviews of the feasibility of nuclear power which you can read by clicking here. He focused on the white elephant of nuclear energy which is that noone know how much it really costs. No nuclear power plant has ever been decommissioned so that the land can be used again, no nuclear fuel has yet been stored in a permanent location (all English nuclear waste is still stored temporarily while the government decides what to do with it) let alone actually rendered safe to people. And for the moment the technology does not exist to dispose and process the waste of nuclear power. Also no nuclear power plant has yet been run without huge amounts of government subside and British Nuclear Fuel has sucked about 70 billion pounds over the last decades and have yet to dispose of waste. Finally he emphasised that even if we did build lots of new nuclear it would not dramatically reduce our carbon emissions (only 8% he claimed) so why bother with all the investment and risks of decommissioning.

 

At the end of the debate despite what I saw as convincing arguments from the anti nuclear side that audience for 75% in favour. I suppose this was not too surprising given that it was hosted by a conservative journal and business friendly think tank.

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Liquid Soul – Synthetic Vibes – Iboga Records

September 19, 2006

Once again Iboga has managed to release another brilliant progressive psy-trance album. Liquid Soul, from
Switzerland, started his project about two years ago with releases on labels like Plusquam, Blue Tunes, Domo and Iboga Records. These labels have managed to resist the push towards more and more progressive trance at the moment being influenced much more house beats with trance noises on top. Nicola, Liquid Soul, manages to ensure that the phat baselines that are the trademark of good progressive trance and the strong 4×4 rhythm will ensure maximum effect on the dancefloor. The array and choice of noises are also magnificent. All are new unreleased tracks except I get a Rush which was released on vinyl only a few months ago with a great Motion remix on the b-side
 

The album starts well with a slower introduction and continues to get more and more hectic with some enticing and absorbing sounds and rhythms. The sample in Crazy People as with so many vocal samples in trance these days adds nothing and takes away from what would be an excellent track. The album keeps hotting up saving the best for the second half of the album with Unannounced Portal and Capoccino certainly my favourite tracks of the album. Despite a few forays into sounds reminicient of his Eurotrance days the album is full of tracks that would grace any dancefloor with ease. He finishes with a great little chill out number to calm the senses again.

Rating – 8/10

Tracklist – to listen go to http://iboga.dk/index.php?release=IbogaCD42

  1. Synthetic Vibes
  2. Crazy People
  3. Escape
  4. The Source
  5. I get a Rush
  6. Unannounced Portal
  7. 6:15 am
  8. Capoccino
  9. Tagtraum

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Hello Blogosphere!

September 17, 2006

Here is the first post on my new blog. Look out for trance music news and mixes, photos, environmental activitism, sustainable electronics, philosophy, interesting tibits and alot more.

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