London: No Money for Food in town of plenty – Free Lunch| Kein Geld zum Essen in der britischen Hauptstadt, trotzdem gut essen – umsonst!

Lecker und Kostenfrei Essen in London, das gibt es sonst nirgenswo, (c) Daniel Zylbersztajn

Lecker und Kostenfrei Essen in London, das gibt es sonst nirgenswo, (c) Daniel Zylbersztajn

Wer in London, einer der teuersten Städte der Welt,  hungert, kann sich von Hare Krishna täglich durchfüttern lassen und zwar kostenlos, vegetarisch und ayurvedisch,  Die Gemeinde der Londoner Obdachlosen schwört drauf und auch unter Londons verarmten Studenten ist dies längst kein Geheimtip mehr. Ich schaute ein wenig hinter die Kulissen, wer das Essen zu sich nimmt und wie es zubereitet wird.  Mehr dazu und ein Kochrezept zum Nachkochen, erfuhr man in der Sonntaz vom 6.12.14  Dieser Beitrag war Teil einer langen Serie von Streetfoodberichten der taz Korrespondenten, u.a. auch aus New York und Bejing.

 

London may be one of the most expensive cities the world, but if you are hungry in London and have no money,  you can eat free of charge with Hare Krishna.  Many of London’s homeless in London await this essential food distribution, fully vegetarian and ayurveric daily. In the report I shed some light into the operation and the background of the people and organisations who make this possible,  plus a free recipe.  Published in Sonntaz 6/12/14 as part of a multi series of taz’s correspondents on street food that also featured streetfood from Bejing and New York.

 

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Krapfen aus Golders Green – Dougnuts out of Golders Green

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My report in the Jüdische Allgemeine about arguably London’s best Hanukkah bakery in North London  Carmeli in Golders Green|

Mein Bericht zu ueber Carmeli in Golders Green, Nordlondons beste jüdische Bäckerei http://www.juedische-allgemeine.de/article/view/id/20953

Clacton: Simple People rather than Elite | Ganz gewöhnliche Menschen, statt Elite

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Clacton, potentieller parlamentarischer Einmarsch der anti-EU Partei Ukip – Will defector Carswell get Ukip their first parliamentary seat in Westminster?

Below is my article about the Tory defector to Ukip Douglas Carswell (published Monday 6/10/14), whom I met personally in Clacton-upon-Sea. My article talks about the city and region and its people, but then focuses on Carswell and his political outlook. Some may prefer many other political solutions to Clacton than Ukip. Strictly speaking, on political thought and his background, I have to say that I’d rather have Carswell than Farage heading a possible Ukip parliamentary group. Carswell is of a much more exposed and more diverse life than Farage, having gone to a school with people of many backgrounds in Uganda, and having been the child of two medical doctors. Carswell insists, he does not support racism against people and you won’t hear the same type of populist comments from him as from Farage or other party members. He insists nobody should blame immigrants and make them into scape-goats, the problem, the way he sees it, is “the system that allows, in his view, little controlled migration to happen.” He advocates a point-system without discrimination to background, but one that applies more directly to the needs of the UK employment market. It is noteworthy that some of his constituents who vote Ukip are not so diplomatic on the topic of immigrants.

Carswell also wishes to see a more fair and open relationship with economic trading partners across the world, and especially, for Britain, with the English speaking world (Commonwealth and USA).  He also advocates constitutional reforms that allow a more direct relationship with democracy, to reshift the balance between power and people towards people.

On the other hand one has to wonder what solutions Carswell has for the economically deprived areas in his constituency?  Youth unemployment was very noticeable throughout town and it is known that in some areas 1/3 of the young people are without a job, making these areas Britain most deprived sea town. That is the main challenge to anyone winning the elections.

Interesting on the side-line, is the behaviour of the Conservative Party (in Clacton). I have requested on several occasions and in all formats to meet and report on the Clacton candidate Giles Watling (including reminding him in person during a brief encounter, whilst handing him a card of mine), but in spite these requests, no attempt was made to collaborate with a German correspondent.

In their official reaction, the Tories said, they could not respond due to the party political congress, but I had made contact before the congress and a press spokesperson in London had told me that he would remind the Clacton chapter to contact me. One can only second guess what else the reasons could have been, one obvious possibility could be an attempt to severely restrict and control news about Giles Watling, because the stakes are so high and people that things are not that well in the party due to the jump of Carswell.

A final observation from Clacton is the fact, that apart from those animated to vote, there were quite a few of those unwilling to vote for anyone, or as in one case, to vote for the Official Raving Looney Party. No trust in politics remains an issue, something Carswell says he is very keen to address.

Many more details in the full report see link below (German).

LINK “Ganz Gewöhnliche Menschen”  – ” Simple People” Taz. 2014_10_06_S11-aus2-01 All Rights Reserved 

Deutsch

Bezgl. meinem taz Bericht erschienen am Mo. 6.10.14

Mit Douglas Carswell erscheint ein Politiker an der Ukip Front, der viel näher an der Politik der AFD ist, als Ukip Parteiführer Farrage. Zwar sind er und Ukip mehr skeptisch gegenüber der EU als Afd, aber er versteht die historisch bedingte deutsche Stellung, wie er mir versicherte. Carswell ist im globalen Weltdenken, seinem Parteiführer Farrage um Weites überlegen, denn Carswell wuchs als Sohn zweier Ärzte in Uganda auf. Seine Schulerziehung bewies ihm, erklärt er, dass trotz Hintergrund (in seiner ehemaligen Schule Afrikanisch, Indisch, Europäisch) Menschen zusammenarbeiten können. Er verwies auch auf einen rumänischen Arzt in Clacton, ohne welchen es nicht ginge und der spitzen Dienste leiste. Da hatte man schon andere Töne von Farrage gehört, der einst angab, “er wollte nicht Mannschaften rumänischer Flüchtlinge in seiner Nachbarschaft beherbergen”, oder fremde Sprachen im Zug in England hören (dabei wurde er zurecht vom Radio Moderator der bei dieser Aussage anwesend war, auf seine deutsche Frau verwiesen). Mit Carswell könnte sich die Ukip Partei in eine solidere und weniger populistische Partei bewegen, sondern eher in eine liberal-konservative.

Auf der anderen Seite stehen Lösungen für die vielen Arbeitslosen jungen Leute Clactons aus. Enttäuschend  ist übrigens, dass es, trotz wiederholten und mehrfachen  Anfragen, die konservative Partei nicht als notwendig hielt, sich einem deutschen Korrespondenten gegenüber bezüglich Clacton zu äußern.  Es mag viel auf dem Spiel stehen, offiziell hieß es, sei dies wegen dem Parteikongresses der Konservativen gewesen, allerdings sagte mir ein zentraler Pressesprecher der Konservativen in London, dass er Clacton Tories nochmal dazu ermahne würde, sich zu melden.  Sie taten das nicht.

Weitere Details finden sich im Bericht selber.

LINK “Ganz Gewöhnliche Menschen”  – ” Simple People” Taz. 2014_10_06_S11-aus2-01 All Rights Reserved 

“England will be the first country to leave the union” | England wird das Königreich vor Schottland verlassen!

 

Mitglieder der Schottischen Crown Court Kirche, London.  Rechts Pfarrer Majcher, Links Alex Ritchie (Mitte Unbekanntes Gemeindemitglied) (c) Daniel Zylbersztajn

Mitglieder der Schottischen Crown Court Kirche, London. Rechts Pfarrer Majcher, Links Alex Ritchie (Mitte Unbekanntes Gemeindemitglied) (c) Daniel Zylbersztajn

My article in the German taz, die Tageszeitung, about Scottish people who live in London and their thoughts about the devolution after the referendum.

Mein Bericht in der taz über Schotten, die in London leben und ihre Gedanken zu den Föderalprozess des Vereinigten Königreiches und ihrem Leben in London.

 

LINK ZUM BERICHT IN DER TAZ – LINK TO THE REPORT IN TAZ:  taz.de/Schotten-in-England/!146426/

Ein Ire fuer Schottland.   Ruairi O'Conchuir vor der Gedenktafel des schottischen Nationalhelden William Wallace in London. (c) Daniel Zylbersztajn

Ein Ire fuer Schottland. Ruairi O’Conchuir vor der Gedenktafel des schottischen Nationalhelden William Wallace in London. (c) Daniel Zylbersztajn

 

 

Juedische Allgemeine: Amy Winehouse: Don’t clip my wings”

www.juedische-allgemeine.de/article/view/id/16127

German:  In diesen Artikel zeige ich wie sich London an Amy Winehouse erinnern will.English:  In this report I explain about numerous initiatives and places that are to remind London of the late Amy Winehouse.

Please use googletranslate if you do not speak German.  Simply insert the above link into google translate to get a reasonable translation in your own language.

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Footage of Occupy Protests at 1 Lincoln Fields, London (Anish Kapoor House)

“As we bear witness to a city cloaking itself in the robes of wealth and prosperity at the expense of its everyday populace, Bread and Circuses found a rupture point:  the empty house belonging to Anish Kapoor.  Through the material lens of that which we don’t see, the group used the house to engage with that which lies beneath:  the everyday issues created when the language of ‘delivery’ and ‘regeneration’ that surrounds the Olympics serves to disguise the politics that serve to change the fabric of the city.”

Katherine, Campaigner of ‘Bread and Circuses at ‘London’s Lincoln Inn’s Field Occupation.

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London 23/06/2012, 3:28 am BST (later updated) Last post edit 25/06/2012, 9.18 am BST

I had gone to the protests around 9.45 pm and left approximately 11.30 pm recording some of the demonstrators and taking pictures. I witnessed between 50  and 70 protesters who had gathered at 1 Lincoln’s Inn Field in a property allegedly owned by Anish Kapoor, the artist who designed the Olympic tower “The Orbit.” They said they had occupied the building in protest of the fact that the house was supposedly kept empty for three years, and in protest of  what they called detached elite artists.  Some also said they wanted to add a general point against the London Olympics.  There were accusations that the house was probably empty in an attempt by Anish Kapoor to avoid tax, because I was told  it was supposedly registered to a company of which Kapoor would be the  sole director. Somebody else there described Kapoor as the Jimmy Carr of the art world.

I have checked the land registry (legal register of properties in England and Wales) and it states that the house is owned by 1-2 Lincolns Inn Limited (Reg. Company No. 6891347) of 230 Farmers Road, London SE5, which apparently trades in real estates.  I was not able to confirm that Anish Kapoor is in deed the sole director of the company.  According to the land registry the building was valued at £3.5 million in May 2009 plus £0.56 million in VAT.

The house was taken over and occupied for a day of events and talks and music.  Most of the people I spoke to sympathised with the occupy movement and made comments against elitism and injustice.  The name Jimmy Carr fell a few times together with British Prime Minister David Cameroon’s father in relation to tax evasion.  A lot of the protesters  also mentioned to me the Hackney Marshes incident, were a temporary Olympic basketball training hall was erected on a local recreation ground against the protests of the local community and a land occupation by the occupy movement.

Katherine a spokes person of  Bread and Circuses, who said to have co-organized this occupation,  explained that,  Bread and Circuses,  was  “a collective of men and women,  who banded together in response to their common concern about the function of ‘spectacle’ and its current manifestations in London. ”  She argued that “bearing witness to a city cloaking itself in the robes of wealth and prosperity at the expense of its everyday populace, Bread and Circuses had found found a rupture point, in the  empty house belonging that allegedly belonged to Anish Kapoor. ”  She added that  it was about the “material lens of that which we don’t see, our group wanted to use the house to engage with that which lies beneath, namely  the language of ‘delivery’ and ‘regeneration’ that surrounded events like the Olympics, to disguise the politics that that wish to change the fabric of the city.”

I also spoke to Steve David Rushton (depicted below wearing a grey Vans sweatshirt), who had given a talk earlier in the house on what he and other campaigners are trying to change.  He told me the campaign under the umbrella name  Bread and Circuses is in part about the sponsor deals of the Olympic and Paralympic games. and he had published some of his points on-line as well.  He  said he had researched nearly 70 companies that related to the Olympics and they all were supposedly controversial, causing human injustices or environmental pollution.  On this occasion he specifically protested the fact that The Orbit had been receiving huge amounts of donations (a.o. £16m from business multi millionaire Lakshmi Mittal) and yet here was a building that stood empty and owned by the artist who designed the structure.  He went on to discuss with me the wrongs of  the  medal producing company Rio Tinto, and the merits of Olympic and Paralympic sponsors BP, EDF,  DOW, ATOS,  but also adidas and BMW. Anish Kapoor symbolised to him all that was wrong with the event , and empty building in the face of London’s homelessness, whilst a celebrated art structure received millions of funds, “by an artist who lives in Chelsea in a 2 million Pound mansion.”   He also mentioned the Hackney Marshes incident.

A selection of protesters at Lincoln’s Inn Fields willing to to speak to me, can be heard below.

The house had no internal fittings like furniture.  I saw one door on ground floor level  damaged near the lock (possibly from trying to break it open).  But mostly the event had a calm party atmosphere. There were some talks, and a music band played.  Many people present discussed political points, and I had the feeling quite some of them knew each other.  Placards were put up against the walls, and some signs stated “do not enter for health and safety reasons,” another note pointed out where the the toilets were to be found.  The event was certainly less noisy than the nearby night club.  It almost felt that the event was “too orderly,” with the relatively small crowd of protesters assuring me that they would leave the building in a day after they had made their point.  Writing this last edit, I was told by a spokes person that the building had now been vacated.

Police cars drove by occasionally without stopping, there was no police at the event or interfering with it whilst I was there. Anish Kapoor has so far not responded to a request of mine to comment on the situation.

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Other journalist on this story:  See Peter Walker of The Guardian, Jeanne Whalen Wall Street Journal and Liam O’Brian for The Independent, and Avril Ormsby of Reuters UK

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