Category Archives: counterculture

Podcast 4

Ripe Elderberries

Declaring his intention to become disciplined and focused, scorzonera goes on to record a free-ranging, unfocused podcast touching on the fragility of large scale infrastructures and the dependence of many on food imports and exports.

The Future Of The Cookbook – BBC R4

Food in Roman Britain

Salad slaves – who really provides our vegetables?

Spice trade timeline

Transition Network site

The pioneering Sheffield Abundance project

Incredible Edible Todmorden plus a short video

Fruit & Nut Map of South London

Blackout and power outage tracker

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Podcast 3

As he kneads bread dough, scorzonera revisits the influence radical movements of the late 20th century had on his diet, not realising that running the tap whilst recording is a poor idea.


Wolves and Humans website

The Whole Earth Catalog online

The Ecologist, recently merged with Resurgence


UK squatting archive

The Radical History of Hackney

“Plant a Tree in 73” – the reason for using an allotment to grow trees

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The local churchyard seems to be alive with psilocybe cyanescens – if I’m identifying correctly. There are pounds of them, no joke, following the mower going over the grass last week and a wet, warm spell. Impressive, but I find day to day life weird and disjointed enough without the need for psychoactives.

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Scarthin Books

Above, the completed film I referred to back in February

Plus another Scarthin vid.

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From the excellent Reality Sandwich

Trailer for Permaculture: The Growing Edge

Extract from Permaculture: The Growing Edge showing remarkable research being done with fungi.

Brighton Permaculture Trust at Stanmer Park

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29/4/67 – 14 Hour Technicolour Dream, Alexandra Palace, London

The 14 Hour Technicolour Dream – a multi-media extravaganza and “be-in” staged as a benefit for IT (International Times) magazine and widely acknowledged as the first mass expression of the psychedelic underground in the UK.
45 years ago, only 10 years after “All Shook Up” and just over 10 years before the Pistols split up. That’s a scary thought.


“What Is A Happening?” The 30 minute Man Alive documentary in three parts.

“Excuse me, I wonder if I can wake you up for a moment?….Why are you asleep?”


Extract from Pink Floyd’s set

Floyd footage from “Tonight Let’s All Make Love In London”


Colour and B&W footage from the “A Technicolor Dream” dvd (2008)

…and more…

…and the official trailer…


First hand accounts of the event ………

Extract from “Syd Barrett:Lost In The Woods” by Julian Palacios

Accounts from including a piece by John Crosby, the US journalist who invented the “Swinging London” concept.

A fascinating 14 page account in the visual style of much of the contemporary underground press – highly coloured and difficult to read

A personal account by Pink Floyd fan Colin Turner

The front page of the 21-28th April edition of IT, which organised the event

Fascinating if rather short interview with John Hopkins, one of the founders of IT magazine and organisers of 14 Hour Technicolour Dream

The International Times archive – for anyone interested in the ’60s counterculture and rock scenes, and they’re still publishing.

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New Romantics – How’s it feel to have y’r arse kicked by a fairy?

I wasn’t there (I was about three miles away) but this made me feel like I was. Superb film.

Worried About The Boy

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