Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Save the Arctic LEGO!

Earlier on in this blog, I re-posted Greenpeace's action to ask LEGO to  end its partnership with Shell. You can read the original blog post here for more information and to sign the petition as well as see the previously banned video as well.

The update now is that LEGO's UK head office in Slough refused to accept the petition which over 600,000 people signed. LEGO is still helping clean up Shell’s image. Shell’s been engulfed in bad PR for the last few years and this deal with LEGO helps to repair that damage. It’s positive PR that helps Shell look like a responsible company who can be trusted to drill in extreme environments like the Arctic. Therefore Greenpeace are asking everyone to take it to the next level by getting creative and staging your own mini-protest using LEGOs

If you have you're own LEGOs, get protesting (have a look at my mini protest below with my eclectic collection of LEGOs) but if not fear not as Greenpeace has hundreds of second-hand mini-figure activists ready for action!  Many of them have already been on protests like these: www.greenpeace.org.uk/legogallery

To stage your own mini-protest, here’s what you need to do:
  • Use whatever LEGO figures you have in the most creative, funny or just plain out-there ways. If you need a LEGO figure, Text ACTIVIST to 70007 to donate £3 to Greenpeace and we’ll send you a mini activist to say thanks.
  • Take a photo of your direct action in full swing and add it to your Facebook or Twitter account with the hashtag #BlockShell. Remember to tag @Lego_Group in your tweet, and you could take your protest direct to LEGO by posting your photo on their Facebook page
  • Greenpeace will add the best ones to their Facebook gallery and make sure LEGO sees them.
Seeing thousands of mini-protests made by all of us will show LEGO that it’s their customers who want them to drop Shell, and keep oil companies off our children's toy sets and out of the Arctic. Be part of it.

Below is my mini-protest in front of Edinburgh's iconic Arthur's Seat. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Re-posting: I Fix it Manifesto


iFixit is a global community of people helping each other repair things. If you want to find some step-by-step photo guides or find out more please click here.

And for something closer to home why not check out Remade in Edinburgh

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Re-posting: Scottish CND




With only 9 weeks to go before the referendum, Scottish CND are trying to spread the message that a Yes vote can Ban the Bomb.

Please help by ordering copies of our leaflets and distributing these around your local area.

We have three leaflets:

"How to disarm a nuclear bomb"
front:http://bit.ly/1zM26FF
reverse: http://bit.ly/1mQ3dyI

Tartan leaflet "Opportunity to ban the bomb?"
front: http://bit.ly/1neatFK
reverse: http://bit.ly/1nNjCEs

4-page A5 handout "Vote YES and Ban the Bomb"
http://bit.ly/WjxlJd

All of these can be ordered by sending an email to scnd@banthebomb.org or by phoning 0141 357 1529.

Please let us know which leaflet(s) you would like, how many and your postal address.

The leaflets are free. If you do wish to make a donation and for more information, this can be done on our website http://banthebomb.org (right column)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Interested in drawing wildlife?

If anyone is interested, or has family or friends who may be interested, my friend Mike Fallon is planning to run a short course on drawing and painting Scottish wildlife.  
Details are as follows:

When:   Thursdays 7th to 28th August from 10.30 am -12.00 noon.
Where:  20 Braid Avenue, Edinburgh EH10 6EE
Cost:     £10.   Materials will be supplied.
Suitable for:  Adults with a creative desire but not necessarily any skill.  Mike would particularly like to encourage anyone who thinks they cannot draw or paint.  He will guide you on how to produce a piece of work you can be proud of.

There will be future courses on different animal subject matter for those who may be interested but cannot attend these dates or for anyone wishing to continue. 

If anyone is interested please email michaelfallon10@yahoo.co.uk
For examples of Mike's work please visit the website:  http://www.michaelfallonartist.co.uk/

Mike was the 2012 finalist in the BBC Wildlife Magazine Artist of the Year in the mammals section and has also attended Seabird Drawing courses with John Busby and Darren Woodhead.