Art in Place of Adverts

Art Everywhere

Online voting opened this week to shortlist 50 of the 100 works of art that have been selected to turn the UK into the ‘world’s biggest gallery’. 15,000 billboard spaces across the UK have been donated for the project for 2 weeks in August (10th-25th). The collection reflects works of British artists in UK collections; a mix of historic, modern and contemporary artworks where copyright was granted and high resolution images were available for BIG posters.

The idea for Art Everywhere came to Richard Reed as he was walking to work in Shepherds Bush and spotted a beautiful picture with no title or logo on a poster site, which he noted “put a bounce into my step – there is something so nourishing, exciting and surprising in seeing art in places you wouldn’t necessarily expect to see it.”


Dwindling Fish Stocks Given Massive Boost


“After decades with a policy that has been a terrible failure, we now have a reform that will repair the damage done”, announced German MEP, Ulrike Rodust, adding that the new policy would lead to “more fish in the water and more jobs in the industry”.

EU member states have at last agreed the outlines of a tough Common Fisheries Policy. For the first time there is a commitment to set quotas based on scientific advice that aim to go beyond the stabilisation of fish stocks to the achievement of growth. Crucially, from 2015, boats will be forbidden from discarding unwanted dead fish.

Greenpeace acknowledged that “for all its loopholes and sluggish timelines the policy has the potential to turn Europe’s destructive and oversized fishing industry into a sustainable, low-impact sector.” The leader of Fish Fight hailed the deal as a “tremendous achievement”, and the fishing industry acknowledged that a corner had been turned.

photo by: Peter Southwood

Protest Made Peaceful with Tea and Biscuits


Following reports that it was going to be the focus of a protest promoted online by supporters of the English Defence League, a York mosque prepared for the potentially volatile situation by getting in plenty of tea and biscuits. Around half a dozen people arrived for the protest and nailed a St Georges flag to the wooden fence in front of the mosque. However, once the invitation into the mosque was accepted, tensions were rapidly defused over tea and custard creams followed by an impromptu game of football. Councillor Neil Barnes said “I don’t think I’ll ever forget the day that the York Mosque tackled anger and hatred with peace and warmth – and I won’t forget the sight of a Muslim offering a protester tea and biscuits with absolute sincerity.”

Mohamed El-Gomatia, a lecturer at the University of York, explained “People are focusing on their differences. We felt that another response was needed, one that might provide a calm space in which we could listen to, and hear, one another” and he remembered a quote from George Bernard Shaw: “If the world’s problems were brought to the Prophet Muhammad, he would solve them over a cup of tea”. He reported that when they listened, they realised that the EDL may have thought that they supported extremist behaviour and the Taliban. They were quick to point out that they condemned both in the strongest terms. The protestors were surprised, and they understood.

He went on to add that “Assumptions are dangerous, untested assumptions can be lethal. If we don’t listen openly, we will not explore avenues that might lead to a better conclusion, and we could drive views underground. We all need to meet in a space that is above and beyond our differences and discover our similarities. We all love our children and care about their future. If we do not work together they are in possible jeopardy – there are very good reasons for us to work hard to find a way forward. We all need to learn from one another.  I say: sit down with a cup of tea and don’t shout at each other. Listen. And hear.”

photo by: Dr. Meierhofer

80-Year-Old Man Conquers Everest


Yuichiro Miura has become the oldest man to conquer the 29,035ft Himalayan peak of Mount Everest at the age of 80. Despite undergoing heart surgery in January, and breaking his pelvis and left thigh bone 4 years ago, he managed the climb for the third time in his life. Following the climb he is quoted as saying “This is the world’s best feeling, although I’m totally exhausted. Even at 80, I can still do quite well.”

His climb was closely followed by 81-year-old Min Bahadur Sherchan who sadly had to turn back due to worsening weather conditions. Spring heat had made the slopes slippery and melted the ice chunks where ladders are fixed and ropes are tied.

photo by: Luca Galuzzi