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Richard Ayoade is officially one of my favorite people. His performance of "Ferdinand the Bull" by Alain Ridout with the Multi Story Orchestra in the Old Peckham Rye Station Waiting Room is one of the most enjoyable performances I've seen this year.
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Exciting, a new canal crossing via Somers Town Bridge! The Coal Drop Yards open in 2018, and this will connect with that development. Looking forward to seeing the area evolve.
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I've been increasingly dismayed with this country due to the current Tory government. With Thursday's general election, we get the chance to vote for something other than the disastrous vision of Brexit promoted by this current Tory government and their continued cuts / austerity that is increasing inequality in our society. I live in Mornington Crescent and will be supporting Labour's Keir Starmer on June 8 (http://www.keirstarmer.com/). See https://www.tactical2017.com/ for advice on how to vote tactically to change this country's course. I also like the Liberal Democrats position on many issues, but I like Keir Starmer as my local representative based on the townhalls he's hosted, and I'd support him as the Brexit negotiator if Labour defeats the Tories. I do wish the progressive parties had been more open to forming progressive alliances ahead of the election for a stronger chance of defeating the Tories (versus risking splitting the progressive vote), but I guess we'll see how it plays out on Thursday. Please be sure to vote!
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Miha Kralj @ Kino Šiška playing his record Andromeda
~10 synths on stage is the ideal number, I think. Also, lasers! Sample track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLFD7pbfhjs
PS Enjoying Ljubljana so far!
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This letter by Professor A C Grayling that my friend Justina shared earlier today resonated with me. Though MPs received it directly, I sent a copy of it with additional comments to my MP: https://www.nchlondon.ac.uk/2016/07/01/professor-c-graylings-letter-650-mps-urging-parliament-not-support-motion-trigger-article-50-lisbon-treaty-1-july-2016/

I also wanted to share a few photos from the protest yesterday. I loved the woman in blue wig with stars, and my favorite sign slogan was 'Fromage not Farage', which popped up a few times in the crowd.
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As someone who voted Remain, I'm angry about a lot of things relating to this referendum, but above all, I'm angry about the news that people are using the Brexit vote as an excuse for overt racism and making people who have built their homes in the UK and helped this country thrive feel unwelcome here. When I heard reports of this behavior, I was immediately reminded of the Australian Army Lieutenant who gave a powerful speech (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaqpoeVgr8U) about standing up to unacceptable behavior. The context for the video is misconduct in the army relating to demeaning women, but the sentiment equally applies to racism, homophobia, or other intolerance. He states: 'If you become aware of any individual degrading another, then show moral courage and take a stand against it. ... The standard you walk past, is the standard you accept'.

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron's speech in this video (https://www.facebook.com/libdems/videos/10154308027138270/) after the results of the referendum strongly resonated with me. I haven't seen this shared much in my feed, so wanted to give it some visibility. He and Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon seem to be on the right side of this mess, and I hope their vision, optimism, and leadership can steer us through this tumultuous time.

The text of Tim Farron's speech is at this link http://www.libdems.org.uk/speech_following_referendum
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TL;DR: I hope you will join me in voting Remain in Thursday's EU Referendum
I don't often post about politics, but Thursday's EU Referendum is too important to sit quietly on the sidelines.  I'm concerned about the rise of right wing and isolationist viewpoints in the UK.  I firmly believe we need to unite to solve the larger problems we are facing as a global society and not just be inwardly focused.  I reject the UKIP xenophobia that is driving many to vote Brexit and want to avoid a future where Nigel Farage and his followers have increased influence and input on how the UK is governed. 

The benefits of EU membership far outweigh the drawbacks.  From protecting worker's rights, consumer's rights and human rights to helping tackle environmental issues and investing in and uniting scientific communities, I see the EU as having an overwhelmingly positive and beneficial impact on the UK:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/eu-what-has-european-union-done-for-us-david-cameron-brexit-a6850626.html
https://europe.alexpounds.com/
http://www.proeuropa.org.uk/twelevereasons
http://infacts.org/11-reasons-young-vote-remain/
https://my.greenparty.org.uk/sites/my.greenparty.org.uk/files/WordcloudEUFB.jpg

Perhaps a less serious reason, but one that resonates with me personally is the negative impact Brexit would have on the UK's art and cultural scene.  If we erect barriers to Europe, the arts that enrich our lives will suffer from those barriers.  For example, if you are a music fan, you may want to read this:
http://pitchfork.com/thepitch/1186-the-uk-leaving-the-eu-would-change-the-european-music-industry/
"Pitchfork enlisted experts across the music industry to help break down the potential impact of a decision that will affect trade, free movement, and international support networks—i.e. every aspect of their business. It’s important to note that this is speculation based on existing precedents, but that interviewees were universally concerned about the prospect of Brexit."

If I awoke to news on Friday that the UK had voted to leave the EU, I'd feel a terrible sense of loss and missed opportunity.  I want London and the UK be leaders in Europe, not walk away.  While I could enumerate further reasons I'm voting Remain, much has already been written and said about this debate more elegantly than I can present, so I've collected a few links that you might find useful if you are considering joining me in a Remain vote.

Have an internationalist, liberal worldview?  This Guardian article resonated with me:
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jun/18/observer-editorial-eu-referendum-how-to-vote
"Our future is profoundly affected by the fortunes of the continent of which we are a part. Leaving the EU does not change that – it simply means we will have far less influence over how our future pans out."

If well-researched, top notch journalism is your thing?  Try this FT article:
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/3748166e-3151-11e6-ad39-3fee5ffe5b5b.html#axzz4CALNp52t
'This is no time to revert to Little England. We are Great Britain. We have a contribution to make to a more prosperous, safer world. The vote must be “Remain”.'

Prefer a sarcastic but still insightful take?  Watch John Oliver's clip on why we should Remain (warning on language and adult content):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAgKHSNqxa8

And finally the main Remain campaign sites:
http://www.strongerin.co.uk/
https://www.eureferendum.gov.uk/

I will be voting for the UK to Remain a member of the European Union on Thursday, and I hope the UK voting population unites to support Remain.  Please make sure you vote in this critical referendum.  

And for a bit of color, this is the 'IN' sticker I've been wearing on my backpack that has survived storms and other mishaps throughout this campaign.  I've re-colored it as it's gotten damaged and re-taped it many times...



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Chorusgirl @ Lexington
They produced one of my favorite records of 2015.
http://chorusgirl.co.uk/
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A fragrant evening @ Institute of Making
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19/11/2015
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I personally love the idea of a new urban park in London and was happy to donate to this project.  If you might be too, please have a look at these links.  They are inching ever closer to their funding goal, but there are only 18 days left to contribute to the project.
https://spacehive.com/peckhamcoalline
http://peckhamcoalline.strikingly.com/
The Highline in New York is one of my favorite things there, so I guess it isn't surprising that I'd be a fan of something like this.
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