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FOOT VILLAGE are coming, the Really Free School is flowing and it woz the Schnews wot won it…

February 19th 2011

Couple of items from this week’s always interesting SchNEWS


hoof at work After (as a direct result of, probably) SchNEWS' exclusive(kinda) exposure of plans to flog off the nation's publicly owned forests (see SchNEWS 754), the coalition's public spending shears were blunted for once when Cameron and co were forced into an embarrassing climbdown.

Following a campaign organised by a broad coalition of nature lovers, the government realised that just about the only people in favour of the policy were the moneybags developers rubbing their hands at the prospect of snapping up woodlands for themselves. The idea was so unpopular, even amorphous political blob Ed Millbland managed to score political points out of it, cornering Cameron at PM's questions. One No. 10 insider said: 'It's a cock-up. We just did not think.' Just for a change, then.

With her tail firmly positioned between her legs, environment minister Caroline Spelman announced an end to the consultation on plans to dispose of the land in England run by the Forestry Commission, drop clauses in the public bodies bill that would allow the government to sell off all of England's forests and establish an independent panel with environmentalists to reach consensus on reforms to improve access and biodiversity in forests.

A victory for people power then, now to tackling the savaging of education, welfare, the NHS, legal aid, libraries...


LOCK, SQUAT AND TWO SMOKING BANNERS: Mockney millionaire mincer Guy Ritchie copped a faceful as squatters cracked his £6million London mansion while he was having it renovated.

Really Free School

At least a dozen people moved in, right under the noses of the building contractors (I don't want to know who you use, as long as they're not complete muppets). The listed building in uber-trendy Fitzrovia (Where's that? Some place near Katmandu? Meet me 'alfway, mate) is now sportin' bannners from the Tommy trinders (er, windows) saying STRIKE, RESIST, OCCUPY.

Fittingly, given that the building was previously a language school, they now intend to open what they call a 'Really Free School', offering a curriculum of squatting, anarchy, alternative and social media - but presumably not mockney rhyming slang.

Will Ritchie be makin' 'em an offer they can't refuse, threatenin' to send round all his hard villain mates - or be popping down to the family solicitor's in Belgravia to apply for a Court Order?


As always, lots more SchNews over at

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FOOT VILLAGE are coming - their performance at part of the Portishead ATP thing at Alexandra Palace is now confirmed, and let’s hope, for those of is who’s pockets aren’t deep enough, it isn’t their only show on these shores (we’re working on things…)

I’ll be your mirror….. Here’s the latest news from the ATP team…

On the weekend of 23rd and 24th July 2011 at the stunning Alexandra Palace, London, All Tomorrow's Parties will present the first UK I'll Be Your Mirror event, which will be curated by the mercurial Portishead (who headline both nights) and ATP. Acting as sister events to the world famous ATP Festivals which usually take place in holiday resorts, and named after the b-side to The Velvet Underground's original All Tomorrow's Parties 7" single, I'll Be Your Mirror is a new series of artist curated music, film and art events taking place in cities worldwide, and the London event promises to be an incredible 2 days of the best music, art and film in the Capital.

The latest additions to the line-up are headed by the stunning CARIBOU, whose Swim album was one of the surprise hits of 2010 and was chosen as best album of 2010 by online electronic music bible Resident Advisor. Caribou play the Sunday along with classic space rock group THE TELESCOPES. Also confirmed today for the Saturday are LA-based multiple-drummer live sensations FOOT VILLAGE.

Portishead will headline both nights, with a different stunning supporting line-up joining them each day. Tickets will cost £59 per day with weekend tickets priced at £100. These are the only scheduled UK shows Portishead will play in 2011.

Here is the current schedule for each day with much more to be confirmed for both the Saturday and Sunday line-ups....

Saturday 23rd July - PORTISHEAD, PJ HARVEY, DOOM, COMPANY FLOW (original line-up - first UK show in 10 years), THE BOOKS, FACTORY FLOOR, BEAK>, DD/MM/YYYY, FOOT VILLAGE & MORE TBC


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