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2011..
28th Nov 2011:
Teesside Troubadour - new Preview clips uploaded
Saturday 26th Nov 2011 - 11am onwards...
Vin Singing & Signing
@ Waterstones, M'bro


TEESSIDE TROUBADOUR DVD plus
Vin CDs & 'A Century in Stone' DVDs on sale!
The programme makers have informed us that the Vin feature has been postponed til further notice ! :-(
Fri 2nd Dec @ 10pm on Sky Arts
(not Fri 18th Nov as previously stated !)

VIN plus clips from the DVD
on
Jo Whiley Music Show
Saturday 19th Nov 2011
Teesside Troubadour film
plus Vin Live in concert

@
Derby - Assembly Rooms

Cheers to all who made it a full house and a top night !
To Mick Peat for putting on the show and to Bernie and Gill O'Hagan for putting me up!

'STEEL WORKS'
A New Exhibition of 24 paintings
By Normanby Artist Tom French
@
The Heritage Gallery
in the stunningly refurbished
Cargo Fleet Offices near South Bank

Thurs 9th Dec 2011 - 18th Jan 2012
more info: www.heritagegallery.co.uk

NOV 15th:
THE ART OF REGENERATION

Thanks to Python Properties, the derelict former office building of The Cargo Fleet Iron Co. has not gone the way of so many historic buildings in Middlesbrough such as the Scientific Institute and The North Riding Infirmary !

Python Properties who did in fact try to save the Infirmary from demolition in 2006, have played a masterstroke at Cargo Fleet. Plush new office spaces are fast being let and there is a cafe and fantastic gallery for industrial heritage exhibitions.
Magnificent !
NOV 15th:
HIDDEN TEESSIDE

Check out this excellent site, it's an archival treasure trove of industrial and archaeological sites and remains, photos, maps and assorted obscurities from the wider Teesside area.

Creator Chris Twigg has put in an epic amount of research and legwork - well done that man!

www.hidden-teesside.co.uk


A WEE PREMIERE DOWN UNDER!
Many Thanks to: Ray Downes (above) for organising and introducing, Michelle Shoosmith for sending the pix
and all those who went !

Sat Oct 15th @ 4.20pm
Teesside Troubadour AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

I am pleased to announce
Teesside Troubadour
will be showing at
The Woodshed - 4.20pm - Sat Oct 15th
at Nanga Music Festival near Dwellingup
40 miles South of Perth, Western Australia

For Festival Website click here
Sept 29th 2011:
A CENTURY IN STONE
still packing em in!

7 years on...ACIS packs a great crowd into the Zetland Centre in Richmond.

Thanks to Bev Joicey & Richmond Civic Society for the booking and a great night !
SEPT 17th: Teesside Troubadour packs The Sage !
Thanks to Chris Pentney & The Sage and all who came and made it a great night !
AUG: FRONT COVER & 5-PAGE FEATURE !
LIVING TRADITION MAGAZINE
OUT NOW !

Sept 2011: SAVE LONGRIDGE WOOD UPDATE
COUNCIL CLAIM TO HAVE FOUND BUYER FOR SITE

After 6 years of massive objection, a trouncing on the BBC Politics Show and a shaming on screen in Parliament, Mayor Mallon and M'bro Council remain belligerently intent on tearing down the remaining half of Longridge Wood. They now claim to have found a buyer for the site and are looking forward to seeing 90 houses built upon it.
Despite 3 more years of community enjoyment and trees growing back since the bulldozing raid, Cllr. Budd told the Gazette he was "delighted" re-iterating the dubious claim "the site had long been earmarked for housing".

DISINGENUOUS AND/OR UNETHICAL ?

In trotting out this argument yet again, Budd actually re-affirms the fact that The Council has NO ETHICAL (let alone environmental) justification for their plan.

And that's because, 15 years ago, M'bro Council allowed a conservation charity to plant the Longridge site with 600 trees knowing that the site was earmarked for housing (they claim since 1979). So why didn't the council tell the conservation charity about their long established plan? It would have been unethical not to right?

Regardless of that, wouldn't it also be unethical to now tear down this charitable gift to the town? And also why wasn't the site built on in the eighties, nineties or early noughties? And the reason for that is that a major powerline crossed the site and a great pylon stood on it; and had done since the 1970s!

 

It was only after 2003 when the National Grid re-routed the line and removed the pylon that building housing was suddenly on the agenda - and by then, of course the trees had been planted for several years!!!

So it seems that The Council were either disingenuous in dealing with the conservation charity OR, in having no idea that the powerline would be re-routed, they actually had NO plans to build on the site at all !!!

Either way, Mallon, Budd and the Council's weak argument falls down yet again. The campaigners meanwhile remain equally intent on stopping the development and should they ultimately fail, the Council's final despotic and destructive act will be posted as promised on Youtube FOR ALL TIME.

FOR MORE INFO LONGRIDGE MAIN PAGE

WATCH MY FILM (WHICH MALLON FAILED TO STOP BEING SHOWN IN PARLIAMENT!) BULLDOZING DEMOCRACY

SEPT 11th: 10 YEARS OF UNANSWERED QUESTIONS...
In 1993, I was working in New York and got to film from the top of the World Trade Center. The size of the towers was absolutely staggering. When they collapsed in 2001, I was stunned. I couldn't believe how the planes which crashed near the top of each tower and the fires that broke out around them could bring those collosal towers down like they did. I presumed some expert explanation would be revealed in the aftermath and it was ...or so it seemed.

I never really questioned it again until about 5 years ago when I discovered a number of online films and websites that questioned not only the collapse but the wider US Govt. account of the day. I was skeptical at first but soon realised that not all those asking questions were conspiracy nuts! They were credible academics, scientists, architects, engineers, demolition experts, pilots, first responders, eye-witnesses etc. Even the chair of the 911 Commission, Thomas Keen, stated that they were "set up to fail" by being given too little time and funding by the Govt. to properly do the job.
It's not diffcult to have doubts about the heinous Bush regime and although I'm certainly no expert, its not difficult to have doubts about the 911 official story either.
 
I will reconsider it when it includes 1) a thorough independent investigation and wide expert concensus that small office fires on a few floors did indeed bring down gigantic skyscrapers for the first and only time in history; 2) a thorough investigation and wide expert concensus on the mysterious collapse of WTC7 , a 47-storey skyscraper that was NOT hit by a plane and also had just a few small fires; and 3) when we are finally shown the footage, that no one has seen, of Flight77 hitting the Pentagon and 'evaporating on impact' as it is claimed. Until then, I would recommend that everyone watch the film above, google '911 truth' and make up your own minds!

Regardless of what you believe, 911 has affected us all. Hopefully one day we will know for certain what happened that day and we will see all those involved brought to justice. This much we owe to the 3,000 who died in the attacks and the 1m plus who died as a consequence in the disasterous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; those who died in the bombings in London and Madrid etc; and those yet to die because of 9/11.

CH 9/2011

SEPT 2011:
GEOFF WATERFIELD RIP
It was sad to hear of the sudden death of Geoff, 43, a man who gave his absolute all to the campaign to save steelmaking on Teesside. As chairman of the steelworkers' multi-union committee, Geoff was instrumental in securing the positive result earlier this year when the mothballed Corus plant was bought by SSI of Thailand.

Geoff was a local lad and a refreshingly confident speaker. No doubt he had great prospects as a trade union leader. Check him out at the end of this video which I shot in 2009 at the Redcar SOS demo.
Condolences to his wife, son and work colleagues.

"When I see a blast furnace, I see a thing of beauty . . . I see something that has given thousands and thousands of people a way of life, a good, honest wage, the ability to pay their mortgages, go on holidays and bring up their families. That to me is fabulous, that is a beautiful thing. That blast furnace is the heart of Teesside. As long as it pumps, there is life in Teesside" Geoff Waterfield

from an article in The New Statesmen
and which also appeared on the blog Peoples' Republic of Teesside

AUG: Teesside Troubadour
Rave Review in fROOTS!

"The whole film flows entirely naturally. The technical quality is first class and the editing exemplary. An indispensable portrait of a folk icon"

AUG/SEPT ISSUE OUT NOW fROOTS

'TEESSIDE TROUBADOUR'
to be shown at
THE SAGE GATESHEAD
Saturday 17th September 2011
BOOK NOW: THE SAGE BOX OFFICE

'TEESSIDE TROUBADOUR' MATINEES
Introduced by Vin and Craig
Saltburn Folk Festival Weekend
Saltburn Community Theatre
1pm & 3pm - Sat Aug 13th / £5.00

JUNE 10th: VIN DVD LATEST !
Selling a folk singer who is more than a folk singer to a non-folk audience is still no mean task! Landing a TV slot is notoriously difficult and it came as no surprise at all to draw a complete blank! This baffles people when I tell them and they almost always then ask "But what about regional TV?" The sad fact is there is less regional TV than ever before. It barely exists! Nonetheless, it is still very frustrating knowing that the film would WITHOUT DOUBT go down a storm across the region if it was shown and instantly create tons of new fans for Vin and the film!

On the positive side, THE SAGE booking is great news - a truly magnificent regional platform for the film ! The DVD has also had positive reviews in R2, The Link and Stirrings magazines and a plug by Mike Harding on BBC Radio2. A major front cover feature is also forthcoming in Living Tradition magazine. The DVD is selling well at WATERSTONES, WHSMITH and HMV and indie outlets on Teesside and Online orders have already come in from across Britain and the world.
So onwards we go - Vin Garbutt media shadow be damned!


31st MAY 2011:
SPERM WHALE AT REDCAR !


A 40-feet long Sperm Whale weighing 35 tons beached itself at Redcar in the early hours of May 31st. An attempt to save the magnificent beast was launched but it sadly failed around 9am.
I got down there shortly after and shot this video which notched up 10,000+ views in just 3 days!

More on the story:

Northern Echo

Evening Gazette


SAT 30th APRIL 2011:
Vin's first ever
In-store
Signing Session !


The Guisboro Bookshop
1.30pm - 2.30pm

April 2011:
Teesside Troubadour
THE DVD LAUNCH

Film, Q&A and Vin Live Set
Advance SIGNED DVDs on sale at shows!

APRIL 07: SALTBURN - Community Theatre
APRIL 14: M'BROUGH - Cineworld
APRIL 28: STOCKTON - Georgian Theatre
All Doors & Bars: 7pm / Show starts 7.30pm
Tickets: £10 Adv ( £12 on the night)

M'BRO CINEWORLD OUTSELLS ALL OTHER FILMS!
SALTBURN THEATRE & STOCKTON GEORGIAN PACKED OUT!
TYNE TEES TV NEWS
BBC TEES RADIO
APRIL 2011: NEW PROFILE

Profile Photographic Gallery and cafe in Saltburn has re-launched with great new premises and crucially a superb location in the old station buildings. Great to see a gallery of integrity in the heart of the town ;-) Best of luck to all involved !
www.profilegallery.co.uk

MAR 2011: CON-CENSUS???

Did you know that the UK govt has hired an American company to undertake the 2011 UK census. That company is Lockheed Martin who happen to be America's biggest arms manufacturer. They make trident nuclear missiles, cluster bombs, land mines and were major lobbyists for the Iraq invasion. The Guardian claimed 80% of its work is for the US defence department. It is also involved in surveillance and data processing for the CIA and FBI and provided private contract interrogators to the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and Guantánamo Bay in Cuba.

And our Govt is paying them £140m of our money to collect and store our data ?! And if we refuse to give it we will be fined £1000 !
YOU COULD NOT MAKE THIS UP!!!
17 Feb 2011:
DEATH OF STEEL NOT !

Sahaviriya Steel Industries (SSI), Thailand's largest steel producer, has signed an agreement to buy the former Corus blast furnace and BOS plant on Teesside. SSI expect to create 1,000 jobs on top of the existing workforce of 700. SSI plans to invest $1bn in the operation. If it all happens then it will be a spectacular turn around for the Teesside economy and community.

Congrats to all those involved in 'Save Our Steel' campaign who have fought relentlessly to bring about such a result.

JAN 2011:
JOHN PILGER
'THE WAR YOU DON'T SEE'
There are few, if any, documentary makers in this world with the legacy, reputation and clout of John Pilger. Even ITV1 shows his films!!! His latest is a devastating expose and critique of TV news media and its epic failure to report the full facts of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Over a milllion have died in Iraq as a result of an illegal war waged by Bush, Blair and cronies yet the TV media shyed away from asking them too many difficult questions...

Watch it here and also check out
johnpilger.com
which includes uploads of all his seminal films.
First it was 'The Bail Out' aka 'The Great State Heist' and the ongoing mega-bonuses. Now comes inflation, the rise in VAT and the societal death of a 1000 funding cuts...this is surely proof enough that the government (no matter who you vote for !) isn't quite putting our interests first...So here's to a better idea - a simple tax on the banks and big business (only 0.05%) that would raise BILLIONS for schools, hospitals and communities.
For an exemplary fairer system and to cut the cuts !

Click Here For More Info

JAN 2011:
TV & RADIO PICK OF WEEK
GEORGE GALLOWAY

He gifted his detractors fantastically in his clumsily worded meeting with Saddam and silly antics on Big Brother. But they pale to nothing when compared to his own indefatigability, common sense, devastating oratory, razor sharp wit and guts. There is no one in British politics who can touch him. His trouncing of Alistair Campbell on Question Time on 20/1/11 was TV GOLD! (see left). As was his magnificent 2005 whooping of the US senate and his radio show is rarely anything but compelling. Viva GG Big Respect!

Watch GG vs US Senate
Listen to Radio Show uploads

JAN 2011: 'TEESSIDE TROUBADOUR' LATEST !
After fantastic crowds at Cineworld in November, Vin and I decided to postpone the DVD's Xmas release so that we can further build up the film's profile. It's crucial that the film is seen outside of the folk circuit in order to reach the widest possible audience. We are now targetting TV channels, film festivals and independent cinemas. This also includes Canada and Australia.
The DVD with many extra features should be out around Easter.

For lots more on Vin Film: Click Here

2005 - 2011:
SIX YEARS OF GREEN RESISTANCE

See new Longridge page for info, films and campaign latest

"In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it" Ernst Fischer

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