Free School launch, homebrew education

Rampart & Ex-Bowl Court newsletter 29th August 2008

Doing the Rampart solo.

Not much behind the scenes to say really.. we’re settling back in at the Ramparts and it will be our base for the forseeable future. Things we learnt from Bowl Court we’re definitely hoping to repeat here.

Frequent question:
Are you guys still open???
Frequest answer:

It’s the super strong launch week-long event of the London Free School/De-school, beginning on Monday right through to Sunday and will be 7 days packed with workshops and discussions. Check out the website for the updated calendar of workshops or feel free to just come by to catch whatever might be happening.

zzZ Events at the Rampart Xxx


..,” FRIDAY 29th AUGUST “,..

6PM = Radical Theory Reading Group

Hello and welcome new members. Our next meeting will be on Friday, August 29th at 6pm at rampART. We’ll be reading Emmanuel Kant’s ‘What is Enlightenment?'(

9PM = Dissident Island Radio

Dissident Island Radio will be airing the show live out of Rampart.
This next show on 29th of August is a best of edition, featuring all the best and most relevant bits of Climate Camp Radio 2008. So, sit on some grass and keep an eye out for cops, think about your next action and plan it with your mates. It’s gonna be just like being at Kingsnorth, only you won’t need a stop and search slip to listen. circa 9pm


7 full days of workshops and talks = Launch of London Free School

A week of free workshops, discussions and skill-shares open to all around the themes of;
Creative Arts, Science & Technology, Food, Language, Education and Activism

Modern mainstream British education is full of hierarchy, inequality and commercialism. London Freeschool aims to provide an alternative!

The freeschool stems from the idea that education should be community controlled, free and open to all. As communities we need to reclaim knowledge in order to develop self-reliance. No more ‘doctor knows best’ ideology – we can all learn from each other!

Anyone can come along to as many sessions as they like, no booking, no limits

Where? Rampart Social Centre, 15-17 Rampart Street (off Commercial Road), Whitechapel, E1 2LA
When? 1-7th September 2008

For more info check the website
or email

WORKSHOP CALENDAR.. more workshops being added closer to the time, see website calendar for the latest.

12:30 – 13:30 Welcome Lunch
14:00 – 14:30 Cartomancy
14:00 – 16:00 Roof Gardening and Composting
14:00 – 16:00 Safer Spaces
14:30 – 15:30 Weight Loss & Management
16:00 – 18:00 Bike Maintenance
16:00 – 18:00 Cooking & Adapting Recipes
16:30 – 18:00 Workshop of Nothing
18:00 – 19:00 Dinner
19:00 onwards: screening of ‘This is Our Country Too

12:00 – 13:00 French
14:00 – 14:30 Cartomancy
14:00 – 16:00 Direct Action & Civil Disobedience
14:00 – 16:00 Internet Architecture and Philosophy
14:30 – 15:30 Family Diets
16:00 – 18:00 Vegan Cooking, Adapting Recipes & Intro to Anti GMO
16:00 – 18:00 Bike Maintenance
19:00 onwards: School Privatisation

12:00 – 13:00 German
14:00 – 14:30 Cartomancy
14:00 – 15:30 Quilling & Origami
14:30 – 15:30 Special Diets: Diabetes
15:00 – 16:00 How to Cook Without Gas or Electricity
15:00 – 18:00 Fooling
16:00 – 18:00 Bike Maintenance
16:00 – 18:00 Cooking & Adapting Recipes
16:00 – 18:00 Low Power Computing, Thin Clients & Linux
19:00 onwards: Getting Rid of Education: Communities for Learning

12:00 – 13:00 Ugandan
14:00 – 14:30 Cartomancy
14:30 – 15:30 Fats, Salt & Sugar
14:00 – 16:00 Food Buying Groups
14:00 – 16:00 Roof Gardening & Composting
16:00 – 18:00 Bike Maintenance
16:00 – 18:00 Cooking & Adapting Recipes
17:00 – 19:30 Herbal Skillshare @ LARC (
19:00 – 21:00 Workshop of Nothing
19:00 onwards: Introduction to Permaculture Info/Film Night

12:00 – 13:00 British Sign Language
14:00 – 14:30 Cartomancy
14:00 – 16:00 Gender & Autonomous Spaces
14:30 – 15:30 Balance of Good Health
16:00 – 18:00 Cooking & Adapting Recipes
16:00 – 18:00 Basics of Genetics
16:00 – 18:00 Philosophy of Free/Open Software and Anonymity
19:00 onwards: Technological activism & Scientology
19:00 onwards: Screening of ‘Bullshit‘ & anti-GMO protest

09:00 – 18:00 Food not Bombs
12:00 – 13:00 Spanish
14:30 – 15:30 Eating Raw
16:00 – 18:00 Adapting Recipes
14:00 – 18:00 Musical Instrument Making & Practice
19:00 onwards Benefit for London FreeSchool

All Day Film Screenings
14:00 – 16:00 Flower Stick Making & Practice
14:30 – 15:30 Blood Type Diet
14:00 – 16:00 Workshop of Nothing
14:00 – 16:00 Roof Gardening & Composting
16:00 – 18:00 Cooking & Adapting Recipes
19:00 onwards: London FreeSchool: Where Next?

The Free School will be operating by the “Safer Spaces policy”, which is about working together to challenge, confront, address and eliminate oppressive behaviour, our own and that of others, to create a space that is SAFER empowering people to share their stories and experiences.

The week is open to everyone that wants to be involved so please feel free to bring children along for the workshops. A creche will also be running throughout the week but email beforehand so that there is an idea of numbers, timing, etc. Also, if you’re able to give a helping hand with this then please also get in contact!

Look forward to seeing you at the Free School

xxX Elsewhere yeah yeah Zzz


..,” SUNDAY 31st AUGUST “,..

The Urban Green Fair

Brockwell Park, Brixton

An independent green fair for London, powered by solar and wind energy.

The Urban Green Fair highlights the lack of governmental action on climate change, the approach of peak oil and the link to our current economic instability. Using positive and practical examples, we hope to empower people to make simple changes in their ideas and actions on urban energy use. During the festival we hope to encourage two thousand households to switch to a renewable electricity supplier.



“Música Mestiza. Documentary films. Latin Culture”
Thursday 4th September

Films upstairs from 7pm including

Los Paraguayos by Marcelo Martinessi (Brazil – Paraguay, 2006)
‘Los Paragauyos’ takes us on an audiovisual journey showing us the Guarani nation and contemporary Paraguay: historians, anthropologists, writers and artists’ attempt to untie the knots of a reality full of contrasts.

Ahendu nde sapukai (Oigo tu grito) by Pablo Lamar (Argentina – Paraguay, 2008)
This film by up and coming Paraguayan director Pablo Lamar, is a must see for those interested in contemporary Latin American short film, received much praise in Cannes film festival earlier this year.

+ A film on the effects of Soy Expansion in Paraguay

+ Special guest speakers and other short film presentations

Music Downstairs

All the freshest old school and contemporary dancefloor Latin beats with Movimientos DJs Cal Jader, Pablo N, Clem George, live percussion & special guests

Entry: Donations before 9pm / £3 after

at the Salmon and Compass, 58 Penton Street (Corner of Chapel Market), N1 9PZ (Angel tube/Northern Line)

zxZ Other stuff Xzx


-== Save the Common Place – Leeds’ autonomous, radical social centre.

Leeds City Council has revoked the Common Place’s Club Premises Certificate, which up till now allowed it to operate as a private members club and be independent, self-financed, supporting cultural and political activities.

Sign the petition to save The Common Place

-== Carnival Against Vivisection

Unite and fight for the animals – 6th Sept – Sequani Labs – Ledbury, Herefordshire UK

In solidarity with Sean Kirtley, who was imprisoned by the state for supposedly organising legal demonstrations against Sequani’s vivisection laboratories, activists will be making a stand for the animals with a march and rally against Sequani labs on September 6th in Ledbury, Herefordshire.

Since campaigning against vivisection labs has been criminalised under Section 145 of the SOCPA legislation, such as operating a website critical of a company like Sean did, the event has been organised without organisers and is not an authorised event.

Detailed information at

-== Wish Wish list

LCD computer monitors

cos we’re going low energy like

Thanks for reading


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