Oil in the Water

It is hard to know just how to express the degree of Shell’s nastiness, but one might start with a three-part harmony at the South Bank’s Royal Festival Hall. The other option, for me anyway, is to weep alone in my bedroom over a cheap bottle of rum. Anyway, the critics loved it: ‘This evening’s concert… Read more »

We’re going Shell

The Shell Classic International season began with Orchestra Mozart at the beginning of October, and Shell Out Sounds swung into action to bring a little more nuance to the corporation’s PR campaign (with Rev Nemu singing bass). Concert-goers taking their interval drinks in Festival Hall Bar were greeted by an upbeat chorus, snapping fingers as… Read more »

Rev Billy

A visiting pastor came to London to preach in and about HSBC. Just outside the bank there was a moment of high serendipity as a genuine reverend wearing a genuine dog collar met Rev Billy. He was a Christianity Uncut activist, on the way to a monastic retreat in France, and joined us for our… Read more »

SOS strikes again

Shell Out Sounds is a conscious community choir taking on Shell sponsorship of the arts. This video of our latest harmonic intervention explains why we do it. Special thanks to our cameraman Rikki, whose other work can be seen here.

Clean up the City

It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it: (Thanks to Kevin for the video edit)

Shell Out Sounds

Some people don’t need an excuse to dress up and make a noise but I do, and whilst Occupy was booming I had mine. What contentment, what deep happiness attends stumbling down the street, clothes torn and eye hanging out, smearing blood on bank windows! What earthly joy approaches that of standing on the steps… Read more »

Meek?

Why would King James, famous for his anti-democratic machinations, his shameless financial extravagance and his costly military misadventure, want the following in the Bible?:

“The meek shall inherit the earth”

This is spin that would make Peter Mandelson blush. “Inherit” implies a delay, even a patient wait for something to pass naturally. Strong’s definitive biblical dictionary, however, also translates yarash as “occupy”, and the primary three meanings listed are seize, dispossess, and take possession of. “Meek” is equally misleading. The Hebrew anav is used to describe Moses (not mouses), but Moses

Censored Scripture

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This talk, given at the Anarchist Studies Network Conference at Loughborough Uni, considers how The Bible was censored, through dishonest translation, to make believers into pushovers.

Examples include:

“The meek shall inherit the earth”
“Ye resist not evil”
“Turn the other cheek”

The effect of the KJV on the Western mindset is impossible to overstate.

My thanks to all the delegates and organisers

Bastards

Another few hours well spent… tomorrow I topple the state.

OT interview

Some nice Spanish revolutionaries sprung an interview on me at a den of subversion in Whitechapel the other day, in a break in between lugging papers around London. We talked about The Occupied Times, the Olympics, and secular matters in general (which was just as well, as they caught me without my dog collar).

Anarchy Inside

(Also published in The Occupied Times of London) “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” – (Jdg 21:25) The School of Ideas returns to dust, and our tents to ashes or landfill, but the seeds of resistance have been planted in the… Read more »