Sunday, 17 February 2019

Sunday Supplement at Howie's Corner

New Look Howie's Corner!

First of all a quick note to readers to explain the new look Howie's Corner which whilst remaining a mainly politics orientated blog is diversifying in content which has been happening for a while now. Posts on Music, Nostalgia and other issues will be more frequent from now on.

I will be coordinating some of the campaigns I support across this blog, Facebook and my new Twitter facility though the latter is very much in it's infancy. The first two of these cross social media campaigns will be a build up to the Free Tibet demo in March. The second will lead to the very first International Atheist Day.

Like I said politics will remain at the forefront but having faced my own mortality life is too short and needs to be enjoyed!

So far feedback on the new look has been positive so I hope you choose to dip in occasionally or even subscribe!

If old & new British or American comics are your thing please try out my other blog: Howie's World of Comics now daily!



Date for your Diary: Free Tibet March & Demo


Eleanor Byrne-Rosengren (Director Free Tibet) writes:

On the 10th of March 1959, after nearly a decade of repression by the occupying Chinese army, Tibetans in their thousands rose up in protest. They gathered in the streets of their capital Lhasa and surrounded the Potala Palace to protect the Dalai Lama, who they feared was in danger of assassination.



The protests were followed by a brutal crackdown, both in the city and across Tibet, claiming tens of thousands of lives. The Dalai Lama was also forced to flee into exile, where he has remained ever since.

Since then, the tragedy and the defiance of the Tibetan 1959 Uprising has been marked with events around the world every March 10th.














10th of March Tibetan Uprising Day - London

Public
 · Hosted by Free Tibet

New Music from Avril Lavigne


The new Album, Head Above Water from Avril Lavigne has now been released and certainly hits the mark as far as the two tracks I've heard thus far. I've been a fan of hers since she first appeared on the scene having purchased several CD's though have chosen to order a vinyl edition of this album.

So to end this post for the day here's a live version of her lead song from the Album:



Website: avrillavigne.com

Saturday, 16 February 2019

2019: The return of British comics?



Last year the publishers of Britain's sole remaining weekly adventure comic 2000AD purchased the right to a huge catalogue of old British comics and character rights. Prior to this Rebellion had already made some purchases allowing it to publish a Scream & Misty Halloween Special that was commercially successful enough to spawn another last year.

 

Scream was a boys horror comic that lasted a mere 14 issues in 1984 but was fondly remembered by fans from the eighties and two of it's strips subsequently appeared in the pages of the second volume of Eagle itself home to Dan Dare!

Misty was a girls horror comic that ran for 101 issues from 1978 to 1980 and  and was well received by some boys as well. Not that one admitted it in those days. 

Rebellion have so far published three volumes of stories from Misty and are now well into a programme of reprinting material in their Treasury of British Comics series.

The Leopard from Lime Street - Book 1 Monster Charley's War Volume 01

Over the coming year there are going to be no less than seven specials on sale in major newsagents around the UK.   Cor!! & Buster Special, 2000 AD Regened, 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special, Tammy & Jinty Special, The Vigilant, Roy of the Rovers 65th Anniversary Special, and Scream & Misty Presents The Thirteenth Floor. Plus a 2000 AD Villains Takeover Special though this one will be in the US comics format.

 

All these specials will contain all-new material. Buster and Cor! were among my favourites back in the sixties and seventies and like many of my generation hold a special place in my memories. There were lots of other comics such as Lion, Valiant, Victor and the Hotspur!

 

The latter two reminding me that there is one other publisher still going out there. DC Thomson, a Scottish firm who produce The Beano and those little pocket book comics Commando! You'll find those in most main newsagents. Perhaps the British DC will be persuaded to utilise their enormous back catalogue for this growing market.

2000 AD Prog 2118  Judge Dredd Megazine 404

The latest issues of the weekly 2000AD and it's companion Judge Dredd Megazine are on sale now.

For further info go to: 2000ad.com

 

Further info: www.commandocomics.com

For regular coverage of both British and American comics both old and new please try my other blog: Howie's World of Comics

Friday, 15 February 2019

New Music: Whitesnake!



Whitesnake led by former Deep Purple vocalist David Coverdale have announced they are releasing their first all-new material album since Forevermore back in 2011.

Flesh & Blood, a 2 CD/LP set will be released on Friday May 10th

This is the new single Shut Up and Kiss Me. Enjoy



Official Website: fleshandblood.whitesnake.com

Thursday, 14 February 2019

It's Friday, It's Crackerjack! On it's way back?

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Photo: By Source, Fair use

There were several programmes that we all used to sit down and watch as a family at tea time. Blue Peter, Doctor Who, a now unmentionable programme with a disgraced artist and Crackerjack! Those were very different days with just three channels and children's TV being broadcast after school, no internet and the height of technology for us children was Scalectric or Triang trains.

Of course these days children have their own channel's. CBBC and CITV being the main ones (I only have access to Freeview) provide similar programming, though only the anniversary edition of Blue Peter found me tuning in to see ll the memories of my pasr childhood.

Now it seems Carackerjack is to be revived, though the hosts of yesteryear like Leslie Crowther, Peter Glaze and Stewpot are all long gone.

Whether it will have the appeal of the past remains to be seen. As much as I would like a Crackerjack pencil would the kids of today?

Will they really still give cabbages as booby prizes?

I might tune in to see what they have done with one of my old childhood favourites.

Here's a clip which combines two of our favourite shows kids!

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Act Now! Free Iranian Trade Unionists!

Cross-Post from the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations (IUF)


Image: IUF

UK and international trade unions joined Amnesty International UK for a demonstration at the Iranian embassy in London on January 29 to demand freedom for two imprisoned labour rights activists. Esmail Bakhshi, who works at the Haft Tapeh sugar complex in Shush, and Sepideh Gholian were arrested in November after having taken part in protests to demand payment of wage arrears owed the Haft Tapeh workers over many months.

After being released on bail in December, both publicly denounced their severe physical and psychological abuse at the hands of security police and ministry of intelligence officials. The two were arrested again on January 20, one day after their alleged "confessions" to having conspired against national security were broadcast on state television, confessions which they have stated were obtained under duress.

Retired Haft Tapeh worker Ali Nejati, who has served time in prison for his militant activism, was also arrested in November and has been similarly charged with conspiring with groups abroad to undermine national security.

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Image: Fair use

On January 24, the IUF wrote the Iranian government to demand their unconditional release and respect for the right of the Haft Tapeh workers to choose their workplace representatives free of management and government interference, reminding the regime that "If the Haft Tapeh workers have, over many years now, been compelled to hold strikes and protests to demand their wages and effective representation at the workplace, and if their struggle has attracted attention at home and abroad, it has nothing to do with political machinations in Iran or outside the country. It is entirely due to the fact that the workers and their families are chronically hungry and that management and the political authorities consistently violate their access to fundamental rights. Workers have, again, not received their wages in recent months and the many contract workers at Haft Tapeh suffer severe discrimination in the terms and conditions of their employment and chronic insecurity."

CLICK HERE to sign the Amnesty International petition.

The repression continues. On January 29, long-time worker rights defenders Parvin Mohammadi and Jafar Azimzadeh of the Free Trade Union of Iranian Workers were arrested when security agents stormed their homes and confiscated their laptops and personal belongings. Mohammadi, a former metal worker, had published an open letter condemning the arrests of striking metal workers in Ahvaz demanding payment of wage and social security arrears. Azimzadeh has been repeatedly jailed and in 2016 conducted a 63-day hunger strike to gain release from a 6-year prison sentence for crimes against 'national security'.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Why we defended Rushdie and why it is still important today: 30 Years After”


Public Meeting

Conway Hall

14 February, 18:30-21:00, 

Speakers:

  • Centre for Secular Space Founder Gita Sahgal,
  • CEMB Spokesperson Maryam Namazie, 
  • English PEN Chair Maureen Freely, 
  • Southall Black Sisters Director Pragna Patel,
  • Writer Salil Tripathi


On this Valentine’s Day, the 30th anniversary of the fatwa against Salman Rushdie, join Feminist Dissent to defend the right to apostasy, to love, to flee persecution and seek asylum/Oppose blasphemy laws, the threat to free speech and the deportation of apostates. 

With food and drinks.


Get free tickets here. Even though tickets are free, those who wish to attend must get a ticket to be given entry into event.

Monday, 11 February 2019

Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft

Since I've been to the hospital to have a vacuum dressing fitted (which is pretty cool technology) and I'm now suffering from the onset of a cold, I've abandoned the idea of writing a blog tonight in favour of an early night.

However as I head off to count sheep in an attempt to get at least some sleep here's a song that most of you will have heard by The Carpenters. Their version with Karen's voice is terrific but this is the equally superb original by Klaatu a Canadian group. No prizes for guessing the origin of their name. A sci-fi classic.

This song was written by Terry Draper & John Woloschuk released in 1977. The Carpenters followed a year later.

Still that's the background this is their song: