Support these foolish people

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I don’t often ask much of my friends. I’m fairly low maintenance really. Stand your round and putting up with my being a tosser from time to time is normally as hard as it gets. So when I do ask for something, I really hope you realise it’s worth paying attention to. Especially when I’m asking for someone else…

I would really love it if you could support (financially and emotionally and by sharing this video) my good friend Sam, who this weekend is part of a team of six doing The Three Peaks Challenge in aid of The Stable Family Home Trust*. The challenge is to climb the three highest peaks in each of the UK countries in a 24 hour period. This will kick off at 10pm on Saturday at Ben Nevis, before tackling Scafell Pike and finishing at Snowdon.

Shitty UK weather for 15/6/13

To make things harder, the weekend they’ve picked looks like the kind of weather that has sane people inside with a log fire, not climbing a mountain in pissing down rain in the middle of the night.

Quite frankly, there is not enough Kendal Mint Cake in the world to make me do what they’re doing!

Every penny raised will go direct to the service users of the charity. The entire cost of the challenge has been covered by generous local businesses. The charity will not use any funds raised for administrative costs; these donations will be ringfenced to enable the charity to enrich the quality of life and lifestyle of the people the charity cares for.

A talented friend of the charity has made this amazing video to spur them on. I loved it – it’s very very clever and well executed. Please do go watch it and then donate!

3 Peaks Challenge SFHT team

* The Stable Family Home Trust supports people with a learning disability to lead ordinary lives with some extraordinary moments. The charity provides a range of support services including residential care, day services and domiciliary support and a wealth of opportunities and activities for individuals. They believe that anyone can do and achieve anything as long as they have the right support.

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Anarchaoke

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Over the weekend, in a pub with Giles, we decided to take traditional karaoke to the next level, with the politically charged anarchaoke.

This is a singing format where a lot of people choose to gather in an area and perform a direct action of singing pop tunes badly. The selection of singer and song are completely random, due to a rejection of the patriarchy of organised karaoke rules. The singer can then elect to abide by the traditional lyrics of a song or show their autonomy by singing whatever the hell they want. Mutual aid and cooperation can be demonstrated by other people choosing to join in if they desire.

There is no censorship of lyrics or coercion to take part if you don’t want to. Association is voluntary and there will be no fee for taking part because that would be capitalist.

There is an anthem for the anarchycokey. The lyrics don’t scan to the traditional rhythm because damnit, your expectations are just couched in imperialism and don’t allow the required freedom of expression.

We are designing a flag by committee. It is mostly red.

The anarchaoke-cokey.

You put your left wing in
your left wing out
In, out, in, out,
You shake the system up.
You do the anarchaoke through direct action
That’s what it’s all about…

[Chorus]
Woah, the anarchaoke-cokey,
Woah, the anarchaoke-cokey,
Woah, the anarchaoke-cokey,
Liberty, autonomy, ra ra ra!

You put your other left wing in
your other left wing out
In, out, in, out,
Encourage political disorder.
You do the anarchaoke and create lawlessness
That’s what it’s all about…

[Chorus]

You put your left leg in
your left leg out
In, out, in, out,
You reject public coercion.
You do the anarchaoke and remove paternalism
That’s what it’s all about…

[Chorus]

You put your other left leg in
your other left leg out
In, out, in, out,
You destroy the rights of rulers.
You do the anarchaoke and oppose authority
That’s what it’s all about…

All together now
[Chorus]

You put your whole self in
your whole self out
In, out, in, ooh, out, ooh
You cause a civil war.
You do the anarchaoke and have law and freedom without force
That’s what it’s all about…

Wait for it

[Chorus]

[Chorus]

And that’s the destruction of publicly enforced government