Posted by: nickwardscenarios | August 29, 2015

The Swamp Brothers at The Six Bells tomorrow from 6pm

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The Swamp Brothers, Gene Thunderbolt and myself will be performing at The Six Bells on Sunday…kicking off around six pm…this will be our first five-set gig Eileen O’Brien so keep the beer taps flowing!

Posted by: nickwardscenarios | August 25, 2015

Obama speaks of ‘renewables revolution’

Obama’s message on renewables ‘revolution’, the heartening news that Americans are turning to renewables to keep their bills down hardly got a mention on pro-toxic fracking Today BBC Radio 4 this morning. As the Labour Party vetting of new members is worthy of the Nazi Party. What are the Labour Party values that Corbyn does not stand for?

Illegal invasion of Iraq? Bailing out failed banks and rewarding criminal finance sector? The death of Higher Education, humanities? The atom bomb? Toxic fracking? Nuclear power, a curse on future generations because there is no long-term solution for nuclear waste storage? Support for the arms trade?


Corbyn for Leader!

Posted by: nickwardscenarios | August 9, 2015

music-making in Cambridge today…home sweet home

With Gene Thunderbolt at The Six Bells in Cambridge. We have been The Swamp Brothers since 2008.

With Gene Thunderbolt at The Six Bells in Cambridge. The Swamp Brothers since 2008.

Banjo Nick

Plenty of music-making coming up today. I’ll be busking with local fiddlerFaradena Afifi from 11 am in Lion Yard outside Boots… and at 5pm I’ll be with Swamp Brother Gene Thunderbolt at the Six Bells open mic. New take on JJ Cale’s Sensitive Kind on the cards if I can get the lyrics learned! Slowhand blues from Mr Thunderbolt!
Posted by: nickwardscenarios | August 7, 2015

Banjo Nick Ramblings starts here!

My first photo uploaded outside my local pub The Milton Arms Hungry Horse in Cambridge...been trying unsuccessfully for a couple of days to add a photo to Banjo Nick Ramblings text of two days ago. This is a photo diary!

My first photo uploaded outside my local pub The Milton Arms Hungry Horse in Cambridge…been trying unsuccessfully for a couple of days to add a photo to Banjo Nick Ramblings text of two days ago. This is a photo diary!

Facebook is where I have been posting my photo diary since moving away from excellent Blogpress as a regular routine a couple of years ago. However three times in this Spring and Summer I have fallen foul of Facebook’s illogical and unethical policy of removing my fb profiles on the dodgy grounds that Banjo Nick is not the name I am ‘known by’. My first response to having all of my copyright photos, diary entries and exchanges removed without any just cause was simply to call myself Banjo Nick Ward and then Nick Ward (Banjo Nick) on Facebook, but not happily. Nick Ward was the name I used ( Nicholas Jonathon Ward was name my parents gave me) when I worked as a playwright-director, which I stopped doing in 1997 following my production of The Cenci at The Almeida Theatre…a music-theatre piece for Almeida Opera. The break with the professional London theatre was not without trauma but Banjo Nick is the result. And these days I am happy to be a travelling troubadour busking and gigging my way from place to place on my bike. Theatre-making at its purest. Unsubsidised and unmediated. Facebook has proved a wonderful medium for connecting with like-minded environmental activists and musicians, artists…and many others who share my mission to keep the rivers clean and challenge polluters to justify their insane investments in filthy fossil fuels and the arms trade which subsidises it to the tune of trillions. Banjo Nick as a Facebook entity has been restored today, and that pleases me, but for how long? Only unknown FB admins can answer that question so from today I’m back here on this site, formerly Nick Ward Scenarios…and I will post links to my FB profile Banjo Nick in the hope that it remains. Hats off to WordPress. Despite some fiercely anti-polluter postings over the years I was never censored.

Posted by: nickwardscenarios | June 23, 2015

Australia House Peaceful Vigil Friday 26 June starting 12noon

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Expand racking facilities at right angle to existing CUBC Boathouse adjacent to King’s Ely Boathouse. Uncovered.

Negotiate doubling length of landing stage and removal of large boat currently moored downstream of existing facility.

Abandon any plans to increase non-water training facilities and decrease numbers of Cambridge University rowers making journey to Ely. Increase use of College and CUBC water and land-training facilities in Cambridge. Ely should be a facility reserved for rowers who have a serious chance of winning their respective races against Oxford.

I will forward this short message to various Cambridge University College boatmen known to me in the interests of strengthening College and University rowing after a year of comprehensive defeat by Oxford.

Safety on River. Note

Boat-dwelling friends on short, 48 hour, moorings have been frequently endangered by selfish Cambridge University coaches who refuse to cut speed when passing moored boats, particularly in the vicinity of Queen Adelaide.

I ask these coaches to imagine being struck by an illegal wash while cooking with oil on a portable stove.

Sent by email to President, Cambridge University Boat Club; Evan Pearson of Project Ely; Stuart Laing, Master Corpus Christi College Cambridge; Gerry Cronin, Ely Police.
Posted by: nickwardscenarios | March 21, 2015

Troubadour

Troubadour.

Posted by: nickwardscenarios | March 15, 2015

Marathon Sculling Log 2

Originally posted on Banjo Nick Ramblings:

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Kiwi boat-movers

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The Four-Stroke Cycle

Via e-mail to the Official Sir Steve Redgrave Website (that doesn’t mean Sir Steve Redgrave has read it!); The President, Cambridge University Boat Club; and Laurie Anderson, The West Australian Sculling Academy (where I was apprenticed between 2001 and 2005).

9/02/2011

the crew should simply agree upon a mantra covering four strokes (that is the ideal number because 4 objects can be visualised easily even by ‘non-visualisers’)… that’s all. The boat will go faster because the mental energies of individual rowers will combine… nothing more sophisticated than that (unless you really want to engage me with my ideal ‘correct livelihood!’) – they just have to agree on a ‘mantra’ – any language – any meaning – the boat will go faster.

Cheers – enjoy the Tideway.

Nick Ward

I recommend this yoga site for convincing explanations of why mantra-mediation generates power and endurance:  http://www.wildmind.org/mantras/figures/padmasambhava and…

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