cropped shilling head

The Nick Ward Solo Show at the Cambridge Art Salon has been reserved from sale for one fake silver shilling dated 1562 from an anonymous benefactor. An extraordinary, mysterious – and quite beautiful turn of events.

shil tail

shil gard

16/6/13 Bloomsday

recent Facebook exchanges:

you’re still a year or so older than me, Maestro. Respect.
Richard Heacock 11 June 17:36
thanks for the birthday greetings, Banjo! Yes, I’m afraid I always will be a year older than you – that’s the way it works 

Banjo Nick

google-trawl of the day search-term ‘edward snowden double agent’

You will be caught: US attorney warns Edward Snowden 

2 days ago – The spoon-bender’s secret life as a Mossad and the CIA agent  Edward Snowden: ‘I will stay in Hong Kong and resist US extradition attempts’ 



Mike Scialom from the Cambridge News with my early seventies Martin Uke, yesterday – not a regular smoker he hastens to add!

Is Edward Snowden the puppet of an American President who has no real authority – is Edward Snowden an actor? That’s the kind of question a playwright might ask. The idea popped up in a conversation with excellent Cambridge News arts journalist, Mike Scialom, pictured here in my bee-friendly vegetable garden during an interview to promote my solo show at the Cambridge Art Salon opening 21 June. Who increased drone use? Does GM farming kill bees or simply represent an investment in world without pollinators – if so is also a death-wish investment? Will fracking poison our groundwater? What are the long-term  projections for that? Who is responsible, who is liable, for Fukishima-contaminated fish caught far from Japanese waters? Who is liable for the unsolved nuclear waste issue? The British Government still has some cleaning up to do in South Australia, for example. I spoke to some of the survivors (who were deemed non-existent at the time of the vast detonations).

We covered plenty of ground – theatre-cinema – marathon sculling on natural waterways as televsion sport – illegal horse meat – illegal endemic parliamentary lobbying – Israel’s undeclared nuclear, chemical and biological weapons capabilty – why do humanist peace makers function more effectively than those with a religious affiliation? – etc etc  wonder what will make it into the paper. There is no-one I would have preferred to be interviewed by. Mike was in Afghanistan in the the late seventies!

He took a mask-photo of me with my abundant roses as a backdrop with suggested title: ‘Ukelele Jo sporting the face of Kali’. Arty or what?

Para below added 14/6/13

We also shared admiration for Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan’s miraculous phrasing – the way he’ll chop out a syllable without you knowing he’s done it… Chompsky; memories of the Corpus Christi College Playroom 1981-84 — our discussion was wide ranging yet seemed unhurried – there was time to tell the story of the long-lost uke and dad’s bringing it to me with the words ‘is this any good to you?’; time to admire the roses; to discuss art-theraputic approaches to mental healkth condiotions in the bi-polar spectrum; we discussed pricing policy for the Cambridge Art salon Show – and artist-led production model – residencies


This from The Guardian is a great piece of journalism. Edward Snowden is the brave young man of the moment – articulate. Just the kind of guy one might imagine the young Obama might have admired.

Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations

The 29-year-old source behind the biggest intelligence leak in the NSA’s history explains his motives, his uncertain future and why he never intended on hiding in the shadows

Q&A with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: ‘I do not expect to see home again’

Link to video: NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: ‘I don’t want to live in a society that does these sort of things’ The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, including Booz Allen and Dell.

The Guardian, after several days of interviews, is revealing his identity at his request. From the moment he decided to disclose numerous top-secret documents to the public, he was determined not to opt for the protection of anonymity. “I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong,” he said.

Snowden will go down in history as one of America’s most consequential whistleblowers, alongside Daniel Ellsberg and Bradley Manning. He is responsible for handing over material from one of the world’s most secretive organisations – the NSA.

In a note accompanying the first set of documents he provided, he wrote: “I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions,” but “I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant.”

Despite his determination to be publicly unveiled, he repeatedly insisted that he wants to avoid the media spotlight. “I don’t want public attention because I don’t want the story to be about me. I want it to be about what the US government is doing.”

He does not fear the consequences of going public, he said, only that doing so will distract attention from the issues raised by his disclosures. “I know the media likes to personalise political debates, and I know the government will demonise me.”

Despite these fears, he remained hopeful his outing will not divert attention from the substance of his disclosures. “I really want the focus to be on these documents and the debate which I hope this will trigger among citizens around the globe about what kind of world we want to live in.” He added: “My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them.”

He has had “a very comfortable life” that included a salary of roughly $200,000, a girlfriend with whom he shared a home in Hawaii, a stable career, and a family he loves. “I’m willing to sacrifice all of that because I can’t in good conscience allow the US government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building.”

‘I am not afraid, because this is the choice I’ve made’

Three weeks ago, Snowden made final preparations that resulted in last week’s series of blockbuster news stories. At the NSA office in Hawaii where he was working, he copied the last set of documents he intended to disclose.

He then advised his NSA supervisor that he needed to be away from work for “a couple of weeks” in order to receive treatment for epilepsy, a condition he learned he suffers from after a series of seizures last year.

As he packed his bags, he told his girlfriend that he had to be away for a few weeks, though he said he was vague about the reason. “That is not an uncommon occurrence for someone who has spent the last decade working in the intelligence world.”

On May 20, he boarded a flight to Hong Kong, where he has remained ever since. He chose the city because “they have a spirited commitment to free speech and the right of political dissent”, and because he believed that it was one of the few places in the world that both could and would resist the dictates of the US government.

In the three weeks since he arrived, he has been ensconced in a hotel room. “I’ve left the room maybe a total of three times during my entire stay,” he said. It is a plush hotel and, what with eating meals in his room too, he has run up big bills.

He is deeply worried about being spied on. He lines the door of his hotel room with pillows to prevent eavesdropping. He puts a large red hood over his head and laptop when entering his passwords to prevent any hidden cameras from detecting them.

Though that may sound like paranoia to some, Snowden has good reason for such fears. He worked in the US intelligence world for almost a decade. He knows that the biggest and most secretive surveillance organisation in America, the NSA, along with the most powerful government on the planet, is looking for him.

Since the disclosures began to emerge, he has watched television and monitored the internet, hearing all the threats and vows of prosecution emanating from Washington.

And he knows only too well the sophisticated technology available to them and how easy it will be for them to find him. The NSA police and other law enforcement officers have twice visited his home in Hawaii and already contacted his girlfriend, though he believes that may have been prompted by his absence from work, and not because of suspicions of any connection to the leaks.

“All my options are bad,” he said. The US could begin extradition proceedings against him, a potentially problematic, lengthy and unpredictable course for Washington. Or the Chinese government might whisk him away for questioning, viewing him as a useful source of information. Or he might end up being grabbed and bundled into a plane bound for US territory.

“Yes, I could be rendered by the CIA. I could have people come after me. Or any of the third-party partners. They work closely with a number of other nations. Or they could pay off the Triads. Any of their agents or assets,” he said.

“We have got a CIA station just up the road – the consulate here in Hong Kong – and I am sure they are going to be busy for the next week. And that is a concern I will live with for the rest of my life, however long that happens to be.”

Having watched the Obama administration prosecute whistleblowers at a historically unprecedented rate, he fully expects the US government to attempt to use all its weight to punish him. “I am not afraid,” he said calmly, “because this is the choice I’ve made.”

He predicts the government will launch an investigation and “say I have broken the Espionage Act and helped our enemies, but that can be used against anyone who points out how massive and invasive the system has become”.

The only time he became emotional during the many hours of interviews was when he pondered the impact his choices would have on his family, many of whom work for the US government. “The only thing I fear is the harmful effects on my family, who I won’t be able to help any more. That’s what keeps me up at night,” he said, his eyes welling up with tears.

‘You can’t wait around for someone else to act’

Snowden did not always believe the US government posed a threat to his political values. He was brought up originally in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. His family moved later to Maryland, near the NSA headquarters in Fort Meade.

By his own admission, he was not a stellar student. In order to get the credits necessary to obtain a high school diploma, he attended a community college in Maryland, studying computing, but never completed the coursework. (He later obtained his GED.)

In 2003, he enlisted in the US army and began a training program to join the Special Forces. Invoking the same principles that he now cites to justify his leaks, he said: “I wanted to fight in the Iraq war because I felt like I had an obligation as a human being to help free people from oppression”.

He recounted how his beliefs about the war’s purpose were quickly dispelled. “Most of the people training us seemed pumped up about killing Arabs, not helping anyone,” he said. After he broke both his legs in a training accident, he was discharged.

After that, he got his first job in an NSA facility, working as a security guard for one of the agency’s covert facilities at the University of Maryland. From there, he went to the CIA, where he worked on IT security. His understanding of the internet and his talent for computer programming enabled him to rise fairly quickly for someone who lacked even a high school diploma.

By 2007, the CIA stationed him with diplomatic cover in Geneva, Switzerland. His responsibility for maintaining computer network security meant he had clearance to access a wide array of classified documents.

That access, along with the almost three years he spent around CIA officers, led him to begin seriously questioning the rightness of what he saw.

He described as formative an incident in which he claimed CIA operatives were attempting to recruit a Swiss banker to obtain secret banking information. Snowden said they achieved this by purposely getting the banker drunk and encouraging him to drive home in his car. When the banker was arrested for drunk driving, the undercover agent seeking to befriend him offered to help, and a bond was formed that led to successful recruitment.

“Much of what I saw in Geneva really disillusioned me about how my government functions and what its impact is in the world,” he says. “I realised that I was part of something that was doing far more harm than good.”

He said it was during his CIA stint in Geneva that he thought for the first time about exposing government secrets. But, at the time, he chose not to for two reasons.

First, he said: “Most of the secrets the CIA has are about people, not machines and systems, so I didn’t feel comfortable with disclosures that I thought could endanger anyone”. Secondly, the election of Barack Obama in 2008 gave him hope that there would be real reforms, rendering disclosures unnecessary.

He left the CIA in 2009 in order to take his first job working for a private contractor that assigned him to a functioning NSA facility, stationed on a military base in Japan. It was then, he said, that he “watched as Obama advanced the very policies that I thought would be reined in”, and as a result, “I got hardened.”

The primary lesson from this experience was that “you can’t wait around for someone else to act. I had been looking for leaders, but I realised that leadership is about being the first to act.”

Over the next three years, he learned just how all-consuming the NSA’s surveillance activities were, claiming “they are intent on making every conversation and every form of behaviour in the world known to them”.

He described how he once viewed the internet as “the most important invention in all of human history”. As an adolescent, he spent days at a time “speaking to people with all sorts of views that I would never have encountered on my own”.

But he believed that the value of the internet, along with basic privacy, is being rapidly destroyed by ubiquitous surveillance. “I don’t see myself as a hero,” he said, “because what I’m doing is self-interested: I don’t want to live in a world where there’s no privacy and therefore no room for intellectual exploration and creativity.”

Once he reached the conclusion that the NSA’s surveillance net would soon be irrevocable, he said it was just a matter of time before he chose to act. “What they’re doing” poses “an existential threat to democracy”, he said.

A matter of principle

As strong as those beliefs are, there still remains the question: why did he do it? Giving up his freedom and a privileged lifestyle? “There are more important things than money. If I were motivated by money, I could have sold these documents to any number of countries and gotten very rich.”

For him, it is a matter of principle. “The government has granted itself power it is not entitled to. There is no public oversight. The result is people like myself have the latitude to go further than they are allowed to,” he said.

His allegiance to internet freedom is reflected in the stickers on his laptop: “I support Online Rights: Electronic Frontier Foundation,” reads one. Another hails the online organisation offering anonymity, the Tor Project.

Asked by reporters to establish his authenticity to ensure he is not some fantasist, he laid bare, without hesitation, his personal details, from his social security number to his CIA ID and his expired diplomatic passport. There is no shiftiness. Ask him about anything in his personal life and he will answer.

He is quiet, smart, easy-going and self-effacing. A master on computers, he seemed happiest when talking about the technical side of surveillance, at a level of detail comprehensible probably only to fellow communication specialists. But he showed intense passion when talking about the value of privacy and how he felt it was being steadily eroded by the behaviour of the intelligence services.

His manner was calm and relaxed but he has been understandably twitchy since he went into hiding, waiting for the knock on the hotel door. A fire alarm goes off. “That has not happened before,” he said, betraying anxiety wondering if was real, a test or a CIA ploy to get him out onto the street.

Strewn about the side of his bed are his suitcase, a plate with the remains of room-service breakfast, and a copy of Angler, the biography of former vice-president Dick Cheney.

Ever since last week’s news stories began to appear in the Guardian, Snowden has vigilantly watched TV and read the internet to see the effects of his choices. He seemed satisfied that the debate he longed to provoke was finally taking place.

He lay, propped up against pillows, watching CNN’s Wolf Blitzer ask a discussion panel about government intrusion if they had any idea who the leaker was. From 8,000 miles away, the leaker looked on impassively, not even indulging in a wry smile.

Snowden said that he admires both Ellsberg and Manning, but argues that there is one important distinction between himself and the army private, whose trial coincidentally began the week Snowden’s leaks began to make news.

“I carefully evaluated every single document I disclosed to ensure that each was legitimately in the public interest,” he said. “There are all sorts of documents that would have made a big impact that I didn’t turn over, because harming people isn’t my goal. Transparency is.”

He purposely chose, he said, to give the documents to journalists whose judgment he trusted about what should be public and what should remain concealed.

As for his future, he is vague. He hoped the publicity the leaks have generated will offer him some protection, making it “harder for them to get dirty”.

He views his best hope as the possibility of asylum, with Iceland – with its reputation of a champion of internet freedom – at the top of his list. He knows that may prove a wish unfulfilled.

But after the intense political controversy he has already created with just the first week’s haul of stories, “I feel satisfied that this was all worth it. I have no regrets.”

Hague statement: ‘Law-abiding citizens have nothing to fear’ from non-law-abiding MPs and a GCHQ leadership which is an international disgrace?


Facebook exchange with Emma

  • Holden Cook

    hey darling. I’ve just noticed that I’ve been missing

    After your exhibition we should schedule to meet every Friday afternoon or something, to start writing something together?

    working title: On Stage Flack Ups

    theatre only performance

  • Today
  • Banjo Nick

    maybe — we can start a process anyway – can we make our own theatre? Or just come along during the week of the show at Cam Art Salon for initial character-story work – I was never a collaborative playwright-director when it came to the writing although collaborative theatre writing can work for others



I’ve been thinking about Margaret Tudor

Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby – Wikipedia

the so-called ‘Snoopers’ Charter’ is a Skinnerism, Julian – red rag to the Cameron bull. The point is inadmissible evidence not justified investigation. Regarding the  serious wrong turn represented by the heavily lobbied Energy Bill I heed Caroline’s call to direct action in the face of the combined conflicted interests of the Labour Party and the Coalition – and with the German model (with its incentives towards renewable local self-sufficiency) leading the way. Direct action it will be. Glenda Jackson was perfectly enraged with her ‘pouring oil on fire’ ref Syria. So it was a wonderful lift to the spirits to hear about the work Prince Charles is doing to reclaim meadowlands. His hardy representative on this morning’s BBC R4 ‘Today’ shocked me with the statistic that 97% of our meadows have been lost since the 1930s. I can’t busk this so I’ll keep it short: again my green-mind is forseeing a connection here, Joan, with your 25 year campaign to change he way children understand and enjoy home-grown food… but first the children might need to be informed of the percentage of UK-trained race-horses that end up in our supermarkets via retirement to the knacker’s yard.

Posted by: nickwardscenarios | March 9, 2013 (edit)

Happy Day Ma’am


Happy Day, Ma’am

IMAG0074 roses for your Royal HighnessIMAG0066IMAG0068IMAG0075

I’ve been thinking about Margaret Tudor.

Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby – Wikipedia


Margaret Beaufort (Br [ˈbɛʊfɨt]), Countess of Richmond and Derby (31 May 1443 or 1441 – 29 June 1509) was the mother of King Henry VII and paternal

emailed this to Kirsten, Ruthie and Wendy at the Cambridge Art Salon regarding prepartions for the show opening on 21 June: made a note this morning: cracked it: hang them at random or in eye pattern

could be an interesting effect to break the pictures up this way – and it would serve to set off the single A4 paintings to advantage – perhaps I’ll even be prepared to sell them in bits – thinking about it

still no rowing machine?

I have a good feeling about the ‘event’ side of it: great chance to listen to all sorts of dialogues

thanks for your work promoting



in the garden:




A Donald Howarth season comprising Sugar in the Morning; A Lilly in Little India; Three Months Gone; ‘Donald’s Second Play’ (?) is a project I am more than willing to undertake.

A ‘Production Without a Theatre’

I’ll mail it to him today.

My hat is off to Zac regarding his exemplary ‘Recall’ motion, brilliantly timed. I have zero sympathy for Parliamentary lobbying for personal gain.

Donald Howarth

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Donald Howarth (born 5 November 1931) is a playwright and theatre director. After training at Esme Church‘s Northern Theatre School in Bradford, he worked in various repertory theatres around England before writing his first play, Sugar in the Morning, which was selected by George Devine for performance at the Royal Court Theatre in 1959. Ian McKellen‘s first starring role in London’s West End was in Howarth’s third play, A Lily in Little India, and his fourth play, Three Months Gone starred Diana Dors.


Personal life

He enjoyed a nearly fifty-year relationship with American LSE academic George Goetschuis and entered into a civil partnership with him in February 2006 shortly after their introduction in the UK. Goetschuis died in October 2006 at the age of 83. They lived for most of their life together in George Devine’s old Thameside house in London, theatre director Peter Gill sharing part of the property for many years. Donald Howarth is mentioned in the diary of Joe Orton when Orton visited Peter Gill.

Donald Howarth now splits his time between London and a countryside property in Wales, in the garden of which George Goetschuis is buried.

External links

Doollee Playwrights Database – Donald Howarth entry [1]


  • Devine, Harriet (2006). Being George Devine’s Daughter. Barkus Books. ISBN 0-9546136-1-9.

Devine, Harriet (2006). Looking Back: Playwrights at the Royal Court, 1956-2006. London: Faber and Faber. ISBN 978-0571230136.

— On Thu, 30/5/13, Nick Ward  wrote:

From: Nick Ward
Subject: Fw: George Devine feedback
Date: Thursday, 30 May, 2013, 14:17

— On Thu, 30/5/13, Nick Ward wrote:

From: Nick Ward
Subject: George Devine feedback
Date: Thursday, 30 May, 2013, 10:55

Dear Harriet
I was surprised and disappointed to hear that The Royal Court have not been as welcoming to the prizegiving in recent years as they used to be. This is not about money. I was delighted to be there this year – the highlight was hearing Lois tell of how she would raise £200 for Productions without Decor (on the understanding that the the wonderfully progressive patron ddn’t have to come) was spell-binding. Donald showed me his letter from 1959 with £100 to help him write his second play (and an extremely inspiring place to live while he wrote it). 54 years later and we are still waiting. The pure filament of Bohemia?
Great to talk properly to Gothard about his fiddle-playing grandfather in Suffolk.
To have given the award to a young writer whose plays are unperformed is a move I welcome. My advive to her was to do something irrelevant with the money like a weekend in Paris or something – once the back-rent is dealt with of course, if she has any.
Best wishes
Nick Ward

— On Thu, 30/5/13, Nick Ward wrote:

From: Nick Ward
Subject: Iraq the BBC view
Date: Thursday, 30 May, 2013, 10:34

Did the word ‘oil’ feature throughout the BBC’s Iraq War documentary on BBC 2, part 1,  last night?
If so I missed it. Can R4 make ammends, John – perhaps a grilling with Patten on his attitude to this startling oversight?
Worth mentioning Thatcher, Neville-Jones, May, when earth-destroying women of power and war are deemed impossible by generalising feminists?— On Wed, 29/5/13, Nick Ward wrote:

From: Nick Ward
Subject: Evan
To: today
Date: Wednesday, 29 May, 2013, 16:24

good work this morning, a ‘conundrum’ indeed

I saw you yesterday in Kensington but thought better of stopping you for an autograph.

the language of peace




Holland Park yesterday



Sylvie sings






Ukelele Joe by Sylvie




on Portobello Rd this morning, photo Michael Woods


Michael, inspirational artist


William Hague’s claim that ‘every weapon that has ever been devised’ is being ‘dropped’ on Syrian by Assad (top BBC story yesterday) is obviously a gross untruth in support of his pitch to keep the huge UK arms trade fueling the killing when we should be sending aid and stopping the sales and supply of arms- and bringing pressure on Russia to do likewise. In the six days since the horrific Woolwich murder (by an operative well known to M15) two BBC interviews stand out: 1.Thursday am  BBC R4 ‘Today’ have ‘oil is our life-blood’ Neville-Jones on speaking of the ‘inspiration’ of the murderer (motivation more apposite?). She stands for war -and has profited greatly from it. 2. The fawning Nick Robinson interviewing Teresa May on the Andrew Marr Show in which he fudged all political logic with talk of the next woman Prime Minister and the need for the Snoopers Charter. Chief Political Editor for a warmongering BBC? The persona he wishes to project?

M15 leadership is a national disgrace.

I’m in the internet cafe opposite the Garrick armed only with my ukelele.

Rather than advocating the sale of yet more lethal weapons the BBC should,at least, be proving itself impartial enough to put the case for peace



photo by Kirsten this afternoon outside FLACK with ‘New Leaf 2012′



Paul took this one of my new didgeridoo made from vacuum cleaner nozzle and laminated cardboard


I could listen to Lady Antonia all day… the ‘excitement of history’?

From: Nick Ward
Subject: production model

Date: Monday, 20 May, 2013, 11:00

KirstenPlease make it clear to FLACK staff that my motivation with the proposed Art Salon show is not primarily personal financial gain – I am simply proposing that artists should be paid for works sold via FLACK (outlets). Our arrangement is currently 70/30 in favour following sale of ‘landscape’ published in May edition.It could be an empty space.Please persuade FLACK staff that undermining this experimental model of theatre-making is not a productive use of the FLACK salary/rental pot – and not good for morale.Has ‘New Leaf’ turned up? Security of art-works is vital.See you laterN




subject line:
No ‘w’ in ‘sloth’, John
today@bbc (and ‘greenwise)
unless you’re Eton-educated I guess.Otherwise this morning’s ‘Today’ with Justin was a treat – the Duke of Wellington’s piano and fun with Bowie. The show flowed – Sarah is not so good at that sometimes!Giles Fraser’s ‘Though for the day’ was a humanistic masterpiece. Can you find a single Lord Bishop to defend voting record of Lord Bishops in Lords as exposed by Frank Field?Caroline’s tabled Green ammendments to Queen’s Speech (below) are irrefutably important, although I would apostrophise ‘austerity’ (just as I would encourage BBC outlets to preface War on Terror with ‘so called’ as policy) Caroline’s ‘further call on your Government to lift the local council borrowing cap and promote council house building‘ is vital – and in addition I continue to press for ‘emergency green housing’.

Frank Field on R4 ‘Sunday’

Sunday, 12 May, 2013 11:59
via email to ‘greenwise’:
I agreed with almost everything Field had to say regarding the shameful failure of Lord Bishops to attend and vote in the Lords at a time of increasing homelessness. If Jesus Christ was alive to day he would curse them for this chronic abuse of their ancient constitutional rights. Slothful time-wasters!

Nick Ward Scenarios | art-theatre overlap


May 1, 2013 – sacred site (Kensington Gardens) « Nick Ward Scenarios. A Speech for the Duchess of Cambridge (4/12/2012). from another time, Ma’am

— On Mon, 13/5/13, LUCAS, Caroline <caroline.lucas.mp@parliament.uk> wrote:

From: LUCAS, Caroline
Date: Monday, 13 May, 2013, 9:40

News bulletin

 This is the news bulletin for Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion and features highlights of her work in Parliament and in the constituency last week.  For more information please visit http://www.carolinelucas.com/

Queen’s Speech

 I tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech this week, which reads as follows:


“but respectfully request that your Government recognise that its programme fails to address either the worsening climate crisis or that austerity is failing; call on your Government to heed warnings that urgent and radical cuts in emissions to prevent global temperatures rises of  4°C or more by the end of the century; urge your Government to recognise that, to fulfil its own commitment to keep warming below 2 degrees, around 80 per cent of known fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground; further call on your Government to end austerity and instead reduce the deficit with an economic programme that prioritises investment in jobs, especially in labour-intensive green sectors to help address the climate crisis, and that pursues a goal of 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050, with policies for rapid deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies; further call on your Government to lift the local council borrowing cap and promote council house building, tackle the cost of public transport starting with bringing our railways back into public ownership, end cuts to welfare and take other steps to build a resilient, stable and green economy.”


During the Prime Minister’s statement on the Queen’s Address I intervened with this question:


Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion) (Green): I was listening out in the Gracious Speech for the words “climate change,” and I almost thought I was listening in vain until I heard that the very last two words of the whole speech were “climate change.” Does the Prime Minister accept that if we are to make serious progress on that issue, it needs to be at the top of the agenda, not at the bottom and, if it were, we could also create hundreds of thousands of jobs in this country?




This morning’s ‘Today’ outing for Boris was irritating for the way John Humphrys allowed the participants to ignore the ‘third’ option which is to invest in national rail infastructure and increase non-London airport capacity – and to recognise that aviation is in decline and that Brits can holiday at home more often in future which is good news for seaside resorts like Brighton and good news for a future less dependent on fossil fuels and war (what a ‘successful’ arms vortex is developing in Syria, taken from the point of view of evil-doing war-mongering arms-traders). An option Julian Huppert put forward last time Boris was pontificating on this dead duck – and which Boris said he had noted.

A disappointing contribution – all we need now is Zac G to wade in.

Israel does not explain its acts of war before during or after and is free to fire airborne missles from Palestine a state it keeps in subjugation and misery. What about friendly allies?

‘transformational kisser 2010′ painting by Nick Ward

On 9 May 2013, at 15:59, Nick Ward a>> wrote:

BBC Radio 4 Today (BBCr4today) on Twitter

BBC News – Stephen Hawking boycotts major Israel conference http://bbc.in/ 12TZaTT

I applaud Professor Hawking for the way he has responded to Palestinian academics in taking this action. The ‘Today’ debate resulted in a very decisive victory for the Palestinian rep, in my opinion.

But why I am wondering, apart from short item, does there appear to be BBC radio silence on Israel’s recent (and unilateral?) acts of war?


Your Liberal performance in the Commons today was excellently delivered. Seeing off the icy-cruel May’s Snoopers’ Charter is good news indeed.

from Julian Huppert by email:

Many thanks!

Julian Huppert
MP for Cambridge


‘During his 11 years of detention Shaker has been tortured by US agents – for example, by having his head repeatedly banged against a wall – and has witnessed the torture of another UK resident.’ (Caroline Lucas news bulletin today)We have no moral authority until Guantanimo Bay is closed – whatever the cost.https://nickwardscenarios.wordpress.com/2009/10/15/dalai-lama-snubbed-by-obama/here’s a background blog for David Cameron following China’s very disturbing threat to wage trade war with the UK following Cameron’s meeting with the Dalai Lama. Now might be the time to make a complex case – and do it publicly.The online Zionist hate-mail posted on Robert Fisk’s short and accurate (Independent) summary of the chaos created by Israel’s missile attacks on ‘weapons facilities’ in Syria are proof that Israel’s case for these acts of war are questionable (based on dodgy intelligence, the call for a ‘coalition of the willing’)… do we know for sure that these weapons were destined for Hesbollah?


May Day


Peter Brook reading his recent Shakespeare pamphlet at a time of his choosing?:

nick ward solo show

provisional times and flyer for Cambridge Art Salon show, photo Kirsten Lavers

How many strings can I pull, Master? Staying overnight in ‘Marlowe’s Room’ can be tough medicine. My ‘Shakespeare Principle’ does not exclude uniting force arguments of single authorship but what about the clown? Therein lies the multiverse crack. Stratford has great magic – around that grave I could tell you a story!

The mystic paintings on the cabin wall

The stork and the book and the burning fall

Does method matter?

I can tell a hawk from a hamsa

though thinly so frankly




my uke, a Martin copy, (circa 1972) rediscovered by my father in his loft. I’ve tuned it open G.



planning my solo show at the Cambridge Art Salon with Kirsten Lavers who took the photos


There will be no fracking. Your defeat of Fallon was so decisive that I was surprised it didn’t make the BBC news following – I hadn’t even thought of the eye-sore argument –  the difference between us is that I might have put poisoning of ground water above the climate change/fossil fuel argument.

UK may withdraw from European rights convention over Abu Qatada

5 days ago – Downing Street confirms prime minister is exploring temporary withdrawal from European convention on human rights.

Nor had I taken into account the M15/M16 reasons for the Palace to have leaked that the Queen has wondered why Qatada cannot be extradited for death penalty abroad. What a murky business. The Duke of Edinburgh is an expensive and dangerous liability some might argue.





Further to ‘US, British, French and Israeli’ intelligence Obama’s ‘red line’ has, apparently, been crossed ref Syria’s use of chemical weapons. Given the dangers of the policy of ‘anticipatory self-defense’ is now the time for Israel to declare its own chemical, biological and nuclear weapons capability?



Feedback to ‘greenwise’ following Cameron’s first Prime Minister’s Question Time since Budget Day.

The biggest bee I have ever seen entered my one-room flat as I was watching Joan Walley’s plea to the Life President of the Oxfordshire Bee Keepers’ Association to ban the use of neonicotinoids – so much for natural magic. While I applaud the Labour benches for calling out ‘resign’ as Cameron smugly boasted of his interest in this huge subject I was as appalled as the Speaker at the way these bullying thugs booed the ‘Good Doctor’ Julian Huppert when he made an equally impassioned case for rapid improvement of GB cycle paths. Take it as a compliment Julian – perhaps they just cannot get their thick heads around why you do not cross the House. As for proposed suspension of European Human Rights Laws ref the extradition ANY GB domiciled hate-preacher – and how casually it was done by the Home Secretary – in response to pressure from the Queen (who can say that in the Commons?). Much more sensible to keep them here and find out exactly how their trapped minds operate.

Hats off to the silky voiced Charlotte Green for being there on Farming Today to witness the death of hives in Somerset due to protracted cold weather. They should put them in heated greenhouses!

Below – my bee-friendly dandelion patch – have you ever seen such a rich display, Zac?

Who the hell is Joe Johnson?

Primark should be held responsible for the tragic loss of life in Bangladesh in my view.

Just as Osborne should be held responsible for whipping up violent attacks on the homeless and vulnerable – despite these dodgy stats claiming that violent crime is on the decrease.

Get it through your thick head (of hair) Cameron – Housing Benefit does not go into the pockets of those in social housing.


BBC News – Ban pesticides linked to bee deaths, say MPs

Apr 4, 2013 – Neonicotinoids will kill bees, let me be absolutely clear about that.


heard about this on BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ this morning: could be a good move for out-of-work green-leaning MPs of which I fear there will be quite a few come 2015.

Ref: 4535. Title: General Manager, Stonehenge Location: Stonehenge Job Type:   Permanent Salary: c. £65,000. Job Description: Stonehenge is the best-known


The dual challenge here might be  to release the performance potential of the site and to protect this ancient place of ritual and sacrifice.

That kind of approach tends to work well with respect to sites worldwide.

How is the Board constituted?


Members of Executive Board

Chief Executive

Simon Thurley

Executive Directors

Mark Pemberton
Director of National Collections

Edward Impey
Director of Heritage Protection and Planning

Deborah Lamb
Director of National Advice and Information


Keith Harrison
Director of Resources



IMAG0001 IMAG0017 IMAG0018 IMAG0019 wonderful women from Ancient Greece.



my garden this morning


‘late spring 2013′ (2xA4 water colour on paper and tissue paper)


John Kerry time-line.

On Saturday it was the denuclearisation of the ‘Korean Penninsula’ (in China). On Sunday is was the denuclearisation of ‘North Korea’ (in Japan).  In other words Kerry is misrepresenting China which is a dangerous waste of time.


Kerry has not gone far enough.

In the interests of avoiding mutually assured destruction can Cameron refrain from opportunistically using this extremely dangerous situation to plug the case for a Trident replacement on behalf of his colleagues in the military-industrial-congresional triangle?  On the grounds that nuclear war is worth avoiding at any cost.

Obama can open the door to negotiation by puttting the madness of the nuclear defence policy on trial in his direct appeal to North Korea.

Otherwise North Korea, a nuclear power, whether counted as one or not by the UN is going to detonate.


$23 million for rape victims in war zones… small change.

How about an environmental destruction fund too?

Ed Miliband should be asking Blair about the cost of Iraq, how much money he has made, and who wrote the ’45 minute’ speech, Joan.


2011-01-02 15.11.42
‘antitheatre 3′ 2013
Why did Mandela refuse to forget Thatcher’s prolonging of aparthaid in defence of her son’s arms dealing?
With regard to Cameron using the serious North Korean response to Western nuclear escallation as an apportunity to name-call North Korea as justification for unwanted Trident replacement… irresponsible international relations (softened 4/6/13). Meanwhile at home Osborne oversteps another mark in his savage atack on benefits claimants- the likes of me.
Thatcher sold Scottish oil, Thatcher sold the Council Housing stock (creating this property bubble).
mandela lives!

chinese inspiration

Chinese inspiration (painted this tile in the Fitzwilliam Museum Educational Dept workshop on Wed)

antintheatre 1 (3)

…antitheatre 1 (work in process on 12xA4 card)

antitheatre 1

antitheatre 1

added 25/4/13

recent pics:


my artist-friend Emma at home in St Neots



this woman can paint and draw!




A visit to St Neots Anglican Church

Who stole the donkey?

Jesus: Judas, I have a job for you.




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