UK Newswire Archive
19-08-2012 19:39Today activists from Birmingham Food not Bombs saw a dramatic decrease in
the number of homeless people attending the weekly food distribution
outside the Radision hotel on Holloway circus roundabout. Turnout dropping
from 30-40 people to less than 10 within an week.
19-08-2012 13:24Disabled People Against Cuts and UK Uncut have called for a week of action against Atos. Calling for people to organise an event outside Atos Office at St Aldates
18-08-2012 14:01Ayanda Kota, spokesperson for the Unemployed People's Movement, on the Lonmin Massacre.
Nearest tube Knightsbridge. The Embassy is round the back of Harrods.
Julian Assange will give a public address to his supporters.
Solidarity and support are now needed more than ever.
We are writing to you regarding your contract with G4S Utility Services, which provides you with meter reading services.
Using the Olympic ticketing website run by monopolistic Ticketmaster (owned by Live Nation Entertainments in California) has been described as USABILITY HELL.
Article is a work in progress
Once again the Olympic / Paralympic tickedting system has FAILED to world-wide condemnation.
As remaining tickets for the Paralympics are released for sale intending purchasers have experienced a whole gamut of frustrations with what should have been a Rolls Royce - all signing - all dancing - user friendly system.
After all Live Nation / Ticketmaster / LOCOG has had SEVEN years to build the system. Instead it appears that the Olympics system has been cobbled together by amateurs without any real appreciaiton of the basic concepts of good online selling practices. And it is obvious that no-one 'stress tested' it. Actually did anyone test it at all? It appears not.
Indeed it has been opined by many web professionals and hapless users around the world that the Olympics ticketing system is not and never was: FIT FOR PURPOSE.
Despite international condemnation when the Olympics tickets were on sale, there was two weeks between the Olympics and Paralympics. Yet even during this time NOTHING WAS DONE TO IMPROVE THE SYSTEM.
Links below are only a few of the websites describing the deficiencies of the system.
Also Google search Wiki using search terms "ticketmaster wiki" and "ticketmaster wiki talk" - the Olympics are not the only issues with this monopolistic organisation.
BTW Ticketmaster Entertainment, Inc. is an American ticket sales and distribution company based in West Hollywood, California, USA, with operations in many countries around the world. In 2010 it merged with Live Nation to become Live Nation Entertainment. Live Nation was the organisation accused of dumping food and water at the Olympic BTLive Events in London. See separate Indymedia London article.
[In 2008] Ticketmaster has also been criticized from those who claim its fees are excessive, with forty British MPs signing an early day motion criticizing the company for overcharging and for the lack of transparency in its pricing structure - see link below.
How on earth did this company get the Olympic / Paralympic contract from LOCOG?
17-08-2012 12:02Stop Lonmin’s massacre of striking workers at Marikana, South Africa
For a general strike to end the Marikana massacre
17-08-2012 11:50Free Pussy riot flash mob in brighton - (Russian Punk band who sang anti Putin song) )
::Week of Action::
Mon, 27th - Fri, 31st August
16-08-2012 23:24The US government conspiracy of silence about Mad Cow and Mad Pig Disease in the United States continues.
16-08-2012 17:13For the past week, thousands of anarchists from across the world have been converging in St.Imier, Switzerland to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the founding of the Anarchist international.
On returning from the St Imier gathering, two anarchists, one a member of the UK Anarchist Federation, were detained for nearly two hours at Heathrow by SO15 (counter-terrorist) intelligence
FOOD AND WATER BANNED FROM BTLIVE EVENTS FOR OLYMPICS / PARALYMPICS
Live Nation's profile on Twitter states:
"Live Nation is the future of the music business" - GHU!!
Live Nation Entertainments (based in California, USA) was given the contract to arrange the entertainment events at the London Olympics. They also own Ticketmaster which handled the ticket sales with a system that has been described by professional web designers as 'not fit for purpose.'
Over the last few weeks Live Nation have reportedly upset numerous members of the public with its draconian rules for attendance at events especially BTLive with the banning of ALL home-produced or shop-bought food, and ALSO water.
The photos of the signs surrounding the Live Nation compounds in Victoria Park and Hyde Park leave visitors in no doubt as to how welcome they will NOT be, and the numerous draconian rules that they will be subject to.
The many large bins can be clearly seen in the phots into which perfectly good food has to be dumped, and water bottles emptied. This is at a time when there are raging famines and starvation throughout the world in Africa, the USA and elsewhere.
The security staff have also been reported as abusing festival goers in bodily searching for prohibited items, and rifling though bags. In many cases non-professional DSLR cameras were prohibited, however owners were told that they could leave them at the entrance but that they would not get them returned. In one case on Twitter a woman was told to delete images from her camera.
Here are some tweets from Twitter that are circulating around the web:
Not sure I'm @ best place 2b - #BTLive #London2012 site at Hyde Park; like a festival; raucous, popular & scuzzy rather than nice & boutique
#BTlive should be ashamed of themselves allowing vendors to charge such outrageous found & drink prices
#BTLive fuming after encounter with heavy handed security n marketing scam. Been frisked, searched for water n food, asked to delete photos
#btlive. Biggest scam ever. Security gone mad and shameless commercialism. I thought we are celebrating the Olympics. Thanks Boris.
How come btlive is not allowing people to bring in food at Victoria park when you can take anything into the Olympic park?
#BTLive Your morons barred my wife from entry at Hyde Park as she had a DSLR. No measurement, just a thicko's guess, stopped her seeing it.
Can somebody explain why you aren't allowed liquids over 100ml into #BTlive?! It's not a bloody plane!
Live Nation bans food & drink at BTLive events yet LOCOG allows reasonable amounts to be taken into Olmpic venues. Why the difference?
@TopTVCameraman#BTLive - HydePark - banned from entering w. DSLR. Could leave @ entrance, but no I wouldn't get it back.