Friday, 11 November 2016

An Morvil Kornek / The Horned Whale by Jeremy Schanche - available at all ebook distributors, in all formats!

An Morvil Kornek or The Horned Whale, by Jeremy Schanche, available now at all major ebook distributors, in all formats...
Plug in this electronic book and take a journey round the 'Shyre' - 
Come to Penwithershins and check out the Underground as Old Janner shows Pat Vulgata round the labyrinths of the mine in The Janetta Stone.
Dark New Lynsmouth has seen many tribulations, but none so great as that set forth in The Kramvil, a gothic novel of eldritch and extraordinary phenomena which unwinds its thread through the twisting alleys of the Old Quarter.  When the studious Elias Gillpington runs into the audacious scientist Lazarus Taxon, the wings of fate soon becloud the Keltek sky.  As the shadow falls upon New Lynsmouth, Elias sees a glint of light in the presence of the beautiful Miss Constance Place.  The story pulses and pullulates with life like a seething vat of yeast infested by furious clouds of flies and wasps on a sunny day, in an ancient lithograph of old Bombay.  Potent, frothy, well-charged and heady, this electric manuscript will give you the skittering jitters and chill your rattling trotters.
The collection of Poems will most likely sneak up on yous from downwind and lasso yous off to a land of golden sunshine, rustling leaves and phonographs furling out foxtrots 'fore rustling ya rational-mind and dry-gulching yous in Tuskaloosa or somewheres or some or other such place.
Next, for the word-hungry among ye, we have a couple of glossaries to teach the tongues of talking.  First be the Gerlyvryn Kernouac which explains some words of the ancient Cornish language which appear in the stories.  Then we have the International Glossary which covers words from overseas, ancient and modern, as well as some archaic forms of Sowsnek, or 'English'.  
For our closing act, we have Ghost-Hulk of a Phantom, a darkly comic portrait of a struggling writer - a halucinatory roulade of oceanic fervour - a splattering of adrenalin on a canvas of vast cabbage-fields.  
To cut a John Dory short and chase the choice cuts I gotta say that An Morvil Kornek or The Horned Whale is the kind of book the lack of which would crook and rook up your reading-life by an absence of the positive presence of its very special form of effervescence.  

There's 21 different ebook distributors selling The Horned Whale, including  Amazon, Apple (itunes), Baker and Taylor Blio, Baker-Taylor Axis 360, Barnes and Noble, Diesel, Flipkart, Gardners Extended Retail, Gardners Library, Inktera (formerly Page Foundry), Kobo, Library Direct, Odilo, OverDrive, Oyster, Scribd, Smashwords, Sony, Tolino, txtr, Yuzu, etc..  so there's a version out there to suit everyone.....  what follows are just a few of them - I'll put up the rest as they 'go live'...

If you enjoy An Morvil Kornek or The Horned Whale, please print out some flyers, cut them up an pass them around - spread the words...  Also, please link to this page on your social sites...  
Why not go totally hog-wild and print out a poster for ya home or the twisting back-alleys of your juddering home-town, ya sprawling metropolis or ya muddy one-horse village-street?
Hope you like the stories!  And remember, you can't judge a rook by its plover.  Take it easy now, but take it!
Jeremy Schanche

Here are some books by, or about, friends and family:
My brother's book:
My uncle's books:
A book about my two oldest friends:
A book by a distant cousin in USA about Eldridge Cleaver and the Black Panther Party:
Some books by my primary school teacher...:

... and his old pupil - my brainy mate:
A friend's book:
Another friend's book:
My weird evil ancestor's book:
Distant cousins, there's a limited supply:
And here's a true story, one we should all read: 
The actor:
The Boy-Racer:
The Geologist:
My youtube channel:
My other blog:  
Don't burn books - let them burn you...

Friday, 22 July 2016

Limpet Speaks Truth In Hunger Strike Conflict

JUST TO CLARIFY...   The basic game being played here is evasion.  Stalling, to use up the 'consultation time'.  This is done by replying late, if at all, to letters, then failing to answer the questions originally asked.  This initiates another letter and more time wasted... cynical, cyclical and futile. 
Chris Roynon to Jeremy Schanche, 5th May 2016, excerpt:  "As discussed, I decline your offer of a public debate.  I do not think it appropriate to debate with a self elected spokesperson.  If you wish, I can arrange for a member of staff to minute any meeting we have and, subject to us all agreeing the minutes, you can use them as you wish." 

Jeremy Schanche To Chris Roynon, 6th May 2016, excerpt:  "Openness and Transparency:  As regards the recording of open dialogue, it works like this:  Each party swears to be truthful.  Each party makes their own recording in whatsoever form they chose.  Each party is free to publish the entire unedited debate in any media.  If any party believes their words have been misquoted or misrepresented, they take action.  This is the basis on which Derek Thomas has asked me for a debate, and it is standard operating procedure in public life.  The debate over the future of Mousehole School will take place in public.  All attempts to stifle and suppress that debate will undermine your case."
{I recently had that debate with Derek Thomas MP and it can be seen here:   I appreciate Derek giving me the time for a one hour interview, with no 'terms or conditions' necessary.  He was happy to stand up (metaphorically) in public and spontaneously speak his mind, on the public record and on youtube.  If only all public officials were so fearless...}

I wrote to Rev Sian Yates, Vicar of Protestant Penzance and Managing Director of the persona ficta Penlee 'Academy' 'Trust' on 10th May, posing her some questions.  To this day, she has not answered me or responded in any form whatsoever.  {Matthew 22: 36-40:}  

On 26 May 2016 I wrote to Sian Yates, Chris Roynon and Nigel Carter-King (Secretary/Governor Mousehole School) asking them to at least swear that procedure had been carried out in full accordance with the law.  Curiously, no-one would give such a promise!  

My letter to Chris Roynon of 9th June was never answered at all.

 On 14th June, I again wrote to Chris Roynon and pointed out that due to delays from MSG and CC FOI Office, who referred almost all my questions back to Mousehole School, I was in the absurd position of beginning my enquiries on the last day of my 'official' right to do so.  I requested that the 'public consultation-period' be extended to give me a chance to start asking some questions.

A week later, on 21st June, Chris told me that they would not extend the consultation-period.  

On 7th July, I posted two dozen (24) posters outside the gates of Mousehole School and around the area.  (This was meant to coincide sympathetically with the Teachers' Strike, but I got the day wrong!  Hey ho, that what happens when you don't follow mass-media so much...)   I also sent Chris a declaration on 7 July, saying that if he wouldn't meet me for a talk within a week I would be forced to take 'industrial action'.  Surely this is the voice of a man who wants to talk to another man..  I've spent countless unpaid hours on this case that could have been spent elsewhere.  All my attempts to communicate with MSG/PAT are on this blog.  I swear that I've been sincerely trying to open a dialogue since 21st April and the evidence is there to prove it, as blog is my witness.  

Chris Roynon's response to this final, heartfelt appeal from me for dialogue  was to totally ignore it and utterly fail to respond to me in any way whatsoever.  According to Chris though, he's been willing to talk to me all along!  

On July 18th, having still had no response from the elusive Chris, I put out a statement to MSG/PAT that I had started a on  hunger-strike on July 15th, and would uphold the strike  until they were ready to start talking:   In my naivete I imagined that I'd get a phone-call in the next day or so, saying 'why not drop in for a chat', but after seven days on hunger-strike, Chris is continuing his inflexible policy of ignoring me.  This suits his purpose, after all, why do you think they call it 'forced academisation'?  What advantage could he or Sian derive from talking to me?  How would it help forward their plan?  

On Thursday 21st July, The Cornishman printed their piece about my Hunger Strike.   Sadly, they didn't mention the fact that some of the Board of Directors of PAT are multi-millionaire trawler-owners - and this is nothing to do with money, right?   Having read in our local paper that Chris is now claiming he's 'open' to talk to me, I emailed him at 11:24am today, asking him to make contact with me.  Chris knows I've been on Hunger Strike for a week now, and knows I'm desperate to talk to him.  Did he bother to lift his phone and call my mobile or home number?  No.  Did he put a note in my child's book-bag, saying he'd love to meet and talk?  No.  Did he email me?  No.  The ignorance continues.  It is obvious to any critically thinking person whos's studied the evidence, that Chris Roynon, Sian Yates, and all, have no wish to talk to me whatsoever.  Chris Roynon's implication in The Cornishman that it's me who's declining dialogue is ridiculous, cynical and perhaps a little calous, under the circumstances - still, there is money at stake here...  
Tomorrow is the last day of term.  The forces of business and 'academisation' are totally determined to push ahead and 'academise' Mousehole School by September, when the holiday is over and the children return to school.  Chris' tactics have totally undermined any attempt at discussion, investigation, representation etc.  I'm after some proper process in this case.  Apparently MSG voted in March to push for 'academisation'.  Legally the parent-governors are tasked with representing the wishes of the parents and community.  To fulfill this duty they would have needed to establish the views of the parents by ballot before taking the decision any further.  MSG failed to do this public duty.  Chris and Sian still ain't talking, time is getting late and I'm getting a tad peckish.....

Email To: Chris Roynon, Head Teacher, Mousehole Primary School, Cornwall, Britain. 21.7.2016    11;24am 
Dear Chris,
I've just seen in the paper that you claim you want to meet me and talk.  Curiously, I feel the same.  Perhaps you would like to approach me and propose a possible time when we can all get together with our representatives and finally begin the democratic process.
You know how to reach me.
Bon appetite!
Email To: Hazel Murray, Reporter, The Cornishman, Penzance, Cornwall, 21.7.2016  (Day 7)
Dear Hazel,
I have to be honest and say I wasn't happy with the article.  The headline dilutes the impact of the strike by renaming it 'No solids', as opposed to 'Hunger', which is actually what it is.  In para one "hunger strike" is put in inverted commas, this implies a relativity to the use of the term.  Para three says I struck because Mousehole plans to join Penlee 'Academy' 'Trust' - this is false.  I struck because MSG (Mousehole School Governors) and PAT are failing to respond to me.  With time ticking away and MSG/PAT totally ignoring me, I had to make a move, an attempt to break this absurd stalemate.
I didn't actually set up the Mousehole School Preservation Society, it's merely a label to help people find my campaign on the internet.  
It's not The Cornishman's fault however, that you printed a false statement from Chris Roynon.  He claims I was verbally offered a meeting.  This is false.  
Initially I offered him a meeting, which he declined, as I was proposing a serious formal debate for the public record, youtube etc.  He didn't want to do that.  When I suggested that I could set up some public meetings for discussion, he dismissed the idea sarcastically, accusing me of trying to be a 'self-elected spokesperson', rather than a democrat trying to initiate dialogue which is how I see my role in this.  Eventually, he counter-proposed a meeting on ridiculous terms - they were not happy for me to simply go and have a recorded discussion.  They wanted editorial control over the discussion and were not happy for me to freely record and print verbatim what was said.  I then replied to Chris and the 'governors', again proposing discussion, but this has never been responded to in any meaningful way.  All the evidence is on my blog.
 Who gets the last word in a newspaper article carries a lot of weight.  In the article about the anti-nuclear demo, The Cornishman gives the last word to tory MP Derek Thomas, who sees the atom bomb as a tool for peace.    In our 'no solids' article, the last word is given to Chris, and the last sentence is false.
Funilly enough, I started my own paper, The Limpet, after I read the first article by The Cornishman describing a demo I'd put on for Save The Holy Headland.  I felt the article trivialized the action.  This makes it very easy for typical readers to form a negative image of an action and ridicule it.  
Well, sorry to be so negative about the article, but at least I'm being honest.  
Best wishes,
Yours sincerely,

Oh yes, this just in:  a story about a Head Teacher and CEO of an 'academy' chain who's done a runner when an investigation was started into his activities, what a coincidence..
Please read my articles about Harold Hempstead, the 'Caged Crusader' of Florida -

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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Harold Hempstead, Murder Witness Talks To The Limpet ...ANOTHER LIMPET EXCLUSIVE...

Harold Hempstead, Murder Witness Talks To The Limpet
Harold Hempstead believes in honouring the truth.  
He's a man who will not be silenced until the truth bears fruit - the fruit of justice.  This is a rare man with an incredible story to tell and I feel honoured to be working with him. Please hear his story with an open mind, reflect on what you've read and be ready to take action to help the cause of truth, justice and human rights.
"The amount of witnesses and evidence that exist proves Ofc. Clark was torturing mentally disabled inmates and that he murdered Rainey.  Affiant cannot think of any reason why an arrest and prosecution hasn’t been instituted against Ofc. Clark and etc. since June 23, 2012 with as much witnesses and evidence existing that proves Rainey’s murder.  Affiant prays that the Rainey’s murder hasn’t been receiving the treatment that it has received because Rainey was a poor, black mentally disabled, Muslim, prisoner and his life did not matter.  Affiant prays that the U.S. Department of Justice and State of Florida will not let Rainey’s killers get away with murder, and that they make a public statement that Rainey’s life and the lives of all poor people, all black people, all mentally disabled people, all Muslims, and all prisoners matter by arresting and prosecuting Raineys killers."

From a sworn affidavit by Harold Hempstead to Ms Vanita Gupta, Assistant U.S. Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, 5th May, 2016.
You can read the complete document here:

Darren Rainey

Jeremy Schanche:   Now Harold, I’d like to introduce you to some folks in my country of Cornwall and all around this old world, readers of The Limpet newspaper.  First of all, if I may, I’d like to start by asking you your full name, date of birth and nationality.
Harold Hempstead:  My full name is Harold William Joseph Hempstead.  I’m known by family and friends by a short version of my middle name which is “Joe.”  I was born March 5, 1976, in St.Petersburg Florida, and I’m American.
JS:   And would you tell us where you live please Harold? 
HH:  I’m currently incarcerated at Martin Correctional Institution which is in Indiantown, Florida, in the United States of America.
JS:   And how do you come to be in such a place? 
HH:  I was placed in prison when two people told the police that I told them to burglarize several houses, and pawn stolen property.  In Florida, if anybody tells the police that you told them to commit a crime, you can be incarcerated like you committed the crime.  The foregoing led to me being placed in prison on thirty-four counts of burglary and one count of dealing in stolen property.
JS:  Now, would you please tell us when you were first imprisoned on these charges?   
HH:  I was arrested March 23, 1999, and I’ve been incarcerated since.
JS:  And when are you due for release? 
HH:  I was sentenced in April 2000 to 165 years in the Florida Department of Corrections
JS:  Could you repeat that please?  
HH:  I was sentenced in April 2000 to a hundred and sixty-five years in FDC.
JS:   You mean to say you got 165 years for allegedly telling others to rob some houses?
HH:  Yes.
JS:  That’s absolutely insane!  I live in Great Britain, and I estimate that over here, a case like yours would carry a maximum sentence of three or four years actual time served at the very most, possibly less.   Effectively you’ve been given a life-sentence for your alleged involvement in a cluster of non-violent robberies then, is that so? 
HH:  Yes.  I’m convicted under an aidder and abettor theory which means I’m convicted for crimes others committed.  Also when they committed the crimes nobody was home and nobody was hurt.
JS:  Well, it certainly is a draconian sentence, I’m sure it’s hard for a lot of readers out there to believe that such a thing could happen in a country like the U.S.A.  But then again, you have been a model-prisoner so surely you must be eligible for parole at some point?
HH:  The parole system was abolished in Florida in the early eighties.
JS:   You mean to tell me that the State of Florida has no parole-system whatsoever? 
HH:  Correct.
JS:  This just gets more and more surreal!  Now Harold, until not so long ago you were just another ‘forgotten’ prisoner languishing in the vast American prison system, but now stories about you and another prisoner have appeared in The Miami Herald, The New Yorker and The Guardian (from over here in Britain), as well as CBS Miami Local, Fox News, The New York Daily News etc..  Why is your name popping up more and more in global media, what event triggered this media interest in your case?
HH:  When I was incarcerated at Dade Correctional Institution in the FDC, staff were torturing and abusing mentally disabled inmates.  Staff were starving them and physically and psychologically abusing them.  In January 2012 staff started using a shower in the Transitional Care Unit (TCU) (which is like a mental hospital) that reached temperatures in excess of 180 degrees as a torturing device.  They would place inmates in the shower and turn it on full hot with no cold.  It would get so hot in the shower the patients would have to fight to breathe and not pass-out.  Over a six-month period staff placed five inmates in that shower as punishment.  The fifth inmate (Darren Rainey) was killed in the shower.  When he passed out from heat exhaustion, his body fell over the shower drain.  Rainey’s body blocking the drain caused the 183 degree shower water to rise over Rainey’s body, and cook his body for approximately 18 minutes.  The led to Rainey’s skin suffering from a medical term called slippage which means Rainey’s skin was slipping off his body.
For about two years, I submitted grievances and letters to different people for help with bringing the staff to justice who were torturing and abusing patients and who killed Rainey.  Nobody wanted to help till I brought the foregoing to The Miami Herald newspaper in Florida.  I spoke with The Miami Herald newspaper in April 2014, and in May 2014 The Herald wrote their first story.  Since then, the media and human rights groups across Florida have been making an all-out effort to help in getting justice for the Rainey murder, the torturing and abusing of the mentally disabled at Dade C.I., and in trying to make F.D.C. a safer place from the barbaric conditions and abuses that are so prevalent.
JS:  But how can you die from overheating in a shower?  Surely they are only hot enough for normal washing purposes, aren’t they?  Was anything unusual about this particular shower at the Transitional Care Unit of Dade Correctional Institution in the State of Florida?
HH:  The shower Rainey was killed in was rigged where only staff could control the hot and cold water knobs, and the inmate in the shower had no ability to control the foregoing knobs.
JS:  But surely if the shower was specially rigged up and the guards kept him in there for that long at that temperature, they should have been charged with killing him, so what happened to those guards?
HH:  Darren Rainey’s life was not of much value to a lot of people in Florida because he was a poor, black, mentally disabled, Muslim prisoner.  Because of the foregoing, Rainey’s killers are still free.
JS:  If you had not persistently written to The Miami Herald this story would never have broken, yet surely, when you live at the mercy of the guards, being a ‘whistle-blower’ must be taking a massive risk.  What made you risk your own safety to stand up for a man who was already dead?
HH:  Right is right and wrong is wrong.  The staff who killed Rainey not only violated state and federal law in murdering Rainey, they also violated the Sixth Commandment in committing murder (Exodus 20:13).  Rainey’s killers should be brought to justice by our state and federal government for Rainey’s murder.  If they escape prosecution here on Earth, they will not escape prosecution with God.
 As a Christian I am commanded to not murder (Exodus 20:13).  Just like the Sixth Commandment commands me to not murder, in the positive I’m also commanded to protect life and to help the weak.  I’m also commanded to imitate Jesus (1 Corinthians 11:1;  Ephesians 5:1) who was a defender of the weak and of those who cannot help themselves.  
 All human life has value, which includes Darren Rainey.  In taking a stand asking for justice for the murder of Rainey, I’m not only taking a stand for the value of his life, but for the value of all human life.
JS:  Would you please tell us what were Darren Rainey’s race and religion, his age, diagnosis, crime and sentence please?
HH:  Rainey was a black male, he was a Muslim, he was in his fifties, he was schizophrenic, and I believe he had two years for a drug charge.
JS:  So you believe all humans have value?  Why is that?
HH:  Yes, I believe that all human lives have value.  The reason I believe this is if what determines the value of life is subjective opinions then we can’t pose an objection to abortion or the killing of any individual.  Why?  Because if we object to any killing, we’re saying that there was a standard that the killer should’ve followed and not committed the murder that he did.  If there’s a standard that should control people’s actions in not committing murder or certain types of murders, then that standard would be objective.  If there’s an objective standard that controls the value of life, then that means the value of life can’t be subjective.  If it’s subjective, it can’t also be objective;  if it’s objective, it can’t also be subjective.
 As a Christian I believe the standard that controls the value of life is God’s word (The Bible).  Since God is real His word is real, and He has preserved His word throughout time.  In Genesis 1:26, 27 it says that we were created in the image and likeness of God.  Out of all creation humans were the only thing created in God’s image and likeness.  This places us above the rest of God’s creation.  Since we were created in God’s image and likeness, to lower the value of any human life is to lower the value of God and the value He placed on us.  This is not what God wants.  That is why we are commanded to not murder (Exodus 20:13), and that is why only second to loving God, the second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22: 36-40).
JS:   Now I know yours is a complex case touching on many related matters and I very much hope we can go into it in much more detail in the near future, but could you please tell us whether abuse of inmates by Florida prison guards is common, in your experience and knowledge, and if so, what are the main forms it takes?
HH:  Yes.  The abuse of inmates by guards in FDC is very common.  The main types of abuse that I’ve seen are staff physically beating up inmates;  staff paying inmates to physically or sexually batter inmates;  staff starving inmates by not feeding them;  staff excessively spraying inmates with chemical agent (mace);  staff disposing of the personal property of inmates;  and it’s not uncommon for FDC staff to kill inmates.
JS:   What you are describing sounds like a wholesale failure of the penal-system in Florida.  Human rights abuse of that scale and magnitude is surely a matter of grave international concern.  Are there any human rights organizations in the States or abroad, investigating the things you have described? 
HH:  Yes.  Thirteen human rights organizations have asked the United States Department of Justice to investigate the barbaric conditions, abuses, and murders in FDC.  Other than the foregoing, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Amnesty International and Stop Prison Abuse Now have been doing a lot to try and put a stop to the unconstitutional conditions in FDC.
JS:  After the convict Mark Joiner had collected up all the pieces of Darren Rainey’s skin from the floor of the shower and the staircase, as ordered, what was he told to do with it?
HH:  Mark was told to throw the skin that he’d found into the trash.
JS:  Harold, before I ask my last question, I’d like to give you my most sincere thanks for giving this interview to The Limpet and I’d like to tell you that an increasing number of people around the World are taking an interest in your case and the cause you are promoting – Justice for the deceased Darren Rainey and justice for all the inmates trying to survive one of the World’s most brutal prison regimes.  I hope everyone who reads what you have told us will feel moved to use their freedom wisely and be ready to do something to help these unfortunate prisoners.  Of course, The Limpet has no objection to people being locked up if their crimes genuinely necessitate it and obviously some criminals are far too dangerous to be allowed to mix with free society.  I am not criticizing the rule of law itself, but the disgustingly inhumane, illegal and wholly unacceptable manner in which it is being applied in Florida.  If Florida says it is not the World’s business, then I say, when you cross a certain line, when you beat, rape, starve, torture and murder your prisoners on a regular basis then you have just made yourself the World’s business. 
So finally Harold, would you mind telling us how new arrivals were greeted when they were processed into the prison mental hospital at Dade Correctional Institution, Florida?  
HH:  The Dade C.I. Transitional Care Unit got so bad that in 2012 staff started welcoming the new arrivals to the Transitional Care Unit by stating “welcome to Auschwitz.”

Since conducting the interview, Harold Hempstead has been transferred to a different prison in Florida.
Temperatures stated are expressed in Fahrenheit. 183 Fahrenheit is 83.8 Centigrade.
Rainey’s charge:  Darren Rainey was incarcerated for possession of less than two grammes of cocaine.   
Mace is known in the U.K. as ‘pepper-spray’.
Biblical quotations:
Exodus 20:13:  Thou shalt not kill.
1 Corinthians 11:1:  Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
Ephesians 5:1:  Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
Genesis 1:26, 27:  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:  and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him;  male and female created he them.
Matthew 22: 36-40:  Master, which is the great commandment in the law?  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Take it EZ, with Radio Free PZ's the Sound of Summer here at da filter, so let the light in and take it EZ. We got EXCLUSIVE tracks ahead of their soulstice releases from TRUTHETA and MEGGATRON, and we got EXCLUSIVE REMIXES of RADIOHEAD, DEATH IN VEGAS, FUTURE ISLANDS, PRIMAL SCREAM and MORE, as well as an EPIC MASHUP featuring our hosts, Scott Walker and Sufjan Stevens...

Scott Walker - 30th Century Man
Sufjan Stevens - Death with Dignity
Radiohead - Present Tense
Death in Vegas - Mind Control
Underworld - Two Months Off
Primal Scream - Where the Light Gets In
Altan Urag - Blue Mongolia
Jean-Michel Jarre - Suns Have Gone (feat Moby)
Public Image Ltd - Flowers of Romance
Future Islands - Back in the Long Grass
Sufjan Stevens - Now That I'm Older
Trutheta - Golden Chemical
MEGGATRON - Meggatopia
Sufjan Stevens - Impossible Soul
featuring Scott Walker - SDSS14 + 13B (Zercon, a Flagpole Sitter)
Primal Scream - Private Wars

...lovingly overproduced, mixed and mashed by enrique che pelligro, you're welcome...

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

EZ/PZ - the Sound of Penzance vol1

...mmm, take it EZ with this compilation of the cream of the local ambient scene...

Friday, 20 March 2015

LIVE @ the Minack - the Ascension plan

Review by Lucy Cooper
THE MINACK'S dramatic setting, open to the elements, with a jaw-dropping backdrop of sea and sky, provided the ideal launch pad for a night of epic and ethereal sounds from Penwith-based band The Ascension Plan and special guests.

On Friday, May 2, hundreds gathered on the cliffs at Porthcurno to witness the four-piece band join forces with New York singer Mimi Goese, of 1980s cult American band Hugo Largo, and Penzance choir the 50 Degrees.
The night marked what the band call, "the completion of a curious circle". The circle began back in the 1990s with Quietly Torn, the band started by The Cure's Porl Thompson when he moved to Zennor.
When Mimi Goese, the band's original singer, left – homeward bound for New York – Thompson recruited St Just guitarist and singer Martin Jackson, then 16 years old. On a May evening in 1998 Martin took to the Minack stage to play a memorable gig with Quietly Torn.
Martin went on to form The Ascension Plan with Quietly Torn drummer Nick McLeod, bassist Mungo Shoddy and former Bates Motel man Paul Adams on electric violin.
In 2012, on opposite sides of the Atlantic, Nick McLeod (who also plays with The Incredible String Band's Clive Palmer) and Mimi Goese began to hatch a plan.
This resulted in Mimi's collaboration with the band on a number of tracks, including Ascending, from their All Ways EP, and forthcoming singles Buoy and Life (You Are).
Ultimately, it led back to the Minack and the wild Cornish cliffs on a May evening in 2014, bringing Mimi and Martin together to share the stage for the first time.
The result was an evening that managed to pull off the feat of being both intimate and epic.
Axolotl set the tone with an introductory soundscape that melded with the waves and the wind. Building from womb-like gongs and elemental murmuring, The Ascension Plan's sound swelled into celestial flights of liquid violin melting into out of this world vocals, transporting the listener to realms at once familiar, strange and beguiling.
With years of collective musical experience under their belts, the band moved together effortlessly through the haunting waltzing chorus of Old Wings, via the alternating swing and raw power of Disengage (and Remain The Same), the ethereal Ascending and meditative All Ways. Mimi Goese brought her extraordinary and formidable vocals into the equation – which can also be heard on Moby's Into The Blue and When It's Cold I'd Like To Die – bringing theatrical flair and sparkle to the stage along with her trademark vocal acrobatics.
Adding the vocal harmonies of the 50 Degrees choir into the mix, under the skilled direction of Vicky Abbott, sent beautiful, fluid, yet precisely aligned harmonies rushing across the Cornish skies.
"The sky and sea stitched seamlessly," Mimi sings on the forthcoming single Life, (You Are). As the daylight faded, sea and sky vanished into one another and the stage was bathed in a dance of colours, courtesy of projections by renowned local artist Paul Lewin.
Sky, sea, music and light stitched seamlessly into a mesmerising fabric, entrancing the senses. The resulting frisson carried echoes of Sigur Ros at the Eden Sessions.
Maybe it's the tuning, the band tune their instruments to a pitch of 432HZ – said to be the natural universal frequency – rather than the standard concert pitch of 440HZ. Maybe it's the combined power of more than 50 voices. Or maybe it's just that special something that ignites when a plan comes together beautifully.
Whatever the secret, this will be remembered as a night when magic was made, when The Ascension Plan unfolded their wings and took flight with Mimi Goese and the 50 Degrees.
You can obtain the band's All Ways EP at
Nicholas Pegg – author of the acclaimed Complete David Bowie series of books as well as a regular Dalek operator on Dr Who – was on holiday in the area and attended the concert. He tweeted: "One of the best gigs I've ever seen."

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Psilocybin: The Science Behind a Magical Molecule

Psilocybin is a naturally occurring psychedelic compound found in many species of mushrooms. In this form it has a long history of use by Man in the context of healing and divination, and it is still employed in this manner today by indigenous groups such as the Mazatec. Since the 1960’s awareness of psilocybin and the fungi within which it resides has spread into the Western world. Following the legal clamp down that resulted from widespread use of this and other psychedelics like LSD and mescaline at this time, scientific research into this compound and other psychedelics all but drew to a halt. In the last few years regulatory red tape has been loosening to some degree, and scientists have began studying psilocybin for a number of reasons. It appears that psilocybin is a highly multifaceted compound and has the capacity to act as a profound tool in the study of the brain and consciousness, as well as act as a treatment for a variety of psychological conditions.
Psilocybin is a compound of very low physical toxicity, but it can exert very powerful psychological effects, and the correct set and setting are of key importance when the drug is administered to reduce the chances of adverse reactions and to maximise potential benefits. On ingestion, psilocybin is dephosphorylated into the pharmacologically active molecule psilocin which closely resembles a key neurotransmitter serotonin in structure, and because of this it had a high affinity for 5-HT2A and 5-HT1 serotonin receptors where it mimics the effect of the neurotransmitter. The psychedelic effects of psilocybin can be prevented by the chemical ketanserin, which acts as a 5-HT2A receptor antagonist, blocking psilocybin’s access to the receptor sites and preventing it from exerting an effect (Vollenweider et al. 1999). These receptors are located at varying densities in many parts of the brain, and play important roles in mood and motivation regulation, among other things. At medium doses psilocybin has also been found to increase an increase in cerebral metabolic rate of glucose, particularly in the frontomedial and frontolateral cortex (24.3%), anterior cingulate (24.9%) and temporomedial cortex (25.3%) brain regions (Vollenweider et al. 1997).
Recent technological developments such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) are allowing researchers to examine the brain with greater precision and less invasively than ever before. Brain imaging studies of healthy volunteers under psilocybin have found that brain activity was reduced in the default-mode network via a reduction in blood flow, and hub regions such as the thalamus and anterior and posterior cingulate cortex were affected, and this in turn has downstream effects on consciousness, leading to a more unconstrained, expansive and free flowing state when compared to cognition in a sober state (Carhart-Harris et al. 2012). An overactive default mode network is associated with depressive states and obsessive rumination, so a reduction in activity of this network may have important implications for the treatment of depression. A reduction of activity in the default-mode network is also linked to experiences of ego dissolution commonly associated with psilocybin. This network is linked to our personality and sense of self, with the latter being experienced as less solid under psilocybin, and there is a sense of novelty, with people commonly describing experiencing the world akin to new, as through child like eyes. Activity in the medial prefrontal cortex was consistently decreased by psilocybin, which is of interest as this area has been observed to be hyperactive in people experiencing major depressive episodes. Mindfulness meditation has also been found to reduce activity in these same brain regions.
More brain imaging research has also shown the psilocybin enhances autobiographical recollection and facilitates the recall of memories in a vivid fashion in healthy volunteers, and that there was a correlation between vividness of memories and subjective well being at a two week follow up after the session. Increased activity in brain regions that process visual and other sensory information was also observed. This aspect of psilocybin suggests it may be an aid to psychotherapy as a tool to facilitate the recall of salient memories or to aid in the reduction of fixation on negative memories, while also having the potential to enhance creative thinking (Carhart-Harris et al. 2012).
Further brain imaging research has built on this past research and shown that psilocybin increases the amplitude of activity in brain regions that are reliably activated during dream sleep and which form part of the brains more ancient and primitive emotion system. At the same time an expanded state of consciousness is facilitated, with respect to an increased breadth of associations made by the brain under the drug and the ease with which this occurs compared to sober states (Tagliazucchi et al. 2014). This research indicates that psilocybin may allow access to waking dream states, and so allow active unconscious emotional processing and learning that is associated with dreaming, while also being an aid in creative thinking and problem solving, while having therapeutic applications for its ability to access the primal parts of the brain. It appears the state of consciousness resulting from psilocybin ingestion leads to disorganised and reduced activity in the ego system which in turn permits disinhibited and increased activity on the emotion system. This builds on evidence in other studies with the compound that psilocybin may be a useful aid for certain forms of psychotherapy.
Further analysis of the recent MRI findings of human brains under psilocybin has shown that the drug increases connection and communication between brain regions that are usually more disconnected in a sober state, and in an organised and stable fashion; the brain’s connectivity pattern is distinctly different under psilocybin. It is possible that experiences such as synaesthesia reported under psychedelics, where different sensory perceptions cross over and merge, may occur due to these alterations in brain connectivity. The function of the brain under psilocybin can be described as less constrained and more intercommunicative compared to a sober brain state (Petri et al. 2014).
More recent research has shown that psilocybin administration results in reduced amygdala reactivity, which in turn is correlated with positive mood in healthy volunteers (Kraehenmann et al. 2014). Thus, psilocybin may have potential as a treatment for anxiety and depression, with amygdala overactivity linked with negative mood states in patients with major depression. Research into psilocybin’s role as a treatment for depression and anxiety is ongoing. Current anti-depressant treatments only dampen symptoms, require chronic use to be effective, are only effective for a certain proportion of people, they tend to come with a range of side effects, and for some such as the commonly prescribed SSRI’s, withdrawals can be prolonged. Psilocybin could provide an alternative, more effective way of treating depression than is currently employed.
Research supported by MAPS and led by Francisco Moreno at the University of Arizona compromised the first FDA approval clinical pilot study of psilocybin in the US since 1970, and it was focussed on the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It was found that psilocybin administration resulted in a significant reduction in OCD symptoms in a number of patients (Moreno et al. 2006), and this is hypothesised to occur via a downregulation of serotonin receptors, resulting in a reduced responsiveness to serotonin (Halberstadt & Geyer 2011).
Psilocybin has been found to reduce the pain and symptoms of cluster headaches (Vollenweider & Kometer 2010; Sun-Edelstein & Mauskrop 2011) which are highly debilitating, are considered one of the most painful syndromes known to Man and are linked to a high suicide rate. No other treatments are known to stop cluster headache cycles and sub-psychedelic doses of psilocybin (and LSD) are effective. Psilocybin has been found to decrease blood flow in the hypothalamus, where blood flow increases during cluster headache episodes, which may partly explain its efficacy in treating this condition (Carhart-Harris et al. 2012). Further research in this area is certainly warranted.
Recent studies have used psilocybin in the treatment of alcoholism and tobacco addiction. A recently completed pilot study with 15 participants using medium and large doses of the drug yielded highly promising preliminary results, and further research is certainly warranted. 12 of 15 study participants (80%) showed abstinence at a six month follow up, while current treatments for tobacco addiction have a much lower success result, not exceeding 35% (Johnson et al. 2014). This was a small pilot study to test the feasibility of using psilocybin to treat tobacco addiction so it is important not to draw any definitive conclusions regarding the efficacy of psilocybin in treating tobacco addiction, but the results are certainly encouraging and supportive of further research.
Psychedelics like psilocybin act in a number of different ways in the brain to affect addictive syndromes. They act on the receptors in the brain associated with drug seeking behaviour, while reducing blood flow to areas of the brain associated with emotional processing and higher function that tend to be overactive in depressives. This can restrain negative circular thought patterns associated with addiction. The temporary chaotic state induced by psychedelics seems to weaken reinforced brain connections and dynamics and the experience provides a window of reflection where people can view their life and addiction issues from a wider perspective. People who were more successful in quitting smoking had higher ‘mystical experience’ scores, and in other studies, the psilocybin induced mystical experience was found to cause positive changes in measures of life satisfaction and well being, as well as long term personality change, particularly in openness.
Low doses of the compound, and chronic high doses have recently been found to increase hippocampal neurogenesis in mice, and increased the speed of their ‘unlearning’ of negative fear behaviour responses when compared to drug free controls, an effect that may hold promise in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related pathologies (Catlow et al. 2013). Thus psilocybin may have applications for treating PTSD in humans, a syndrome characterised by highly abnormal brain function, including impaired hippocampal function (Shin et al. 2006). Impaired hippocampal neurogenesis has also been implicated in cognitive disorders such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addiction (Canales 2013) and neurodegenerative diseases. The psilocybin was also found to decrease activity in the medial frontal cortex regions of the mice, this area being linked to overactivity in sufferers of PTSD, and this has also been observed in human studies (Carhart-Harris et al. 2012). It may be that psilocybin, like ketamine, alters glutamatergic neurotransmission, this being linked with neurogenesis and neuroplasticity in the brain (Vollenweider & Kometer 2010).
Psilocybin is being studied for its efficacy at assisting terminally ill cancer patients by easing their psychological suffering implicated with their approaching death. Initial results, where low doses of the drug are employed, combined with supportive psychotherapy, show great promise in psilocybin assisting people by reducing anxiety and existential angst, reducing dependency on pain medication following the session and allowing people to make the most of their remaining time. Effects from a single psilocybin session can be long term, with effects lasting from two weeks up to six months and beyond (Vollenweider & Kometer 2010; Grob et al. 2011). Further research in this area is ongoing, and is being conducted by Dr Stephen Ross of New York University with support from the Heffter Research Institute.
Research with high doses of psilocybin have found it can induce long term, positive changes in personality and feelings of life satisfaction and well being (Griffiths et al. 2011). Openness is one of the five measures of personality, and can be significantly changed in the long term by a single dose of psilocybin, especially if people have a mystical experience during a session (Griffiths et al. 2011). This is of great interest, as after the age of 30 personality is thought to be generally fixed in the individual, and openness is thought to decline with age, hinting that psilocybin can influence neuroplasticity of the brain. This change in personality remained as strong 14 months after the session, and appears to be long term (Griffiths et al. 2011). Openness covers personality traits such as an appreciation for new experiences, broadness of imagination and finding value in aesthetics, emotion, curiosity and creativity, with an increased hunger for knowledge (MacLean et al. 2011).
Psilocybin may have application in psychical research. In 1997 there was some research into how psilocybin could influence results from remote viewing conducted by students at the University of Amsterdam. In the experiment, test-subjects under the influence of cannabis selected the right target only slightly above chance expectancy. Test-subjects under the influence of psilocybin selected the target with a success rate of 58.3%, which is a statistically significant result. The experiment was small however with only 12 subjects, but further research with larger sample sizes is warranted (Millay 1999).
This is an exciting time for psilocybin research. The last few years has seen an explosion in research, and this itself indicates that the strongly anti psychedelic mind-set in scientific circles, a hangover from the 1960’s, is beginning to dissipate, and researchers now have cutting edge technologies such as fMRI to aid them in the work and increase the precision and breadth of their findings. Research in many areas is ongoing, and new avenues for enquiry are opening up. David Nutt and his team at Imperial College are conducting a study on the efficacy of psilocybin as a treatment for depression, building on their previous work there. Just months ago a pilot study was completed in the US, based at John Hopkins University, looking at the effects of psilocybin on behaviour, psychology and brain function in long-term meditators. Psilocybin has a long history of use by Man, and has been revered as a powerful medicine and ally for a very long time. Modern science is confirming and building on ancient wisdom to allow us to better understand this amazing and highly multifaceted molecule, in order that we can better utilise its tremendous capacity to heal people.

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