Why do people take or keep their children out of school? Mostly for three reasons: They think that raising their children is their business and not the government’s; they enjoy being with their children and helping them to learn, and don’t want to give that up to others; they want to keep them from being hurt, mentally, physically and spiritually. Continue reading What did you learn out of school today?
… The 1970’s saw a blitz of motorway building across the country with the M65 being one of the last to get permission and be built. Continue reading Stop the Motorway! (OK Slow Down the Motorway)
As we had set off for the festival a neighbour after being told where we were going remarked “Oh so you’ve become history then!” …. Continue reading Doing Up The Mill (part 4) – and the mystery of the Burnley Wood communes
It all started one evening sometime in the early 1980’s when we entertained ourselves at People In Common by playing a word game with our names. Continue reading Cathie Cross is No More
The result of our tree planting on the field at Altham was to create a very different landscape from the one that was there when we bought it. Continue reading What Do You Do with a Thousand Trees?
…This gave the network an illusive ephemeral appearance – shifting its location around the country, one moment in SW Scotland, a year later in West Wales, next year coming from an address in the Pennines, popping up a couple years later in Buckinghamshire. Continue reading A wonderful anarchic-jumble-sale-of-a-disorganisation
I didn’t completely give up performing after leaving London. More I gave up pursuing clowning as a career path and my skills became more a part of a toolkit for entertaining ourselves at People in Common and for livening up political activism. Continue reading Enjoy spontaneous creative splurges
…one of the things that had attracted me to the group was the chance to sort of try out being a parent; to be allowed to build a relationship with some kids that was more meaningful than just kicking a ball about or reading them a story now and again. Continue reading Your Children are Not Your Children
A DERELICT cornmill will one day be the home of a “good life” workers co-operative. But until then, members of the Burnley group People In Common, are having to endure the hard life converting it into living accommodation. Continue reading Doing Up The Mill (part 3)
The barmaid at the local pub once told me that she ‘knew’ that we “must be in and out of each others beds all the time”. I have a feeling that there were far more sexual shenanigans going on amongst the locals she was serving than were going on at PIC. Continue reading The Price of Free Love