Stop Barclays fracking our future – banner

Stop Barclays banner

A banner for the recent week of action against Barclays Bank, who own 97% of Third Energy, who are planning to start fracking in Ryedale, North Yorkshire.   Fracking is the short name for hydraulic Fracturing – a drastic way to get trapped ‘natural gas’ out of underground rock. In the past it’s led to increased risks to underground water supplies, increased incidence of earthquakes, increased risks of spillages on the surfaces.  Many fracking rigs have been found to be leaking methane.

The logo of Barclay’s Bank is a simple blue eagle miffy_no_firds_4web– I have transformed him into a vulture wearing a sinister white hood.  The white hood, often associated with the Ku Klux Klan, is used here as a symbol of racism – to open up new supplies of fossil fuels is a terrible act of racism for while a few rich white banksters may benefit in the short-term, the rest of us will suffer from climate chaos.  And the first places to suffer the most from a warming climate are Africa, Asian and Latin America – where the poorest (and less white) people live.  These poorer regions have contributed the least to global warming.  To demand an end to fossil fuels, is to demand ‘Climate Justice‘.

The bunny is called Miffy and she cares for all life on this planet, not just the ones with money.  She sees the bigger picture and her T-shirt refers to the continuing campaign against the proposed building of a third Runway at Heathrow airport. Most flights are made by a small minority of rich white folk, heavily subsidised by tax-payers. We need to be closing airports not expanding them.  See this excellent article on airports by 10:10 here for more details.

For more info on the campaign to stop
Fracking in Ryedale, see:

Bonfire Night at Barracks Lane Community Garden


Poster and flyer for the Bonfire celebrations at my local Barracks Lane Community Garden in East Oxford.  Apparently the event was a great success, and the star performer, Nick Cope, has agreed to return for a second performance soon.

This poster was designed to be printed on the super-eco RISO printing press at Oxford GreenPrint.  The first pass was the Orange ink followed a second pass of Black ink on a yellow paper, 100% post-consumer recycled paper.  I’ve fallen in love with the RISO printing press.  It’s a great example of ‘appropriate technology‘ – it uses a sixth of the energy of a modern digital printing press and is best suited to print designs with strong contrast, like text and bold graphics.  Oxford GreenPrint specialise in the RISO – get in touch with them to learn more.

Veg-box mural on 5 sides of the new delivery trike at Veg in Clover


Two sides of the mural I painted on the side of the new veg-box delivery trike for Veg in Clover in Oxford, UK.  Andy’s veg at tasty, local and organic.  I was thrilled to be asked to paint this mural, and it was great fun adding all the giant veg, and a few animals too.  If you live in Oxford, watch out for this zero-emission vehicle distributing delicious food every Friday.  Below is a view of the other two sides.  To see the top you’ll have to climb a nearby tree!



Harvest festival at Hogacre Community Ecopark


Poster for the Harvest Festival at the wonderful Hogacre Common Eco Park in South Oxford.  OxGrow provided much of the vegetables for the food.  It was a great day, with beautiful music, good local food and many great friends to catch up with.  My favourite performance was from the wonderful Horns of Plenty.  I must try to visit there more than I do.

Signs for the Off-Grid Festival


While visiting a great friend in Cornwall I was asked to help out
with making a few last minute signs for the Off-Grid Festival 2016.  toilets_sign
We painted past midnight chatting and drinking home-brew at the
wonderful West Town farm just outside Exeter.
Here are a few small pix of the signs I painted.


“Eat well” – poster for the AGM of Low Carbon Oxford North


Poster and flyer for the AGM of one of Oxford’s most active low-carbon community groups, Low Carbon Oxford North.  The ‘world plate’ illustration is a vegetarian re-working of an image I made decades ago.  The original was quite meaty!  Reducing our consumption of meat (and dairy) is a major way to reduce our carbon emissions, and also improve our health.  It’s quite good for the animals too!

Cultural hegemony – illustrated in a cartoon

cult_hege_TV_by shtiggy

An illustration of the very useful concept – ‘cultural hegemony’ – as define by Antonio Gramsci, and mentioned by George Monbiot in his recent book ‘Feral’ (that proposed the rewilding of Britain). Cultural Hegemony is the tendency (mostly through self-censorship) for the main-stream media (MSM) to bombard consumers with imagery and stories that encourage us to adopt the values, attitudes and fears of the “ruling elite”.   This idea is very in-line with much of the writings of Noam Chomsky too, especially in relation to his criticism of the “main-stream media” who define the goal-posts or range of the ‘permissible debate’.

Oxford Local Food Directory 2016


The revised (2nd edition) of the most useful ‘Food Directory for Oxford’ focusing on local, ethical and non-corporate food producers and retailers near Oxford UK.  Thanks to the dedicated Martha W for meticulously updating the content, and to the decisive Hannah F for the editing, email-reading and proof-reading.  If you live in (or near) Oxford UK, I thoroughly recommend you buy one (for only £1) as soon as you can.  [Or you may just want the PDF of the whole booklet for free].  Entries are listed in order of their proximity to the centre of Oxford, to encourage people to walk or cycle for their food shopping.  Get in touch with Good Food Oxford for more information, including bulk discounts.

“Walk to school”, revised 2016 edit in two boxes


Cartoon (twisted into new two-part version) from way back to poke gentle fun at the hypocrisy of ‘needing’ new technology to protect our kids from our neighbours’ similar new technology.

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