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Greenpeace volunteers mark Kyoto day halting trading on the global oil market by occupying the International Petroleum Exchange in London... Today is a day for action. After a long and arduous process the Kyoto Protocol comes into force and the time for business as usual is over. Thirty-five Greenpeace volunteers halted trading on the global oil market by occupying the International Petroleum Exchange in London. They entered the high security building near Tower Bridge shortly before 2pm, just as the world market in Brent crude was about to switch to London. They attached distress alarms to helium balloons, blew foghorns...

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Anyone else seen her? Ok. I was in the centre of Dublin last week and spotted that old dame, affectionately known as 'the Mad Dancing Lady'. Dubliners will know what I mean. Please use this space to post regular updates. In fact, we here at Blather will pay good cash for a photo.* *not. sorry - we spent the last of the cash on beard trimming devices.

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The woman known as Britain's "cannabis gran" explains why she eats marijuana five times a day - and why she'll keep on doing it despite the threat of a jail term. More from the BBC

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The European Commission is exposing EU countries to the risks of genetically modified organisms.. Greenpeace has sed the European Commission of exposing EU Member States to the irreversible risks of genetically engineered (GE) crops and of undermining safety regulations within the EU. While the Commission claims that Monsanto's GE maize (MON810) (1) has been monitored for environmental risks and that it meets the requirements under current EU legislation, Greenpeace investigations show that no comprehensive monitoring plan exists. Greenpeace calls for the EU Member States to take initiatives to stop the commercialisation of Monsanto's GE maize. "The first time a GE...

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On Saturday 12 February, 73 year old Sister Dorothy Stang, an American nun and Brazilian citizen who defended the Amazon national heritage from land grabbers was cruelly assassinated. From Greenpeace: Sister Dorothy had lived for more than 30 years in the Amazon and had dedicated nearly half her life to give a voice to rural communities, defending their land rights, and fighting for a development model that would not result in forest destruction. She tirelessly insisted that a strong presence of the Government in the remote regions of the Amazon was necessary. The murder of Sister Dorothy was a tragedy,...

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From Lizardfish: Stop the capture of dolphins! from our good friend Lizardfish Dear friend, Dolphin Oasis has appealed the recent refusal for their proposal to construct a dolphin enclosure at the Wyndham Resort in Southampton, Bermuda. Their proposal has changed but they still want to dredge the sea floor of Sinky Bay to make way for the enclosure and they still want to bring more dolphins to Bermuda to be held in captivity for the enjoyment of people who are unaware of the damaging effects, which these dolphinariums have. ONCE AGAIN I NEED YOUR HELP IN OPPOSITTION TO THIS PLAN...

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Yes, the Oslo Jazz Festival and Øyafestivalen! Barry Kavanagh recently travelled to Oslo to report on the Oslo Jazz Festival and Øyafestivalen for Plan B magazine. Clickety click.

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Dacianos - now a nomadic international "act" - perform for the first time in Dublin since January 2002. The extra-special international line up will be: Barry Kavanagh, Frances Morgan, Joss Moorkens. Dacianos have been described as "distinctly emotive", "gently hypnotic", "starkly beautiful", "marvellously atmospheric" and "Sunday afternoon sunlight" and it/they released two mini-albums: the frozen-man-just-released-from-block-of-ice "Mis-showbusiness" (2000) and the thaw-out reflective taoist epic "Hold Music" (2002). SUNDAY 29 AUGUST, Lazybird, upstairs in the INTERNATIONAL BAR, Wicklow St, DUBLIN. DOORS 8.30PM, ADMISSION 7 EURO. That's the good news. The even better news is that the evening will begin with a rare...

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For anyone who heard Blather's Dave speaking on Dublin's Spin 1038 FM today... Some of the stuff I was talking about: Recent Lake Monster shenannigans in Norway » My report from the 1998 debacle in Norway » Big cat sightings in Ireland » Antelopes in Wexford »

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On Friday 2 July... Yes, Friday 2 July: get your sweet asses over to the Cobblestone in Smithfield in Dublin for: The Rollers/Sparkers album launch featuring live performances from Rollers/Sparkers and Schroedersound. Plus Kosmische DJs from London... including yours truly (Barry K)... playin' everything from krautrock to electronica to afrobeat. Starts 7.30pm. www.rollerssparkers.com www.kosmische.org And check out this lestrange Rollers/Sparkers video. If their server is having a nap, you can also find it here. If you are connecting by means of a humble modem, you could try here.