beats anarcho primitivism hands down. enjoyed the article on race
the bollox infoshop on callensburg straat was first port of call this morning. too crowded to take photos but definitely a squat tourist must see.
picked up a wad of squat-related zines and comix from all over europe and america. so nice to be in such a peaceful, diverse and organised infospace! lessons to be learnt for back home maybe?
books sat behind lock and key which is a pity. apparently they open them up at the weekend. the cafe has cheap tea coffee and vegan toasties. a very patient dutchman stood behind the bar taking orders and it took some persuasion to get him to take money for items even when price lists were clearly marked on the wall. a lady was researching anarcho archives and gave some good tips for where to pick up good anarchist / feminist zines and comics.
met people talking about the evictions which are happening all over amsterdam at the moment. the sauna just opposite is due for eviction soon.. it had a beautiful door with mirrors instead of windows on it. mmm..
this is what callenburgstraat looks like outside
wow! the bicycles! the cycle lanes! the canals! the giant panier racks! oh and the social centres!
got into hamsterville late last nite after a mixture of train, cyclage and boating. its a bit of a cheat but we took rail and sail as its just £39 from london to anywhere you want in holland. considering the ferry alone is £30 and you can take bikes. yay! (see seat61.com/Netherlands.htm)
headed straight to casa robina (casarobino.org) which is *kind of* an open house for couch surfers. we had friends whove stayed here before so we emailed in the morning, rang on the doorbell late of a rainy night, hung up our clothes to dry and cooked up some mushroom stroganoff with bulgar wheat. yes.
arrived at 56a in the morning. it was closed 😦 *but* it did hae some lovely benches and a table just outside wheatpasted with posters and flyers for events happening in the near future and surrounded by a mini herb garden! not a bad place to hang out when its shut.
on thursday it was bike workshop day. the workshop mainly takes place outside as the workshop area inside is a narrow cupboard like room only just to store tools. it was well popular. also, dont know if it was the council or the squatters but there were some bicycle lockers too for storing your bike and not having to worry about it getting nicked. would have been useful for saturday night when mine got jacked!
archives of info and old zines about everything anarcho related on high shelves. underneath theres wall-to-wall bookshelves organized by subject and mainly for sale. one bookshelf has reference only stuff. another has books to swap. theres a great range of newspapers (all recent issue). few racks of cds. nice.
the magazine racks are hand crafted from skipped wood and pinned down with used bicycle inner tube.
in the kitchenette theres a board for empties and people looking for squats or squatmates. theres also a couple of picture frameswhich chronicle the history of the building.
at the front is fairshares – a dirt cheap wholefoods coop shop for dried foods – nuts, seeds, grains, beans, fruit, local produe and spreads. its pretty tiny but really popular again. the wall is full of photos of happy healthy looking folk ranting about how much they love fairshares.
even the toilets awesome. its clean. and its plastered with posters about sexism, homo/trans-phobia and general gender – feminsm stuff. toilets seem like a good place to remind people about bits related tings. catch em with their trousers down (maybe?)
is that ten yet..?
so we heard tell there was a plan to occupy the old olympia cinema and health centre in todmorden, a northern market town famed for its guerilla gardens. (see incredible-edible-todmorden.co.uk) the beautiful old buildings due for demoltion to make way for a giant asda…
‘no walmart ta’ ‘todmorden SUPER market town..?’. bnnrs ready. new locks and section 6 on the door. for a few short hours the olympia was restored to *something* of its former glory.
its carnival day. what will all the locals say? the parade passes. dreary under grey weather. there’s no floats this year. health and safety. the carnival queens are driven by in the boots of a fleet of mini cabs. and as they pass the old olympia there’s an eerie atmosphere. everyone averts their eyes from the crumbling picturehouse. the todmorden health clinic. closed down a few years back after harold shipman’s actvities surfaced here. i wonder weather anyone even noticed were here…
its a lovely lovely town. an awesome little market. a vegan bakery. friendly faces. 50p for green&blacks. 60p for a pot of tea! and a pink and black offie with tables and chairs inside for customers to help themselves. whatll happen when the asda becomes the central building in town? (http://www.mojvideo.com/video-south-park-walmart-this-way-comes/1f86b6d0fc6a59a6147d )
httpmore info on the olympia at http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DUj9MYwybAFY%26amp&h=YAQCU-obU