I hate the Word ‘Customer’.
As a passenger I keep being refereed to as a ‘customer’,
even thought as a ‘citizen’ I part own the public transport
which I use.
Within libraries I keep hearing the expression
‘Library Customers’, even though they might better be
refereed to as Library Users.
The word customer is defined as someone who buys goods
Call me a linguistic pedant, but just how am I buying
something from myself?
This is why it’s about time we should all refuse to use that
ugly work, & go back to the use the word ‘Passenger’ as
we travel, & say ‘Library User’ within all public libraries.
I was born in St Bartholomews ( Barts ) Hospital in the City of London.
Just next to Barts is Smithfield, which has been a meat market for some 800 years.
Smithfield market is housed within a beautiful Victorian building which is in danger of being pulled down. Needless to say, the whole issue of what becomes of the building is very controversial indeed.
I’ll not go in to the various issues which surround the future of Smithfield, but just mention what I think might be done at the place.
A memorial to the countless millions of animals which have been cruelly murdered, butchered, & sold within Smithfield market.
The building might also be used as a vegetarian education centre, with retail outlets which sell various organic, & vegetarian products.
I would like the same to be done at the site of the old meat
market at Caledonian Rd, & at every other meat market
throughout the globe.
I’ve been looking through my archive, & came upon the following.
So here is the fun text of the very 1st
Greenpeace ( London ) anti-MuckD leaflet,
which was given out on Jan 19th 1985.
‘Macdonalds – The Sawdust people !
Sawdust – The Taste of macdonalds ‘food’
Sawdust – The nutritional value of macdonalds ‘food’
Sawdust – On the bloody floors of macdonalds slaughterhouses.
Sawdust – From the destruction of the Amazon rain forests
…. from the felling of millions of trees to provide more profits
for macdonalds …….
Macdonalds – The Sawdust people ! ‘
What followed on from that became McLibel.
Here are a few ideas & remarks which might help anyone
understand just how to deal with any manager at work.
It’s not what you know,
or who you know,
but whom you go drinking with.
What’s the difference between ignorance & Apathy?
I don’t know, & I don’t care.
Those who are incapable of teaching become managers.
Upon finding a problem work out its solution.
Only then should you tell a manager just what the
solution might be, and follow it up with an outline of just
where the problem is to be found.
I wrote the following piece some while back, & but still think that it says a lot about Nukiller Power.
Continue reading An Untold History on Nukiller Power.
Viewpoints in extremity.
It is very difficult to think or write about any of the issues which face Cuba
without having to confront one major difficulty.
Namely, where ever you look to find information about Cuba, that this will
result in your having to sort a lot of facts from political opinion.
Continue reading Cuba
I’m a Pragmatic Anarchist.Sometimes I call myself an Anarcho-Pacifist , yet
by doing so there is always the danger that my
ideas may become confused with some other
stereotypical sets of very rigidly defined
political or philosophical ideas.
Continue reading The working politics of a Pragmatic Anarchist