This week Worlds End has a new scarf/shawl in 100% lambswool, 270 cm long by 75cm wide. I have previously written about the manufacture, history & quality of this accessory here.
The current version is in 5 colours & sports several slogans all connected with the rotten financial system we currently live under & it’s responsibility for austerity measures, poverty & climate change.
This financial system allows one million, of what Vivienne has coined the ‘antipeople’, to control the rest of the seven billion of us on this planet, acting the same as a parasite in that they suck up all profit from the works of others & like a parasite they eventually kill the host – us!
(have you switched your energy supplier yet to a green one?).
At the end of the scarf are the words:
“Friends of Oxfam oppose Rotten Financial System = Rot $
Soon nobody will be able to help anybody/global”.
This wording is addressed specifically to Oxfam but also to the other NGO’s & their supporters addressing the rape of our planet & the suffering of its inhabitants, i.e Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, the RSPB, etc.
What the wording explains is that the world situation is getting worse & worse & the work of these organisations although helping a bit is fighting a losing cause. It is a call for them & all of their supporters (of which we are one) to realise that they need to ‘up’ their game & get more politically opposed to the root cause of their fight. The rotten financial system.
These NGO’s have a lot of supporters. They need to start co-ordinated actions, like for instance urging their members to all switch energy suppliers away from the fossil fuel industries.
Some of these NGO’s receive funding from the UK government, which complicates any direct criticism. If these NGO’s don’t come out against the government though, their causes are lost.
First published in 1909, ‘The Machine Stops’ is a short science fiction story written by E.M.Forster, better known for novels like ‘A Passage to India’. In it he describes a world run for pleasure by a machine. Through the generations, people rely more & more on the machine until they do nothing without it. They don’t even try to do anything not provided by it. The machine becomes almost a new religion. Then, although the people don’t understand this, the machine starts to break. During its collapse & before the machine does break completely, the people keep making excuses for the machine’s behavior. When the machine does stop, civilization totally collapses & the human race becomes virtually extinct.
Vivienne has picked up on this story as the exact metaphor for our own situation today. One example of this is our complete reliance on fossil fuel energy which is imminently going to kill most of us through climate change.
On this episode of Watching the Hawks, Tabetha Wallace sits down with Vivienne Westwood and Joe Corre, who are famous for their punk world exploits in London, to talk about the dangers of fracking and the future of the movement to halt the spread of this dangerous process.
A couple of weeks ago Vivienne left a page torn out of The Week magazine on my desk. It was an obituary for one of the three founders of OZ magazine, Richard Neville who died on the 4th September this year. I asked her if she had any connection with him & she told me that she hadn’t, just that she liked him & thought that it might be interesting for this blog. Continue reading →
On the 12th of May, this year I was asked to come to a recording studio nearby in Battersea to shoot some video of a collaboration Vivienne was doing with lyricist & rap artist Mic Righteous. Continue reading →
With an introduction filmed outside of the Worlds End shop & plenty of archive footage, CNBC’s Tanya Bryer interviews Vivienne about her passions, views & on how she got to where she is today.
First broadcast on Thursday 13th October 2016. 24.31 minutes duration.