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Protest against more flights at London City Airport

Celebrating more noise pollution, more flights and more deaths!

Written by Adam S

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Tent London is a ‘creative hub’ of new designers presenting fresh product ideas. Housed in the Truman Brewery, illness providing a great location for such an event, this annual exhibition showcases established designers alongside new ones.

Here are Amelia’s Magazine’s top ten finds at the event…

1. Troy Abbott’s Nano Cage
Want a pet budgie, but have concerns over mess or mortality? Then look no further than this – a brass bird cage with a video projection of a feathered friend inside. Look through the glass magnifier and he’s there, tweeting away. Guiltless fun!

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2. Zoe Murphy’s Recycled Furniture
Zoe Murphy, a Margate resident with a passion for vintage furniture, works her magic on re-salvaged mid-20th century pieces. Each one features delicate and beautifully painted illustrations, inspired by her home town and the 1950s – the glory days of the seaside. She also dabbles in textiles, too!

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3. Voronoi Fluids by Seeper
Seeper is an arts and technology collective who create digitally-enabled art and design installations. Not one for the lounge, but this huge spherical structure with a tactile surface projects light patterns which interact with the user’s hand. When users touch the surface, the light changes accordingly, providing beautiful, organic shapes and patterns.

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4. James Plumb’s curious assemblages
James Russell and Hannah Plumb, better known as James Plumb, are two artists who create curious works using vintage antiques which have been discarded. They fuse together forgotten antiquities to make innovative, interesting and unique artworks.

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5. Lights and Shadows by WOW
WOW is an international design studio involved in installation works across the globe. At Tent they presented Lights and Shadows, a large-scale video-installation which makes use of the latest technology, presenting one film via three projectors. The result – which makes use of footage of Tokyo nightscapes – is a powerful and consuming piece which allows the viewer to be at the centre of the action.

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6. Stuart Forsyth’s KeepCup
KeepCup is an Australian product with reduce, re-use, recycle at the heart of its ethos. Essentially a re-usable coffee cup, this lovable-looking item boasts ergonomic design and bright, customisable colours. Better still, it makes re-use plain and simple.

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7. The Wattson by DIY KYOTO
The Wattson is a brand new product which looks a bit like an alarm clock, but is actually a device to record how much electricity your home is using. It claims to reduce your utility bills by 25%, helping you reduce your emissions in the process, obviously. Its sleek design is unlike similar products, it uses very little electricity itself, and it’s 100% recyclable. There’s also an online community who share energy saving hints and tips!

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8. Hundreds Tens Unit’s Wall Clock
Picked for it’s elegant and aesthetic design, this piece stood out because it was so simple amongst a hell of a lot of over-designed products. Less is more with these simple, sleek timepieces.

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9. Esther Coomb’s Illustrated fancies
Esther coombs rescues delicate and ornate china from charity shops and customizes each piece by hand with ceramic ink. The result are quaint and cute little treasures.

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10. London Timepiece
London Timepiece is a one-man-band who lovingly restore vintage industrial and traditional clocks. Sourced in Britain and Eastern Bloc countries, each timepiece is considered unique. The industrial clocks, particularly, are excellent examples of designs past, with each piece telling a story as much as it does the time.

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Tent London is a ‘creative hub’ of new designers presenting fresh product ideas. Housed in the Truman Brewery, more about providing a great location for such an event, doctor this annual exhibition showcases established designers alongside new ones.

Here are Amelia’s Magazine’s top ten finds at the event…

1. Troy Abbott’s Nano Cage
Want a pet budgie, viagra but have concerns over mess or mortality? Then look no further than this – a brass bird cage with a video projection of a feathered friend inside. Look through the glass magnifier and he’s there, tweeting away. Guiltless fun!

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2. Zoe Murphy’s Recycled Furniture
Zoe Murphy, a Margate resident with a passion for vintage furniture, works her magic on re-salvaged mid-20th century pieces. Each one features delicate and beautifully painted illustrations, inspired by her home town and the 1950s – the glory days of the seaside. She also dabbles in textiles, too!

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3. Voronoi Fluids by Seeper
Seeper is an arts and technology collective who create digitally-enabled art and design installations. Not one for the lounge, but this huge spherical structure with a tactile surface projects light patterns which interact with the user’s hand. When users touch the surface, the light changes accordingly, providing beautiful, organic shapes and patterns.

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4. James Plumb’s curious assemblages
James Russell and Hannah Plumb, better known as James Plumb, are two artists who create curious works using vintage antiques which have been discarded. They fuse together forgotten antiquities to make innovative, interesting and unique artworks.

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5. Lights and Shadows by WOW
WOW is an international design studio involved in installation works across the globe. At Tent they presented Lights and Shadows, a large-scale video-installation which makes use of the latest technology, presenting one film via three projectors. The result – which makes use of footage of Tokyo nightscapes – is a powerful and consuming piece which allows the viewer to be at the centre of the action.

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6. Stuart Forsyth’s KeepCup
KeepCup is an Australian product with reduce, re-use, recycle at the heart of its ethos. Essentially a re-usable coffee cup, this lovable-looking item boasts ergonomic design and bright, customisable colours. Better still, it makes re-use plain and simple.

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7. The Wattson by DIY KYOTO
The Wattson is a brand new product which looks a bit like an alarm clock, but is actually a device to record how much electricity your home is using. It claims to reduce your utility bills by 25%, helping you reduce your emissions in the process, obviously. Its sleek design is unlike similar products, it uses very little electricity itself, and it’s 100% recyclable. There’s also an online community who share energy saving hints and tips!

8

8. Hundreds Tens Unit’s Wall Clock
Picked for it’s elegant and aesthetic design, this piece stood out because it was so simple amongst a hell of a lot of over-designed products. Less is more with these simple, sleek timepieces.

9

9. Esther Coomb’s Illustrated fancies
Esther coombs rescues delicate and ornate china from charity shops and customizes each piece by hand with ceramic ink. The result are quaint and cute little treasures.

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10. London Timepiece
London Timepiece is a one-man-band who lovingly restore vintage industrial and traditional clocks. Sourced in Britain and Eastern Bloc countries, each timepiece is considered unique. The industrial clocks, particularly, are excellent examples of designs past, with each piece telling a story as much as it does the time.

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Today a group of activists went to London City airport to protest against the the expansion of flights from the airport. A new London to New York flight that only takes 32 people at a time, ambulance took off today, approved costing over £3,000 a ticket.

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As the airport makes so much noise for the local community, the protesters only felt it was right for the rich transatlantic commuters to get a taste of their own medicine. With a range of pots, pans, drums and loudspeakers, the group aimed to raise awareness against the airport expansion and the carbon intensive flights.

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Donning bowler hats and pinstripe suits the activists held banners emblazoned with “More Noise Pollution,” “Global Warming Is Cool” and “Down With Polar Bears.” The irony certainly wasn’t lost on the powers that be, as I arrived to a huge police presence. They obviously didn’t want anything to disrupt the departure and new campaign behind the BA flights. The MET – or glorified security guards – smugly watched, fingering their cameras and looking through files on their database. It seemed like they wanted a 3D intricate picture and analysis of everyone there, including the media, apparently everyone’s under scrutiny now. That or the MET really don’t have anything better to do with their time.

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The commuters looked more disgruntled than wary of the message Fight The Flights were trying to put across, even advocating skype conference calls and internet meetings was met with little interests. However, when the noise died down, passers by could be seen to be looking at some of the facts and figures behind the new flights.

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Loud-hailers were used to drive home the message that no matter what the London Mayor and Government promises about a greener London, the facts really don’t add up, as more and more planes are being forced down the runway. The aviation industry is also using biofuels as an excuse for  airport expansion and flying in general, but in reality, the production of these fuels cause even more deforestation, hunger and global warming.

One promise after another is broken and the local residents are forced to suffer at the hands of the airways industry. It is worth noting that some of these residents earn less in a year than it costs to have one of the car parking spots at the airport. With the average wage of people flying at London City Airport being in the region of 80 grand, it feels like communities that live under the flight paths need to be considered, not just the corporate elite.

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Flight the Flights have decreed that with every 32 seater flight that lands, 32 people have died or are suffering in London from the dangerous airborne particles released by the planes. As the first New York flight took off from the runway, a minute’s silence was held by protestors to reflect on the suffering climate change is causing and the consequences that this new flight will have, not just on the global situation but on Londoners and local residents.

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Activists noted today that although the protestors had taken a light hearted and ironic take, they were there for a serious cause and “if [the airport] continues to expand, we will not go away.”

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17 Responses to “Protest against more flights at London City Airport”

  1. Ali Reza says:

    We need more people willing to stand up and do something about causes like this. F*cking brilliant!

  2. Annie says:

    There is nothing more inspiring than the protest at LCY yesterday by individuals who have strong values towards the environment and community.

    Perhaps the police were there because protestors are guilty of having a moral compass, something which the aviation industry and government currently lack.

    Great article as always Amelia.

  3. Alan says:

    amelia – fantastic piece!

    32 people will die in london from dangerous airbourne particles by the time that 32 seater plane lands back in london city airport. the figure was worked out from the lower averages on the clain air for london campaigns published figures. 6300 – 7900 people in london per year will die from these particles.

    well done all those people at london city airport – its a hidden menace. quietly quietly they are moving heathrows third runway to east london hoping nobody will notice. if london city airport gets its full expansion it will have the equivilent number of flights as the third runway would have.

  4. Eddie from Essex says:

    Just what the world needs more lefties and crusties making life for the majority a bloody nightmare. I was caught up in the G20 demos in the city earlier this year, then caught up yesterday when my flight to Paris was delayed due to a security breach.
    I’m all for people being able to speak their mind and air their views, but when these dole blagging pikeys (I assume none of them live in the real world and actually go out to work)start affecting us normal folk from going about our day to day business then I think the Police are well within their rights to act.
    Surely these protesters efforts would be better aimed at protesting about the injustices that happen to our elderly folk, or the open door immigration policy this contry has. Or oppps sorry am I just being ‘plane stupid’……….

  5. Barry says:

    12 people making noise outside an airport that is used by 3.3 million people annually. Those 3.3 million contribute a lot more to the economy than a bunch of nutters prancing around outside an airport at midday.

    Virtually no coverage in any serious newspapers (Graudian hardly considered serious as it has sided too much with the econuts) and you think you made a stand? Wake up and smell the jet fuel.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I am angry the way London City Airport and Newham Council has taken away democracy from residents. Is right they they expanded the airport from 76,000 to 120,000. This airport is in a residential area!. They don’t give a toss about residents. I can’t open windows during the summer. With flights expected 1 every 90 seconds. Is this a reasonable way to live? What about school kids?. How many airport do they need to expand?. I hate the way London City Airport has corrupted Newham Council to side with them. Why offer free flights to Councillors?. Not a single one of Newham 54 Labour Councillors bothered to represent residents and object to expansion.

    Even Boris Johnson does not want expansion at Heathrow, supported expansion of London City Airport.

  7. Eddie from Essex says:

    This is to Anonymous, after reading your post, do you ever think your life would be better if you sold up and moved elsewhere?

  8. Alan says:

    Eddie – I am sure anon would love to move but people in social housing dont have such luxury.

  9. Citykid says:

    If Anonymous is in social housing then him or her needs to be grateful that us tax payers are paying for him or her to have a roof over his or hers head. Sorry we all make choices in life, I myself came from a rough council estate in the East End, and through pure hard work and determination I managed to pull myself out of it, and now front a Trading Team of 20 people for a city based bank
    As for the airport thing, who gives a toss if they are going to use it more, thats why the dam airport was put their in the first place. The soap dodgers who were protesting, need to get a job, get a grip of reality and just let the rest of us get on with our own lives.

  10. Eddie from Essex says:

    So annon gets free housing paid for by us the tax payer whilst the rest of us have to go out to work pay rent or mortgages, and then he has the cheek to moan abut it. Sorry, if you go down the road of bennefits and social housing i really don’t see how you have any right to complain.

  11. Christopher says:

    (@Citykid @Eddie from Essex) Right guys ill make this simple…

    A. the clear problem and the one the action is trying to highlight which you have handily illustrated is that people such as yourselves are intent on making money and clearly care for no-one else, the fact that the expansion of the airport will affect the local residents seems to be irrelevant to you – as long as the rich can zoom off where ever they want.

    B. Also perhaps it would be better not to make assumptions about peoples backgrounds, I know plenty of people involved in actions to highlight the injustices in the world who hold down day jobs as well as doing plenty of non-paid volunteer work, yes that’s right they do something not for money. This might be a difficult to get your heads around.

    C. Wake up and smell the free-trade, organic and soya milk coffee and stop acting like the stereotypical minority of people around the world who are making life hell for the majority.

  12. Citykid says:

    This goes to Christopher, I’ll wake up and smell all that organic crap you spouted on about, only if you snort the fumes from the back of my 4 litre 4 x 4.

    As for being rich, I think I pointed out, I come from what some would consider a very rough part of East London, certianly no silver spoons in my house as a kid. I dragged myself out of the gutter, worked bloody hard for what i acheived, and don’t see why I should give a dam about those who don’t wish to do anything with their own lives.

    The quicker we get away from this namby pamby lets be nice to everyone and go and adopt a polar bear car hating liberalism the better.

    So on that note, I shall leave you Christopher with your Vegan Mung Bean Burger. To ponder how you are going to make life hell for us people who actually contribute something to this country.

  13. Joel says:

    I’m not rich, work for a bank or any of that. What I do object to is these dam lefties telling me I am wrong all the time. I do my little bit for the planet like recycle and all that, but once or twice a year I like to jump on a plane and jet of somewhere hot and sunny, the same as I like to have a nice car (sometimes public transport don’t cut it).

    If these lefties want to protest, why don’t they focus their efforts on the real enviromental culprits here, i.e America, India and China, or as Eddie said real issues that affect everyday people in this country such the rights of the elderly, unchecked immigration (no I’m not racist either, just a realist), or the fact that our troops are dyeing in a war which is not ours. Or are these issues that don’t matter to these people?

    Sorry if this offends anyone, it really is not my intention to upset people, but I feel I had to get this of my chest

  14. Lisa B says:

    My personal view here is that London needs this airport if we are to continue to be a global financial leader, and any expansion is a good thing.
    I work for Hedge Funding Consortium, and to Christopher I am not vastly over paid, neither does my job require me to travel endlesly. However our partners and directors have to travel on a fairly regular basis. I feel if they were not able to fly from City, and had to use Heathrow or Gatwick, then they would simply move the business out of London, the price to the city being quite a few jobs.
    Its very nice to have idealised views, the problem is real life just dosn’t allow for it. To Citykid I just want to say its fantastic that you have done so well in your life, however, I do feel you could be a little more humble.

  15. Bilbo says:

    I have just booked my flight to New York out of city, bloody carbon offsetting I had to pay was ludicrous. Anyway when i was booking it thi thread came up in Google, so was compelled to have a nosey at it.
    I just want to say to all the greenies and moaners on here, what difference is one extra plane going to make? And if some of us are daft enough to pay through the nose for it then thats our choice.
    I’m sure some of these do gooders will only be happy when we are all living in a Communist state.

  16. Concerned says:

    Hi Bilbo

    At least there are Do Gooders. London City Airport and Newham have screwed the local communities and take more than they give. I as a tax payer as well as other working people in London pay £5.5 million a year to their security. Remember they are a private business. I and others who work have to ofset there fuel tax as the poor airlines can’t afford it. So the public transport I and we use is more expensive so the poor little rich people can get their flights at a cheaper rate. If aviation was paying in as i and we are the prices for flights would be unreal. I’m sick of the NIMBY’s who don’t like people who pay into the country and then try to keep communities such as the one around London City Airport safe and with some sort of quality of life.
    I just wish would all see the world for what it is and not just an inconvenience to you making a bloody BIG profit.

  17. Bilbo says:

    To Concerned, one thing WTF!!!! I was only saying I have booked a flight that was on offer and would save me a trip to Heathrow or Gatwick. Like yourself I live in the shadow of City Airport under the direct flight path, am a regular user of Local Public Transport (Jubile Line and Busses) as well as my own car, use local amenites and also find some of the ‘choices’ Newham Council make suspect at the best of times. However, my point is, I don’t see what difference one extra plane each day is going to make, and surely a service that encourages people to come to London is a good thing. I wonder Concerned, if you was maybe in a position to use this service wheather you would be so anti, or is it a case of ‘well I can’t afford it, so I don’t see why others should’.

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