Squatters quit flats for festival
By Evening News 24 – Thursday September 5 2002
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NORWICH’S nomadic squatters have left their latest adopted home to go on an extended period of partying and travelling.
Just three of the self-styled Community Collective are still staying at a block of empty flats on Brunswick Road. But they are due to leave on Friday, the deadline set by the housing association who own the building.
The other 22 members moved all their belongings out before the bank holiday and went to a festival en masse. After that it appears they have spent some time travelling around England.
Nearly a fortnight ago the collective was issued with another eviction order from the county court just over a week after being kicked out of Pym House on Unthank Road.
However, the owners, the Swan Housing Association, gave them a two week breathing space to find alternative accommodation.
According to one member they are still on the look out for a place, preferably a big house that will contain all 25 members of the collective.
“When all the others come back we will have to move to somewhere else, maybe to another squat. We have always wanted to remain together as a collective rather then be split up,” he said.
“People have gone to a festival and have taken pretty much all their stuff with them. It’s very quite just now, just me playing my tunes.”
Their short stay at Pym House ended in a high-profile stand-off with authorities which resulted in an impromptu rave. They left only when police officers broke in through the back door. But this time round the collective have decided to leave peacefully.
“It’s a bit difficult to make a protest with just the three of us. We will definitely be leaving on Friday,” the anonymous member added.
Facing the music over rodent rave experiments
[font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]By IOL – Thursday September 5 2002
[/font][font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Scientists who plied mice with drugs and loud dance music to study the effect on their brains.
The Home Office said it was taking “infringement action” against Cambridge University researchers who injected mice with the stimulant methamphetamine and subjected them to loud music, including tracks by dance act The Prodigy.
Several mice died and others suffered brain damage in the experiment, whose results were published in the journal NeuroReport last year.
Animal rights activists condemned the experiment. The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection called it “tasteless and horrific.”
The experiment was part of a wider study looking at the effect of amphetamine on a the striatum, a brain region that degenerates in Huntington’s disease, a fatal, inherited brain disorder.
The findings suggested that loud pulsating noise like that found in dance clubs could intensify the drug’s toxic effects.
Researchers studied 238 mice, injecting half with salt and half with the drug. While the mice injected with salt fell asleep when music was played, the drugged mice appeared to jiggle backward and forward.
Scientists found that the drugged mice suffered more speed-induced brain damage than normal. Seven mice who listened to The Prodigy died, as did four who were played music of a similar tempo by Bach.
The Home Office, the government department responsible for overseeing rules for animal research, did not say what form of action had been taken against the scientists.[/font]
holy shit, what will those crazy scientist think up next eh? making little f1 cars for them to crash to see how broken they get? injecting them with viagra, to see how long it takes to die from shaggin?
and to think the govt is making these fuckers safety an issue- trying to protect them from protesters who might help them realise the error of their ways (having said that some prtesters go to far- but then so do the scientists – driving thru protesters, fuckin them up with their cars).
imo there should be laws to put scientists like this on trial.
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