Posts Tagged ‘police’

WHSmith Aldershot: Jo Nesbo’s latest book

September 5, 2014

Looking in Morrisons last week, I noticed Police, latest book from Jo Nesbo was half price.

If same offer in WHSmith, with 20% off voucher, then an even better deal.

I checked WHSmith Guildford last week on a fruitless search for Adultery, latest book from Paulo Coelho, on offer in WHSmith only you cannot find it, if they did have it and sold it, they do not restock. Where I had a bizarre conversation with thick-as-two-short-planks deputy manger who tried to tell me it was only ‘opinion’ Adultery an international best seller.

WHSmith Guildford, Police buy one get one half price. Not such a good deal.

It was therefore a surprise to see on Monday, Police still at half price in WHSmith Aldershot.

I looked in again today. A chart of paperbacks, Police that was at No1, now not shown in the charts. It could not have dropped out within the space of a week.

I looked around, found a second chart of paperbacks, where it was still shown at No1, and had a half price stickers. At least one had a half price sticker, the others had no stickers.

I also noticed, where shelved, buy one get one £1-99 (or something similar).

To be on the safe side, I took the one with the half price sticker to the counter.

Yes, it was half price, and yes, the second £1-99. I got a further 20% off with 20% off voucher.

This time I was given a get £5 off if you spend £15 voucher. Better even than a 20% off voucher if you spend £15, as getting third off, ie 33% off.

I queried, why was it shown buy one get one half price in WHSmith Guildford, to be told different stores had different prices.

I then asked did they have Paulo Coelho’s latest book? I had looked Monday, and not found where previously two copies had been randomly shelved.

No, they had not restocked when they sold their two copies when Adultery was published mid-August.

Unbelievable, an international best seller, from an international best selling author, Adultery entered New York Times best-seller last last Sunday at No2. This Sunday, Paulo Coelho a guest of Oprah Winfrey on Super Soul Sunday, first part of a two-part interview. An international best-seller that was on special offer in WHSmith (though no longer), that was not on display, those stores that had when they sold their copies, failed to restock.

Police, half price in some WHSmith stores, but not all. WHSith on-line, a higher price than in-store.

Jamie’s Comfort Food is on display at half price in WHSmith. It can be bought cheaper in Sainsbury’s.

I buy books, I was buying books. It was made very clear to me the store was closed, and I was politely asked to leave.

It is little wonder WHSmith a failing High Street chain. The only surprise is that they remain in businesses.

WHSmith would make a classic case study in a businesses school on how not to.

El Tango de Roxanne

June 29, 2014

Sting/Police classic Roxanne as tango.

Spine chilling.

Scene from the excellent film Moulin Rouge.

Captures the real tango, as evolved in rough working class districts of Buenos Aires, rough, violent, macho, sensual.

Thanks to Georgia.

Tango – Roxanne

March 9, 2012

Incredible performance of the Police/Sting classic Roxanne as tango, in the style of Astor Piazzolla.

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992), a virtuoso on the bandoneon, is credited as the creator of modern tango.

Concierto de A Ritmo de Tango

Keep your truncheon in your trousers

January 24, 2011
Protesters against undercover cops

Protesters against undercover cops

Scotland Yard Protest

Scotland Yard Protest

Women are not able to make an informed decision about who they are having a relationship with if they are being duped by police officers. It’s time for the abuse of women by undercover police officers to stop. — Sophie Stephen

Cops arriving for work at New Scotland Yard this morning found the main entrance blocked and instead had to queue around the block and go in through an unsecured side entrance.

The women were there to protest at the infiltration of activist groups by undercover police and what appears to be state sanctioned rape. They felt they had been violated by the state.

Sex in the absence of informed consent, is rape.

What in a democratic society are police doing infiltrating peaceful activist groups at a cost to the taxpayer running into millions of pounds? What are the police doing using sex as a means to blend in and for their own gratification?

The behaviour of the police in their use of female activists is little different than the use by the Japanese during WWII of Comfort Women.

There is an urgent need for a full judicial inquiry.

Tuesday the acting Met commissioner Tim Godwin and Commander Bob Broadhurst who is responsible for public order in London will have to appear before the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee to explain why they lied about undercover policing at the G20 protests in London in 2009.

Also see

Attacks on democracy by the police state

Political police infiltration of activists

Environmental activists are not sex maniacs

Protest at Met HQ over police officers’ undercover sex with activists

“How many police spies are left?” ask protesters

Secret policemen protest: Uncover your undercover officers, Met told

Protests over undercover police

The Met: Undercover, over-familiar… and falling down on The Job

Undercover police officer warns against giving Met control of spy unit

Gardai probe UK police spy’s role with Shell to Sea

Don’t just get rid of the police spies. Sack their useless bosses!

Police spying on eco-activists causes some soul searching in Britain

Are environmental activists really a spying priority?

Is that a truncheon in your pocket…

Mark Kennedy infiltrated German anti-fascists, Bundestag told

Attacks on democracy by the police state

January 22, 2011
will the real Mark Kennedy please stand up

will the real Mark Kennedy please stand up

Go on any protest or demonstration and you will be filmed by the police. Those wielding the cameras are FIT (Forward Intelligence Unit). FIT Watch do their best to highlight what FIT are doing.

But they probably already know who you are, what you are doing, where you live, how you think.

Go to any meeting meeting and you will always find at least one individual who does his or her best to disrupt, create negative vibes. People will leave as a result of their behaviour. Then there are others who are gung ho, suggest all sorts of ridiculous actions, which too many people get carried away with, but a moment’s calm reflection shows to be nonsense.

I used to to think these were simply nutters, dysfunctional people lacking in any common sense or social skills. Well now we know they are just as likely to be undercover police officers who are infiltrating, informing on and disrupting green and other activists.

According to Mark Kennedy aka Mark Stone, who spent seven years undercover infiltrating the climate change movement, there are at least 15 police infiltrators.

Mark Kennedy aka Mark Stone was exposed on Indymedia UK last autumn. He became known to the mainstream media who have since gone on a feeding frenzy when the Ratcliffe-on-Soar conspiracy trial collapsed through lack of evidence. We now know that Mark Kennedy had made secret recordings which showed those charged were innocent.

Since then three more have been exposed bringing the list of known police infiltrators to four – Lynn Watson, Mark Jacobs, Jim Boyling.

Lynn Watson posed as an environmental activist for five years, claiming to be a care worker living in Bournemouth.

Mark Jacobs, not thought to be his real name, infiltrated anarchist groups and had an affair with at least one woman. He did a huge amount of damage within Cardiff Anarchist Network where he was known as Marco. He claimed to be a landscape gardener and long-distance lorry driver.

Jim Boyling aka Jim Sutton married an activist and had two children while working undercover with environmental group Reclaim the Streets! He even persuaded his ex-wife to change her name by deed poll so as not to raise the suspicions of senior officers. It is reported he has been suspended.

Sex was used as a means of obtaining information. Mark Kennedy aka Mark Stone in his interview with the Mail On Sunday last weekend claimed female activists used sex to interest men in the movement. This is something I have never observed or encountered.

A former undercover officer has said infiltrators were required to have sex with activists as part of the job! It helped them to blend in.

Post a report or make a comment on Indymedia UK and your IP address is held in a temporary cache, then lost. This is to protect the ID of those who are posting, in the same way Wikileaks protects its sources. If you are leaking highly sensitive material, you would be advised to go somewhere anonymous where you are not known such as a library or net cafe and use a guest account .

Indymedia UK became suspicious of some posts and comments and so they installed a filter to examine where these were coming from. The postings were found to come from government servers on a secure network!

Police postings came to light following an internal investigation on persistent disinformation being published to Indymedia UK. Technically Indymedia is supposed to safeguard it’s posters by not logging IP addresses. In actual fact there are IP filters. Although IP addresses are only stored temporarily, those of persistent abusers are kept in order to prevent the site from being overwhelmed. Moderators of Indymedia UK identified the Gateway-303 server as being the source of numerous such posts. A filter was set up to capture the behaviour of the individual(s) who were hiding behind the server.

One IP address so identified was , which correlates with the server There are similar servers, gateway-301 & gateway-302 with IP addresses and respectively. Other servers identified are gateway-101, gateway-202, gateway-201, etc

GSI stands for Government Secure Intranet. It is a network established by the UK Government to allow secure transfer of files across its computers. The Police National Network is separate from it, but can connect to it. Currently GSI is operated by Energis, a UK based internet company now owned by Cable & Wireless.

It is clear from the consistency of the usage of gateway-303 server that the IPs are probably assigned to particular premises or else specific units within the UK Government. One of the purposes of the GSI network is to provide a secure proxy network behind which users can maintain their anonymity. Hence the lack of solid information as to exactly who is behind the postings. However, SchNEWS is gonna take a stab in the dark (if only) as to who they are; in fact some actually signed NETCU. Of course it could be the old double bluff, but given the level of intelligence behind some of the postings even this level of sophistication seems unlikely.

The messages posted were smears and misinformation, incitement to break the law, incitement to break up peaceful protests.

“No – stuff that – SHUT the place: Let’s not all stand around like lemmings – lets shut the place!Bring ladders and wire cutters. If there are enough of us we can shut it!”

Postings even included personal phone numbers of targets for animal rights activists.

I personally have had direct experience of this when smears and falsehoods were posted on Indymedia UK to discredit certain individuals. What was posted was not true. How did I know? I was with the individuals at the time, thus I knew it was not true. I at the time said that what was being posted was not true, raising a big question mark against those were making these smears and more important what was their motive? They used to be regulars at the Anarchist Book fair in London running a stall.

What is all very odd these operations are run by Acpo, the Association of Chief Police Officers. Odder still is that it is a limited company.

Even PR companies are jumping on the bandwagon, but it is going to take a little more than a few splashes of greenwash to give their clients a clean image.

A couple of years ago CAAT was infiltrated by Martin Hogbin, a guy working for BAE-Systems. He was a nice guy, everyone not only liked him, they trusted him. He made himself indispensable and was soon running everything. I had direct experience of what he was up to. I let him know of something going down. Next thing I knew, there was BAE-Systems heavies everywhere.

Over a decade ago London Greenpeace had more infiltrators than real activists!

This all sounds like something out of Stalinist Russia, KGB infiltration of dissidents. But no, this is England and Wales over the last decade.

Practises that cannot and should not be tolerated in a free and democratic society. If nothing else it puts Wikileaks in context.

There is an urgent need for a full Judicial Inquiry. A facebook group has been formed.

I called for an independent Judicial Inquiry last week. Police State infiltration of activists has no place in a democratic society. The police should uphold the right to protest. It also undermines public confidence in the police. The police should be dealing with crime, not protesters who may at times carry out mild acts of civil disobedience, which has a long and honourable tradition of forcing peaceful democratic change. Infiltration should be of criminal gangs and drug dealers, terrorists, people traffickers, not activists.

Monday female activists are to protest outside Scotland Yard in what they see as violation of their bodies by the state. [see Abuse of women by police must stop now!]

Tuesday the acting Met commissioner Tim Godwin and Commander Bob Broadhurst who is responsible for public order in London will have to appear before the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee to explain why they lied about undercover policing at the G20 protests in London in 2009.

Article reposted by Police State UK with permission.

Also see

Political police infiltration of activists

Eco-terrorism: the non-existent threat we spend millions policing

Three undercover political Police unmasked as infiltrators into UK Anarchist, Anti-Fascist and Climate Justice movements

Undercover police: Officer A named as Lynn Watson

Third undercover police spy unmasked as scale of network emerges

Undercover police: Officer B identified as Mark Jacobs

Undercover policeman married activist he was sent to spy on

Ex-wife of police spy tells how she fell in love and had children with him

Police spy who married activist suspended from duty

Police spies lost in a moral maze

Undercover police cleared ‘to have sex with activists’

How could UKuncut deal with attempts at sabotage?

State infiltration of and attempted disruption of activist websites


Undercover police scandal: why we urgently need a judge-led inquiry

Emily Apple: ‘I can’t forgive Mark Kennedy’s betrayal of activists’

How undercover officers squandered millions of pounds, with flash cars, luxury flats and up to 14 hours’ overtime a day

Anger as merger of ‘spy cop’ squads lumps protestors in with terrorists

Environmental activists are not sex maniacs

Mark Kennedy infiltrated German anti-fascists, Bundestag told

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