A Voodoo Christmas in South Norwood

December 1st, 2011 |  Published in Artifacts, Blog

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Time flies. This time last year my wife and I were listening to A Voodoo Christmas in South Norwood, a mixtape by Stephen Grasso (whose psychogeographical musings on London’s history of hidden authority and dissent we’re in the process of serialising). Things were very different back then. My wife and I lived elsewhere in Leeds, we were both in full time work, this website was in its latter planning phase (we only had one article online) and most of the havoc that the Tory/Lib Dem coalition were about to wreak existed mainly in the realm of grim predictions.

Now we’re approaching this site’s first birthday, my wife has been been made redundant, we’ve moved house and have a baby on the way, and yesterday was the largest strike for a generation, with millions of public sector workers on the streets to protest proposed changes to their pensions. The average person’s spending power is decreasing, wealth inequality is growing. The future’s looking more and more uncertain.

Stephen Grasso’s serialised article, Smoke and Mirrors, couldn’t be more appropriate to the times we’re in right now. Written before the August riots and Occupy’s encampment at St. Pauls, it nevertheless traces themes throughout history that have direct relevance to both. It has particular relevance to our first post on this page, almost exactly one year ago. Both ask the same question: how do you keep going, find ways to celebrate, be creative and carve out whatever sacred space you can when you’re living in a country that has barely any truly public space left, operates according to a broken economic model and under a government that’s hellbent on policies that increase inequality?

Stephen’s article poses some interesting possible answers. And when it comes to celebration, he’s got the best tunes. His Christmas compilation, downloadable here (below), should warm you up throughout what promises to be a very bleak midwinter. Enjoy, and make sure you follow the remaining instalments of Smoke and Mirrors over the coming weeks.

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December 1st, 2011 | by | Published in Artifacts, Blog