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Issue:- 1 November  2012


A brand new free festival is growing in Liverpool! Food for Real Film Festival hits a screen near you this Autumn in cinemas and a host of other diverse locations, Community Centres, online, on garden walls and in poly-tunnels! Liverpool arts and health social enterprise, Squash Nutrition are curating Food for Real to share dynamic food practise from around the North-West and the globe. This gourmet gathering will explore, witness and savour the social, cultural and political impacts of the foods we eat. Food For Real Film Festival is free (some events require pre-booking) and takes place in venues across Liverpool from 21 November to 25 November 2012.

One of Food For Real Film Festival's most unusual events is Poly-tunnel Vision; Britain's 1st poly-tunnel cinema and the greenest movie theatre ever, which takes place on Wednesday, 21 November 2012, from 6 to9pm. The Homeless Hostels Food Alliance will be hosting this first night of the film festival in their 125ft poly tunnel at Dutch Farm in Speke. The short films being screened celebrate groups and individuals who are taking growing for a sustainable future into their own hands; from seed saving for survival to urban growing at its funkiest. The Squash Nutrition team will be serving steaming cups of delicious soup and sharing tips on seed sprouting and seed saving on the night.

Another festival highlight is the Food for Real Women event at Blackburne House on Thursday, 22 November 2012; an evening that celebrates the complex and dynamic relationship between women, food and humour with a fantastic mixed bill of films and a tasty selection of lovingly crafted pies! The films shown will include Waitress by Adrienne Shelly, Sally Morris' The Comedienne, Bobby Baker's Kitchen Show and Semiotics of the Kitchen by Martha Rosler.

A new film by Labour MP for Wavertree Luciana Berger; Breadline Britain; will make its premiere at the festival, at Fact on the afternoon of Friday, 23 November 2012. The film charts the journey of a food donation through to a client at a food bank and questions why food banks are needed in 21st century Britain.

Another original event, Cycle- Thru Noodle Cinema, invites cyclists to put their best pedal forward and bring their lovely bicycle on down to the coolest cinema venue in the City (yes you will be able to cycle inside too!) on Sunday, 25 November 2012. Culturally critical masses will be meeting at Camp and Furnace where the unlikely union of bikes and noodles will be made beautiful. A cornucopia of weird and wonderful activities will accompany this afternoon's feature including vintage short films about food and cycling, 'Pimp my Bike' cycle decor, bike check-ups with the Bike Doctors from Recycles, noodle-eating, breast-knitting and a feast of popcorn flavours to try.

The main feature film of the afternoon is Tampopo , an off-beat comedy featuring several intersecting stories all related to food. Tsutomu Yamazaki plays Goro, a truck driver who helps a young widow named Tampopo improve her noodle restaurant. Whilst the early part of this event is family friendly, the main feature at 4.30 carries an 18 certificate and so under 18's will not be permitted after this time. Hot, steaming bowls of noodle soup, drinks and cakes will be available to purchase (with free miso re-fills!)

Other great festival events include Back To The Future at the Village Farm Hub in Stockbridge Village which will showcase traditional land skills through film and workshops, Film Screening events at Fact including I am Love, Really Local Food, The Garden, Big Night and family fun with Ratatouille (see listings below for more info on all films), and L8 Honey Night at Toxteth's John Archer Hall which celebrates local honey with food, workshops and films including The Secret Life of Bees and Einstein and the Honeybee. For those missing the legendary Everyman Bistro, members of their food team will host a hands-on workshop, Cook and eat your own Everyman Bistro-style, seasonal lunch, while a fantastic cafe cinema experience Late Night Couscous Cafe with delicious food and a screening of the film Couscous (La graine at le mulet) takes place at Toxteth TV, both on 24 November 2012.

Throughout the festival, Cinema Espresso will take place at Bold Street Coffee. Mini projectors, tiny screenings, big food ideas; Food for Real comes in all shapes and sizes! As they wait for their coffee, customers can project their choice of mini food film from the morsel movie menu or share their own mini culinary movie discoveries!

Rounding off this fantastic foodie film festival is Catch you later... Sustainable Fish Night at The Brink, with the film The End Of The Line, which follows the investigative reporter Charles Clover across the world as he confronts politicians and celebrity restaurateurs who exhibit little regard for the damage they are doing to the oceans, followed by a fascinating q&a with co-producer Claire Lewis.

A grassroots festival with an international reach, Food for Real aims to create an open, creative space where people from diverse food backgrounds and with diverse food interests can connect. It will be vibrant and interactive, provoking thought and discussion on the challenging food and agricultural issues of our time. Food for Real will be a flagship festival for Liverpool – and the first of its kind in England.

Food For Real Films Festival is funded by Liverpool Primary Care Trust as part of the Natural Choices environmental well-being programme and Liverpool City Council.

Look out for festival updates online here and on:-; Facebook also find them on Twitter @FoodforRealFest

Keep a lookout MOBO In The House!

THE 2012 Music of Black Origin or more commonly known as the MOBO Awards will be held this weekend in Liverpool's Echo Arena, on Saturday, 3 November 2012, and organisers announce lots of big names attending. The Mobos, which celebrate all forms of urban music in the UK, are now in their 17th year and going strong! MOBO Founder Kanya King MBE, told us:- "We had a fantastic show in Liverpool back in 2008 and we are now looking forward to this years event. We can't wait and it is only days off.... When we started 80% of the acts performing were from the US; Now we have fount it's the other way around. Our UK acts are the global superstars, and we could not have a better location to celebrating British talent in. We are proud to be here because Liverpool is in a vibrant City, like no other in the UK. It has an amazing record of producing music, that has changed the musical world like no other City." So this weekend, keep your eyes open in and around Merseyside... If you spot a superstar, let us know, by emailing us your photos to:- but please remember not to get in their way or pester them.  Lets show our visitors that Liverpool is the place to be seen and to have fun!!!  Also good luck to all the nominations!  See you on the Red Carpet!

Green Party calls for public debate on Trident

THE Green Party has condemned the government's announcement of further spending on nuclear submarines as pre-empting a decision on Trident; and preventing a full public debate on the UK's nuclear deterrent.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond announced yesterday that the government will spend another £350m of taxpayers' money on 'design work' for a 'future generation of nuclear submarines.

Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion, criticised Mr Hammond's announcement, saying:- "The decision about whether to renew the UK's Trident weapons system isn't due until 2016. But pre-emptive spending on the 'nuclear deterrent' is gathering pace, with at least £2bn already being spent on making enriched uranium components, high explosives and warheads. While schools, hospitals, police forces and other services face savage cuts, BAE Systems and Babcock are being handed taxpayers' money for a vast defence project that hasn't even been signed off yet – and one which many believe is outdated, and incapable of addressing modern security challenges."

The Coalition agreement, signed by the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats in 2010, delayed a decision on whether to replace Trident until 2016, after a government study into alternatives has been completed.

But the Ministry of Defence announcement this week has been interpreted by many as a sign that the Coalition is committed to a Trident replacement.

Caroline Lucas is leading calls for the Trident replacement option to be dropped, highlighting serious economic and moral challenges.

She said:- "There is still a huge public debate to be had about replacing Trident. The economic and moral questions are clear. With the total cost of replacement likely to come in at an eye-watering £100 billion over the next 30 years, can the UK afford such an extravagance? Is a Cold War deterrent really the right solution for our defence needs in the 21st century? And what message would replacing Trident send out to the rest of the world about our country's commitment to nuclear disarmament?"

Lord Mayor to host Charity Ballt

LIVERPOOL'S Lord Mayor will be bringing an evening of glamour to the Town Hall this weekend when she hosts a 'black and white' ball in aid of her charities.

Lord Mayor, Councillor Sharon Sullivan said:- "The idea of the charity ball is to give people a chance to get dressed up and have a wonderful evening while raising money for some very worthy causes, all of which need our support. I am delighted that all the tickets have been sold, I can guarantee that everyone attending will be treated to an enchanting evening in one of Liverpool's finest buildings. I would like to thank everyone who has supported my charities so far this year; Liverpool is a very generous, very giving City. I would urge everyone to take a moment to think of others, especially at this time of year. This is an opportunity to be part of a living legacy, and see for yourself the difference that just a small donation can make to the lives of others less fortunate."

This year's charities are The Merchant Seamen, Liverpool Dock Workers, Sea Cadets and Liverpool Carers.

Guests are expected to start arriving at around 6.30pm where they will be welcomed by the Lord Mayor. There will be speeches before dinner is served, after which a raffle and auction will take place with some fabulous prizes to be won, all of which have been kindly donated by local businesses.

The finale will include live music and a disco. The evening is expected to end shortly after midnight.

Visually impaired Barbara learns new IT skills at 80

BARBRA, who lives in Southport, is 80 years old and started to lose her sight 2 to 3 years ago due to age related macular degeneration in both eyes. She has peripheral vision, but no central vision.   She heard about the free Mobile IT course at her local library (especially for people with low or no vision) when one of their staff members did a talk at Southport Macular Degeneration group. She thought she'd never be able to use a computer as she had never used one before, and also wondered how she could use a computer when she couldn't see, but now has bought one and it has changed her life. She lives alone and doesn't see her children much as they live in Worcester and Australia but now she emails them regularly and receives pictures of her grandchildren.  After completing the IT course at Birkdale Library, just one of the many IT courses run by Henshaws Society for Blind People and funded by the Big Lottery Fund, Barbara wrote a letter of thanks to the team that taught her. "I am writing this letter on a computer in Birkdale Library. The keys are bright yellow with black lettering. You might say that this is the reason I am here. Neil gave a talk at the Southport Macular Group. He was representing Henshaws, to whom I am eternally grateful. I approached him later and as a result of this meeting he organised computer lessons for me. I have to say I was doubtful that at my age; 80; It was rather late in the day to be introduced to the computer. However, I heard that a 90 year old was doing quite well at it! I now look forward to meeting this group every week and the cup of tea that Paul makes so that our eyes can have a rest! I have no family in Southport and live alone. My younger daughter and family live in Australia and my other daughter lives in Worcester. However 2 weeks ago I sent off my first emails. This was a very special occasion and it worked! But when I received some back, complete with photos I was filled with joy and appreciation to you all for making this possible. So thank you Henshaws; Neil, Paul and John. I appreciate all your kindness and hard work and smiling faces. I get up feeling happy every day." She said.  Barbara has gained a huge amount from the group, not simply her new found IT skills, but she has also made friends and gained a lot of comfort from hearing about other people's eye conditions and how they've coped. They now share talking books and arrange trips away together.  Anyone can take part in the free IT course; learn the basics, from switching on the computer, to typing letters, and learning how to communicate with friends and family using email and internet. Class size is small, enabling people to go at their own pace in a safe and supportive environment, with 1 to 1 help if needed. Classes are held at Birkdale Library in Southport, Sefton Women & Children's Aid in Bootle and Ashville Lodge Resource Centre in Birkenhead as well as other locations across Merseyside and Greater Manchester, please contact Henshaws on:- 0151 708 7055 or via email to sign up.

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