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Saturday, July 03, 2004
Tunnels and Oil Barons
So last evening a friend invited me down to Edgware Road to have a meal with two women who had just returned from Iraq and Palestine. The southern half of the road is a regular Little Lebanon (or Arabic town) with thre or four Falafel and Kebab houses on every block.

We got down there and settled into the corner of a nice little Kebab. It turns out one of the women was also a long time environmentalist and tunneler. She told us all about having spent a record-breaking 40 days underground trying to prevent the construction of a by-pass road in Essex.

After we'd worked our through hummus, yoghurt, pita, falafels and tea, more friends started showing up. Every time a few more people walked in the door there were hugs all around. There were lots of ISM folks and even more Palestinians. We ended up in the basement of a kebab shop with around 15 people from almost as many countries, a couple of apple hookas and even more food.

I ended up talking with the guy Red Pepper magazine calls the oil baron of Zaytoun. He and a couple friends have set up a fair trade olive oil project that is poised to ship 10,000 500ml bottles of oil from Palestine to the UK. He was inpired to organize the the project because he'd gotten tired of always reacting to bad things and always being anti this and anti that. So now he has a positive vision to offer people: be pro-olive!

In other news...

You can see a bunch of photos I took in the Lake District last Thursday.

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