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May 2011 08

A big thanks has to go our good friend Benjamin Else of Something Else Photography who was responsible for all of the photographs of our Global Citizen Video shoot weekend as well as ensuring that the new line of Aspecks tees dropping this month looked at their best. (Cheers for slugging all those lights and equipment up to London!) In fact the collaborative efforts between Aspecks and SomethingElse Photography have been going on since we printed our first t-shirts in 2008 when he was keeping our equipment for us, so we thought we would have a dig through the archives now you can take a look at what we found!

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May 2011 08

We owe a massive thank you to the fantastic and beautiful people of Disk N Jockey Modelz, who added a level of organisation and professionalism to the day. Disk & Jockey Model Management aims to provide a starting point for aspiring models to not only break into the industry, but to ultimately put the model in a position to find out if they have the potential to succeed in the industry, and equip them with the tools to be signed to a world class agency.

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Apr 2011 26

A sneak peak behind the scenes of the Aspecks Spring Collection photo session and the Global Citizen video shoot, shot over an epic weekend in March. The Global Citizen video has now been edited and is awaiting release, but first we need everyone to “Like” Aspecks on facebook to help build some momentum for the Global Citizen Campaign. Big shout out and thanks to everyone involved especially Jamm Tyme, Juanita Euka, Kaizen Star, Disk and Jockey Models, Tman the Hustler, Something Else Photography and all the amazing models who gave up their time to make the weekend a success! Global Citizens!!!!

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Mar 2011 31

Aspecks was in attendance this weekend as the TUC organised March for the Alternative took place in London on Saturday 26 March 2011. The number of people protesting against the Government’s cuts was somewhere between 350,000 and 700,000 depending on who you believe, but the turnout was certainly higher than expected. Indeed, the carnival like atmosphere contained a real fruit salad of people, with greater variety in demographic than we at Aspecks have ever seen at a comparable event, as families, students, pensioners, trade unionists, environmental movements, the Green Party, the Labour Party, nurses, teachers and other public sector workers and general members of the public demonstrated peacefully together. This march was the biggest public demonstration since the Iraq War in 2003 and the diversity and humour at work in many of the signs and placards people carried reflected a real unity and expressed their collective frustrations and determination. You can see a quite a few of the signs in the footage we filmed below as well some scenes of the infamous “black bloc” walking peacefully down Piccadilly.


Now obviously there has been a tendency amongst some sections of the media to focus on the few hundred protesters who participated in more direct action than just marching and chanting (after all as Dan Hodges in the New Statesman points out – what are we marching to?), but are we really suggesting that such acts are not reflections of the real anger that is felt by many people? After all the minor damage caused will cost little to repair in comparison with the amount of money that some of the companies targeted (such as Fortnam & Mason, owned by Whittington Investments) manage to save each year through tax evasion. Indeed, even the Treasury admits that tax evasion costs about £40 billion per year to the UK economy which is significantly more than the £80 million worth of Government cuts happening this year even before you consider the fact that different sources (including the World Bank) put the tax evasion figure at somewhere more like £70 billion.

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Mar 2011 22

A video from globalsolutions.org (Citizens for Global Solutions) about the concept of global citizenship. They are a U.S. based organisation promote the Global Citizen agenda in their country by “by educating Americans about … global interdependence, communicating global concerns to public officials, and developing proposals to create, reform, and strengthen international institutions such as the United Nations.

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