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Free Wifi now available at the Moot lounge, St Mary Aldermary

Saw this at Clapham South Tube which made me laugh.  Really pleased to say we now have Wifi working in the Lounge Area.  If you are at the Mansion House Tube area or around Bow Lane, why not drop in for a time out moment with a section of teas and coffees and comfortable seating.  It is rare to find stillness and calm in the City, so why not come and try us out…. If you need to access the internet, then do speak to one of our staff who will give the information to use our wifi system.  For more information on the Moot Lounge Project and facilities click here.

POSTED 29.06.11 BY: ianmobsby | Comments Off on Free Wifi now available at the Moot lounge, St Mary Aldermary

Dreaming of Home – Inspirational homelessness

Whenever I walk by a homeless person, my heart aches. Their misery makes me angry and sad. They remind me of my own selfishness but also of my own fragility: I know all too well how I could have ended up on the streets several times in the past 27 years – but somehow I didn’t. I am thankful to and for those who were around me during tough times. Others have not been so lucky to have had friends and family to help them.

In a city where egoism, consumption and narcissism are all too often the very fabric of social relations, there is little room left for the weakest and lowest. Income is certainly a prime factor in predicting people’s suffering in this city. Yet economic poverty is not the most terrifying aspect of London’s ruthlessness and injustice. The ongoing weakening and perverting of the city’s social fabric as well recent cuts in state assistance to the poorest have been met with some resistance. But it has also provoked another kind response by the silent majority: a stiffening of an already acute condition where people fight even harder for their survival often harming their neighbour. Why should they now be more generous to others when they are themselves starting to feel the pain?

As Christians though, can we respond in a similar fashion or are we called to show love and generosity in the face of increasing ingratitude? As we consider our contribution and our response to economic and social (in)justice as part of our Rhythm Of Life and as we ponder the meaning of justice and generosity in the context of Greenbelt’s 2011 theme “Dreaming of Home”, can we be inspired by the homeless and what God is telling us through them?

POSTED 27.06.11 BY: Moot Archive | Comments Off on Dreaming of Home – Inspirational homelessness

Details of Moot walk on 28th November

We are going to meet at the Canary Wharf tube station at 12pm, (above ground at the WEST exit/entrance), and from there  progress across the Isle of Dogs to Wapping. Aiming to finish at Tower Bridge.

Just to clarify, there is still a morning service happening at 11am at St. Mary Woolnoth. (My mistake, I forgot to check that nothing else was happening on Sunday.  Apologies to Carey and those organising the service.)

POSTED 25.11.10 BY: tim d | Comments Off on Details of Moot walk on 28th November

The thoughts that distort and give you life mapped on the tube

Barbara Kruger uses the language of publicity to draw attention to the manipulative power of advertising. Her trademark subversive tactics are played out in ‘Untitled (Tube Map)’, where the familiar imagery of the map is used to relate her own feelings about London, a city she loves and knows well.

I think it if fascinating, that for this artist, her feelings about London touch the thoughts that distort, and the thoughts that bring you life.  It says that fear, greed, anger, pride are just below the surface, as are generosity, kindness, humility and joy.  Why?  because when we live in close proximity, our shared common humanity comes to public shared consciousness.  In my experience, London seems to swing between fear and greed in cycles of decades.  It is one of the beauties of London, that its strengths and weaknesses are played out in human life.  See the full image for the cover of the tube map below.

POSTED 06.11.10 BY: ianmobsby | Comments (1)

Save the sky

Depressing as autumn and winter’s darkness can become, electricity seems to have been mistakenly exalted as the saviour of our winter mood. The UK, where Moot is based, is on a bit of the globe where we get a clockload of daylight hours in summer and barely any in winter.

But, Christmas lights aside – a whole bag of flashing tricks I don’t want to even begin to unwrap – autumn and the January blues bring a miserable proliferation of ‘let’s leave the lights on all night’ tactics from the City district where Moot meets. Cheering, it surely ain’t.

When I was about 11, Blue Peter ran a competition for children to design creative lighting for local monuments and suchlike, and the winners had their lighting projects made reality. I’m 25 now, and  I’m optimistic that an idea like this these days would get shot down at the concept stage because ‘light pollution’ is now a recognisable phrase. Hopefully this shows how far we’ve come.

But on the flipside of ‘how far we’ve come’ flashbacks, J.M. Barrie had Peter Pan tell the Darling children in 1904 that they had to take the ‘second star to the right and straight on til morning’ to leave London for Neverland – and they only lived in Zone 1 as we now know it. Imagine J.K. Rowling trying an equivalent for London kids these days. TheStars are extinct in central, and greater, and even peripheral London now.

Waking home past civil service offices of Westminster, and, when I come through the City district, a lot of very clean glass or stone-pillared banking buildings, the lights are left on to show empty desks and grey ceiling tiles.  I think the logic is an aesthetic one. And with 16 hours’ darkness a day at the height of our winter, it’s not hard to see how we got here.

But the waste of electricity is scandalous – and it is waste, because it isn’t useful and nor in most cases is it even beautiful. When did it strike someone as interesting to see other people’s messy (or, even more annoying, tidy) desks lit up all night? More London is terrible for it – Boris Johnson, bringing us bikes but not switching off lights, evidently.

As a good little book called ‘change the world for a fiver’ puts it: ‘ivory was considered beautiful once’. But then, fur is back in. I might be less universally agreed-with than I’d like to imagine. After all, the banks and businesses I’m walking past don’t agree. Every evening someone in that building doesn’t agree.

http://www.dark-skies.org.uk is the British Astronomical Association’s website for their campaign for dark, starry, natural skies. They say the UK alone is wasting £1 billion a year through pointless or inefficient lighting, and that (and this is really sad) less than 10% of us can see natural skies at night. http://www.saveenergy.co.uk is the energy saving trust’s very practical website with some do-able stuff for everyone, and some well-thought-through possibilities for businesses and the public sector.

POSTED 19.10.10 BY: Moot Archive | Comments (6)

Iain Archer

I’ve been listening to a lot of Iain Archer lately, in anticipation of his upcoming gig with us at Big Pearly Gates in a couple of weeks.

If you haven’t heard of Iain Archer, then a) play the video at the top of this blog, and b) You haven’t heard of Iain Archer?! Seriously?!?

You can have a listen on Last.fm, or Spotify, or iTunes to get a sense of his work if you’re not familiar with it.

To fill you in on some background: Iain is someone who has been around for quite some time, knocking out brilliant singer-song-writer-y tunes since the 90s. I have some good memories of him – I can remember seeing him floating around Greenbelt when he first started out, and I have the dubious honour of once ending up drinking cocktails with him on a boat at 2 o’clock in the morning in Thames Ditton (maybe if I ever get as drunk as I did then, I’ll tell you the whole story).

Anyway, he disappears off the radar every now and then, and next thing you know he’ll be jamming with Snow Patrol, or writing songs with Peter Buck from REM. Yes, really. He’s that good.

So good in fact, that he was awarded an Ivor Novello for songwriting duties on Snow Patrol’s “Final Straw” album, as well as having his songs pop up on shows like Grey’s Anatomy.

He’s playing Big Pearly Gates, which is a new moot event. If you like what you’re hearing, it’s going to be a fantastic intimate little gig, with tons of atmosphere, right in the middle of London. Tickets are selling pretty fast already, so make sure you get in now before they all go.

Also playing are Lovers Electric and The Social Services who are also very good, and I’ll be blogging about them next week.

POSTED 15.07.10 BY: artbizness | Comments Off on Iain Archer

London’s Mind Body & Spirit Festival May 2010

Dear Mooters, we need volunteers for the The Mind Body Spirit Fair. This is the biggest new age type event of it’s kind in the country, running from 26-31st May. Every year we help run a stall offering prayer, feet washing and readings from the ‘Jesus Deck’ (a set of tarot style cards based on the gospels).  It is an amazing opportunity to serve and bless people whom are genuinely searching for spiritual truth, but often wouldn’t ever go near the church. Please do consider giving a half day or so helping out. Yes, washing feet is humbling, but that is the point. I guarantee you will be blessed by blessing others! Also, we are putting the stall up on the 25th and would appreciate help with that as well. If you are interested in helping, (or would like more information), then please contact Tim Dendy, details on Moot contact page. And please note all training will be provided.

Many thanks.  Tim

POSTED 09.04.10 BY: ianmobsby | Comments Off on London’s Mind Body & Spirit Festival May 2010

London's Mind Body & Spirit Festival May 2010

Dear Mooters, we need volunteers for the The Mind Body Spirit Fair. This is the biggest new age type event of it’s kind in the country, running from 26-31st May. Every year we help run a stall offering prayer, feet washing and readings from the ‘Jesus Deck’ (a set of tarot style cards based on the gospels).  It is an amazing opportunity to serve and bless people whom are genuinely searching for spiritual truth, but often wouldn’t ever go near the church. Please do consider giving a half day or so helping out. Yes, washing feet is humbling, but that is the point. I guarantee you will be blessed by blessing others! Also, we are putting the stall up on the 25th and would appreciate help with that as well. If you are interested in helping, (or would like more information), then please contact Tim Dendy, details on Moot contact page. And please note all training will be provided.

Many thanks.  Tim

POSTED 09.04.10 BY: ianmobsby | Comments Off on London's Mind Body & Spirit Festival May 2010

David’s Big Walk on Sunday


David, Fiona, and myself completed the full circuit. The Radcliffe’s seeing us up to Shoreditch. (sort of like the booster rockets on a Space Shuttle launch, except fueled by penguin biscuits, not petro-carbons.).

Anyways, we saw many delights. The graves of William Blake and Daniel Defoe in the Bunhill cemetery. The chintzy splendor of The Bridge coffee shop on Kingsland Road. And a section of the Regent canal looking lovely in the fading light. Finally we finished at Mile End road and went over it’s ‘park bridge’ (- a personal ambition of mine completed!). We didn’t meet many people on our afternoon out, (a few cyclists etc), but as you will see we did encounter Timmy the dog, off to his holidays in Bath.

See you on the next one.

POSTED 02.02.10 BY: paulabbott | Comments (2)

David's Big Walk on Sunday


David, Fiona, and myself completed the full circuit. The Radcliffe’s seeing us up to Shoreditch. (sort of like the booster rockets on a Space Shuttle launch, except fueled by penguin biscuits, not petro-carbons.).

Anyways, we saw many delights. The graves of William Blake and Daniel Defoe in the Bunhill cemetery. The chintzy splendor of The Bridge coffee shop on Kingsland Road. And a section of the Regent canal looking lovely in the fading light. Finally we finished at Mile End road and went over it’s ‘park bridge’ (- a personal ambition of mine completed!). We didn’t meet many people on our afternoon out, (a few cyclists etc), but as you will see we did encounter Timmy the dog, off to his holidays in Bath.

See you on the next one.

POSTED 02.02.10 BY: paulabbott | Comments (2)