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The thought relay is a project inspired by the ways in which people research ideas. A common method of research and gathering idreas is that of the ‘Brain Storm’ or ‘Mind Map’. This is a classic pen to paper way of connecting ideas and thought procceses. Through the use of a ‘Brain Storm’ one

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can begin to link subjects and conceots together traditionaly using arrows or pointer lines. A ‘Brain Storm’ can help link two points together that beforte hadn’t occured to be connected but as it eveolves more ideas come together. The thought relay is a celebration of this research technique and serves as a

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sort of glorified ‘Brain Storm’. The cocnept is that there is a starting word and a starting topic. From this a new topic is brought up and from that, another. This continues until we are left with a completely different topic. A new topic is selected each day. The starting point of the first edition is ‘The Hand Made.’


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Innovative Violence Nearly two years after the start of Syria’s popular uprising, the conflict has evolved into a slow-moving, brutal civil war with many players and no clear end in sight. Multiple rebel groups across the country continue to fight President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, using any weapons they can get their hands on. In these weapons workshops, anti-aircraft guns are welded to pickup trucks and armor

shields are attached to machine guns and cars. Mortar shell nose cones are turned on lathes and explosives are mixed by hand. Homemade grenades are launched by jury-rigged shotguns or giant slingshots in the urban battlefields of Aleppo and Damascus. Gathered here are a few examples of the hand-built munitions of the Syrian rebels.

Hand made bombs are filled with explosive liquids using a traditional tea pot.

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The weapons seen here created in a DIY fashion by the Syrian Rebels, whilst being undoubatbly horrific they portray a wonderful sense of inovation. Nesseciary tools are created out of whatever resources are available in times of need. This innovation puts emphasis on the motivation behind the rebel’s movements, exaggerating their determination.

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The rebels fire objects ranging from hand made bombs to pieces of rumble using giant sling shots at their opposition.

While the rebels are using many modern weapons they’ve also come up with their own makeshift solutions

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A shiv is a slang term for any sharp or pointed implement used as a knife-like weapon. The Oxford English Dictionary suggests shive, a razor, documented in 1915, as the root word. The word in practical usage is frequently used when referring to an improvised bladed weapon. Shivs are commonly made by inmates in prisons across the world. A shiv can be anything from a glass shard with fabric

wrapped around one end to form a handle, to a razor blade stuck in the end of a toothbrush. Synonyms include shank, chiv, and chib (from Scottish slang, as exemplified in the novel Trainspotting, “chib” was originally a name for a blunt weapon such as a mattock handle or tree branch). These terms, along with “shiv”, can be used either as a noun or a transitive verb, referring to the weapon or the act of

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attacking with such a weapon respectively. In the 1950s, criminal Billy Hill described his use of the shiv: “I was always careful to draw my knife down on the face, never across or upwards. Always down. So that if the knife slips you don’t cut an artery. After all, chivving is chivving, but cutting an artery is usually murder. Only mugs do murder.”

For most of history, imprisoning has not been a punishment in itself, but rather a way to confine criminals until a punishment (often corporal or capital punishment) was administered. There were prisons used for detention in Jerusalem in Old Testament times, and the Bible details the imprisonment of Joseph in Egypt. Dungeons were used to hold prisoners; those who were not killed or left to die there often became galley slaves or faced penal transportations. In other cases debtors were often thrown into debtor’s prisons, until they paid their gaolers enough money in exchange for a limited degree of freedom. Only in the 19th century, beginning in Britain, did prisons as known today become commonplace. The modern prison system was born in London, influenced by the utilitarianism of Jeremy Bentham.

Some Prisoners will go to any means to create tools purely for the purpose of hurting others.

For many prisoners once senstenced to life in prisonment, very little else seems important. This is a large reason why many inamtes turn to prison gang culture often resulting in gang warfare inside the prisons walls. Deadly assaults using hand made prison weapons are often used as innitiaons into prison gangs.

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The markers produced by these ambitious graffiti artists shares a sense of innovation with that of prisoners hand crafting weaponary. However, now it is creativity and artistic prowess that is emerging rather than violence. Still, the same feeling of survival is apparent. Although it may not be actual physical survival, the tools produced by the artist can be just as important to their survival in the graffiti world as the work they are producing. Graffiti artists around the world have been known to adapt objects, changing them into marker pens for writing with. These objects can range from normal everyday objects such as shoe polishers to far more obscure items such as empty rum bottles. The makeshift markers are constructed and then filled up with inks, mixed using tried and tested recipes

‘It’s all about the drips!”

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The Coconut Revolution Bougainville Island is the main island of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville of Papua New Guinea. This region is also known as Bougainville Province or the North Solomons. The population of the province is 175,160 (2000 census), which includes the adjacent island of Buka and assorted outlying islands including the Carterets. Although Bougainville Island is geographically part of the Solomon Islands archipelago, the nation of the Solomon Islands is a separate state. In 1975 civil war broke out with

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Papa New Guinea. After years of fighting, Pap New guinea’s solution to the problem was to stop any imports or exports to the island with the hope that the natives would die out, therefore leaving the island free for Papa New Guinea to mine it’s wonderful natural resources. However, what actually happened as a result of the import and export halt was that Bougainville Island became one of the most amazingly self sufficient countries in the world.

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The people of the island’s greatest achievement however is their hundreds of different uses discovered for the coconut. These uses range from oil extracted for good skin, a paste use to lubricate hand made firearms to a petrol substitute that in fact works more efficiently.

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Combined with the tenacious resistance of local communities, the project aims to grow resilience that not only can see off future threats, but can also bring Heathrow communities together to secure a better life for all.

Transition Haethrow is a aproject started by a group of young people with a strong opinion on the future of our planet and the devastation prospects of airport expansion. In 2010 the team occupied an area of land that was due to be demolished as part of the comstruction on the third runway of heathrow airport. They transformed the previously disused land into a wonderful space for the community to hold workshops, grow food and raise awareness around climate change and global warming.

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A modern metropolis where sustainabilty is the main focus.


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Protest is a way of working toegther as a team to achieve a desired target or goal. Protest only works when a significant number of people are perticipating. The nuber can be small or large, depending on the target but it only thrives when it is a group activity. A collection and collaboration of similar opinions and views on a particular topic and a particular focus on change. Protest is an expression of objection, by words or by actions, to particular events, policies or situations. Protests can take many different forms, from individual statements to mass demonstrations. Protesters may organize a protest as a way of publicly making their opinions heard in an attempt to influence public opinion or government policy, or they may undertake direct action in an attempt to directly enact desired changes themselves. Where protests are part of a systematic and peaceful campaign to achieve a particular objective, and involve the use of pressure as well as persuasion, they go beyond mere protest and may be better described as cases of civil resistance or nonviolent resistance.

Prisoners will go to any means to creat tools purely for the purpose of hurting others.

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Occupy Movement The Occupy movement is an international protest movement against social and economic inequality, its primary goal being to make the economic and political relations in all societies less vertically hierarchical and more flatly distributed. Local groups often have different foci, but among the movement’s prime concerns is the claim that large corporations and the global financial system control the world in a way that disproportionately benefits a minority, undermines democracy and is unstable. The first Occupy protest to receive wide coverage was Occupy Wall Street in New York City’s Zuccotti Park, which began on 17 September 2011. By 9

October, Occupy protests had taken place or were ongoing in over 95 cities across 82 countries, and over 600 communities in the United States. Although most active in the United States, by October 2012 there had been Occupy protests and occupations in dozens of other countries across every continent except Antarctica. For its first two months, authorities largely adopted a tolerant approach toward the movement, but this began to change in mid-November 2011 when they began forcibly removing protest camps. By the end of 2011 authorities had cleared most of the major camps, with the last remaining high profile sites – in Washington DC and London – evicted by February 2012.

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The journey leads us from one point to another. The outcome is different to how it started. However, it is the journey that is important and although the topics discovered are of a strong variety there will always be underlying similarities apparent throughout. An area that is noticeable in starting point, end point and all of the places visited in between in this thought relay is that of togetherness. People working together, making the most of what they’ve got. Hand made was the trigger that started the journey and although it might not be as apparent in the final topic, there is still an evident sense of human interaction and the use of primary human functions.

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