The People's Post - Issue 2

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February 2020

ISSUE 02


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Editors Note It’s 2020. We’re officially living in the future and this, I guess, is a journey further into Alice’s wonderland. In the last 3 years the question I’ve been asked the most is “what is Io key?”. It’s a pretty valid, and I’ve tried answering it before - those articles you can find via the blog (do you guys also like our QR codes lol), but I thought seeing as we’re stepping things up (finally) I’ll give you an insight into what goes on in my mind. I’ve only ever wanted to be a part of something important, you know? I think we all have that feeling somewhere inside us. I mean the idea is pretty much shoved down our throats since birth - TV programme protagonists and their heroic stories, a priest leading his congregation, presidents leading countries, and war… you get the idea - we all want to be special. The first time I ever really found that was through this extended friendship circle that we all now share, as part of Bournemouth’s independent alternative “scene”, if you do want to call it something. Nearly 4 years into this and a lot of you have turned into family - some have even been around since before that… the WGBS days!

Remember that bike shop in Lansdowne where Tooth & Dagger is now? lol, what I’m trying to say is that I’m v v grateful to be able to contribute to it all :) And that’s why you’re reading this the story continues. Welcome to The People’s Post technically issue 2. Issue 1 being the copy most of you signed at our 48 hour radio broadcast for Hope for Food in 2017. What a time that was. We’re stepping things up for 2020 and finally bringing you the low down on what’s cool around this little seaside town via this zine. We’ll be running this quarterly so be sure to grab future copies from your local shop, barber, cafe, watering hole, whatever. I hope you enjoy and can I please thank all the contributors - fucking love you guys! Now, has anyone seen my proper adult job? kyle

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Don’t take the power of protest for granted by Poppy Bullen Pull out poster Illustration by Ida Golebiowska

I’m not really this pessimistic by Naomi Graves

QuickFire Q’s With Pylon Soundz

Our, and soon 2 b Your, Friends Events

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SUPPORTYOUR LOCAL GARAGE NIGHT


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But those freedoms – the Basic Law – expire in 2047 and it is not clear what Hong Kong’s status will then be. However, the introduction of the extradition bill triggered big protests of 2019 with millions taking to the streets at the end of last year. The Bill is said to risk exposing Hongkongers to unfair trials and violent treatment, as well as give China greater influence over Hong Kong. The worry is that this could be used to target activists and journalists. After protests, the bill was suspended however millions still feared that it could be revived. Demonstrations continued, calling for it to be withdrawn completely and by this point, the protests were becoming violent with clashes with the police. In the UK you can protest against absolutely anything. From Brexit to Fracking to Donald Trump, tens of thousands use their democratic right to protest all the time. Recently though, I have heard and seen many people take this freedom for granted here in the UK, complaining that protests are pointless and don’t actually help with situations or impact on political decisions. All across the world over the past few months, huge protests movements have been spreading. From Hong Kong to Chile to Australia and all over issues with absolutely no connection. The people of Hong Kong took to the streets as China has started to take back control of the state after 100 years of British rule. Until 1997, Hong Kong was ruled by Britain as a colony but then returned to China. Under the “one country, two systems” arrangement, it has some autonomy, and its people more rights than the Chinese. Hong Kong has its own judiciary and a separate legal system from mainland China. Those rights include freedom of assembly and freedom of speech.

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In September, the bill was finally withdrawn, but the response from many protesters was “too little, too late”. The uprising continued with its violence with many people injured and some killed on both sides. In Novembers local council elections the vote saw a landslide victory for the pro-democracy movement and protesters, with 17 of the 18 councils now controlled by pro-democracy councillors – a huge win for the protesters. The people of Hong Kong are not happy about the thought of losing their rights. Under a Chinese rule, a lot would change, including their right to protest. Similarly, in Chile people began protesting last year over the price of food and fuel increased. Chileans are frustrated with rising living costs, low wages and one of the worst rates of inequality in Latin America. The consequence was again a clash with the countries police and military. Thousands of protestors have been detained, some injured and dozens killed.


In India, people took to the streets last month against a controversial new citizenship act that offers citizenship to non-Muslim illegal immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. A protest ban was imposed in parts of cities but people defied the ban, resulting in more police casualties and deaths. Across the world, restrictive governments are keeping their people in check as they try to deter them from protesting against what they believe in. The brave citizens defying the restrictions face huge risks of arrest, injury and in all these cases in the last few months, death. What worries me the most is the recent restrictions on protestors of the now very famous climate action group Extinction Rebellion (XR) in our very own capital city – London.

If a group so calm and well organised was banned from somewhere usually so tolerant and free as London, is our human right to protest in the UK at risk now too?

In September, the Metropolitan Police imposed the ban, which prevented two or more people from the group taking part in protests, under the Public Order Act. Amnesty International deemed this to be in breach of Human rights and in November the High Court did, in fact, rule the act unlawful after activists fought the act. XR are renowned for their tame protest game. With strict rules for everyone that supports them to protest non violently with no drinking and no drugs rules often written on signs around the gatherings. If a group so calm and well organised was banned from somewhere usually so tolerant and free as London, is our human right to protest in the UK at risk now too?

Thankfully, for now – the High Court ruling takes away from officers the ability to impose a city-wide ban of future protests here in London. But with an increasingly restricted right-wing government – who knows what could happen to the next big protest group in the future. For now, London is still a city of tolerance and freedom of speech. Don’t take it for granted. words and photos by poppy, editing by kyle

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I’m not

really this pe by Naomi Graves

Graduating feels like a heaving suitcase is placed right on the weak point of your back, and you’re just stuck with it. Not sure what’s in it, but it’s definitely there and it’s bloody hard to lug around. This could be a metaphor for pressure, the feeling that you must live up to expectations. For me, this baggage is a big ol’ identity crisis. Not only do you have to get to grips with no longer being a student; a title you’ve been clinging to for 3+ years; but along with that, you now have to somehow learn to keep your head above water, and keep visible. Being a student equals visibility: you announce it every time you’re shopping (gotta grab that 10% off), you can protest and be politically visible, your action is covered in newspapers and TV, you are the ‘next generation of leaders’, you’re slapped with a title that gives you a little inkling of importance. But, post-graduate? Not the type still in education (I see you), but the type who has just left university and is now a little less visible, and has no institution to prop them up. WHAT IS YOUR IDENTITY NOW?

Although the physical act of me sat writing this down right now does seem awfully dramatic and egocentric, in reality the drama of the matter isn’t really there. I’m not sad, and I’m not happy. I recognise that post-graduate depression is real, I’ve seen people dragged down by the slap-in-the-face existentialism triggered by finishing university; luckily I’m managing to keep afloat. Personally, I’m just suddenly aware that my presence is a grey blob right now, and I’m sure I’m not alone in this as a recent graduate. This is truly a problem of the privileged, but a problem nonetheless. WHY THO? It’s got to come down to institutions, doesn’t it. I’m 22, and I’ve been rolling smoothly from one institution to the next since I was 4 years old. And what does it do for us? Provides a purpose-built community and a solid identity. ‘What do you do?’ – and you define yourself by the current qualification you’re working towards. Institutions give us order and collective conscience (big ups Durkheim) and they try to keep us from chaos. Of course they don’t always work, people’s mental health is commonly thrown out of whack at university, and people are not immune to personal struggle, yet we are united by a daily sense of purpose. Retrospectively, this sense of purpose is incredibly short-term, yet you are sold that *THIS* is your identity, *THIS* is who you are, *THESE* are the best, most defining years of your life. IN REALITY?

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A few years institutionalised, only for it to suddenly disappear with very little transition at the end. Again, left to discover who you are without this built- for-purpose community-based identity.


essimistic WHAT NEXT? AM I ALLOWED TO HAVE A JOB NOW, PLEASE?

This is causing me to reflect on university aftercare. Who experiences good career advice at university? Who is realistically told what is out there, the routes you can take, the time it will take, the prerequisites you need for certain jobs, what further training you need to take, the impending doom and depression you may tumble into? (Pls run with the drama). I’m sure it’s different for STEM and arts students, but my experience comes from the social sciences which, to those with no experience in this field, is seen as a bit ‘wet’ or unemployable. Even university sold us this agenda. In first year, my close friend went to the careers service in the hopes of being hyper-prepared, and ready to work towards a goal. She was told that the university had no contacts with any charities or the public sector. No contacts! In the beginning of my second year, I spoke to my tutor because I wanted to do a year or term in placement, or at the very least secure an internship over the summer. I was told not to bother, because the public sector has no funding and social science students “never” do placements in our university. I didn’t feel anything but bitter when I spoke to someone in final year who had interned in research for the civil service in her second year. So, the social sciences are in fact employable? Extremely employable? People work for the bloody government with a social sciences degree?

And currently, I feel resentment for the lacking careers service at university when, daily, I am spending hours discovering hundreds of incredible charities and research institutes who offer internships, graduate and entry level roles. So why did university not tell me this, point me towards this, or even suggest that so many options are out there, and that I do not need to be in limbo after GRADUATING? This ramble is not a detour from the identity crisis I was speaking of. This problem of careers advice at university, or lack of, is a big weighty chunk of the crisis I am encountering. Once graduated, how do you stay visible when your university has chewed you up and spat you out without even pointing a finger in any direction for you to take?

Now, ‘unemployed’ is the title you probably won’t be screaming from the rooftops every time you go shopping, and after the debtfilled, tears-filled, incredibly demanding 3+ years of attempting to make yourself employable and give yourself a level of worth and visibility, this grey blobbish area you sit in is a bitter pill to swallow.

Oh, ok......

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lo key’s dQuick Fire Q’s – Pylon Soundz

The thing I’ve always valued the most, running this site / platform these last few years, is the like minded people you meet along the way. Some become friends, others become family. The rest, well... you know how it goes.. Yeah that sounds cheesy but it really is the reason everything started in the first place back when Craig and I were still Accountants lol.

But anyway, I digress. May I present, Mr Hidden Rhythm Enjoy! ....... k

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Yes Kyle, my name is Alex but from an early age my nickname was Pylon (for obvious height reasons) so the strange misspelled dj name comes from that. Tell us how you came across lo key and our wider community? I’ve been collecting records since my early teens and was a bedroom dj for a number of years but I’d heard about nights happening at SCR so decided to pluck up some courage and head down and see what was going on. It eventually led to me playing some records one evening and meeting the Lo Key gang and other great likeminded people.

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Fast forward to April 2018 and Alex Morris, aka Pylon Soundz, turns up at our first Key Hole party w/ his crew. Charlie shouts something about Eliphino & Trim during my set. Bex proceeds to be her nurturing self apologising for the carnage this new crew is just about to lay down at Bomo Bunker that night lol. Always bringing the energy, meeting Alex et al was v refreshing at that time and is another example of this natural attraction / flow / whatever you wanna call it that I’ve prolly bored all of you to death with by now.

Hi Alex, if you could introduce yourself…


What’s this about coffee? (Dont need to mention Full Circle in this section, we can do a Full Circle feature later in the year when we more professional lol) My first ever job at 16 was at a coffee roastery, so it pretty much runs through my veins. I continued down that path and today I run a coffee company with a good friend in Dorchester. We supply coffee to coffee shops so naturally I am a coffee obsessive. I have even got you brewing fresh filter at home ;) We heard you skate too, tell us about that and your other interests?

Tell us about the mix... So I decided to focus on some records that I have really enjoyed playing over the last year and also some that I don’t play out that often. It’s mainly house with a few oddities thrown in at the end. Thanks …, now onto some Quick Fire Q’s

Yes, I am back on my skates hitting up local skate parks. I am old and it hurts a lot more now but it has really helped me de-stress after long weeks at work. I also enjoy traveling around the UK to different clubs/club nights/raves and dancing all night - if you can call that a hobby?

DJ Slots - Friday Night or Sunday Afternoon? Vinyl or Digital?

Friday Night

Vinyl Warm Up, Peak Time or Come Down Set?

New Releases or Crate Digging?

Torn between peak and come down.

50/50 Where can people find you on social media? Instagram - pylon_soundz Mixcloud - pylon soundz Soundcloud - pylonpylon Alex Morris

7, 10 or 12 inches? ;-) Detroit or Djibouti? Detroit

12 ;) Technique or Selection?

Festivals... Dekmantel or Glasto? The music of Dekmantel but the spirit of Glastonbury. Ketchup or Brown Sauce? Fruity brown 4 lyf

Selection Red Stripes or Negroni’s? Or a Latte? Negroni

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eclectics

WARM

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COME PARTY WITH US -> -> ->

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