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LJ tidy up

So i hardly use this journal these days. A few introspective posts may be coming up - so i'm going to cull all the peeople that have remained on here for years, despite having inactive journals/never being in contact. If i do hit you with the cull and you still would like included please let me know.
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Last minute security simulation shout out

Due to a couple of unavoidable drop outs, i could still do with a couple of extra actors (Castle Ashby - northants) for Wed 9th (this week).

Travel and volunteer allowance if you can help! Email me on firecat dot masquerade at gmail dot com if you can!
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Security Simulation Shout out

desperately need 5 more actors for our Security Simulation next week. Wed 12th Sept. 9am to 6pm in Castle Ashby Northants. Also have dates til end of the year. If you are interested either this time or for the future pls email us on firecat.masquerade@gmail.com
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Anyone in Wales/the west. I desperately need volunteers for Sunday 2nd OCTOBER to take part in a Security Simulation, training aid workers. To be on site for 8am - Pensarn Harbour, Llanbedr Gwynedd. (There is possibilities of staying over on the Sat eve.) Anyone interested please let me know. (If we can get a car of people over, we can of course cover the costs etc.) Please Propogate
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Security Simulation Shout Out

Packed tent down from one field and pitched it in a more Northern field 3 hours later. Get to leave field tomorrow, go home, go to London, train, have day off, go back to Northants. I think i live in a car/field more than my home this Summer.

LARPER REQUEST

I desperately need another 3 people to come and assist on IDP/Cas Sim on Wed 24th August. You would either need to arrive at the Castle Ashby site by 8am or for noon (dependent on if you are able to do full or half day). I also really need a driver from reading/Oxford/Banbury who can transport Pete to site.

This is an opportunity to get covered in fake blood and LARP at Aid-workers. Lots of fun - and we pay reasonable transport costs, and will give you either £40 or £20 (depending on if is whole or half day) for helping out, as well as a sandwich lunch and a BBQ in the evening.

Location is Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire. Pick up from Wellingboro station possible. Crash space in training room for those that want to turn up night before.

Help us help Aidworkers, and have a fun day out too.

If you are able to help or know someone who can - email me at firecat dot masquerade at gmail dot com
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devil

More pleas for actors

OK a few requests for your oscar like acting skills for June, July, August and September - please let me know if you can make it.
 
The venue for all courses, is the bunker, Yardley chase, Castle Ashby, Norhtants,  except the Wales on on 7t Sept.


  • 14th June - I need 4 actors for the RTA, which will take place at the Bunker.  You start the scene at 15,00, so i need everyone on SITE for 13.30. (earlier if you need picked up from Falcon/Wellingborough etc).  There will be 4 iterations, finishing at 6pm.  There is the option of staying in the training room (nicer than the bunker) near the Falcon overnight if you like(will need sleeping bags/airbeds etc).
  • 15th June - I need 5 IDP's.  Scene starts at 1pm, so i need you on site for 11am (earlier if need pick up from Falcon/station).   Finish arround 6pm. 
  • 22nd June - 8 Actors - (4 IDPs/4RTA ) - be on site from 11am.
  • 13th July - 8 Actors - (5 IDP's /2 RTA ). Scene starts at 1pm, so i need you on site for 11am (earlier if need pick up from Falcon/station).   Finish arround 6pm. 
  • 19th July - 8 Actors (Roles TBC) - I have budgeted for 8 actors but this is a course for the directors at Save the children - we may have a demo situation/riot so could do with some people to make up numbers - if you know any people who might like to volunteer please let me know.
  • 10th August 8 Actors - (5 IDP's /2 RTA ). Scene starts at 1pm, so i need you on site for 11am (earlier if need pick up from Falcon/station).   Finish arround 6pm.
  • 7th Sept.  Tyn Y Berth Mountain centre, PowysWALES.    I need 8 actors.   If you know any larpers in wales pls point them in my direction.  If we could get a couple fo cars down from further afield, should be able to cover petrol. 
  • 14th September 8 Actors - (5 IDP's /2 RTA/). Scene starts at 1pm, so i need you on site for 11am (earlier if need pick up from Falcon/station).   Finish arround 6pm.
Let me know which you can make, and if you are able to provide lifts/need transport.

Priority is of course next weeks courses,  so far i only have ONE confirmation, so please HELP me

I will send details and briefing to confirmed actors at the weekend


Interested?

approx 20 for travel, 20 for your help. food and a course dinner/bbq. And knowing you are helping aidworkers not die!

email me at firecat.masquerade@gmail.com
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Cas Sim/IDP call out

I still need 3 actors for the next idp camp/cas sim, on Wed 20th April.

This is an opportunity to be covered in fake blood, test the ingenuity of the participants and generally have a laugh with a great bunch of people in a field.

Anyone who can help us out with this will receive:
Our eternal gratitude
  £20 fee for giving up their time and being good sports
  Up to £20 for transport costs
  Homemade Lunch !
The location is Castle Ashby  Wellingborough, Northants, so most suitable for those who can either get to the train station by public transport - where we can
 organise taxi or lifts, or who have wheels!

  Please help us, and have fun and get a good charitable glow into the bargain.</em></div>

This does tend to be a lot of fun.  I need people on site by 11am this time - you should be free to leave by 7ish

Requires a willingness to roleplay an IDP (refugees basically*) or a traffic accident victim, and provides the opportunity to get covered in fake blood and be shot.

*Legally speaking, to be a refugee you need to cross international borders hence the terminology.


There may be possibility of lifts from Brighton/Oxford/Banbury and back in same direction - with potential drop off early at 'strom if that suits anyone.

If you are interested email us at firecat dot masquerade dot com please
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Hellforms and protest

Have managed to break the back of the accounts bits that have been on the to do list all year. Tax returns for flannelcat and myself now submitted, hopefully with some money to come back *yay* After the Hellform of the DLA i did with eglantinedreams yesterday, the tax returns felt like a breeze.

On the subject of the DLA - have added "write letter to MP" to my to do list. For those who are also doing this - can i also flag up - why not contribute to the actual consultation itself. They say they want public opinion, so lets give it to them
I want to take a bit of time to research and write this though. The thing is i am NOT against DLA reform - it needs reform. What i am against is the fact that the current reforms seem slanted around cutting the budget by 20% and making 1 billion of savings. I'm NOT against a consultation process. I am against any form of consultation process, that is NOT A CONSULTATION, I.E has a forgone conclusion.

Looking at the consultation website: the main issues i can see with it are:

1) The assumption from the outset that the objective is to save that 20%
2) The PIP seems unlikely, given the flaws to meet its stated objectives of being " easier to understand, more efficient and supporting disabled people who face the greatest challenges to remaining independent and leading
full and active lives"
3) There doesnt seem to be a great difference between the 2 components of the proposed PIP and the 2 components of the DLA, despite the consultation paper stating that this is the most radical change!
4) Individuals will have to qualify for the benefit for a period of six months and be expected to continue to qualify for a further six months before an award can be made. So what are people meant to do for those 6 months - honestly this makes no sense
5) Each case looked at individually - no automatic entitlements, assessment to be by an independent professional. OK - this is crazy - if for example someone is a double amputee - how likely are their legs to grow back? Also how on earth does this SAVE money - surely it adds more bureacracy and costs. What would be wrong with using the existing system - say for example a double tick system where both the gp and another medical professional such as a consultant, tick a box on NHS records to say that the person, in their opinion qualifies...this then could flag up a monthly list - which is then followed up by the administering authority, in terms of sending out a condensed form etc...could even computer generate this...then forms are processed and payments administered until the gp/consultant changes the status.. There would be an initial outlay for the system improvements, but massive cost savings in the long run.
6) Successful use of aids and adaptation - i'm worried by the wording of this - seems to be a hidden implication of "well if they have the right aids, they can do more, and thus will need less money on an on-going basis" - or am i being too cynical here?
7) Periodically review ALL claims - see above comment re limbs growing back. Again surely this is MORE costly rather than cost saving
8) Statement that "DLA can act as a barrier to work" WTF? - as it is non means tested and not linked to employment status. OK people who arent ON DLA may think it is linked to employment status, but i find it hard to believe that most recipients arent aware of this. Part of the point of DLA is to HELP people get to work/have the care adaptations they need to work.

Those who know much more about this than i do - what else are the flaws? What else should i be flagging up on the consultation response and to my MP? Any good links?

Also any explanation as to why the overwhelming response from many disabled activist groups seems to be against DLA reform perse - rather than just against the tone/sense of this particular reform proposition?
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IDP/Cas sim call out

Happy New Year

Its time again for us to ask who can help us with the next Security Simulations!

The most urgent need is the January one,  so thats the 11th/12th Jan.  If anyone is up for this one please can you let me know asap


Here's the Dates for the next quarter as advance notice.  

Cas SIm:  11th Jan (tues)
IDP:          12th Jan (wed)
Cas SIm:  15th Feb (tues)
IDP:          16th Feb (wed)
Cas SIm:  8th March (tues)
IDP:          9th March (wed)

If you are available for any of these - let me know when you can and i will keep lists of who is potential for each one.  I'll also send out reminders 2 weeks before the training if we still have spaces.

General information:

This is for a Security Course, training aidworkers from a number of major relief and development agencies as part of a training course for humanitarian aid workers, who will be deploying overseas. We usually need each time,  4 or 5  people to be Road Traffic Accident victims and 5 people to join our group of IDPs in an emergency camp (Internally Displaced People - what you are before you become a refugee by crossing an international boarder).  The RTA simulations are usually on Tuesdays- you would need to be on site by 9am, and would be finished by 2 or 3pm.The IDP simulations are usually on Wednesdays:   you would need to be on site by 11.30am, and would be finished by 6 or 7pm. There is also  normally a course dinner on this evening, which actors are welcome to attend.

If anyone is up for doing both - i *may* be able to get you accomodation -  but cant at this stage guarantee that -  ask me if you need this, and i shall see what i can wrangle.

This is an opportunity to be covered in fake blood, test the ingenuity of the participants and generally have a laugh with a great bunch of people in a field. 

For those doing the IDP Camp, there is the additional fun of coming under sniper fire and if you are one of the lucky ones, "shot" and "killed".


Anyone who can help us out with this will receive:

Our eternal gratitude
£20 fee for giving up their time and being good sports
Up to £20 for transport costs
Homemade Lunch !


The location is Wellingborough, Northants, so most suitable for those who can either get to the train station by public transport - where we can organise taxi or lifts, or who have wheels!

Please help us, and have fun and get a good charitable glow into the bargain.
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thank you!

Just to say a huge thank-you to everyone who sent hugs and wishes following my car being attacked by snow-wolves this morning.

You're all lovely, and i am very glad to be alive and un-hurt.


Today has been rubbish. I think i shall declare it a non-day, and go and hide under a duvet til tomorrow...
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