Just in time for Christmas, the chocolate festival at Southbank Centre is a must for lovers of all the wonderful products derived from the cocoa bean. Free to attend and with a dizzying range of chocolatey products on offer, the festival should give you some fresh ideas on how to celebrate Christmas 2012.
Friday 7th December 2012 to Sunday 9th December 2012
11am-8pm Fri-Sat 11am-6pm Sun
Southbank Centre Square, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX
Solo exhibition of selected works by the culturally influential and innovative American artist and author. The exhibition will feature Burroughs’ paintings drawings and a selection of his ‘talismanic’ art objects’.
October Gallery is pleased to present All out of time and into space, an exhibition of the art of William S. Burroughs. October Gallery’s long association with William Burroughs began in 1988 with his second solo exhibition, which was his premiere exhibition in the UK.
Thursday 6th December 2012 - Saturday 16th February 2013
Tuesday - Saturday: 12.30 - 17.30
The October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, London
Covent Garden is the West End’s most magical destination at Christmas. The neighbourhood’s 60 foot tree shimmers with 50,000 red LED lights and the Market Building glows with mirror balls turning in the vaulted ceilings. The pedestrianised cobbles are ideal for strolling and soaking up the festive atmosphere picking up treats from the Real Food Market or taking time to pat the live reindeer in residence each Saturday from 12 - 4pm on the Piazza.
23rd November - 6th January
Brace yourselves, everyone – Winter Wonderland is almost here! On Friday 23rd November at 5pm we will be opening our gates to usher in the Christmas magic. This year is truly set to be the best Winter Wonderland yet, with a mouth-wateringly lavish array of attractions, old and new. Come and feast your senses in our festive adventure playground!
Winter Wonderland has no admission fee – you simply turn up and pay to do whatever takes your fancy. Certain attractions get fully booked during peak times, it is recommended that you check availability on the website.
From Boycott Workfare
Take action 8th December onwards
Many companies and charities have pulled out of the government’s workfare schemes when met with pickets and direct action that put these exploitative schemes in the spotlight.
But charities including British Heart Foundation, Scope and Barnardos and many companies like Poundland, Argos and Superdrug still subscribe to schemes which force the unemployed to “work for their benefits”. That’s why Boycott Workfare network are calling A Week of Action against Workfare, focusing especially on the charities involved.
You are urged to join the action which starts on Saturday, December 8th!
You’re unemployed? Stand up against this exploitation: we won’t work for nothing to profit the rich! In work? Workfare attacks your wages and conditions, you could be sacked and replaced by workfare conscripts. If you care about human rights and dignity – join us. Our anti workfare actions are part of the global resistance to the austerity being imposed everywhere.
Why are we against workfare in Charities? We know first-hand what it really means.
Workfare helps hide swingeing cuts to support for charities by central government.
Real jobs that charity donors have paid to have carried out are forced onto the unemployed.
Many veteran volunteers have left British Heart Foundation in disgust as charity shops are swamped with unwilling conscripts. Workfare contradicts the voluntary ethos charities are supposed to uphold.
A claimant told us how his benefits were threatened after he left a Work Programme placement at BHF – where he was treated appallingly – and declined a placement at Barnardos. Only the intervention of Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty prevented him being left penniless.
Many charities are losing skilled volunteers – as they are being forced to instead do meaningless workfare at companies and even other charities! The unemployed lose real skill-learning opportunities to be compelled to stack shelves.
Since our latest actions were announced British Heart Foundation have announced they are “moving away” from the Mandatory Work Activity scheme. This is encouraging – but we need an assurance they have actually WITHDRAWN from ALL workfare schemes.
Read our blog on what’s wrong with charity workfare for more and check back as the week approaches for leaflets, and online action to take as well!
Our message is simple: If you exploit us, we will shut you down!
Please tweet, share, blog, spread the word!
Liverpool action already confirmed: http://www.facebook.com/events/535148439846906/
UK Uncut are also a day of action against tax dodging bastards Starbucks on the 8th December: http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/blog/call-out-8-dec-refuge-from-the-cuts
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