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...and it is perfumed. Just don't expect anything more.

 

So I'm lying on the grass in parliament square, photographing a packet of toilet paper with the houses of parliament in the background. Suddenly a shadow falls across my view. I look up and all too predictably there's a "community support" officer stood there. He says to me "ARE YOU ALRIGHT SIR?" to which i smiled and replied "I"M FINE. ARE YOU ALRIGHT?"

 

He continued to stand there and I continued to lie there and then he said "I TAKE IT YOU'RE MAKING SOME SORT OF STATEMENT"

 

And to make life easy and ensure that I got to finish my picture, I smiled and said "I'M MAKING A POSTCARD TO SEND TO MY FRIENDS" and he vaguely smiled and went away.

 

more FREEDOM over on my daily self portrait

With my mum @ Duke of York's Royal Military School in Dover 1971-76

 

THE LONE TREE c-1904 Dover

www.facebook.com/russellhiggs/posts/10154651441864740

 

doverhistorian.com/category/armed-services/duke-of-yorks-...

 

Between 1803 and 1909 the school (or asylum as it was once more fittingly titled) was originally located in Chelsea. Currently the old site is the location of the Saatchi gallery.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duke_of_York's_Royal_Military_School

 

Here's a beautifully detailed scan of a 1972 school photo. I'm sixth from the right in the row seated on chairs. I'm 12 years old

dyrms74.com/1972_panoramic_pic.htm

 

When thinking about the blatantly obvious inappropriateness of incarcerating me in a sodding military school, I think of my parent's decision making within the context of "we often don't know what it is that we don't know."

 

The limitations of my parent's knowledge and perspectives, meant that their idea of the "best option" for a highly intelligent child was the military.

 

The other day I mentioned to a friend that I've never read any Harry Potter books, nor have I watched the movies.

 

And perhaps that is partly due to the fact that in real life I spent 5 years in a boarding school. As I'm aware that a number of friends who enjoy the Potter franchise subsequently wish that they had been sent away to board.

 

And while my school was not Magic School, my nickname at school was however Witchypoo

 

The first boy I ever kissed was called Bryan. Right in front of the other boys too. Subsequently I immediately and confidently came out of the closet age 13. Bryan, was in the year above me, and was already out and proud. He also taught me what to reply to any homophobic bullshit.

NEW VIDEO

 

I'm still experimenting with switching on the camera, standing in front of it and seeing what comes out of me in one take. This is another made up song in an unknown language with subtitles.

I've been in the bath with my camera the past couple of days.

Me in 1969 in our garden in north London. I'm wearing a costume made by my nan for a primary school play "the prince and the white cat" (at Crouch End junior school, that used to be on the corner of Wolseley road and Park road). My nan was a marvel with that sewing machine of hers.

 

(speech bubble text: "ontological anarchy in a nutshell")

winter solstice bus window and acetate print 2012

 

- original self portrait session 2008/09/13 -

russellhiggs.shutterchance.com/image/2008/09/13/saturday-...

 

the four featured books are:

"Religion and the rise of Capitalism" by R. H. Tawney

"The age of the masses" by Michael D. Biddiss

"Techniques of Persuasion" by J. A. C. Brown

"Terrorism" by Charles Townshend

OUR GENERATION WAS FORMED THROUGH THE ABSURDITY OF WAR.

www.flickr.com/photos/russell-higgs/2400866726/

 

said André Malraux

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malraux

 

Recently here in Britain there was a TV ad for Heinz Deli Mayo.

 

In this ad a man is in a kitchen and is portrayed in the role of mother and wife.

 

Another man, the husband/father character, kisses him on the cheek.

 

Now it's bad enough that the creators of this ad consider it to be "humourous" to see 2 men kissing and behaving as if married with kids, but apparently some people have actually complained and have said the ad was "offensive" and that it is "inappropriate to see two men kissing". Other complaints believe that the ad was "unsuitable to be seen by children".

 

And subsequently Heinz have responded to these mind numbingly bizarre opinions by withdrawing the ad.

 

www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/jun/25/advertising.gayrights

 

Why is it that some people are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns, than seeing two men kissing?

    

Meanwhile, more absurdity, in Scotland: "TAXPAYERS HIT BY £200,000 BILL FOR NAKED RAMBLER CASE"

 

www.express.co.uk/posts/view/49367/Taxpayers-hit-by-200-0...

 

Steve Gough, known as the Naked Rambler, the man who walked the entire length of Britain without wearing any clothes, has spent the past two years almost continuously behind bars in Scotland for a number of "breaches of the peace", and he is currently in a segregation unit in Glasgow's Barlinnie Prison. He refuses to wear clothes at any time, either in prison or in court.

 

The article goes on to inform us that the average prisoner costs around £34,000 a year, but that figure is higher in segregation units.

 

His lawyer, John Good, is reporterd to have said that, by the time his client is due to be released in October, the stand-off with the authorities will have drained up to £200,000 from the public purse.

 

He also stressed that Steve Gough is prepared to spend at least 10 years in prison defending his right to be naked.

  

REWIND..........

 

They kept me and Vincent Bethell in segregation cells when we were continuously unclothed in 2000

 

Naked Protest picture archive 2000-2001

www.flickr.com/photos/russell-higgs/53700518

 

my letter from prison jan 2001

www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2001/jan/05/guardianletters1

 

jury unanimously acquits Vincent Bethell jan 2001

www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4115569,00.html

 

and meanwhile, taking part in this year's World Naked Bike Ride in London (where the police have a policy of NOT arresting naked participants) there was a man named Will Golden, a man born without genitals.

 

Here's his flickr profile and photos....

www.flickr.com/people/willynillyuk/

www.flickr.com/photos/willynillyuk/

 

Now a man like Will poses an interesting situation in the context of Protesting Naked, because when the police do arrest Naked Protesters their emphasis is ALWAYS an absurd preoccupation with Genital Visibility (as though there were some almighty difference between the visibility of human genitals compared with the visibility of human elbows or noses etc). So how would the prosecution attempt to proceed if Will, a man without genitals, were arrested and put on trial I wonder?

 

and finally....

 

"Baby's bottom censored by store"

news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/merseyside/7474968.stm

 

A woman who wanted to give a birthday cake to her son featuring a photo of him as a baby was forced to have it censored because it showed his bottom.

 

Gail Jordan, 41, had gone to Asda in Liscard, Wirral, on 13 June with the photo of her 21-year-old son David taken when he was five months old.

 

Staff at the supermarket refused to scan the picture onto a cake as it featured nudity.

 

They eventually printed the image onto the icing with a star over the bottom.

18th January 2001 ... Bow Street Magistrates Court ...

 

after spending a month continuously unclothed and remanded in a Brixton Prison segregation cell, Russell Higgs is released naked from the court without any conditions to be clothed.

 

VIDEO: 17 December 2000: Russell Higgs @ Downing Street

www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSKTneEC2gc

 

PRISON LETTER: www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2001/jan/05/guardianletters1

Today I took my placard to a picket outside City Hall, London, where the Metropolitan Police Authority were meeting. The protest was organised by the United Campaign Against Police Violence.

INDUCING CONSENT: from a transcript of Aldous Huxley's 1962 lecture, "The Ultimate Revolution", in which the author of Brave New World discusses using terrorism, suggestibility and pharmacology to create willing slaves out of the population.....

"A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves."

(...said Bertrand de Jouvenel)

 

"Fascism should more properly be called 'Corporatism', since it is the marriage of Government and Corporate Power."

(....said mussolini)

 

Meanwhile

 

DOROTHY THOMPSON offers us some tips on How to Cut the Puppeteer's Strings....

 

"Society is deranged. ... It is dominated by moral and emotional morons. ... I want Sabotage and Opposition ... Sabotage and Opposition ... Sabotage and Opposition, against Militarism in all of its forms."

 

she said

 

and

 

"There is nothing to fear except the persistent refusal to find out the truth, the persistent refusal to analyze the causes of happenings."

 

and she also said

 

"Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live."

 

(text on the wall from transcript of INDUCING CONSENT aldous huxley 1962)

 

http://russellhiggs.shutterchance.com/photoblog/thursday_09082007_/

I took my placard for another day out.

 

Today's protest was outside a religious meeting in the Emmanuel Centre, Marsham St., London WC1, which promoted a "cure" for homosexuality.

 

Our general message in response was that Love needs no cure, it is Prejudice that needs curing.

 

Meanwhile in Uganda, where homosexyness is punishable by life imprisonment, similar religious agents of hatred held a 3 day gay cure conference earlier in the year. They advocated that the rabidly homophobic government should FORCE suspected gays and lesbians into "curative" therapy.

...A culture's power structure depends largely on how we look and how we are looked at.

 

ORIGINAL IMAGE on the big screen: www.flickr.com/photos/russell-higgs/5365854066/

v for vendetta

www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1845761820/qid=11312180...

www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0930289528/qid=113...

 

plus...

 

An Annotation of Literary, Historic, and Artistic References in Alan Moore's Graphic Novel, V For Vendetta.

 

and...

 

THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF OLIGARCHICAL COLLECTIVISM

 

by Emmanuel Goldstein

 

the consciousness of being at war, and therefore in danger, makes the handing-over of all power to a small caste seem the natural, unavoidable condition of survival.

 

It does not matter whether the war is actually happening, and, since no decisive victory is possible, it does not matter whether the war is going well or badly. All that is needed is that a state of war should exist.

 

The two aims of the Party are to conquer the whole surface of the earth and to extinguish once and for all the possibility of independent thought. There are therefore two great problems which the Party is concerned to solve. One is how to discover, against his will, what another human being is thinking, and the other is how to kill several hundred million people in a few seconds without giving warning beforehand

 

The Party is not concerned with perpetuating its blood but with perpetuating itself. Who wields power is not important, provided that the hierarchical structure remains always the same.

 

They are obliged to prevent their followers from starving to death in numbers large enough to be inconvenient, and they are obliged to remain at the same low level of military technique as their rivals; but once that minimum is achieved, they can twist reality into whatever shape they choose.

 

The consciousness of the masses needs only to be influenced in a negative way.

 

to live in a continuous frenzy of hatred of foreign enemies and internal traitors.....

 

also...

 

Wilfrid

 

and...

 

the upside down map page

18th January 2001 ... Bow Street Magistrates Court ...

 

after spending a month continuously unclothed and remanded in a Brixton Prison segregation cell, Russell Higgs is released naked from the court without any conditions to be clothed.

 

VIDEO: 17 December 2000: Russell Higgs @ Downing Street

www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSKTneEC2gc

 

PRISON LETTER: www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2001/jan/05/guardianletters1

18th January 2001 ... Bow Street Magistrates Court ...

 

after spending a month continuously unclothed and remanded in a Brixton Prison segregation cell, Russell Higgs is released naked from the court without any conditions to be clothed.

 

VIDEO: 17 December 2000: Russell Higgs @ Downing Street

www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSKTneEC2gc

 

PRISON LETTER: www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2001/jan/05/guardianletters1

In the news here in the uk, the Conservative party are proposing that the long term unemployed should be forced to work for their benefits.

 

Tory leader David Cameron says he wants to end the "something for nothing culture".

 

Here is what I posted as a response yesterday in the BBC's Have Your Say (the max number of characters they allow is 500).....

 

(09-Jan-2008 15:29)

The something for nothing culture? Is that people born into wealthy families? People who can afford to spend their every day doing as they please because life's lottery has bequeathed them an inheritance?

 

It's the 21st century and it's time for radical forward thinking ideas, such as a Minimum Basic Citizen's Income, payable to all and not linked to work. There are many more important things in life than mere employment.

 

Out of the 2,652 published comments in that BBC thread, I think I was the only person to go off message and propose a basic Citizen's Income. Here's how a couple of people responded specifically to my post...

 

[PetsR4Life] from Chudleigh wrote (09 Jan, 2008, 21:19 GMT):

"Planet Earth calling Russell Higgs! Where exactly do you suppose the money for this MBCI will come from? In case you hadn't noticed, money for the lazy doesn't just appear; it comes from those who work, in the form of something called 'taxes'."

 

and Marlene from Pendle wrote (10 Jan, 2008, 02:36 GMT):

"Who would pay for it? Yes, the 'mugs' who work for a living and pay the taxes that support this country. That's the silliest idea I have ever heard!"

 

Both of their posts began by using up half their allotted number of characters to quote directly from my original post, therefore multiplying the chances of somebody actually coming across my point, so thanks for that Marlene and [PetsR4Life].

 

Here's how I attempted to reply to them, which sadly the BBC chose not to publish (that particular thread was a "fully moderated" "debate")....

 

A Citizen's Income would be a BASIC income. Just as with current benefits it simply prevents starvation, it is not any kind of luxury. Most people would opt to supplement it with a wage.

 

How might it be financed, you ask? One such idea is based on the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend, where every Alaskan citizen receives an annual income from their oil profits. In the UK we could perhaps share the profits from some of our own top earning assets.

 

Meanwhile I haven't read all of the 2,652 comments that the BBC chose to publish, but I'm left with the impression that the vast majority of them propagate that delusional idea that people on benefits live in some kind of luxury, and of course there are plenty of spiteful mealy mouthed references to "immigrants".

 

Later I might expand this post by adding a few examples of the predominant mood of the "debate", or you might want to dive in and sample the venom and mind bending levels of ignorance for yourself...

newsforums.bbc.co.uk/nol/thread.jspa?threadID=8100&ed...

 

but right now on the subject of benefits I have these thoughts to add...

 

Surely one of the main puposes of welfare benefits (or one day a Citizen's Income) is to dampen the chances of a large powerful angry mob assembling and causing extreme mischief. It is in the best interests of the government to prevent the existence of any excessive number of desperate people who might unify through hunger and extreme homelessness and become revolutionary rioters.

 

Benefits keep enough people from starving and from being homeless etc, and therefore benefits function to keep enough people passive, like pets in a way. The workers are mostly comfortable slaves and the unemployed are mostly harmless pets. From that perspective current welfare benefits are a useful investment and money well spent.

 

and here's some CITIZEN'S INCOME links...

 

www.citizensincome.org/

 

www.bepress.com/bis/

 

www.etes.ucl.ac.be/BIEN/Index.html

 

including their list of international Basic Income networks

www.etes.ucl.ac.be/BIEN/BIEN/Recognized_Networks.htm

My passport 1985.

 

I can't remember if I drew the giant face directly onto the photo-booth wall behind me, or whether I prepared it on some paper that I then hung up?

 

This was back in the days when you could get a one year passport over the counter from the post office.

‎... original daily self portrait archive 2006-2009 at Shutterchance ... russellhiggs.shutterchance.com/archive.php ...

 

... that's my mum and dad, on their mid-20th century wedding day, either side of me, and the photo in my mouth is my nan, my mum's mum as a baby at the end of the 19th Century.

 

... VIDEO SONG "Homo Ludens" ... www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xh9oVS_k6V0 ...

 

... this image contains NOTES ...

Protest outside Kingsland Shopping Centre, Hackney, London. Organised by Stop The War, to shutdown the army recruitment showroom which opened inside the local shopping centre earlier in the year.

continuously unclothed from december 17th 2000 to january 18th 2001, remanded in a brixton prison segregation cell on a non-imprisonable charge. eventually released naked on unconditional bail, and later the charges are dropped.

 

naked protest

... as of 30th December 2010 this image (uploaded in 2007) has suddenly become MY ONLY VISIBLE IMAGE ON OFFER. Flickr have suddenly designated the rest of my ENTIRE 6 YEARS of uploads as "RESTRICTED" and therefore visibility will depend on your "safe search" settings until this petty censorship is sorted.

 

////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

 

(speech bubble text: bible Rom 13:8-10.)

 

'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'

There is no other commandment greater....

(Mk 12:29-31; cf. Deut 6:4-5; Lev 19:18; Mt 22:34-40; Lk 10:25-28.)

 

For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

(Galatians 5:14 RSV)

 

If any one says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar;

for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen,

cannot love God whom he has not seen.

(1 John 4:20 RSV)

 

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

(Romans 13:10 (RSV)

 

If you really fulfil the royal law,

according to the scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself,"

you do well.

(James 2:8 RSV)

 

Jesus said to his disciples: "Love one another even as I have loved you."

(Jn 13:34)

  

PROBABLY THE ONLY WORTHWHILE INFORMATION IN THE WHOLE OF THAT BIG OLD BOOK. AND NOTABLY THE ONE THING THAT SO MANY "CHRISTIANS" CONVENIENTLY IGNORE.

Life in the low earning lane. However the good news is that I've now got the Comic Life app on my phone :)

May the Fourth be with you. The start of the Strangers into Citizens rally from Tothill Street to Trafalger Square. "A national campaign calling for a one-off regularisation of long-term irregular migrants in the UK."

 

www.strangersintocitizens.org.uk/

original archive 17th July 2006 to 29th May 2009 russellhiggs.shutterchance.com/archive/

MISTER HIGGS crown prince of hearts:

 

1 - also today Fri 29th April 2011

... www.blipfoto.com/view.php?id=1120146

... and love under will ... www.23hq.com/russell-higgs/photo/6688294

 

2 - video: "Russell Higgs @ Buckingham Palace with the Love Police Academy 25th April 2010" ... www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgvvSPhdS3E

 

3 - original featured daily self portraits:

... 18th January 2008

... russellhiggs.shutterchance.com/photoblog/friday_18012008_/

... and 25th December 2006

... russellhiggs.shutterchance.com/photoblog/monday_25122006/

... VIDEO: 999 Days in 3 minutes

... www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e0O6OWUL3k

 

4 - easter 2011: Mister Higgs King of the Fairies - "freedom from the known

... www.23hq.com/russell-higgs/photo/6687566?album_id=6613762

 

5 - Bus Stop: Mister Higgs coming soon to Channel Zero

... www.flickr.com/photos/russell-higgs/5601020746/

 

6 - archbishop Russell Higgs: dream diary October 2002

... russellhiggs.bravehost.com/pageeight.html

  

7 - what if William was a fairy prince? ...

... What if Prince William were gay? ... globalcomment.com/2011/whatif-prince-william-were-gay/ ...

... what would be the public reaction if William was to declare that he is in fact homosexual? ... www.theroyalforums.com/forums/f161/gay-royalty-7689.html ...

... it was reported 20 Feb 2011 that long-running ITV soap CORONATION Street is set to screen its first gay wedding on the same day as Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot... news.pinkpaper.com/NewsStory/4870/20/02/2011/coronation-s... ... However, actor Anthony Cotton said: "That was hilarious and totally made up by the papers - they even said we were getting married on the same day as Prince William and Kate Middleton." ... entertainment.stv.tv/tv/244861-antony-cotton-no-gay-weddi... ...

... "Kate is insisting I get rid of my favourite bodyguard, Serge. He used to be in the French Foreign Legion. I don't know why, but Kate appears to be a bit jealous of our friendship, which is a shame because Serge is a very cool guy" ... www.thedailymash.co.uk/opinion/columnists/prince-william%... ...

 

8 - "STEP DOWN" ... www.23hq.com/russell-higgs/photo/6687553

 

9 - the police made preemptive arrests of a number of activists, imprisoning people before the wedding ... pre-"crime" ...

 

10 - Madonna - Vogue - MTV Awards 1990 ... www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTaXtWWR16A

 

11 - Mister Higgs Fairy Prince: the spare communiqué (November 2008)

... www.23hq.com/russell-higgs/photo/6687602

 

... being and time ...

 

This photo was taken on April 29, 2011 at 07:03 AM

 

... do be do be do ...

 

MISTER HIGGS crown prince of hearts:

 

1 - also today Fri 29th April 2011

... www.flickr.com/photos/russell-higgs/5668649829/

... and "love under will" ... www.23hq.com/russell-higgs/photo/6688294

 

2 - video: "Russell Higgs @ Buckingham Palace with the Love Police Academy 25th April 2010"

... www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgvvSPhdS3E

 

3 - original featured daily self portraits:

... 30th December 2008

... russellhiggs.shutterchance.com/photoblog/tuesday_30122008_/

... and 12th August 2007

... russellhiggs.shutterchance.com/photoblog/sunday_12082007_/

... archive VIDEO: 999 Days in 3 minutes

... www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e0O6OWUL3k

 

4 - easter 2011: Mister Higgs King of the Fairies - "freedom from the known"

... www.23hq.com/russell-higgs/photo/6687566?album_id=6613762

 

5 - Bus Stop: Mister Higgs coming soon to Channel Zero

... www.flickr.com/photos/russell-higgs/5601020746/

 

6 - archbishop Russell Higgs: dream diary October 2002

... russellhiggs.bravehost.com/pageeight.html

 

7 - what if William was a fairy prince? ...

... What if Prince William were gay? ... globalcomment.com/2011/whatif-prince-william-were-gay/ ...

... what would be the public reaction if William was to declare that he is in fact homosexual? ... www.theroyalforums.com/forums/f161/gay-royalty-7689.html ...

... it was reported 20 Feb 2011 that long-running ITV soap CORONATION Street is set to screen its first gay wedding on the same day as Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot... news.pinkpaper.com/NewsStory/4870/20/02/2011/coronation-s... ... However, actor Anthony Cotton said: "That was hilarious and totally made up by the papers - they even said we were getting married on the same day as Prince William and Kate Middleton." ... entertainment.stv.tv/tv/244861-antony-cotton-no-gay-weddi... ...

... "Kate is insisting I get rid of my favourite bodyguard, Serge. He used to be in the French Foreign Legion. I don't know why, but Kate appears to be a bit jealous of our friendship, which is a shame because Serge is a very cool guy" ... www.thedailymash.co.uk/opinion/columnists/prince-william%... ...

 

8 - "STEP DOWN" ... www.23hq.com/russell-higgs/photo/6687553

 

9 - the police made preemptive arrests of a number of activists, imprisoning people before the wedding ... pre-"crime" ...

 

10 - Madonna - Vogue - MTV Awards 1990 ... www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTaXtWWR16A

 

11 - Mister Higgs Fairy Prince: the spare communiqué (November 2008)

... www.23hq.com/russell-higgs/photo/6687602

  

... being and time ...

 

This photo was taken on April 29, 2011 at 06:49 AM

 

... do be do be do ...

 

Tesco supermarket, Morning Lane, Hackney, London.

 

Shopdrop: reverse shoplifting.

 

nakedwalk.org/

 

A culture's power structure depends largely on how we look and how we are looked at.

 

conformandobey.co.uk/pages/naked_protest.html

 

"To be offended by the visual appearance of another person is prejudice, akin to racism. The right to exist, uncovered, should hold precedence over the right not to view this, for the objection is irrational." - said Terri Webb

Sainsbury supermarket, Kingsland shopping centre, Hackney, London.

 

Shopdrop: reverse shoplifting.

 

Screw the law, lets get naked: At one extreme, there is the proposal that Islamic full-face veils be prohibited. And at the other extreme, Steve Gough, "the Naked Rambler", is currently serving a 21 month sentence for "contempt of court"...

 

jackofkent.blogspot.com/2010/08/screw-law-lets-get-naked....

  

Facebook Group: Free the Naked Rambler Stephen Gough ...

 

www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=247410229402&ref=ts

  

nakedwalk.org/

 

MISTER HIGGS crown prince of hearts:

 

1 - also today Fri 29th April 2011

... www.blipfoto.com/view.php?id=1120146

... and www.flickr.com/photos/russell-higgs/5668649829/

 

2 - video: "Russell Higgs @ Buckingham Palace with the Love Police Academy 25th April 2010" ... www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgvvSPhdS3E

 

3 - original featured daily self portraits:

... 12th March 2008

... russellhiggs.shutterchance.com/photoblog/wednesday_120320...

... and 7th July 2008

... russellhiggs.shutterchance.com/photoblog/monday_07072008_/

... VIDEO: 999 Days in 3 minutes

... www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e0O6OWUL3k

 

4 - easter 2011: Mister Higgs King of the Fairies - "freedom from the known

... www.23hq.com/russell-higgs/photo/6687566?album_id=6613762

 

5 - Bus Stop: Mister Higgs coming soon to Channel Zero

... www.flickr.com/photos/russell-higgs/5601020746/

 

6 - archbishop Russell Higgs: dream diary October 2002

... russellhiggs.bravehost.com/pageeight.html

  

7 - what if William was a fairy prince? ...

... What if Prince William were gay? ... globalcomment.com/2011/whatif-prince-william-were-gay/ ...

... what would be the public reaction if William was to declare that he is in fact homosexual? ... www.theroyalforums.com/forums/f161/gay-royalty-7689.html ...

... it was reported 20 Feb 2011 that long-running ITV soap CORONATION Street is set to screen its first gay wedding on the same day as Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot... news.pinkpaper.com/NewsStory/4870/20/02/2011/coronation-s... ... However, actor Anthony Cotton said: "That was hilarious and totally made up by the papers - they even said we were getting married on the same day as Prince William and Kate Middleton." ... entertainment.stv.tv/tv/244861-antony-cotton-no-gay-weddi... ...

... "Kate is insisting I get rid of my favourite bodyguard, Serge. He used to be in the French Foreign Legion. I don't know why, but Kate appears to be a bit jealous of our friendship, which is a shame because Serge is a very cool guy" ... www.thedailymash.co.uk/opinion/columnists/prince-william%... ...

 

8 - "STEP DOWN" ... www.23hq.com/russell-higgs/photo/6687553

 

9 - the police made preemptive arrests of a number of activists, imprisoning people before the wedding ... pre-"crime" ...

 

10 - Madonna - Vogue - MTV Awards 1990 ... www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTaXtWWR16A

 

11 - Mister Higgs Fairy Prince: the spare communiqué (November 2008)

... www.23hq.com/russell-higgs/photo/6687602

 

... being and time ...

 

This photo was taken on April 29, 2011 at 06:56 AM

 

... do be do be do ...

 

MeMoir: CHRIS. 1977.

 

In 1977, when I was 17 years old, I went to my first ever Gay Disco in London.

 

It was called Adams and it was located in Leicester Square.

 

This is a photo of Chris, the man who chatted me up that night and who told me to get my coat, I'd pulled.

 

In England at that time, it had only been 10 years since the law regarding same gender sexuality was changed to allow partially decriminalised gay sex, as long as you were both 21 or over.

 

But still in 1977 in London and the UK, men were being arrested just for kissing one another in the street.

 

I was fairly fresh out of school (the Duke of York's Royal Military School in Dover.) Though I had already come well out of the closet at school, I came out when I was aged just 13 in 1973.

 

In 1977 I was working in Charring X rd, very near to my first gay disco. I was working as a Singing Waiter, cash-in-hand, in a restaurant called The Cockney. We used to wear bowler hats and sing about "boiled beef and carrots" and how it's "a long way to Tipperary" etc.

 

Then we fast forward 20 years, to November 1997. That is when I found this photo in a weekly gay newspaper.

 

I remember I was sat reading it on the platform of Highbury and Islington tube. I hadn't seen Chris since the late 70s. Back then we had slept together for about a total of a month or so, I think. But 20 years later I recognised him in the paper almost immediately.

 

Above the photo (which was taken by Jane Bown) it said: "Keegan, long survivor, dies." And below the photo: "Keegan, diagnosed in 1983."

 

The paper went on to say: "Christopher Keegan, the man thought to be the longest surviving person with AIDS in the UK, has died aged 49. Keegan, who was given an AIDS diagnosis and six months to live in 1983, had been a tireless campaigner and had completed every Walk For Life. He died on Remembrance Sunday. Keegan met Diana, Princess of Wales, on several occasions and attended her funeral in September."

 

He was gorgeous. I was 17. He was just 28.

 

He bought me a scented Snoopy the dog soap, from somewhere down the Kings Road. I kept it unused for years.

 

And most nights after we had fucked he used to like me drawing on his arm with felt tip pens.

here's todays trip down memory lane, brought to you via the frontpage of the Evening Standard, march 6th 1990. The original photographer's name was Mike Floyd.

 

The events portrayed here are a few weeks before the big Trafalger Square poll tax riots of 1990 and before Thatcher waved bye bye.

 

Here I'm getting arrested outside Haringey Civic Centre (north London), monday 5th march 1990, after spending some time contributing to disrupting and stalling Haringey council. The council members were meeting to set their first Poll Tax, which was also to be one of the highest Poll Taxes in the country.

 

There were some eggs involved. They were mine and they inspired a Sun newspaper headline the next day that said "MOB HURLS EGGS."

 

It was the next day while I was on the tube, that I looked across at the other passenger's newspapers and noticed that I was on the Evening Standard frontpage, captioned into the role of "an angry protestor".

 

The whole of the caption says..."Police restrain an angry protester during the height of last night's demonstration."

 

Actually the expression on my face isn't anger, it's simply me concentrating on making it very difficult to physically move me.

 

What's missing from the newspaper's account is that once the police did move me round to the side of the building, away from the media spotlight, that was when the arresting officers started kicking me repeatedly in my lower back. Plus it's a shame there was no camera in the police van, where I was held on the floor with an officer drilling his elbow into my face with the full weight of his body for the entire journey. Best of all I could have done with a photographer being present at the moment when we arrived at the police station and the officer grated me like cheese against the station's external pebble dash wall and then just before we entered the building he whispered menacingly to me "say nothing".

 

I'd been arrested plenty of times before, but that was my first experience of police violence whilst being in their grip and it was a bit intense at the time. It was worrying and I remember feeling relieved to be sharing a cell with another arrestee once inside the station, rather than being isolated and vulnerable to further abuse.

 

Plus after all that the cheeky bastards charged me (falsely) with beating up an officer AND with trying to instigate a riot.

 

I've still got copies of all the arresting officers creative statements, I'll share those detailed gems with you another day.

 

Earlier that evening I'd also experienced some perfectly reasonable police. We were originally inside the public gallery, delaying the start of the council meeting, and the police that eventually carried me out of the building simply deposited me outside and suggested that I go away for a bit and cool off.

 

As it was I then went straight to the nearest shop and that's when I purchased my eggs.

 

Tomorrow we'll probably visit the frontpage of The Pink Paper from around 1989/90, some AIDS activism, catapulting condoms over the wall into Pentonville prison.

A few hours back Mark Wallinger was named as the winner of the £25,000 Turner Prize at the Tate Liverpool gallery,

arts.guardian.co.uk/turnerprize2007/story/0,,2221321,00.html

 

and I was reminded of an anti-Turner prize protest that I participated in 13 years ago, back in November 1994, outside the Tate (back in the day when I think there was just one Tate gallery, Pimlico London) and which was captured in this lovely Guardian front page photo the next day (23.11.94. back in the day when the Guardian was mostly printed in black and white and was physically much larger than it is now.... way too big to fit on my scanner in one piece. And it cost just 45p.).

 

And subsequently, over the next few days, I thought I'd piece together an anecdotal self portrait journey, via an assortment of past front page adventures.

 

to be honest I don't have much of a story to tell regarding this one. or at least i don't remember anything much right now. It was a demo organised by F.A.T. (Fashion Architecture and Taste)

 

The Guardian photographer's name was Martin Argles and the caption underneath the photo reads..... "Art demo. Some of 300 artists bearing placards showing their own work who demonstrated against the 'elitism' of the Turner Prize at its Tate Gallery ceremony in London last night. "

 

My placard was one of those classic mass produced teary eyed cutesy orphan boy pix (complete with its original frame), the ones that are a regular car boot sale delight. I'd added a layer of collage, I'd increased the number of his arms to 4, and he is juggling egg yokes and pocket watches, plus I'd also added the words "Love for sale".

 

I love the NHS "Death rate leagues" headline juxtaposed with my death skull mask (and how the "one boy crimewave" seems in tune with my orphan boy placard). That skull mask was a regular look in my live perfomances in the late 80s and in the 90s, through to my last live performance (to date) at Duckies in south London, which I think was probably in 1996.

 

I've still got that mask. It can be seen being used recently, yet again, in an early daily self portrait dated thursday 10th August 2006 ...

russellhiggs.shutterchance.com/photoblog/thursday_10082006/

and also in this strip .... www.flickr.com/photos/russell-higgs/212585245/

 

who won that year at the Tate? who was in the running? I'll look it up later and report back to you.....

 

tomorrow, we'll visit the front page of the evening standard, 1990, an anti-poll tax protest where the police attempted to accuse me of beating one of them up.

  

“Don't play what's there, play what's not there.” (... Miles Davis 1926 - 1991)

 

PREVIOUSLY...

 

“I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things... I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.” (... Leo Buscaglia 1924 - 1998, who gained fame via his non-credit course titled "Love 1A")

 

IMAGINE QIYAAS : how like a leaf (13 Sept 2011)

www.flickr.com/photos/russell-higgs/6152644543/

 

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” (... George Bernard Shaw 1856 - 1950)

Video HOMO LUDENS (7 Feb 2011)

youtu.be/Xh9oVS_k6V0

 

A POSE A DAY HELPS YOU WORK REST AND PLAY

video: 999 Days in 3 minutes

youtu.be/1e0O6OWUL3k

shortlisted for Guggenheim/Youtube PLAY, a Biennial of Creative Video (20th Sept 2010)

youtu.be/eWVCdIweVOo

 

Original Daily Self Portrait

(18 Sept 2008)

russellhiggs.shutterchance.com/image/2008/09/18/thursday-...

The Love Police Academy @ Buckingham Palace, Sunday 25th April 2010

 

www.youtube.com/cveitch

 

“Freedom is everything, and love is all the rest”

Video: Russell Higgs @ Buckingham Palace

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgvvSPhdS3E

 

a Dream:

russellhiggs.bravehost.com/pageeight.html

 

plus

 

www.youtube.com/theroyalchannel

 

www.royal.gov.uk/

 

"Love all, trust a few. Do wrong to none." said Shakespeare

 

"By the meaningless sign linked to the meaningless sound we have built the shape and meaning of Western man."

 

(...said Marshall McLuhan,

The Gutenberg Galaxy, 1962.)

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