Saturday, July 23, 2016

Thursday, July 07, 2016

How Our Beloved Royal Family Is Cleverly Manipulated By Psychiatry For Commercial Profit

by E. Kenneth Eckersley, former Magistrate and Retired Justice of the Peace, CEO Society for an Addiction Free Europe (SAFE), FCMI, FIOD, HonMPHMA(Int), HSDC, MABFDFE (Stockholm and Brussels)


Many British citizens are shocked to hear that the man, who in the last few decades has done most to promote drug addiction of all types in the U.K., is to be recommended for a Knighthood by 10, Downing Street.

With nearly 2.4 Million elderly N.H.S. patients involuntarily addicted to prescription drugs, and 180,000 former illegal heroin users addicted to prescribed methadone or buprenorphine, there is every reason for psychiatric Professor John Strang to be feted, honoured and rewarded by the pharmaceutical industry for his truly magnificent contribution to the wide and profitable marketing of their addictive products.

Professor John Strang
The Government's National Audit Office reports that addicts on methadone and other O.S.T. prescriptions cost the Exchequer (and thus also the Taxpayer) some £8.46 BILLION EACH AND EVERY YEAR to maintain, and the likely cost of servicing the 2.4 Million involuntary patients on benzos, etc., probably boosts that wasteful pharmaceutical spending to over £10 BILLION – likely the largest single drain on the N.H.S. which increases every year because no cures are achieved.

When Professor John Strang blatantly used his 31⁄2 to 4 year Payment by Results “pilots” to kill off the U.K's excellent “November 2010 Drugs Strategy”, he not only ensured a continuation of massively escalating pharmaceutical drug prescribing, he also ensured a continuation of Britain's place as the addiction capital of Europe.

Unfortunately, the members of two organisations, both of which enjoy the Queen's patronage (the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society), have been responsible for leading our country into this wasteful, decadent and immensely expensive state.

The British Royal Family
To understand this, it is vital to recognise that the only way one can become addicted to a drug is by actually consuming that drug.

Nobody can ever become addicted to a drug which they never take, because it is the taking of two or three doses of an addictive drug which creates addiction.

Chemical company bosses know this and so do the psychiatrists they support ­ whose main professional role today is the “pushing” into the society of addictive and / or hypnotic pharmaceutical prescription drugs. Drugs paid for by U.K. taxpayers via the Exchequer and the N.H.S.

By slowly, over the last 68 years, moving the bulk of N.H.S. services into palliative none cure procedures ­ i.e the managing of symptoms rather than the eradicating of causes ­ pharmaceutical producers and distributors have developed possibly the largest and most profitable market in the world.

A market demand driven by irresistible addiction to chemical products, for which the users themselves don't even have to pay! A market comprised of PHYSICAL sickness and disease “management” and (with the help of psychiatry) MENTAL HEALTH habit “management” plus MENTAL HEALTH behaviour “management”.

Royal College of Psychiatrists, London
Which regrettably brings us back to the role the Royal Family have been tricked into playing in the increasingly wide and profitable marketing of addictive pharmaceutical products.

With the approval of her husband William and the Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge has quite rightly become concerned by the increase in “mental health problems” reported across the country by psychiatrists campaigning for more government funding of the “mental health sector”.

On the face of things, an admirable cause deserving of royal patronage, if you actually don't know much about mental health problems, what they really are and how they arise.

And the problem with psychiatry is that that so­-called profession does not know much about mental health problems, what they really are and how they arise!

Psychiatry's job is to deliver ­ as many members of our society as they can ­ to daily and multi­-daily drug “treatment” in the form of “mental health management by prescription”.

Royal Pharmaceutical Society
And the easiest way to do this is to label a wide and increasing variety of normal behaviour as “a mental health problem”!

The psychiatric “bible”: “The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” they first published with a dozen or so so­-called “mental health disorders” in 1952, has today grown into a 30 times longer list of 365 so­-called “mental health disorders”, practically all of which propose and recommend the prescribing of one drug or another, the vast bulk of which are addictive and / or hypnotic in their action.

As a consequence, today, the main disorder being "TREATED" daily across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom is psycho-pharmaceutically deliberately induced DRUG ADDICTION.

Already mentioned are the 2.4 Million of mainly elderly N.H.S. patients and the 180,000 O.S.T. methadone addicts, but to these must be added the further millions of various age groups prescribed Ritalin for so­-called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Paxil for so­-called Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), and Prozac and a host of other addictive drugs for a variety of other so­called “mental disorders” ­ “disorders” which in most cases are merely aspects of normal emotional behaviour or just straightforward “growing­ up”.

The Duchess of Cambridge is to be praised for her interest in reducing mental health problems in the society, but unfortunately her support of psychiatric prescription based so­-called “treatment” procedures for invented mental disorders actually has the exact opposite effect, “treated” pushing as it does thousands of citizens, both young and old, into a lifetime of addiction, solely in order to create profitable irresistible consumers for the psychiatrist's pharmaceutical running mates.

Regrettably, it is nearly impossible to obtain an audience with any influential members of staff at either Buckingham or Kensington Palace, and even if one could, in order to defend themselves, the psycho­pharms would blatantly accuse the tellers of the truths here exposed ­ of disloyal criticism of the Queen, her grandson and his wife, rather than the exposure it actually is of psychiatry and pharmaceutical suppliers.

This stops our sane, dedicated and hard­working Royal Family from hearing the truth about mental health, psychiatry and suppressive pharmaceutical marketing methods.

And this power to insulate Royalty against hearing the truth has been developed over the last 66 years by spending millions of £pounds on the constant blackening, side­lining, ridiculing, criticising, defaming and marginalising around the world, of those who actually do understand the human mind and who are really able to rescue our people from so­-called “mental health problems”.

If Kensington Palace was allowed by their psycho­pharm “protectors” to study: “DIANETICS® – The Modern Science of Mental Health”, and to know about the fantastic results which Dianetics delivers to millions of people in hundreds of countries around the world, the psycho­pharms would soon lose millions and millions of £pounds worth of government support and we would have a healthier, saner and less addicted nation.

But with the psycho­pharms able to mesmerise 10, Downing Street into knighting their champion drug­pusher, and able to keep the truth about mental health away from our Royal Family and senior politicians, they can go on creating more and more millions of prescribed involuntarily addicted drug users and methadone prescribed addicts, etc., etc., for as long as they can hide the truth.

Hapless addicts whose supplies are paid for by U.K. Taxpayers, and supplies which generate their own continuing daily demand.

From a marketing viewpoint it is beautifully conceived and cleverly executed. From a humane viewpoint it is cruel, greedy, disastrous, a huge drain on our economy and a destruction of our society.

And it will continue for as long as the lies told about L. Ron Hubbard, Dianetics and the Church of Scientology continue to be believed by those politicians who own profitable pharmaceutical shares, or whose policies depend on massive pharmaceutical tax receipts or who are themselves irresistible daily users of addictive pharmaceutical products!

For further information or for discussion, you may wish to phone:

+44 (0)1342) 810151 any weekday between 11.00am and 9.00pm.


CCHR UK Demonstration Highlights Psychiatric Crimes Against Humanity

Protesters gathered at the ExCeL Centre in London on Wednesday 29th June 2016 to highlight the lack of human rights in the field of mental health and to highlight the plight of all ages that fall victim to psychiatric treatments that do more harm than good.

"Love me don't drug me" "Define Better"*: Three young people at the CCHR UK rally, protesting against the psychiatric drugging children for so-called ADHD
Organised by the UK office of the international organisation, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), the protest coincided with the annual congress (RCPsychIC) put on by the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCoP).

Protesters pointed to the number of dangerous psychiatric drugs prescribed to children and adolescents for controversial disorders, a ‘junk science’ list which includes so-called ‘Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder’ (ADHD). Latest government prescribing figures for ADHD drugs, that are primarily dished out to under-18s, showed that over 1.2 million prescription items were dispensed in 2015, at a cost of nearly £57million to the taxpayer.

Child drugging concerns recently resulted in the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, calling on the UK government earlier this month, to collect data on the amount and regularity of psychotropic drugs being prescribed to children, and make the data transparent.

The RCPsychIC meeting also featured a controversial exhibition on Nazi psychiatric crimes.

"Psychiatry is quackery": CCHR UK protestors and two psychiatric quacks outside ExCel London

Dubbed a confession by critics, the exhibition was titled, "Registered, Persecuted, Annihilated: The Sick and Disabled Under National Socialism", and was based on an admission from the German Association of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Neurology (DGPPN). The admission from the DGPPN confirmed, “There were doctors who were active in and primarily responsible for the different euthanasia organisations. They guided and directed the different euthanasia campaigns.” Psychiatrists “observed and controlled the selection of those to be killed” and “laid the scientific foundations of the euthanasia programme and used the victims for research purposes.”

Childhood is NOT a mental disorder!
Through their publicity, psychiatric associations in both Germany and the UK have attempted to deflect attention off of the atrocities. Even President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Professor Sir Simon Wessely openly stated he was proud of the Royal College for making it possible for a UK audience to see the exhibition.

Psychiatry: Drugging Children for Profit
CCHR spokesperson Brian Daniels said, "It is hardly an exhibition to be proud of. “The human rights of millions of people were entirely destroyed by psychiatric ideologies that resulted in the deaths of millions. Furthermore, the exhibition has only been open for attendees of the congress, rather than being open to the general public.”

From German psychiatry’s admission, its apologies to the families of sterilised and euthanised patients, to the current reliance on psychiatric drugs to control behaviour across all ages, psychiatry is in crisis."

For more information, please contact:

Brian Daniels
CCHR UK
brian.daniels@cchr.org.uk
+44 (0)1342 313 926
+44 (0)7980 934 984
http://www.cchr.org.uk

* Define Better is the title of a song, critical of the psychiatric drugging of kids to "treat" fictitious labels, by rap artist and campaigner Chill EB.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The FDA Is Hiding Reports Linking Psychiatric Drugs to Homicides

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

'Going Clear' source Karen de la Carriere found to be a liar by LA Superior Court judge


Karen de la Carriere
“The Court has concluded that both parties (and especially Carriere) were untruthful about many aspects of the case – presenting testimony that was false, conflicting, exaggerated and evasive.”

Michael Johnson
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge

Related links:


Monday, August 17, 2015

The grand opening of the new Ideal Continental Liaison Office in East Grinstead heralds tremendous growth for Scientology in the UK

East Grinstead Courier 12 August 2015, page 14
East Grinstead Courier 

"Hundreds of Scientologists go to opening of new site

Officiating at the opening on July 18, in front of around 1,500 Scientologists, the religion's worldwide leader, David Miscavige, said: 
"If by chance you hadn't yet noticed, we're not slowing down - in fact, we're just getting started. For this is our time and this is our place in global hostory. So, yes, with the cutting of this ribbon, we now take yet another monumental step forward as we celebrate this Ideal Continental Liaison Office for this United Kingdom!""
http://www.eastgrinsteadcourier.co.uk/Hundreds-Scientologists-opening-new-site/story-27587036-detail/story.html
Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board Religious Technology Center

UK’S NO. 1 SWING BAND and Scientology's very own Jive Aces kicked off the celebration with a lively medley of “Rule Britannia” and their hit song “Bring Me Sunshine.”

For more information and photos from the day, please visit: 

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Woody Woodmansey's Holy Holy & Tony Visconti at the O2 Shepherds Bush London








I'm a big fan of Bowie, particularly of the album Aladdin Sane. On one holiday as a teenager back in the 70s, I only had one one cassette to listen to while sunbathing; it was Aladdin Sane. I listened to it again and again and quickly began to realise it was really special! I loved every track (which I can't say about many albums) and still do today with a passion. It will always be one of my all-time favourite albums.

Unfortunately I never saw Bowie live, but last night's gig pretty close. Woody Woodmansey's Holy Holy band were on fire! I got to see two tracks from Aladdin Sane performed live for the first time (Time and Watch That Man) and loads of other big Bowie favourites: Man Who Sold The World, Life on Mars, Changes, Ziggy Stardust and the concert ended with the huge sound of Suffragette City.

After the gig, the whole band (almost) signed albums and posters, posed for photos and chatted with fans for ages!

The warmth and affection the audience had for the band, and especially for Woody, was palpable. It was also very moving to see tributes paid to the two deceased members Spiders from Mars, Mick Ronson (two members of his family were in the band!) and Trevor Bolder.

An added bonus to the evening was to see both Marc Almond and Steve Norman of Spandau Ballet on stage singing several numbers! It was a shame David couldn't be there too, but I have to say Glenn Gregory (of Heaven 17) did a really excellent job as his replacement ;-)

I learned last night that David & the Spiders used to play a live medley of songs that included Oh! You Pretty Things and All The Young Dudes that David wrote and gave to Ian Hunter (Mott the Hoople). Pleasantly surprised to see that, because I saw Ian Hunter live recently and my mate Steve Holley is his drummer. Here's my clip of All The Young Dudes last night:

video

The sound quality was superb, so #respect to the sound guy! And what a treat to see and hear so many amazing and highly talented musicians on stage.  I'd also like to say #respect in particular to Paul Cuddeford, Berenice Scott and James Stevenson - and of course to Woody.

I wish the band all the very best for their forthcoming tour of Japan.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Criminon - Changing Lives Through Knowledge

Criminon UK recently received the above unsolicited letter from an offender in HMP Whatton who is currently studying Criminon courses. It really shows the difference Criminon is making.

What is Criminon? Criminon delivers correspondence courses and tutoring to prisoners. Their programme covers drug education, communication skills and – most importantly – personal integrity. Personal integrity is taught by reference to a non-religious and practical moral code, described in a book called The Way To Happiness. Prisoners doing their courses achieve genuine changes of heart. They make honest decisions to change their lives. In many cases, their life experiences would make you cry, no matter what they’ve done. But our programme enables them to win back their self-respect and with that, the confidence to live a future without crime.


Criminon UK delivers distance learning courses approved by LASER (the OfQual approved organisation which promotes, develops, accredits and quality assures courses and qualifications at all levels of education and training) and additional courses in basic moral values.

Monday, December 15, 2014

30th Anniversary IAS Weekend 2014 at Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead

Click the image above for a slideshow of the weekend
Fri 17th to Sun 19th October 2014: It was an action-packed weekend with amazing and heart-warming news about the achievements and expansion of Scientology on the Friday, a fantastic dinner, dance and party on the Saturday, and the highlight of my year - the Saint Hill Charity Concert on the Sunday where £30,000 was given to several great causes! As always, the performances were world class.

My Scientology Tour of LA

Click on the above image for a slideshow of my trip
I wanted to visit as many Scientology Churches, and Scientology-related organisations as possible during my brief visit to LA several weeks ago... and I didn't do too badly. Here's where I went:

I also managed to watch a performance of a reading of one of L. Ron Hubbard's adventure stories in the L. Ron Hubbard Theater. It was superb!

The highlight of the trip was my visit to the Psychiatry museum - not because it was fun, but because it was so hard-hitting. It really doesn't pull any punches. It tells you the full horror of the history of Psychiatry and its barbaric "treatments" (if you can call them that).  Some of it was too difficult to watch. I left there feeling inspired to do more to combat the scourge of Psychiatry

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Saint Hill International Arts Festival 2014, now in its 23rd Year

Pablo Carl Röhrig with his Saint Hill International Festival Lifetime Achievement Award 2014. Photo by Mark McQuade.
East Grinstead - From the 31st July to 10th August, the Saint Hill International Festival (www.arts-festival.org) attracted local and international artists from all walks of life.

The Saint Hill International Arts Festival was inspired by Scientology's founder, L. Ron Hubbard who stressed the importance of the role that art plays in society and he strongly encouraged artistic creativity in all its forms. The purpose of the Festival is to inspire artists into greater productivity. Saint Hill Manor was L. Ron Hubbard's family home from 1959-1967.

The Festival’s main event, The Art Garden, included participation from the world-renowned German naturalism fantasy painter, Pablo Carl Röhrig (www.roehrigart.com), and from local painters Jane Indigo Moore, Gil Bustamante, Mira Reichl, Susanne Lawrence, Kitty Atkinson-Guy, Katherine Khann and Rory O’Neill.

Whilst the painters painted, musicians entertained both painters and visitors to the Art Garden alike. The musicians were Hungarian violinist Judit Szabo, Italian guitarist and singer Francesco Andrianni, Australian singer songwriter Neil Lemon with performances by Jane Billing and Angie Lemon.

The Festival included a poetry workshop, an arts quiz and the Jive Aces' Summertime Swing on 3rd August which was a roaring success!

Proceedings ended in style with the annual Classical Concert presented by Tom Hardy and the Blaze Ensemble, attended by the Deputy Mayors of East Grinstead and Redbridge. The orchestra, composed entirely of wind instruments, performed works by Mozart and Gounod.

During the interval, this year's Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to painter Pablo Carl Röhrig by the Executive Producer of the Festival, Sheila Gaiman, who said: "We searched high and low for the world's very best artists to present this award to, and we are very honoured to be giving it, this year, to someone who has won many International and national awards throughout his career, including one for the best artwork of the year in Germany. This year, the Saint Hill International Festival Lifetime Achievement Award goes to the fabulous Pablo Carl Röhrig. We wonder who we will discover next year."

Click here for additional information and photos of the Festival, and here for photos of the Classical Concert.

About Saint Hill Manor

Saint Hill Manor, the former home of L. Ron Hubbard, located just outside East Grinstead, is a fine 18th century sandstone building. Concerts, plays, conferences and other events regularly take place here and it is also one of the few historical attractions to remain open to the public throughout the year. Saint Hill Manor is also the head office for the Church of Scientology, UK.

For more information, please contact:

Liz Ostermann
Saint Hill Manor
www.sainthillmanor.org.uk
info@sainthillmanor.org.uk
01342 315226

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

CCHR UK protests against The Royal College of Psychiatrists during their International Congress 2014

Outside St Paul's Cathedral getting ready to march
I protested with CCHR UK & CCHR London against the The Royal College of Psychiatrists International Congress #rcpsychic14 at the Barbican today. I carried a banner which read: 


But the best message we gave the psychiatrists with reference to kids and ADHD was: 


On the way to the Barbican
Making sure the psychiatrists attending the conference really knew we were there!
The real message: Love me, don't drug me

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Saint Hill International Arts Festival 2013, now in its 22nd Year, was a Resounding Success

The Blaze Ensemble of London, conducted by Andrew Skirrow, performing "Serenade in A" by Brahms. Photo by Nitsan Simantov.

Artists enjoyed a packed weekend learning about artistic integrity, having fun at a masked ball, watching Indie films in a film festival and attending a classical concert. 

East Grinstead - 16 August 2013: Saint Hill Manor, once again, played host to the annual Saint Hill International Arts Festival (arts-festival.org) - now it its 22nd consecutive year - which took place last weekend. 

Artists came from the UK, Russia, South Africa, USA, Austria and Germany to attend this year's festival whose purpose is to inspire artists into greater productivity, as well as to help artists unlock their ability to earn a living from their art. The Saint Hill International Arts Festival was inspired by Scientology's founder, L. Ron Hubbard who strongly encouraged cultural revitalisation through the arts. 

The Festival kicked off this year with a talk by East Grinstead's very own Ian Clarkson, trumpeter and vocalist of jump jive band, The Jive Aces, entitled "Keeping your Artistic Integrity" on Saturday afternoon. That night, attendees were treated to a glamorous Masked Ball.

Sunday morning saw the Saint Hill International Film Festival take place in the Great Hall of Saint Hill Castle, organised by actress Katy Newell (Dream Team, EastEnders). To celebrate Indie film making and to showcase upcoming talent as well as more established names, 20 short films were shown, including: 
The film festival was also attended by actors Roxane Hayward, Orna Klement and East Grinstead child actor Alex Norman (Brodsky Books, Diamond Jubilee Tesco TV commercial) and by the multi-award-winning documentary maker Chris Dresser

The grand finale of the weekend was a classical concert by Blaze Ensemble of London, conducted by Andrew Skirrow, performing pieces by Mozart, Wagner, Bach and Brahms. The concert drew an audience of around 200 people, some of whom had travelled from as far away as Redbridge, Pinner and Medway to be there. Several Town Mayors attended including the Mayor of Royal Tunbridge Wells, Cllr Dr Ronen Basu who tweeted the following about the evening: 
"We had a very pleasant enjoyable evening with good music and company and were made to feel very welcome. Thank you!" 
Just before the interval of the concert, Sheila Gaiman, Executive Producer of the festival, presented the Lifetime of Creativity Award to Austrian artist Hannes Margreiter. In his speech of thanks, he credited a course that he studied many years ago by philosopher L. Ron Hubbard on communication for helping him to get his career started as an artist. 


The winner of the Lifetime of Creativity Award, artist Hannes Margreiter, with Sheila Gaiman, Arts Festival Executive Producer.  Photo by Nitsan Simantov. 
Hannes is most well known as a postage stamp designer who designs the stamps for Austria. Additionally, he designed a stamp for Arnold Schwarzenegger when he was Governor of California, as well as for the country of Germany. 

Sheila Gaiman, the festival's executive producer, said: 
"I'm very proud that East Grinstead does have its own international arts festival, now in its 22nd year, and hope that one day, it will be as well known as the Edinburgh Festival." 
About Saint Hill Manor 

Saint Hill Manor, located just outside East Grinstead, is a fine 18th century sandstone building. Concerts, plays, conferences and other events regularly take place here and it is also one of the few historical attractions to remain open to the public throughout the year. Saint Hill Manor is also the head office for the Church of Scientology, UK. 

For more information, please contact: 

Liz Ostermann 
Saint Hill Manor 
sainthillmanor.org.uk
01342 326711

Monday, June 24, 2013

Church of Scientology of London Combating Drug Abuse


A briefing in the Chapel of the Church of Scientology of London
Representatives of law enforcement, community groups and NGOs gathered in the Chapel of the Church of Scientology of London last month, to discuss, coordinate and plan actions to tackle drug abuse.

Through briefings by law enforcement and community leaders, attendees gained new insight into the effects of drugs—the inextricable relationship between drug abuse and crime and the damage illicit drugs cause not only to users but also to their families, peers and neighborhoods.



The Director of Public Affairs Church of Scientology of London released a new brochure, Scientology: How We Help—The Truth About Drugs, Creating a Drug-Free World. She gave an overview of the Church’s activities in support of the Truth About Drugs initiative, including volunteer distribution of 1 million copies of Truth About Drugs booklets during the 2012 London Summer Olympics and the 26-day, 965 km Marathon for a Drug-Free UK from Brighton to Edinburgh April 26-May 22, 2013, to promote drug-free living throughout the UK.

To learn more or to read a copy of the brochure, visit the Scientology website.

Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote, “The planet has hit a barrier which prevents any widespread social progress—drugs and other biochemical substances. These can put people into a condition which not only prohibits and destroys physical health but which can prevent any stable advancement in mental or spiritual well-being.”

The Church of Scientology supports the Truth About Drugs, one of the world’s largest nongovernmental drug education and prevention campaigns. It has been conclusively proven that when young people are provided with the truth about drugs—factual information on what drugs are and what they do—usage rates drop commensurately.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

IAS Event Weekend Celebrations 2012

19 October 2012: The IAS Event begins!
Chill EB performing at the Saint Hill Gala Charity Concert
My Saint Hill Gala Charity Concert ticket
The 2012 International Association of Scientologists (IAS) Event on Friday 19 October 2012 was breath-taking an inspiring, as always. Scientology has come so far, is expanding so fast and the future's bright.

I didn't go to the IAS Patron Ball on Saturday, but my family did and they had a fantastic time.

The Saint Hill Gala Charity Concert on Sunday, my favourite day of every year, was incredible. The level of professionalism showed by the musicians, including Elena Roggero, Chill EB and the Jive Aces, astounding.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Saint Hill International Arts Festival 2012 to Help Artists Earn a Living from their Art



Saint Hill International Arts Festival 2012

The Festival, now in its 21st year, will start with Mozart's masterpiece, Gran Partita for 13 Wind Instruments which was featured in the film "Amadeus", and end with a rock concert called “Smoke on the Water” by the Saint Hill Lake

East Grinstead, West Sussex – The 21st Saint Hill International Arts Festival takes place 18-25 August 2012. The theme this year is to help artists unlock their ability to earn a living from their art. A week packed with concerts and workshops is planned. Humanitarian L Ron Hubbard who lived at Saint Hill Manor from 1959-67 and was also a professional artist in many fields, considered art an extremely important part of life. This inspired the Saint Hill International Arts Festival.

The festival opens on Saturday 18 August with a world-class classical concert, presented by conductor Andrew Skirrow and bassoonist Tom Hardy, who have collected together some of the finest wind players in London for a spectacular evening of Mozart and Schumann. The Blaze Ensemble are joined by actress Georgina Roberts to bring another dimension to the music with some readings of Mozart's letters.

The first half will begin with an arrangement by Andrew Skirrow of Robert Schumann's early Overture, Scherzo and Finale Op. 52 for the same combination of wind instruments as the famous Serenade No. 10 for winds in B flat major, K. 361/370a, (also known as Gran Partita) that makes up the second half of the concert.

For those unfamiliar with the sound of wind instruments in this combination, prepare to be enchanted. After all, "Harmoniemusik" (German for Harmony Music) was the choice entertainment for kings and queens throughout Europe in the 18th Century. But many will already know this particular sound as it is featured in the film Amadeus. The concert is free of charge.


Saint Hill Castle, East Grinstead
On Sunday 19 August, it’s Summertime Swing 2012 hosted by the UK's number one jive band The Jive Aces who recently made the semi final of Britain’s Got Talent. On the same day, Hollywood actress Lee Purcell who was personally chosen for her first feature film by Steve McQueen in his company's production of Adam at Six A.M., co-starring Michael Douglas, will deliver a three-day intensive professional course on How to Work on Camera: TV and Film Techniques. On Tuesday 21 August, there will be an evening performance based on Lee’s workshops and this is already proving very popular.

On Wednesday 22 August, professional event and portrait photographer Samantha Wordie will give away the secrets of pro photography.

On Thursday 23 August, there will be an all-day professional workshop for writers in any genre such as novels, poems or lyrics or even newsletters. This is a first at this arts festival and many budding writers are expected to attend.

A unique one-day seminar will be delivered by Kitty Atkinson MA (Hons) and Kirsteen Benson BA (Hons) on Friday 24 August entitled Unlock your ability to make a living from your art which will personally and individually give attendees the tools they need to succeed in their chosen field, including a step-by-step program to follow throughout the coming year.


Smoke on the Water
The grand finale of the festival is the rock concert extravaganza down by the Saint Hill Lake entitled “Smoke on the Water” featuring rock bands Iron Tyger, Fel Fish Parsley, Press Gang and Meatloaf at Mary’s. This will be put on by the East Grinstead International Arts Festival who also put on a Smoke on the Water concert last year. Both of these concerts were sponsored by Barratt Homes.

In addition, throughout the week, there will be an extensive art exhibition throughout Saint Hill Castle and grounds.

Sheila Gaiman, Executive Producer of the Arts Festival, said: “This is very much an international festival and there will be attendees from many parts of the world. Last year, 20 different countries were represented and we are hoping to beat that this year, especially as the theme is how to earn a living from your art.”

There will be a grand opening of the festival on the terrace of Saint Hill Manor on Saturday August 18 August that includes the ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by the opening classical concert.

Click here to buy tickets: 

For opening classical concert tickets (Free of Charge), contact Marion Shuster on 01342 312824 or email shustermarion@hotmail.com

For Festival tickets (£40 per day or £150 all-inclusive for the week), contact Siobhan on 07737 805191 or email siobhan.mirdita@yahoo.co.uk

For Smoke on the Water tickets (£10), contact Hello@SmokeOnTheWaterFest.co.uk

For more information, please contact:

Kirsteen Benson
Executive Director
Saint Hill International Arts Festival
07799 201417
kirsteenbenson@yahoo.co.uk
http://www.arts-festival.org


Monday, July 16, 2012

CCHR UK Protest in Liverpool Against the Psychiatric Labeling and Drugging of Children


Psychiatry drugs children for profit...
Psychiatry drugs children for profit...
The Citizens Commission on Human Rights UK (CCHR UK) holds rallies around the UK annually to remind psychiatrists that the labeling and drugging of children with psychotropic, mind-altering drugs can harm and destroy their lives. Venues coincide with the annual conference of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and other key psychiatric events. This one took place on 10 July 2012 in Liverpool. To see more photos of the rally, visit the CCHR UK Facebook Page.



The banners being held by the protesters are of children who have lost their lives as a direct result of being on psychiatric medication:

Adrian Keegan, 1982-2001, Death by antidepressants

Shane Clancy, 1987-2009, Death by antidepressants

Matthew Smith, 1986-2000, Death by antidepressants

Misty Trantham, 1990-2006, Death by antidepressants

Kaitlyn Kennedy, 1987-2004, Death By  antidepressants

CCHR UK
Tel: 01342 313926
E-mail: info@cchr.org.uk
PO Box 188, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 4RB United Kingdom