General Ned Ludd  
Celebrating the 200th anniversary

Dear friends,
The main Luddites200 event this month is our benefit gig, on November 24th, featuring Boff Whalley and Phil Moody from Chumbawamba, Theo Simon from Seize The Day, Gary Kaye and others (see below for details).  We REALLY need you to help us publicise the gig, so we actually make some money to do our events next year.  So please help us by doing at least one of the following:
  • Invite all your friends, either by e-mail (including lists that you belong to),Facebook if you use it, Twitter, etc.
  • If you live in or near Leeds, help us to distribute flyers - contact us if you can help in this way.
  • Let us know of any opportunities for media coverage, eg. journalists, local radio shows etc that you know of.
Here is the gig information:
Benefit gig
Celebrate the Luddites' 200th anniversary!
Thursday Nov 24th 2011 7-11pm
TJs Pub* 121 Woodhouse St, Leeds LS6 2JH
Boff Whalley Phil Moody (Chumbawamba)
Theo Simon (Seize the Day)
Gary Kaye
Three Sheets T’ Wind
Raphael Attar Variety Hour
Dan Audio
Tickets £6, £4 concessions on the door
Book online £5 at
Catch Luddites200 at The Leeds Summat Nov 26th!
Our blog is now live at at, so check it out, comment, link it to your own blog, tweet, etc.
Enoch has made them, Enoch shall break them!
As you'll see on the blog, a kind blacksmith has made us a replica ‘Enoch Hammer' used by the Yorkshire Luddites to smash shearing frames. Its massive!  We have plans to raffle a chance to smash something with it, maybe at the gig, so if you are just itching to create some mayhem, now's your chance.
Forthcoming workshops
Don't miss the following workshops, coming up in the next month.
November 26th             Raise Your Banners Festival, Bradford (,  Workshop by Theo Simon on Luddite songs.
Luddites200 workshop at Leeds Summat (
December 1st              The Idler Academy, London: workshop by Theo Simon (
December 3rd              Luddites200 workshop at Manchester Anarchist Bookfair 
November 4th events
We held successful events on November 4th, (the anniversary of the first Luddite attack at Bulwell near Nottingham) in London and Nottingham.
The Nottingham event was covered by BBC Radio Nottingham and the Nottingham Post, as well as a radio stations. The attached file has the Nottingham coverage, our response to the silly editorial is here.  We will surely have audio recordings of the talks at the meeting, which will be on our website.
The London event featured two films, The Luddites and New Technology, Whose Progress?  We can post these to you for home viewing on DVD for £3, or free if you show them to two other people.  Send a cheque payable to Human Genetics Alert (a friendly organisation whose bank account we’re using) to 22B St Kilda’s Rd, London N16 5BZ.
We now have a Paypal account that allows you to donate online, or you can send us a cheque, as above.
Housmans Peace Diary 2012
We have done a special 16 page feature for the Housmans Peace Diary, and can send you a copy for £6 (a 33% discount).  We also have copies of the special issue of The Land magazine on the Luddites, for £2.