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Spanish Language Sharing Group

Some friends of the shop have sent us this message and asked us to publicise it:


We are Santi & Adela, Spanish teachers from Valencia. We´ll be in Bristol til end of august. We’d like to meet english people to exchange language and culture. We like cooking, traveling, reading, dancing, outdoor activities and healthy lifestyle.
If you want to enjoy just talking, give us a message to meet…


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Study Circle

No expertise required,

Hydra Books is hosting a study circle for anyone interested

in getting to know Karl Marx’s by reading his original works on capitalism.

Marx devote his life to writing about this most contemporary of topics,

and the study circle will be a peaceful, non judgmental to look into his work and

relate it to the world today.

Please bring a donation, and a copy of the first part of Capital if you have one.

This is a weekly event starting in October 2013.

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Bristol Radical History Group – Protests In Brazil

Date: Thursday 25th July
Time: 7.30-9.30pm
Cost: Donation

What’s behind the protests that mobilized hundreds of thousands of Brazilians and shocked the country in the middle of the Confederations Cup?
Who are the protesters and what are their flags and demands? What are the direction and the consequences of the mobilization?

Two eye-witnesses will give a visual report on what happened in São Paulo and try to answer these questions.


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Supply Chains in Capitalism Today: From Foxconn to Walmart.

Thursday 27th of June

7:30 – 9:30

Price: Donation

Speaker: Gifford Hartman


One of the forms in which the working class exists today is at the
various nodal points along global commodity chains. Global production
is based on a system of “factories without walls,” where
increasingly components are manufactured using an inventory-less
subcontracting system that races around the globe looking for the
“leanest” costs of production – especially cheap and compliant
labor. Yet these just-in-time chains are vulnerable and this
presentation identifies the nodes where struggles offer the greatest
possibility for solidarity to spread down supply chains – and across
oceans and borders. The presentation will show the links between bread
riots worldwide in 2008, the Arab Spring, and the Occupy shutdown of
the Port of Oakland, California in November, 2011.

Gifford Hartman is a writer and activist from California, USA.

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Email Encryption Workshop

Email Encryption for Beginners (re-scheduled)

Saturday 29th June 5:00pm

The first of a monthly (last Saturday of each month) computer workshop aiming to provide jargon-free workshops on useful programs.


No experience necessary, but if you have a laptop and USB stick please bring these with you.


A non-encrypted e-mail message sent through the Internet is like a postcard without an envelope: postpeople, neighbours and anybody else who can put their hands on it will easily read the message you’ve written. Unlike a postcard an email is copied (rather than moved) to many different computers on its travels. All of these computers’ owners we can’t possibly trust and know. This makes me feel uncomfortable and is not necessary with simple email encryption.


Certain organizations (e.g. journalists, unions, activists, etc) have a responsibility  to transmit sensitive messages securely and currently do not always do this. Don’t think what does this one email say about me? (or its recipient) think rather when examined on mass over time (most emails are stored indefinitely these days) what does this reveal about the way we live? This was pointed out by Ed Snowden, NSA Whistleblower, (click to hear him in his own words),that everyone needs to worried about security as at a future point with a database of this size anyone’s communications could be misconstrued by a goverment or corpration many years after an idle comment online is made.


When you use a website (like Facebook, Gmail)  to send a message you have little to no control at all over the delivery process, it’s like asking someone you’ve not met to go and read your postcard loudly near the front door of your mate’s house!


Still not convinced? See this brilliant summary.(on


The workshop will begin with a short (5 minutes) explanation on why email encryption ought to be common place, followed by instruction on the use of enigmail add-on for Thunderbird that makes using GPG (the encryption program) easy.


The aim is to by the end of the workshop be able to email anyone else who makes it to the workshop without the email being interceptable by a third party.


It would save time if you had Thunderbird setup and receiving your emails. If you have ubuntu or another linux, please run “sudo apt-get install gpg thunderbird ” in the terminal. If you already use email encryption and want to help or share your key please come by too.


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