Flowers in the Dustbin live October 2014

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FITD live

The Mob / Flowers in the Dustbin – Green Door Store Brighton, October 25th 2014

Tickets £7 here:

Limited edition Flowers in the Dustbin T Shirts

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Limited edition FITD t-shirts available for $12 inc. P&P US & $17  worldwide (ships from USA).

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Flowers in the dustbin t shirts

Why Can’t 4 and 9 Make 3 Video

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A new FITD song featuring:

Gerard Evans – vocals, guitar & programming
Sue Buckler – vocals and violin
Jez Cunningham – bass

The video features the above 3 in the first half and then the second half features archive footage from a mid-eighties FITD in and around the Mr Clean studios in Bermondsey, South-East London. This was shot by Tim Soar and also features many close friends of the band, including ex-drummer Joanne Karczewski and future guitarist Antje Klaehn

Abnormal – Flowers in the Dustbin Full video by Allan Burgoyne

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Allan has kindly made a great video for Abnormal:

Fuck Work – dancing about architecture remix

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I wasn’t happy with the somewhat crappy keyboard bass on the original recording of Fuck Work so I managed to sneak a recording session with Jez from the Levellers re-recording the bass properly just before the Levellers went off gigging for the summer. It’s also remixed a bit – hence the word remix in the title, kind of gives the game away.

Thinking more and more about playing live, but it won’t be happening just yet.

Two more new songs on the way – ‘Tossa Inna Tossaka’ is my little bit of road rage set to music and another song that I’m especially pleased with called (tentatively and subject to change) ‘Why Can’t 4 and 9 make 3?’. Or I might just call it ‘I don’t wanna be an adult’ – it’s all about feeling tired of the responsibilities of adulthood and yearning for the childhood days before all that pressure reared it’s ugly head.

But that’s all for the future – here’s Fuck Work, the new version:

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Demystification – Lick My Crazy Colours (Flowers In The Dustbin cover)

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3/17/2013 @ part time punks in l.a.

Last Tango In Vietnam covered in LA by Demystification

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Demystification – last tango in vietnam (flowers in the dustbin cover) 3/17/2013 @ part time punks in l.a.

Brazilian band Gattopardo release FITD cover

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Brazilian band Gattopardo have released a Portugese-language version of Flowers in the Dustbin song The Reason Why, retitled “Motivos maiores”

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The great Agave Nectar Swindle – Agave Nectar & Diabetes

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Agave Nectar DiabetesI’ve been using Agave Nectar as a substitute for other sweeteners in the belief that it’s better for diabetes, due to it’s low GI. But a post on Facebook the other day blew this illusion out of the water.

The FB link took me here: and shocked me somewhat. So I asked my herbalist, who had the following to say:

Agave, when processed into agave syrup has the same problems as sugar, honey, corn syrup etc in that it has been heavily refined and consequently contains a considerably high glycemic load which is going to mess with your blood sugar. It can be upwards of 90% fructose!!!

In it’s unrefined form it is like a sweet water extracted from the agave plant and in that form has numerous health benefits. It’s the same old story of taking a wholefood and processing out of existence!

I really thought I was safe with Agave Nectar, but a quick trawl round and this is backed up everywhere.

Sometimes your quality of life can be heavily affected by the questions you ask, and Google is no exception in this.  Obviously you have to be extremely cautious when researching health issues on the internet, but there’s a lot of ‘food for thought’ so to speak. It would seem a forum post I found hits the nail on the head:

The only reason that it has a log GI is because the glycemic index measures only glucose and ignores fructose, so can sometimes be misleading.


So there you go – I think I’ll be sticking with the Stevia leaf in future.

In other news, I’m going to be starting a separate website for all this raw food and diabetes stuff in the next month or so, so watch this space.

Zillah & Sid on raw food pt. 5 – the final part of the interview

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urlFinally, how’s it going with the band? What can we look forward to?

As you know we have our own multi media studio at home,

Sid constantly composes music and for the first time in over twenty years our band Rubella Ballet,

Will be releasing a new Album, Planet Punk, 15 new tracks on Vinyl & CD with a booklet. Also a new rubella ballet DVD to go with the album.

Due to recording and Sid recovering healing his infected leg ulcers we will only confirm playing Rebellion this year. Because if Sid can’t make it there are still lots of other bands playing.

Now I have finished Directing and making my documentary, She’s a Punk Rocker U.K. it’s on release. This is fb page of info.

Or watch it for free & send donations or buy DVD for £10 inc postage to

I still have a few interviews to do then Sid and I will be editing She’s a Punk Rocker part 2 Europe & America for release late this year.

I also have a interview on DVD that I did with Steve Ignorant of Crass, in the early 90’s. He has been talking to me about coming over to edit that and add more footage sometime this year.

I also want to make a Poly Styrene life tribute documentary as I have lots of unseen personal footage, interviews, rehearsals, funeral etc of Poly. But I miss her so much we had been friends for years we had holidays together and spoke every day on the phone if we hadn’t met up. Sometimes editing her life is too much so I put it on hold, but it must be done.

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Sid Truelove

Sid Truelove


Finally, here’s something Sid wrote on Facebook in response to somebody talking about Vitamin B12 deficiency in vegans:

Great to see all the posts for this, Thanx to Pink Charlotte for dispelling the myth that only veggies and vegans are B12 deficient.

Thanx for all the suggestions to eat liver and bacon but I gave up meat and dairy 8 years ago and it repulses me to think of eating bacon or even worse liver so sorry Michael and I have never had hedgehog you nutter :0 but I bet you have eaten Horse recently without knowing it. Mmm Findus Lasagne.

Right now I believe any information provided by any Government source is done so to conform the mass decision we do require the killing of animals to maintain proper health.

It’s LIES, It is noted in history that before the days of Noah we were Vegetarians. All meat and dairy based sources of nutrition are tainted with bio engineering, anti biotics, growth hormones and a plethora of other toxins.

We are brainwashed into thinking we ‘NEED’ to eat meat the same way the pharmaceutical industry  brainwashes us to think we ‘NEED’ medications for this, prescriptions for that. So far I have stopped my cancers from getting worse , but  it wasn’t easy but I knew I had to make a change in my life if  I was to live.  “If you continue to drink and smoke cigarettes you will die” a good friend told me. 

So I gave up smoking which wasn’t easy as I was a chef and smoked about 40 a day on average and drinking 8 cans of Special Brew a night on a week day and polish off a case of Special Brew and a bottle of Southern Comfort and I can’t deny having hundreds of Jack & Jills during the rave scene that’s me off my head coming up on two ‘Dennis the Menace” What a rush.

That’s what gave me the Leukemia in the first place. So those days are over and have got my life back. I don’t lose everything and break stuff, I not so moody because I consume vast quantities of Chlorophyll as it is a remarkably protective and cleansing compound. It can inhibit cancer in all human organs.

Chlorophyll is a vital part of all detoxification and health-building programs and a great source of B12. The National Cancer Institute has begun to take notice of its ability to prevent cancer. Detoxifying is essential for optimal health. When toxins are in our liver, brain, or other tissues and organs of the body, we age faster and have less health and vitality. Getting rid of toxins with powerful cleansers like chlorella helps us live longer, for toxins are a potent source of the free radicals which age us and cause disease. Chlorella appears particularly helpful at eliminating toxic metals like cadmium and uranium from the body. I also consume a lot of spirulina that contains vitamins B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (nicotinamide), B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folic acid), vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin A and vitamin E.[7][13]

It is also a source of potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sodium and zinc.[7][13]Spirulina contains many pigments which may be beneficial and bioavailable, including beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, chlorophyll-a, xanthophyll, echinenone, myxoxanthophyll, canthaxanthin, diatoxanthin, 3′-hydroxyechinenone, beta-cryptoxanthin and oscillaxanthin, plus the phycobiliproteinsc-phycocyanin and allophycocyanin

and is rich in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), and also provides alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), linoleic acid (LA), stearidonic acid (SDA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (AA)

Also ‘Oceans Alive’ is a great source of B-12 available at Kate Magic’s site

Raw vegan food saved my life that’s all I can say.

Apart from the ulcers on my ankles, two forms of cancer and a degenerative back syndrome I’m fit as a fiddle on a good day.