petition by Ed Winters

London Fashion Week starts this week! It has long been regarded as one of the pioneering and defining events of the fashion world. Spawning countless trends and providing platforms for some of the most famous designers that have ever existed. Yet even though London Fashion Week prides itself on paving the way for the future of fashion it is unable to progress beyond some of the darkest and most horrific practices committed by the fashion world.

Every year the fur industry is responsible for the death of 1 billion rabbits and 50 million other animals – including foxes, minks, dogs, cats, racoons, chinchillas, seals and many more. Most of these animals are raised in fur farms, intensive facilities where the animals are kept in tiny cages and confined to a life of misery. These farms can hold thousands of animals and are designed to specifically maximise profits. These animals go insane performing psychotic repetitive behaviours such as circling endlessly in their cage as well as cannibalism and self-mutilation.

The most common methods of killing animals in fur farms is anal electrocution, gassing, poisoning or stomping on the animals and breaking their necks. These are all done to try and preserve the quality of the fur.

In the year 2000 fur farming was banned in the UK due to the horrific nature of these practices but fur can still be legally imported into this country. Why is it that London Fashion Week finds it morally justifiable to still provide a platform for fur and profit off the exploitation of an industry that was outlawed in the UK 17 years ago?

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In 2013, before this blog transformed into Ronnie’s Blog, I wrote about the service I received at a computer repair shop in Bournemouth, called PC Time, which I highly recommended.

I recently had a problem with a desktop computer that had taken a hard knock. Difficulties with the computer did not actually occur until a few days later when I could not get a display on the monitor. The problem was owing to the graphics card (also called a Video Card) being damaged, so I paid a visit to PC Time again.

When I entered the shop in Charminster, the gentleman behind the counter was very patiently explaining to a customer why it was not practical to try to repair her laptop, as she really needed a new one. They do not sell computers at PC Time, but he told the lady if she purchased a new laptop he would transfer all the data from the old one onto the new one for her. The polite advice he gave was not only in the lady’s best interest, but it also demonstrated his honesty.

When I explained the problem with my computer, he then got it to work alright using another existing card in the computer. I had already tried that, but I was unsuccessful. He explained to me the reason it did not work for me.

Although my computer was again working, I asked him to upgrade it with a new graphics card and more RAM memory. I was very pleased with the total price that it cost and I had it home a short time later running better than before it was damaged.

So for anyone who lives in the Bournemouth area that needs any computer repairs done, I have no hesitation in recommending a visit to PC Time.

Ridin’ down the highway
Goin’ to a show
Stop in all the byways
Playin’ rock ‘n’ roll
Gettin’ robbed
Gettin’ stoned
Gettin’ beat up
Broken boned
Gettin’ had
Gettin’ took
I tell you folks
It’s harder than it looks

It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock ‘n’ roll
It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock ‘n’ roll
If you think it’s easy doin’ one night stands
Try playin’ in a rock roll band
It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock ‘n’ roll

Hotel motel
Make you want to cry
Lady do the hard sell
Know the reason why
Gettin’ old
Gettin’ grey
Gettin’ ripped off
Gettin’ sold
Second hand
That’s how it goes
Playin’ in a band

It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock ‘n’ roll
It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock ‘n’ roll
If you want to be a star of stage and screen
Look out it’s rough and mean

It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock ‘n’ roll
It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock ‘n’ roll
But it’s a long way
It’s a long way, (you should’ve told me)
It’s a long way, such a long way



Main March Route

Assemble 12pm Gower Street (North Side) – nearest stations: Euston, Euston Square, Warren Street
March: Bloomsbury Street – Shaftesbury Avenue – Charring Cross Road – Whitehall / Downing Street

There will be a short march route for disabled people or those who don’t feel they can manage the whole route.


12pm – 1pm: Assemble & speeches
1pm: March leaves off
2pm: March reaches end point
2:15 – 3:30: Speeches
4pm: Disperse


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