\ Dear Times people, : brenda and dj and me are in the room to- L night, we have exhausted our finances on all your adverts for big penises and rude ladies with no clothes, and virgins looking for sexual guidance, we have sent our urine samples to all the best pregnancy places, and none of us is pregnant. we have looked at all the photos in your paper too. we also looked at the funny car- toon, and we read about the lysergic acid drug that many modern people take, also the drug marijuana that young people smoke, and which is illegal. there is also much about hippies, and flowers and art and music, and we read all this too. the writing in your paper is very enthusiastic about all the things in the paper, and is about lots of people being very keen i and happy about it all too. brenda is sewing, or is it embroidering, i never know all these feminine domestic things, and dj is sitting on a chair, and i am on one of the beds, there are two, typing this letter to you on brenda's typewriter, mostly we are fairly bored, we have talked about sexual things, and bodily things, and now we aren't talking much, although things aren't too quiet because there is some music being played on the wireless tonight which we are listening to. we also wrote a letter to barbie who is a friend, and we are also drying a blanket that was washed, and dj suffers a bit from haemer- rhoids, and i made a rather poor meal earlier and couldn't eat it all. brenda is not feeling very bright either, we have had some coffee to drink, and a girl who lives downstairs has borrowed a shilling from us for her meter i suppose, it's funny how you get to meet people and get so much out of life isn't it? yours faithfully etc. Us Three. ii PUTTING BIT in all its sectors into opera- tion is happening in coordination with a larger reorganisation of various enterpriles, including IT and certain manufacturing production and distribution companies. It is still too early yet to be able to give any hard fact. However the following scheme is proposed and I would be grateful for any suggestions and comments. BIT 1 Memory bank containing information about information. If you want to know something you contact BIT and this sector will tell you where to find the information you require, if possible. 2 Memory bank containing information. Based on London, starting with information already available that isn't at present stored anywhere else. 3 Search facility. When information is requested which has not yet been gathered, this sector would start a gathering operation, using media and any other means. 4 Dispersal facility. Information gathered to -be made available to any interested parties, media, etc. Note: Sector 2 would comprise several memory banks, in particular indexes of community facilities, future events, available people and their individual capabilities, etc. Projects already started: COMMUNITY REQUIREMENTS A list is being built up of things that need doing in the community on any level. METHEDRINE A search operation for information about the use of and attitudes : to Methedrine. Please let BIT know what you I would like to know on this topic, whether ! you are a researcher, a newspaperman, a policeman, or a human without any special reason. This information will be statistical only and will not involve personal details of any individual. BIT REQUIREMENTS BIT needs help on the following topics: Use of computers, organisation of memory facilities, methods of coding information, systems analysis, cybernetics, preparation and analysis of questionnaires to be printed in media etc., media research, telecommunications, infor- mation retrieval. IF YOU CAN HELP WITH IDEAS OR '• ! INFORMATION OR MANPOWER, PLEASE ' WRITE: BIT, c/o IT, 22 Betterton Street, London W C 2. John Hopkins, Coordinator, BIT. . - Dear IT, We underestimated! , In IT 31 we said we would deal with about 75 cases in May, but as Sonia was making a count this evening... well, there are nearly 100 cases on file! People have been coming into the office, turning a bit pale as they see two typewriters banging away and saying 'Are you really THAT busy!'. Well... yes, we are - but this could result in confusion in the places the Establishment least expects. In the Courts! The figures for drug convictions in 1967 are not yet available. The vast increase in arrests made it impossible for the Home Office to cope with the figures themselves and they had to be sent to a computer out of London. Anyway, the 1966 figures are pretty revealing. In that year there were 70,499 convictions concerning drunkenness, a rise of over 32% over the previous 16 years. About 2,000 alcoholics were in prison at any one time during that year, but there were not quite 2,000 arrests for OTHER drug offences. The Drug Squard now have at least 17,000 people listed as being suspected drug offenders, and it is going to be difficult to persuade these people not to break the law when it is only them- selves who will be affected by doing so. Almost everybody breaks the law in one way or another- feeding parking meters, etc., and in fact break- ing the law is one way of bring about a change in that law, or at least in its administration. If the Drug Squad decided to arrest the 17,000 (and by the look of our office they must be trying to), what with us and the alcoholics the courts would come to a stand still, and the law would be changed. Being busted in London is not so serious now as it was last year. Three people who came up before a Central London court last week were each fined £7. In Manchester and other provincial towns the scene is still very hot and must get worse before it gets any better. If you do smoke in Man- chester be extra cool; you could get a nine month prison sentence if you are caught If you know a good lawyer in the area, please let us know immed- iately. This .whole cannabis scene is a drag really and we wish we didn't have to spend so much time clearing up after policemen... Do they really be- lieve they are solving the problem by sending people to prison? There is so much else that needs to be done. We have a steady flow of people ask- ing us to put them up and it is obvious that one of the most immediate needs of the Underground is some form of emergency accommodation. We are in a position to get this together- the plan is in motion - anybody who wants to know more, come and ask us and give us your suggestions. We have also come across a group of unmarried mothers, arid to use a Nova expression, who have a baby sitting rota! Landlords seem very unwill- ing to have babies on their premises and these girls seem to have got over that one as well - contact Release! Malcolm said we will soon need our own School....... You would not believe what a difference the extra bread is making. When Dave and Paul at Middle Earth heard about the financial situation they increased the Head cut to 1/- and we are now receiving postal contributions, some anonymous, so we would like to thank everybody who has put this together, very very much. Support Release before Release supports you. All love, Caroline and Rufus Release 52 Princedale Road W.ll. Dear Whoever You Be in the Chain of Selection, 1 am writing on an impulse that has taken me away from the writing of something very important to me (perhaps one day you may hear of it), but the impulse was important and strong. 1 want to use you as a medium - I want to reach the people who read and are influenced by you, for I think I have a mess- age concerning something which I have just realised to be wriggling out of your philos- ophy. Your philosophy, in its basics, is beautiful, (done many, many times before, but it will always be beautiful), and love universal, all- embracing, is and shall be the only path to Ultimate Truth, which in turn is the only pos- sible state in our Absolute Future, (what oth- er futures make future possible). But I am not writing to expound my philosophy. You of the Underground sympathies, you the beautiful people flying high above the grays, you of the high ideals and minority in- dividualistic attitudes - there is no name for you, but you can identify yourself. I apprec- iate your ideals, but you are losing them, they are fast being forgotton to hypocritical shit of your self-enforced alienation. You have ado- ped a language, a forced language, which you write in those frantic meaningless images, sea- rching for something way-out to shout or pen diagonally - you are trying to outdo Harlem hip, which was at least sensewise musical. You MERSEY TWO MONTHS after putting an ad in IT with the intention of getting a community scene together on Merseyside, here are a few obser- vations which may or may not be typical of the state of things in the sticks. Faced with the difficulty of communi- cating with people initially, and then getting into their minds, the original community idea altered into a small circle of friends helping each other, sharing books, records and thoughts and digging the country at weekends, with the uneasy feeling in the back of our minds that we should be doing something more con- crete. The big hang-up is apathy. It's always easier to listen to records, drink coffee, turn on or build castles in the sky than it is to do something creative and of lasting value. It seems impossible to achieve a balance of the sexes - our ratio is 6:1. Where are all the hip girls? What do they do after leaving University? Or is the husband, semi-detached and baby syndrome too much for them? There is a lot of dead wood on the scene. It's been said before - young kids who drop out and don't know why, living (poncing) off NAB, their parents and others. You've got to realise that life without a purpose is nothing. Putting it simply, one has to work, but not in an office or death factory. There are a thou- sand opportunities for creative self-expression by which one can make good bread. A few of our ideas: interior decoration and design, art- work for shop displays, home photography, gardening, furniture making, even baby sitting! My modified aim now is to start a comm- unity centre in the truest sense of the word, , ¦ , - on arts lab lines, to act as a focal point for at them, only with this will they begin to learn. iocal happenings. There would be music and Don t hold yourself above them, for in doing so you are defying every good that you set out to establish, you are cheapening the true and only values. I am not a reactionary -1 have done the same material things as you, (and the mater- ial is completely irrelevant), and I am only trying to bring you back down to/up to/ alon- gside my level, the level where we have hope in the future. are forcing yourselves to be artificial, but art- ificiality is not creative, and above all it is not true. Speak spontaneously please, but don't search for something which will sound spon- taneously clever. What you are doing is asserting a superiori- ty, a mental elevation over the greys, (the tone of scornful pity you use in that word like the proles in '84). I could call you intellectual fascists, but I won't, for you have seen the right and only way, but the point is that all superiority is the biggest manufactured lie possible. Pity them yes, but you are not bet- ter than them, you are worse in your suppo- sed protestations of equality. You are the advocates of love, so love them, don't snear A. Ewart Hutton, 264 Wimslow Road. Manchester 14. Dear IT, 'While they are hitting students over the heads with wooden clubs in Berlin, all you have time for is theatrical experiences.' So said 'a young intelligent American' of the first production of the Ensemble at the Brig- hton Combination. Hear! Hear! And Richard Cohen and David Linker complain. (IT 31). They think she would have been less affronted jf she had stayed to the end. What they mean is that they would have been less affronted. They think that they are the new culture, tak- ing us back to what they call those primitive actions and simple realities. What they are is the new manipulators. They sit the audience on mats turn off the lights and think they are putting the clock back all time; they we- ave around in the excreta of the bouregois theatre imagining that they are wallowing in and emerging from the primeval swamp like new-born gods. Was this the theatre of participation? No. The audience was not even being told to participate. It was told that it was particip- ating. Shades of Parliamentary Democracy. Thank God for an intelligent American who was at least prepared to vote with her feet and walk out. Was this a theatre of communication? No. Richard and David say that 'We are trying to integrate the particular talents of each member of the group'. And by 'we' they obviously mean 'they'.The ministry of all talents! They are trying to create a beautiful little system and we are expected to sit on our prayer mats and think of inte- gration, think of the beautiful idea - but, man, just you try and integrate. That's an affront to the idea. Ideas are action and action is ideas and if you want integration then you must inte- grate. Go on weaving, Richard and David, if you want to, but keep the lights off and don't expect to find us there when you fin- ally turn them on again. The primitive actions and the simple realities are on the streets of Paris and Berlin. And the students and workers will not sit and be manipulated by your ideas. The theatre has always been based on the division between reality and fantasy, tak- ing reality into the area of fantasy and bring- ing fantasy into the world of reality. And reality was the audience and fantasy the performance. Today, from one end of the world to the other, fantasy is reality and reality is fantasy. We walk with fantasy when work rooms, a shop to sell people's work, a coffee cellar putting on poetry readings, mixed media events, blues things and plays, which would subsidise the overall expense. I have the bread and desire to do this. I need people who are at peace with themselves and the world to help me add a new dimen- sion to our lives. My address is 5 Grosvenor Road, Claughton, Birkenhead, Cheshire. You owe it to yourself to contact me if you live on Merseyside, otherwise why are you reading IT? Norman Bowyer SANITY FELIX DE MENDELSSOHN writes: "Thank you Mike Lesser and Robert Tasher for very direct and beautiful Home News from Intcr- zonc A, it turned me on. Non-violence = Sanity is an equation which works for Here and Now. Right Here and Now being the Grove, Paris, Prague, (Dallas? Los Angeles?), or any place which is right for tills equation. And that's what it's down to - knowing the right equation for the right place (as the I Chingdocs). No ideologies please, flexibility. We are large, we contain multitudes. I've been noticing a curious sad phenomenon in the Underground - no, scrub that word Underground, it makes me think of the Tube - let's say among Us, which is that I find my brothers aligning themselves into parties or camps, similar to those of the 'advisers' to that inass-murderer President Johnson — the Hawks and the Doves, the 'gct-out-thcrc-and-break-it-all-up' school versus' flower power. Yes I guess there arc Hawks and Doves everywhere. Without Hawks Cuba would still be under Batista. How many Doves are there in Hanoi Govt. Dcpt? More important, how many Buddhist monks are there in the Viet Cong? So what? So what aic you trying to say, Felix? Well just no more Hawks no more Doves, just people, no more ideologies, no more schools of thought, not in Rivington Street either, just people being, knowing, watching the signs of the time and acting on.them, free, not bound by ideas of what they should do or should not do, but recognising their visions and desires, sharing them and creating together in the right time in the right place some- thing beautiful out of them - a revolution. It's in the air here, feel it. What is it? Is it love? Is it hate? Is it violence? Is it growing? Is it explod- ing? It's here in the air. Feel it.' we walk the streets. The theatre has moved onto the streets. The theatre has become the people. However honest and however sincere, The Ensemble was trying to recre- ate the separation between the fantasy and the reality, between the system and the people, between authority and power, and in the style of all authoritarians pretending that the separation does not exist. It is this separation which the students are smashing at the barracades. Thank goodness for one intelligent American girl. Mike Harwood, 22 Rosedale Rd, Richmond, Surrey.