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Once upon a time, there were ... 'eight kings!

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Big Head puppets horsing around at Rostock Harbour

“Once upon a time, there were ... 'eight kings!' my little readers will say right away. No, children, you are wrong. Once upon a time there was a piece of wood....”

Rock Im Park - rocks against poverty

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rockimpark11.jpgI´m writing this on the train to Rostock, Rock im Park just behind me. I´m exhausted but pleased and happy at the same time.

Four days ago the Oxfam ´Rock-im-Park´ team arrived in Nuernberg for the biggest rock music festival in Germany. This year it was a sell out, which meant we were sharing the camping area with 60 000 people. Our aim was to collect as many signatures against poverty as possible, to help build up more than a million names for a symbolic handover in Rostock during the G8.

Black Gold movie screening in Rostock

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Black Gold movie logo

Tobias Hauschild is policy adviser for the G8 at Oxfam germany. by Tobias Hauschild, policy adviser for the G8 at Oxfam Germany.

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I went to Black Gold movie screening Oxfam Germany organized last Sunday in Rostock. I am part of the Oxfam team here working on the G8. Although trade is not the highest priority of the G8's discussions this year, trade justice is crucial to ending poverty. And that's what we are here to demand the G8 does!

Merkel receives our Voices Against Poverty

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From peaceful protest to escalating tension

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Peaceful Protest and Police in Rostock. Credit: Craig Owen / Oxfam International.
Peaceful Protest and Police in Rostock. Credit: Craig Owen / Oxfam International.

What a difference a Head makes

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The world media focus in on G8 leaders / Oxfam Big Heads gambling with Africa’s future. Credit: Craig Owen / Oxfam International.

The world media focus in on G8 leaders / Oxfam Big Heads gambling with Africa's future. Credit: Craig Owen / Oxfam International.
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Today was Oxfam’s G8 Gambling stunt. It was our first so to make sure we got the best spot we got up at 5am and were setting up at the rally site by 7.30am. There’s no doubt we arrived a little too early, as we spent the next 3 hours sitting and waiting for it all to start. Still, there’s nothing like being prepared - that’s what I say anyway.

US U turn on climate, German Aid increase announced

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Dear All ,

Things continued to move fast yesterday afternoon and today on both elements of the G8 agenda, Climate Change and Africa. President Bush made a speech yesterday which touched on both Africa and Climate Change. On Africa he reiterated the $30 billion 5 year continuation of the PEPFAR HIV/AIDS programme, and also proposed $525 million over five years for education. On Climate Change he made a spectacular U turn, calling for a global target to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, something he has steadfastly refused to do for the past seven years. His turnaround on Climate Change was greated with muted suspicion however, as he also proposed that an alternative process of negotiations involving the biggest polluters, outside of the UN system, and he made no mention of the need to tie emmissions curbs to a specfic temperature goal- the central tenet of the German proposal for their G8.

Today I bought a stunt!

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Becks and Angela Merkel’s Big Head. Credit: Craig Owen/Oxfam International

Becks and Angela Merkel’s Big Head in front of Rostock Town Hall. Credit: Craig Owen/Oxfam International

Today has been amazing. I love running around trying to buy random stuff that we need for stunts. It rocks! Tomorrow (Oxfam stunts team) we'll be stationed outside the Rostock Bahnhof before the huge German G8 rally begins.