Several years ago, developers based in Slough(!) submitted plans to build extremely ugly new buildings overlooking the Botanical Gardens in Cambridge. The plans required destroying our beloved Flying Pig pub, and moving the war memorial! At the time there was considerable local opposition, and we recorded this track then as part of that campaign. Unbelievably the campaign succeeded, the legal owners of the Pig at that time refused to sell, and local authorities did not grant permission for the scheme to go ahead.
We thought we had won, but we should have known better. These developers are the kind of merciless profiteers who never give up. They went away, regrouped, prettied up their plans in some kind of acceptable(sic) way and today are mostly doing what they planned in the first place. They have already moved the war memorial. The ugly buildings are taking shape and grow uglier each day. In the course of some back room corporate reshuffling, they have now bought the pub, and the Flying Pig's future looks very shaky.
I have yet to meet a single Cambridge resident who is happy about this development. I cant help but draw comparisons with Tony Blair's lamentable insistence on going to war in the face of overwhelming popular dismay from the people he was elected to serve. Here in Cambridge today, we the local people are obliged to watch helplessly as our home is desecrated in this way by faceless entrepreneurs who have zero interest in the wishes or opinions of our community.
The greedy bastards win again? Probably, but lets at least make it as difficult, embarrassing and shaming as we can for them. Any ideas or intiatives you may have, please voice them here, www.facebook.com/pages/Save-The-Flying-Pig/402783773109731
we'll go down fighting!....
and please LIKE the page while you are there!
download this and play it anywhere you can. ...
written by George Breakfast...recorded in Tom Bainbridge's Real Deal studio...mixed and produced by Tom & George
released September 28, 2012
The Flying Porkestra
Tom Bainbridge guitar, rap, vocals & studio wizardry
George Breakfast guitar, vocals, & songwriting
Ian Pickering drums, big ears, vocals & good cheer
Fabian Bonner bass, vocals, & spiritual guidance
Joe Cole throbbing organ, & sartorial elegance
Cath Coombs big voice, & lashings of genuine soul
Steve Lockwood harmonica, vocals & beatific grin
Richard Ashman angelic voice, groove & ubercool
Pete Newman saxophones, philosophy & heartthrob
+ special guests
The Late Night Conington Gospel Choir
featuring The Orkestra plus Dawn, Ellen & Emily
The Wednesday Night at The Pig Chorus
you know who you are!
at misguided plans to destroy their spiritual home, The Flying Porkestra got together and compiled a symphonette, ‘long may the pig’, expressing their disgust and hopefully bringing some joy to the proceedings…
help yourself and enjoy!