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Day 2 - 14th October 2008

On the second and main day of the Hand Held Learning 'conference', four epresentatives from Mast Sanity arrived early to hand out
leaflets on health effects from wireless devices [ here ] as we thought that the delegates might ot receive this information from the equipment vendors.
The first to arrive was Graham Brown-Martin and two colleagues. He greeted us cordially and invited us to come inside to see the show later on.
Unfortunately we didn't have time to take up his offer having to get to work afterwards.
Lured into a false sense of security we entered the courtyard of The Brewery to stand outside the actual entrance to the 'conference'
Fairly soon 3 'bouncer's appeared and asked us to stand outside the courtyard in the street.
We tried to resist but they got more aggressive and actually pushed one of us.
As it was unclear whether or not the courtyard was public or private property we decide to take the line of least resistance and moved outside onto the pavement.
However the 'bouncers' were still being aggressive and drew a line on the pavement with their feet over which we could not stand!
They also shouted at us when we walked across theĀ  entrance (on public property)!
In the end we got fed up and told them to call the police if they wanted but that we had every right to stand where we wished.
After half an hour or so they moved away when they saw we were actually quite peaceful and not intending to harass any of the delegates.
Out mission is simply to redress the imbalance in the information that the delegates received.
We gave out leaflets to about 600 delegates.

15th October 2008

The third day of the conference quite a few delegates had already received the information.
Some were very interested and asked us questions. We pointed out that it is perfectly possible to have laptop computers that can connect to the
internet using a system of floor boxes such as those from 'Hubbel ' or dlan such as those from 'Detect-protect '.

Observations

In a free bag of 'goodies' given out at the 'conference', we noticed a leaflet from BECTA which states that
'ICT Mark schools are more likely to be rated outstanding by OFSTED Have you hit the ICT mark?'
If ever there were a more blatant form of an inducement for schools to put in ICT
(and this is in the form of wireless internet and now even mobile phones), then we have never seen it.

We would very much like an informal meeting with Graham Brown-Martin so we can discuss the evidence that we have uncovered.
We are sure he is an intelligent man but has probably not had time to research the evidence.