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Unravelling the Carbon Web is a project by PLATFORM. We work to reduce the environmental and social impacts of oil corporations, to help citizens gain a say in decisions that affect them, and to support the transition to a more sustainable energy economy.

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6pm 6th May: 'A Wake for BP" 

Notes from Gog & Magog II - is Tony running scared?

Back in the Spring 2008 edition of Notes from Gog & Magog, we reported that it seemed that Tony Hayward had put the breaks on the publishing of the most recent volume of The History of British Petroleum. Now it seems he’s at it again.

Back in February invitations were sent out to one and all for the forthcoming celebration of 100 Glorious Years of BP, to be held at the (heavily BP sponsored) British Museum on 1st April. Preparations were being made for this fabulous April Fools Day event, both by the company – and by Art not Oil, who planned to celebrate BP's "tarnished century as part of Fossil Fuels Day.

All of a sudden, a mere 9 working days before the event – it’s postponed! An e-mail of 19th March reads: ‘the reception has been cancelled following discussions with the Police and the British Museum about other events on this date connected to the G20 meeting which are likely to result in extensive transportation difficulties in the central London area.’

Notes from Gog & Magog doesn’t imagine that Tony’s predecessor would have been put off the opportunity of having a party at his beloved British Museum by the Met and few protestors! We suspect that he’s also nervous about the company’s wider fragility – for its reputation is being challenged not only on the streets but also by investors outraged by the prospect of a dividend cut. Either way 100 Glorious Years is looking distinctly contested.

Art Not Oil plan to be back on the new date, Wednesday 6 May, asking "should we be celebrating BP's centenary, or playing David to its Goliath?". The group will be throwing ‘A Wake for BP’ as guests arrive at the Great Russell Street entrance to the British Museum between 6pm and 7pm. As before, people wanting to come and say ‘BP – your party’s over!’ and wish the behemoth a happy last birthday are more than welcome.