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The EU, UKIP, the Harrogate Agenda, Autonomous Mind

hd4By Wiggia:

There is something very strange going on, with the three main parties worried that UKIP might at last have enough potential votes to effect their status quo, those who in the past broadly supported the party and Farage are putting the boot in.

The reasons to a degree are valid if the minutiae of things said or printed or indeed not are examined in that way.





But in the case of those involved with the Harrogate Agenda, however laudable their intentions and plans it appears to have got personal, the constant attack from Dr Richard North on his blog and now that of his supporters at what seems every opportunity has gone beyond fair criticism and become a campaign. Continue reading


Lord Smith and the Environmental Agency

River Stour at the bottom of my water meadow Long Melford

The Environment Agency has been getting a lot of stick recently, especially over the flooding in the Somerset Levels.

Now nobody can stand in the way of nature when conditions are way above anything that can be anticipated and nobody ever will, but this authority has undoubtedly failed in its duty of maintenance time and again regards rivers and watercourses.

A little bit of history spells out that not all is right with the Agency in more than one area. Continue reading

Ballingdon Hall, Sudbury

ballingdon hall, sudbury 1

In 1993 we moved to Long Melford in Suffolk, just north of Sudbury on the Suffolk Essex borders.

I used to pass this property halfway up a long hill down into Sudbury and across the River Stour on a daily basis and it was only a chance conversation that informed me this was the same house I had seen moved on television in 1972.

ballingdon hall, sudbury

The Hall was originally at the bottom of the hill overlooking the river but the threat of a further estate being built meant the owners view would be ruined so they had the whole building moved up the hill about 250yds, the hill is quite steep so this was quite an engineering feat, especially for an historic 1560s building like this.

When the day came for the move 10,000 people turned up to watch, blocking the surrounding town and roads and they were charged 10p each for the privilege all of which went to the local church funds.

ballingdon hall, sudbury 2

Although moving whole buildings isn’t unique, and many have been moved over long distances, moving one uphill over fields is still something one would not normally contemplate.