I’ve been trying to recall my first visit to People In Common which, from what scant records I have of that time, must have been sometime during the winter of 1977/78. Continue reading Like owning your own squat
I spent the summer after leaving the Hampstead Lane squat in London earning enough money working in a bakery to buy a motorbike Continue reading I had meant to do a tour of communes
At the short-life licensed squat on Camden Park Road we somehow seemed to collect people… We clearly needed a bigger house. Continue reading Not dirty hippie squatters at all
(This is the personal story of how I got into communal living – and what happened when I did. ) I Continue reading Get a big house and share it
Why a generation that had grown up in the shadow of one world war and just lived through a second would set up intentional communities driven by thoughts of impending doom and of founding refuges and ‘Arks’ is perhaps understandable (See How Continue reading How Many Arks Does it Take? Part 2
After our unscheduled stop off with Clive and June we head back across the border into England and arrive at Berrington Hall in the middle of the afternoon for the 40th birthday celebrations of the Crabapple community set up back Continue reading Road Trip (8) – The end of the road?
We press on from the Land of cctv cameras, porkpies & plenty and head for our next community Lower Shaw Farm in Swindon. Lower Shaw was not going to be on our original road trip itinerary, but East Bergholt to deepest Continue reading Road Trip (6) “Well at least it’s not boring!”
Day 3 (Part 2) A few of our favourite things Onwards and eastwards from Crow Hall across the plains of East Anglia towards East Bergholt the skies throw everything they have at us for miles. With the spray on the Continue reading Road Trip (4) – A few of our favourite things
“I’m living in a farmhouse with some friends who have nothing to do with the theatre. It’s what some people might call a commune, but it’s really a sort of artists’ colony.” Helen Mirren While she was playing Lady Macbeth Continue reading Lady Macbeth and the princess
Having come across a couple of articles recently on village sized communities I have dusted off some writing I did a while ago on group size. If you search for information on human group sizes you will very quickly come Continue reading How big is BIG?