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?
Lonesome Stone the Musical On the 11th July 1973 a new multi-media rock musical entitled Lonesome Stone opened at the Rainbow Theatre in Finsbury Park London. Following hot on the heels of other Christian based rock operas like Godspell and Continue reading Communes – The Musical(s)
It has always been part of the communal utopian dream to set up village scale intentional communities, – in the past couple of decades the talk has been of Eco-villages, even Eco-towns. But it always seems that the transition from Continue reading Villages of Utopia 1
A couple of weeks ago the Guardian ran a story with the headline – Inside ‘Billionaires Row’: London’s rotting, derelict mansions worth £350m – about the large number of huge empty mansions being left to rot while there is a Continue reading Squatting in Billionaires Row
Did English Heritage deliberately decide to open the new mega-million pound visitor centre days before the winter solstice with an exhibit of human remains that they knew would attract protest in order to get maximum publicity – or was that Continue reading Stonehenge, King Arthur and Who Killed Wally?