site transfer

All postings made to this site have now been copied to :
http://martinwheeler.net/journal/
from where Glastonbury comment will now be continued.
Thanks for keeping me company thus far on this site — see you from now on on my personal blog pages.

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Back to normal…

The past two weeks have been so very wonderful weather-wise, that it has been a real joy to forego the time wasted in front of a screen and keyboard, blogging; and replace it with quality time spent outdoors – actually living.
But now that the nights grow colder, I suppose the time has returned to get back to the keyboard, and the attendant social commentary.

The big event in town over the last few days, has of course, been the Mediaeval Fayre; held on the town’s most appreciated community green space at Tor Leisure. A good weekend’s entertainment for all – particularly families. And perfect weather for the event, too. But for me, the wonderful thing to see was the state of the field once the event was over. Not a single piece of litter, rubbish – whatever – to be seen anywhere on the field. Unbelievable. A big word of thanks to all who participated as traders, enactors, or plain campers.

Compare that with the average weekend when the town’s LIFTs [Local Inbred Feral Teens] leave the place looking somewhat untidier than the county tip. Last week one particular group of teens was so obviously oblivious to the social niceties of not leaving litter behind them, that I felt obliged to go out and photograph the wreckage they had left strewn around the field.
And tonight, now the Fayre has gone, the youth of the town have been running amok on the field; attempting to set fire to bales of hay, then to destroy one of the portaloos still onsite, by repeated, continuous, kicking.

Back to ‘normal’ indeed.

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Annual town meeting

So what happened at the annual town meeting tonight, then ?

(I’ve been away, on a pilgrimage to the tomb of Giraldus Cambriensis, so wasn’t there — although I had wanted to put in a word for the sterling work carried out by Tom Billing over the past eight years on the Town Council website — all at his own expense, too.)

Anything earth-shattering ?
Or just the usual old farts mumbling into their vests ?

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Who’s on the lists (GTC update)

MDC’s offical list of nominees (Statement of Persons Nominated) for Glastonbury Town Council, as published on their website today :

GLASTONBURY – St Benedict’s
Earl BRAMLEY-HOWARD (Green)
Cara DACK (LibDem.)
Steve HENDERSON
Bill KNIGHT (Con.)
Denise MICHELL (Green)
Paul PERRY (LibDem.)
Paul PRESTON (LibDem.)
Melanie THOMPSON (Green)

GLASTONBURY – St Edmund’s
Alyson BLACK (Green)
Nick COTTLE (LibDem.)
Jon COUSINS (Green)
Spencer COX (LibDem.)
Andy NORRIS (Green)
Ian TUCKER (Ind.)
Rory WEIGHTMAN (Green)
Peter WOOD-FREARSON (Con.)

GLASTONBURY – St John’s
Linda Susan BENFIELD (Green)
Steven BOSWELL (LibDem.)
John COLES (Con.)
Michael FREE (Ind.)
John KEERY (LibDem.)
Hazel PEGG (Green)
Susan THURGOOD (Con.)

GLASTONBURY – St Mary’s
Lynn BASTIAN (LibDem.)
John BRUNSDON (Con.)
Ian FORSTER (Green)
Kevin MITCHELL (LibDem.)
Kathy PEPPERELL (Con.)
Dave PHELAN-PLAYER (Green)
Hugh SHARP (Ind.)
Stephen SHEPHERD (Con.)

Mmm. Looks like the town really does want to give the Tories a good kicking, doesn’t it ? The clued-up ones have sensed what’s coming, and have already simply jumped ship.
May 5th should be fun.

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Who’s on the lists (MDC update)

Thanks to Hazel Pegg for providing a pointer to MDC’s offical list of nominees for MDC, published on their website sometime today.

GLASTONBURY – St Benedict’s
Steve HENDERSON (Con.)
Denise MICHELL (Green)
Paul PRESTON (LibDem.)
Lesley ULLMAN (Lab.)

GLASTONBURY – St Edmund’s
Nick COTTLE (LibDem.)
Kenneth HURRELL (Lab.)
Louise SOMERVILLE WILLIAMS (Ind.)
Peter WOOD-FREARSON (Con.)

GLASTONBURY – St John’s
Linda Susan BENFIELD (Green)
Steven BOSWELL (LibDem.)
John COLES (Con.)
Michael FREE (Ind.)
Malcolm Higgins (Ind.)
Peter TRUEMAN (Lab.)

GLASTONBURY – St Mary’s
John BRUNSDON (Con.)
Ian FORSTER (Green)
Kevin MITCHELL (LibDems)

Now — where’s the Glastonbury Town Council list ?

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Who’s on the list(s) ?

Right : today is April 4th; and the mid-day deadline has passed.

So just exactly who has put themselves forward for election to Glastonbury Town Council and Mendip District Council ?
The information is known; for some unknown bureaucratic reason Mendip DC has control of both elections; and for further unknown reasons, they are not going to publish this information for a further 48 hours. (Mid-day Wednesday.)
Why ?
They have the lists of names already (have probably had them for several days, in fact) — so what is preventing them from publishing them immediately on their website ?

Could it be that the ruling Tory clique with access to this information wants a 48-hour lead over anyone else in order to prepare their campaign response ?

Nah. Surely not.

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“Not with a bang, but a whimper”

It is becoming quite obvious to anyone who tries to keep a grip on global news and events that law and order are breaking down across the planet. Gradually; sporadically; but little by little, established societies are losing their control on how things are run; and chaos is beginning to take hold.

So perhaps T.S. Eliot was right — he could see clearly a century ago what is now coming to pass, slowly but surely, right across the globe.
The question is : What are localized societies doing to prepare for this ?

Take Glastonbury, for example.
What sort of plans do we have, as a community, to cater for sudden and catastrophic breakdown of social life as we know it ? (The anti-nuclear doomsayers amongst us are already claiming that a tsunami will happen again; that another earthquake is very probable; etc.) Japanese society is taking an absolute hammering at the moment, and reacting with stoicism and equanimity. We are not as resilient as them. We will not react in the same way.

What do we do in this town if tanks suddenly appear on the streets ?
If food supplies to the local supermarkets and other food outlets are suddenly, irrevocably, cut off ? If law and order is suddenly stood on its head ?
Where do we go ?
Who do we turn to ?
Do we rely on the good old British habit of “muddling through” : or do we take a cold, hard look at what is most likely to hit us, and prepare for it well in advance ?

Because it’s coming. In one way or another, it’s coming.
And currently, we are very ill-prepared.

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