Stonehenge Byway

I parked my camper between two thorn trees on the Drove, just passed the crossing where the old A344 used to run, and spent the night there. In the morning there was a frost, despite the lateness of the season, with a thin mist rising in the hollows as the sun began to warm the landscape. It was May the 1st: Beltane. The Drove—full title “the Netheravon Cattle Drove”, also known as Byway 12—is an ancient right of way cutting across Salisbury Plain. Historically it was probably used to drive cattle from the village of Netheravon to Salisbury Cattle Market: … Continue reading Stonehenge Byway

What did I used to do before Facebook?

OK, I have a confession to make: I’m a Facebook addict. It’s true. I just can’t keep away from it. The trouble with Facebook is that it feels like you are doing something, even though you’re not. You’re always busy: checking your updates, sticking up posts, answering messages, replying to other people’s comments, engaging in debate, friending people, unfriending people. Sometimes it makes me wonder what I used to do before there was Facebook. I’m sure I filled my time up with other things, I just can’t remember what those things were. I spent the first forty years of my life … Continue reading What did I used to do before Facebook?

Opposing Israel policies is not anti-Semitism

So there’s been this brouhaha in the media about whether Labour have an anti-Semitism problem or not. Meanwhile, as if by magic, a number of other important issues seem to have disappeared from the news. Take this as an example: on Monday the 25th of April, 4 days before Ken Livingstone’s clumsy intervention in the debate about Naz Shah’s Facebook posts, Tory MPs voted down an amendment to the Immigration Bill calling on the government to take in 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children from Europe. Let’s repeat those words so we can be clear exactly what they mean. “Unaccompanied”: they are … Continue reading Opposing Israel policies is not anti-Semitism