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Hopton and Waller: Friends Divided – Prisoners of Eternity
"To my noble friend Sir Ralph Hopton at Wells


The experience I have of your worth and the happiness I have enjoyed in your friendship are wounding considerations when I look at this present distance between us. Certainly my affection to you is so unchangeable that hostility itself cannot violate my friendship, but I must be true wherein the cause I serve. That great God, which is the searcher of my heart, knows with what a sad sense I go about this service, and with what a perfect hatred I detest this war without an enemy; but I look upon it as an Opus Domini and that is enough to silence all passion in me. The God of peace in his good time will send us peace. In the meantime, we are upon the stage and must act those parts that are assigned to us in this tragedy. Let us do so in a way of honour and without personal animosities.

Whatever the outcome I will never willingly relinquish the title of Your most affectionated friend.

William Waller"
Civil_War  England  friendship  17thC 
december 2018 by Preoccupations
The refugee who opened our eyes to the manmade beauty of Britain | Ian Jack | Opinion | The Guardian
Ian Jack on Nikolaus Pevsner: 'The refugee who opened our eyes to the manmade beauty of Britain' | The Guardian
Pevsner  architecture  buildings  Guardian  2016  Ian_Jack  England  Scotland  Wales  Ireland 
november 2016 by Preoccupations
Going to Ground: Britain’s Holloways | Orion Magazine
"The late-Victorian writer Richard Jefferies spent much of his life studying and describing the rural southern counties of Wiltshire, Sussex, Gloucestershire, and Somerset: counties that were, to Jefferies, teeming with wildness. Jefferies had no interest in the nineteenth-century North American idea of wilderness on a grand scale—a phenomenon to be experienced only amid the red-rock citadels of the desert or the glacier-ground peaks. For Jefferies, wildness of an equal intensity existed in the spinneys and hills of England, and he wrote about those places with the same wonder that his contemporaries were expressing in their reports on the Amazon, the Pacific, the Rockies, and the Rub‘ al-Khali. He found wildness joyful, but also minatory; the vigor of natural wildness was to him a reminder of the fragility of human tenure on the Earth. … Every day, millions of people find themselves deepened and dignified by their encounters with particular places. Most of these places, however, are not marked as special on any map. They become special by personal acquaintance. A bend in a river, the junction of four fields, a climbing tree, a stretch of old hedgerow, or a fragment of woodland glimpsed from a road regularly driven along—these might be enough. Or fleeting experiences, transitory, but still site-specific: a sparrow hawk sculling low over a garden or street, or the fall of evening light on a stone, or a pigeon feather caught on a strand of spider’s silk, twirling in midair like a magic trick. Daily, people are brought to sudden states of awe by encounters such as these: encounters whose power to move us is beyond expression but also beyond denial. It seems to me that these nameless places might in fact be more important than the grander wild lands that for so many years have gripped my imagination. Taken together, the little places would make a map that could never be drawn by anyone, but which nevertheless exists in the experience of countless people. I recall what Ishmael said in Moby-Dick about the island of Kokovoko: “It is not down in any map; true places never are.”"
Richard_Jefferies  England  nature  countryside  wild  rural_life  Robert_Macfarlane  maps  place 
august 2011 by Preoccupations
"I want to put up a wonderful and oddly-touching film I have found in the BBC archives. It is a documentary made in 1969 in response to a growing panic about violent teenage gangs in England and it focusses on the Hells Angels and Skinheads. The filmmakers went off to get in with a group of Hells Angels and with a gang of skinheads. Their aim was to find out who the scary psychopaths were that made up the gangs that were threatening society. But what they came back with is a weird and brilliant mini-drama about two groups of individuals who are just like us - but more bored. It is also sometimes very funny - because the gangs have their own rules and structures that are absurd and distorted reflections of our own society."
Adam  Curtis  BBC  gangs  England  society  history  riots  2011  UK 
august 2011 by Preoccupations
Luftwaffe spy photo reveals lost Tudor garden | Culture | The Guardian
"The garden's grass ring marks, shown clearly by the aerial, monochrome, photograph, are 120 metres across and almost certainly mark a Tudor labyrinth tracing in symbolic form the religious faith of its creator – a faith that finally cost the man his family fortune and his son's life, after the latter was exposed as one of the Gunpowder plotters. … The 10 concentric circles, which have almost vanished from sight at ground level through 20th century ploughing, were probably planted with the 400 raspberry and rose bushes referred to in letters of Sir Thomas Tresham, and now held in the British Library. Tresham created the cruciform hunting lodge and its moated garden, which is riddled with Roman Catholic symbolism. … the raspberries symbolised the passion of Christ, and the white roses Christ's mother, while the labyrinth itself represented a spiritual journey on the one true path – there is only one way through the circles  on the ground to reach the centre of the maze."
labyrinth  maze  gardens  Tudor  history  England  symbols  Guardian  2010  Catholicism  religion  from delicious
november 2010 by Preoccupations / Comment / Analysis - Man in the News: Rowan Williams
"what most seems to preoccupy the Archbishop is the absence of a spiritual dimension to public life. “How does the state properly expose itself to argument about its collective moral status?” he asked in a 2007 lecture. Paradoxically, for an established church, the state doesn't really do religion. … Some of his colleagues were appalled when he raised the issue of disestablishment 18 months ago. … Yet, might it be that separating church and state is a route back to the public square?"
Rowan_Williams  Christianity  England  FT  2010  church  state  religion  from delicious
july 2010 by Preoccupations
Five Boys: the story of a picture — everything changes and nothing changes | More Intelligent Life
"you can still buy … trimmings on top of fees of £28,500 a year. And what do you get for your money? A good education, a place at a good university, social connection, confidence, & all the other things largely confined to one small section of society that make Britain among the most unequal countries in the developed world. … Parents of privately educated sons could expect their children to be paid 8% more by their mid-20s than boys from state schools; more than half the children at private schools went on to study at leading universities; in Europe only Italy, Greece & Spain had greater rates of poverty. … Nearly 70 years have passed since Picture Post protested at exactly this state of affairs. I looked at the picture that accompanied the Daily Telegraph’s report in January 2010, & it was the same one Picture Post had published in January 1941. Sime’s, of course. There they were again: Wagner, Dyson, Salmon, Catlin, Young, doomed for ever to represent a continuing social tragedy"
photo  photography  history  class  education  inequality  1937  England  social_mobility  private_schools  society  culture  cultural_history  from delicious
march 2010 by Preoccupations
The Libel Reform Campaign "English libel law imposes unnecessary and disproportionate restrictions on free speech, sending a chilling effect through the publishing and journalism sectors in the UK. This effect now reaches around the world, because of so-called 'libel tourism', where foreign cases are heard in London, widely known as a 'town named sue'. The law was designed to serve the rich and powerful, and does not reflect the interests of a modern democratic society."
England  libel  Law  reform 
november 2009 by Preoccupations
Crime mapping for English and Welsh police forces - CrimeMapper
"Welcome to CrimeMapper. This website provides you with information on crime and antisocial behaviour in your neighbourhood, wherever you live in England or Wales."
crime  maps  mapping  crime-mapping  2009  England  Wales 
october 2009 by Preoccupations
Geology of the Wessex Coast, Southern England
"This is the first page of a large set of Geological Field Guides to the Wessex Coast of southern England, much of it a UNESCO World Heritage Site ("Jurassic Coast"). This is a classic area of East Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, West Sussex and the Isle of Wight. These guides form one of the world's largest geological web sites with more than 100 separate web pages. The first versions were placed online in 1997 and they are improved and enlarged on a daily basis. There are now thousands of full screen, colour photographs of varied geological and geomorphological features and there are also associated geological bibliographies. The text in each guide has linked references to the appropriate bibliography. The study and descriptions have emphasis on the superb coastal exposures of Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous and Palaeogene strata are well-seen in the cliffs of this beautiful coastline."
Wessex  coast  England  geology  via:gilest  geography 
october 2009 by Preoccupations
Ronald Blythe on Men and the Fields | Books | The Guardian
"Now almost no one works on the fields and all the elms under which Nash painted have gone. Yet the land itself and the loops of the dredged river and the old houses in which this excellent country book was made exist in a tidier pattern. One continues to feel the sun and the cold in this beautiful liaison of text and illustration, even if the social distinctions and most of the field-work skills are quite gone. This is what fields do, they remain. But their men do not."
books  book_review  countryside  rural_life  work  England  20thC  Guardian  2009 
august 2009 by Preoccupations
Sage of Shepperton slips away - Building Design
"The future”, said JG Ballard, who died this week, “is going to be a vast, conforming suburb of the soul.” All that was left of British culture, he told me years ago when we met in his Crittal-windowed semi in Shepperton, is “consumerism”, a compelling and malevolent force replacing art and culture. ... “I’ve always treated England as a strange fiction”, he said. ... In a way Ballard’s is an old theme. “All Middlesex is ugly,” wrote William Cobbett in his pugnacious Rural Rides of 1830, meaning that this deeply rural county of market gardens had been given over to mean, suburban villas, toll roads and sheer sprawl. ... Ballard believed that we are seduced by “mod cons”, by the promise, however absurd, of ever-easier, more instantly gratifying ways of life."
J_G_Ballard  literature  2009  England  suburbia  consumerism  culture  via:cityofsound  sf 
april 2009 by Preoccupations
Chris Heathcote: anti-mega: the kids are alright
"I don’t believe in changing laws depending on where you are, or who you are, and I also believe that you have to commit an illegal act to be punished. There don’t seem to be many groups protesting against dispersal orders – Liberty haven’t done much on the anti-social behaviour act recently, but did try to fight the curfew in 2005, but it seems the only change was that police can’t use force on teenagers. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Leeds Centre for Criminal Justice Studies studied the effects so far, and have found they “antagonise and alienate young people who frequently feel unfairly stigmatised for being in public places” and “generated displacement effects, shifting problems to other places, sometimes merely for the duration of the order”."
dispersal_orders  London  police  England  2009  Chris_Heathcote  children  youth  teenagers  rights  civil_liberties  freedom  Law  Labour 
march 2009 by Preoccupations
Demos | A new primary curriculum
"The Independent Primary review ... confirms what much previous research in primary schools ... has shown: that a strong focus on testing ‘the basics’ of reading, writing & maths has led to a narrowing of the curriculum as experienced by primary pupils in many schools, particularly in the last couple of years of primary school. While classroom time spent on English & Maths steadily increased from 1996 to 2004, time spent on other subjects like history, geography, art & personal, social & health education dropped by as much as 20%. And styles of learning in year 6 have become more like learning in the first few years of secondary school – quite the reverse of what should be happening"; "the ‘lived curriculum’ as experienced by teachers & learners in schools cannot simply be determined – or understood – with reference to a curriculum document. ... Previous curriculum reforms have demonstrated the futility of trying to achieve curriculum reform by simply changing the curriculum document"
schools  curriculum  education  England  primary_schools  Demos  2009  creativity  reading  teaching 
february 2009 by Preoccupations
BBC NEWS | 390,000 to access child database
"A child protection database containing the contact details for all under 18-year-olds in England will be accessible to 390,000 staff, say ministers. The ContactPoint database is intended to improve information sharing between professionals working with children. Children's Minister Baroness Morgan said parents would not be allowed to remove their children from the list."
ContactPoint  BBC  2009  children  safety  database  England 
january 2009 by Preoccupations
Warren Ellis » From The Side Of The Ridgeway
"Did you ever walk a road that’s five thousand years old? People have been crossing the country on The Ridgeway since Neolithic times. In some context: when the Ridgeway first came into use, the average lifespan was around 35 years. And those people were in the grip of massively disruptive conceptual revolution: the revolution of farming. The Ridgeway was the connective tissue between these new things, settlements, forming on the dry chalk hills. And with the advent of the continuity of a generation or two in the same place for the first time came the first inkling of history. The Ridgeway predates the White Horse, and Wayland’s Smithy, and very probably Avebury and Stonehenge. This is the path people walked when they first thought about how to talk to time."
Ridgeway  Wiltshire  Warren_Ellis  history  pre-history  England 
august 2008 by Preoccupations
New Interactive Local Crime Maps In Every Area | Home Office
"By the end of the year every police force area will produce crime maps ... see where & when crime has happened ... make comparisons with other areas ... learn how crime is being tackled by ... local neighbourhood policing team"
crime-mapping  crime  England  Wales  2008  government 
july 2008 by Preoccupations
Fortnightly Mailing: If ever you need new job title
"Here, courtesy of Tanya Schmoller are some professions recorded in the the Register of the Sheffield General Cemetry between 1836 and 1900"
19thC  work  language  employment  England  history 
june 2008 by Preoccupations
"new regulator of qualifications, exams and tests in England ... ensure that children, young people and adult learners get the results their work deserves, that standards are maintained and the qualifications learners receive count now and in the future"
exams  England  qualifications  schools  education  2008 
april 2008 by Preoccupations
BBC NEWS | Student database to be created + lifelong Unique Learner Number
"Every 14-year-old in England will have their personal details and exam results recorded on a permanent database under a government scheme. Employers will be able to check exam results and other information on a tamper-proof "online CV"."
MIAP  government  England  BBC  2008  database  privacy  education  identity 
february 2008 by Preoccupations
This Blog Sits at the Intersection of Anthropology and Economics: Interesting2007
"What's interesting about the English is that they are so very good at dissembling on this point, at concealing the things that made them discontinuous. That's what's interesting, that they work so hard never to seem so."
England  culture  Interesting2007 
june 2007 by Preoccupations
BBC NEWS | England | Cambridgeshire | No playground for 'super school'
"most expensive state school in the UK will not have an outdoor space … Alan McMurdo, head of Peterborough's £46.4m Thomas Deacon Academy, said: "I think what the public want is maximum learning."" Whose decision allowed such idiocy?
play  schools  education  England  2007  BBC  learning  absurd 
may 2007 by Preoccupations
BBC NEWS | England | Wiltshire | Roman clues found at ancient hill
"English Heritage believes there was a Roman community at Silbury Hill about 2,000 years ago. … The evidence suggests the Roman community was based on an area the size of 24 football pitches at the base of the hill"
Roman  England  Wiltshire  archaeology  BBC  2007 
march 2007 by Preoccupations
Alan Myers
Celebrating the North. How can you not click on a link that reads, 'Zamyatin in Newcastle'?
England  Britain  literature  history 
february 2007 by Preoccupations
Domesday Book | Britain's finest treasure
"Domesday Book is one of our earliest surviving public records, and the foundation document of The National Archives."
England  history  archives  ebooks  medieval 
august 2006 by Preoccupations
BBC NEWS | Magazine | London's heart of stone
"an ancient and mysterious object mentioned by Shakespeare, William Blake and Dickens, which has been seen as one of the capital's greatest relics since at least the Middle Ages and probably much earlier"
London  history  England 
may 2006 by Preoccupations
Welcome to ICONS - Icons of England
"ICONS Online, the organisation behind the ICONS website, is asking everyone who lives in England - from all different communities and backgrounds - to help create an online collection of cultural icons"
England  culture  cultural_history  symbols  teaching 
april 2006 by Preoccupations

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