A tale of 2 rivers: an illustration of the ecological mess this country is in. Just before lockdown, I walked the #Ver, one of the chalk streams that - with the exception of a few in northern France - are unique to southern England. It was dead.
Then on Friday I was taken by @Feargal_Sharkey to walk the #Itchen, one of the most famous stretches of fishing in the world, & which is still just about holding its own against water companies desperate to extract its water & fill it with sewage.
Compare and contrast the Itchen & the Ver at identical stages of their length. The waters of the Itchen still flow, still sustain life.
The waters of the Ver are gone. Extracted by a predatory water company. Left to die by the Environment Agency. The river is dead, and everything that depends on the river is dead.
And we have the nerve to lecture Brazil or Indonesia when we are heedlessly sacrificing our chalk streams - a unique ecological habitat - on the altar of greed.
Anger at this should transcend politics. If only @ExtinctionR & fly-fishermen would make common cause, & take each other's arms, & form a human chain along the length of the Ver to protest its murder, what an extinction rebellion that would be.
So, in a spirit of optimism, @ExtinctionR, meet @VerValleySoc. @VerValleySoc, meet @ExtinctionR.

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“It was not the case, as one so often reads, that the “lines” between public & private “spheres” in Athens were “blurred”. It was rather the case that there were no discrete “spheres” there to speak of at all” - Greg Anderson
So where does our conception of the individual come from, if it is not to be regarded as a given?

(You know what I think the answer to that question is...)
“The materialist, secularist, and individualist foundations of western modernity, the conditions of liberalism’s very possibility as thought and practice, were simply not there in antiquity.”

Indeed they were not.

So where did they come from? #Dominion
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To Hampshire, there to walk the line of the #Itchen from its source to Winchester, ancient seat of the West Saxon kings. The river threads through a landscape reach in history & legend: the scene of poltergeists, Civil War battles, ancestral curses & 18th century cricket teams.
The etymology of the #Itchen is uncertain, but may derive from the ancient name for the New Forest, Ytene. The river has witnessed repeated attempts to make it more navigable. The 1st took place in the 12th C, when the Bishop of Winchester built England's 1st canal reservoir.
The #Itchen is also, of course, one of England's - and therefore the world's - most celebrated rivers for fly-fishing, & we shall be finishing today's walk at the grave of Izaak Walton in Winchester Cathedral. ImageImage
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6 Aug
Packing for tomorrow's #SussexTour: a journey round the sites & treasures administered by @sussex_society, England's oldest county archaeology society, but now, in its 150th year, facing a COVID meltdown.

A tragedy not just for Sussex but for everyone. sussexpast.co.uk
I know that everyone has the begging bowl out now, but I hope that my #SussexTour will serve to persuade some of you that @sussex_society is a cause that richly merits your support: sussexpast.co.uk/please-donate-…
About to go on Radio Sussex to talk about my #SussexTour, & all the amazing work that @sussex_society do.
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An early night tonight, ready to get up early tomorrow to catch the tide, & build AN EVEN BETTER SANDCASTLE THAN LASY YEAR!!!
A sign from the gods! A mighty trunk, clearly washed up from the lost land of Lyonesse, marks the spot where we shall found our mighty castle.
Current mood: Romulus
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To Southwark, where, at the start of the Canterbury Tales, Chaucer met with
"Wel nyne and twenty in a compaignye
Of sondry folk, by áventure y-falle
In felaweshipe, and pilgrimes were they alle..."

Our plan is to follow the road to Canterbury as far as we can in one day. #CTales
The pilgrims head to Canterbury “the hooly blisful martir for to seke, / That hem hath holpen whan that they were seeke.”

We won’t reach Canterbury, & we have not yet (thank goodness) been “seeke” - but we shall certainly pray to St Thomas along the way that all shall be well.
"Bifil that in that seson on a day,
In Southwerk at the Tabard as I lay
Redy to wenden on my pilgrymage
To Caunterbury with ful devout corage.”
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3 May
"Rather than proclaiming the miracles and mysteries that they uniquely exist to proclaim, church leaders seem to have opted instead to talk like middle managers."

How the churches in this country are letting a crisis go to waste: telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/0…
The issue for churches isn't that they shouldn't be worrying about these problems, but that there are lots of other people worrying about them too - & with more responsibility for them too. Whereas if churches don't go on about theology, no one else will.
The problem for the churches is that in a way they've been too successful. Their doctrines of compassion for the sick & poor have been nationalised. As a result, unless they focus on the weird stuff that is their USP but which they seem embarrassed by, they face redundancy.
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