I increasingly view rural England, densely – but not uniformly – connected by 4G phones, high-speed broadband and a multitude of devices as having moved beyond the rural of 10 years ago, not the same as urban life but certainly past the rural as we often understand and see it represented – a post-rural situation.
A town that for some is the acme of an alternative life Glastonbury is facing the loss of all their high street banks.
A quick search & you’ll find an IFOAM document discussing the 3rd wave of the global organic movement. This wave has been much anticipated and as part of that process we need to understand the past
Book review: Through a combination of very sophisticated analysis and a visceral feel for its key constituency UKIP has found the hollowed out heart of British politics and lodged itself there.
It wouldn’t happen in France or Italy, it just wouldn’t be possible or allowed. I refer of course to the great Somerset apple heist. The news that the cider … Continue reading Pulp Friction – The Great Somerset Apple Heist
Over the past few years I have become interested in the politics of the end of the world or rather those who are anticipating it – because if has come … Continue reading The End is Nigh
I deliberately follow a number of people on Twitter with whom I profoundly disagree. Over the last couple of years I have been reading the literature on social media & … Continue reading Beyond the Echo-Chamber
“This loopy idea that we can cover Britain in ugly disgusting ghastly windmills and that somehow our future energy needs will come from that” (Nigel Farage 2013). When I heard Mr … Continue reading UKIP & Rural Renewables
Image CC University of Gloucestershire I’m a big fan of the ‘Monocle’ suite of podcasts, especially ‘the urbanist’, and I was struck by how one of their contributors used the … Continue reading The need for #Ruralists
I’m a new to the study of the commons, so the conference in Bologna that I’m currently taking part in has been a plunge into the deep end – fortunately … Continue reading #urbancommons questions
For several years now I’ve been boring everyone who will listen that the future of food is about citizenship, and part of that is making food no longer a consumer … Continue reading Food Beyond Consumerism
Trains are vital for keeping rural areas alive, although often over shadowed by road transport. Their role in moving rural residents to business opportunities & keeping families together shouldn’t be … Continue reading All aboard the cynical #train service.