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Everyone, in some small sacred sanctuary of the self, is nuts. -Leo Rosten, author (1908-1997)

We think caged birds sing, when indeed they cry. -John Webster, playwright (c. 1580-1634)

There are two kinds of light -- the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures. -James Thurber, writer and cartoonist (1894-1961)

The artist brings something into the world that didn't exist before, and he does it without destroying something else. -John Updike, writer (1932-2009)

Some people become so expert at reading between the lines they don't read the lines. -Margaret Millar, novelist (1915-1994)

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. -Elie Wiesel, writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1928)

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don't know why but I love this bit of wall and it's windblown hawthorn

DocD says:

Nice pics Viv

9th Oct 2006, 23:14

Viv says:

Thanks Doc

9th Oct 2006, 23:54

Jigalong says:

Stone walls. I wonder who had the time to stack them? Is there many metres of these walls in and about where you live

10th Oct 2006, 10:50

OJ says:

Can't believe I missed this Viv. That top pic's ace.

10th Oct 2006, 12:07

Viv says:

Mainly 18th century - though they are still being built and repaired - its a craft that local people take a lot of pride in. There are more pics under this tag and also if you add an s a few more

Extract ....
About 1780, the situation changed drastically. From this time, enclosures were promoted by large landowners or one or two private individuals in each area for their own benefit. These people had the means and influence to engineer private Acts of Parliament which effectively stripped the smaller farmers of their common rights. Each Act appointed commissioners to survey the area in question, and to allot portions to every claimant, along with proportional responsibility for fencing the holdings. Since the set limit for walling the bounds was only a year or two, the specifications were very exacting and the length required was often many miles, the commissioners had to hire wallers or men free from the land to do the work. Only the wealthiest parties could pay for this labour; the others had to forfeit their shares to the commissioners. As Raistrick (1966) concludes:

'The enclosures were a tragedy for the small man; he lost his right of pasturage on the common, lost his bit of land, and was compelled to become a wage labourer in a time of falling wages and rising cost of living. It secured the enslavement of the labouring classes.'

10th Oct 2006, 12:18

Viv says:

glad you like the top one OJ it is so simple but just summed up the day and somehow got missed off the earlier post!

10th Oct 2006, 12:19

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