RUMBLE FROM THE RIVER
Squeak of the year on the riverside, touching wood, was recorded by Max Law in this picture just before midnight last Saturday, December 19, 2020.
The depth above the weir at that time, and more or less for a mile back, was 1.4 metres – highest for some years but still a foot and a bit below December 1979, when the river diverted round the bridge and ran down Chapel Lane and Whitchurch Road. The measurement then, on the old weir, was 1.766 metres, or nearly a fathom in old money.
The Environment Agency’s readings in Horrabridge are collated by various websites but for up-to-date information, HPC chairman Eric Hemsil HAS recommended us to this one –
HOTEL PLAN SURFACES
West Devon Council is considering an application to turn the Moorland Garden Hotel into a care complex, as predicted. Search for plan number 3843/20/FUL Application is made on behalf of Mr Yogi Yarendran, a director of NYMS Services, which runs care homes in Surrey and has a head office in Cheam.
DEVON AGAINST THE HOUSING DRIVE
Devon CPRE, a surviving branch of what used to be the Campaign For Rural England, has made some impact at Westminster with its deconstruction of the government’s formula for calculating housing need.
The Housing Minister, Robert Jenrick, has now promised a rethink, favouring brownfield development – but it remains unclear whether the changes he proposes are in time to slow down the drive to build in rural areas which is already in progress.
Anyone who thinks it is already mad might want to sign up to the only effective opposition so far. See previous report HERE
DRESSING TO IMPRESS NURSE
The London Times had a tip from a doctor who has been vaccinating against Covid:
“Please remember we need to get to the muscle at the very top of your non-dominant arm (left for most people). We love patients wearing T shirts under their coats.”
HISTORY OF NOW
The Week magazine had an interesting briefing on the last time Christmas was cancelled – by Oliver Cromwell’s Puritan government in the 17th century. By that time, it was already mainly an excuse for a booze-up and church people of all stripes disapproved. And the new fundamentalist Protestants thought making a big deal out of Christmas and Easter and Whitsun and so on was a Roman way of running a church, which they wanted to move on from.
They tried to turn December 25 back into a normal working day but ran up against riots and rebellion which escalated into another outbreak of the simmering Civil Wars and the execution of King Charles. After that, Christmas went underground for a few years until the royalists managed to instal a new king, Charles 2, “The Merry Monarch”, who encouraged its revival.
Over in America, the original settlers were nearly all anti-Christmas and it did not become an official holiday until 1870.
Quakers and Jehovah Witnesses and even some mainstream Protestants still regard it as a day for prayer rather than celebration.
IN CASE YOU DIDN’T GET ONE
The Shed’s favourite seasonal greeting from the advertising industry included the moving message: “Don’t forget to stock up on PPE for Christmas.”
Wouldn’t want to be short on merry wishes, so passing it on.