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A vote for Morris Dancing & cider

GUEST,The Shambles 03 May 10 - 11:51 AM
GUEST,Pete 03 May 10 - 04:33 PM
McGrath of Harlow 03 May 10 - 04:55 PM
pavane 04 May 10 - 10:52 AM
Will Fly 04 May 10 - 11:16 AM
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Subject: A vote for Morris Dancing & cider
From: GUEST,The Shambles
Date: 03 May 10 - 11:51 AM

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/may/03/cider-morris-dancing-election-wessex?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

It is a wet lunchtime in Chipping Norton, and no one seems interested in the cause of the Wessex Regionalists. The party's president, Colin Bex, tramps along the glistening pavements, attempting to drum up interest in his efforts to unseat David Cameron as MP for the Witney constituency in Oxfordshire. He also wants to promote his party's ideology, which centres on the idea of a devolved parliament for the Wessex region, but offers up a curious mish-mash of agrarianism, wealth redistribution and a nostalgia for pre-industrial revolution England that would give the writers of Lark Rise to Candleford pause, thunderous condemnation of the current political system, and promotion of "the culture of Wessex".

Questioned on what the culture of Wessex might involve, Bex offers: "Its own traditional brand of morris dancing." "Cider," chips in the party's secretary general, David Robins. "Thomas Hardy, Jane Austen, William Barnes."


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Subject: RE: A vote for Morris Dancing & cider
From: GUEST,Pete
Date: 03 May 10 - 04:33 PM

Does Cotswold count as Wessex?


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Subject: RE: A vote for Morris Dancing & cider
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 03 May 10 - 04:55 PM

Possibly more Mercia than Wessex in the days of the Heptarchy. Thomas Hardy didn't extend his Wessex quite that far - but Oxford he did include, calling it Christmister.

But Mercia hasn't got quite the dramatic image that Wessex has acquired.


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Subject: RE: A vote for Morris Dancing & cider
From: pavane
Date: 04 May 10 - 10:52 AM

Does Taunton count? As a Morris man with family roots there, and fromer cider drinker, I should support them? But I don't think Witney is really Wessex.


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Subject: RE: A vote for Morris Dancing & cider
From: Will Fly
Date: 04 May 10 - 11:16 AM

Oxford he did include, calling it Christmister.

No - "Christ, mister!" is what Jude said when he got there... :-)


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