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    Let's all go to Wells!
    Dissensus day out!
    Hire a mini-bus. Woebot will be the driver.
    Fight over what tapes to play on the waY up!
    Can't wait!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IdleRich View Post
    My home town (well village)....

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    I must have mentioned walking the Ridgeway. Hitting that hill fort near there was one of the real highlights

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    Winchester is built on chalk too.

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    Wells is cool. It has the oldest extant street of houses in Europe:

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    We're all going to Wells! Barty the sulky teenager in the back of the bus. Eventually we bribe him with a load of 10ps and tell him to go and play the streetfighter cabinet in the minicab office

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    The reason I went to Winchester is that ever since finishing Prediction Tablet I've had a deterioration in my quality of contact. I feel as though there were a grubby film between me and the cosmos (not as in porno movie! The other film! Translucent layer!) And I haven't had access to my (possibly not my, alarming thought) full range of powers and acuity of perception. I hate it when this happens so I wss trying to find a way to break down the current assemblage so it can reassemble at a higher level.

    I went to Canterbury on Sunday but it didn't give me what I was looking for.

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    I must have mentioned walking the Ridgeway. Hitting that hill fort near there was one of the real highlights
    Uffington Castle? Also the little hill half-way up White Horse Hill is called Dragon Hill, according to legend the bare bits of grass on top are where drops of the dragon's blood fell during its battle with St George. Although George was a Turkish/Georgian knight who almost certainly never came to England so I dunno how that works.
    And of course Wayland Smithy nearby has its own thing going on. At school remember kids telling stories about going there and seeing weird people in dark robes performing sinister rites. I was just about young and gullible enough to half-believe them...

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    Though all this is a different, perhaps overlapping, culture from the one you started talking about.

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    I think it's very much of a piece.
    Uffington is right. I couldn't remember the name. There would have been pagans in robes at Wayland Smithy when you were a boy and now but it's just harmless cosplay isn't it. Modern wicca etc.

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    When the Saxons obtained the rule over the land, Cerdic, the first king of the west, was crowned at Winchester, and having slain the monks, converted the church of St. Amphibalus into a temple of Dagon, in the year 516

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    There would have been pagans in robes at Wayland Smithy when you were a boy and now but it's just harmless cosplay isn't it. Modern wicca etc.
    There may well have been but I struggle to believe that the twelve year old Matty Bramwell had somehow got there from Wantage in the middle of the night and was spying on them from behind a tree and that casts doubt on his exciting account of beautiful naked women and human sacrifice.

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    Uffington Church is 800 years old or so. When I was in Canada I remember seeing a sign in Vancouver saying that it was founded in, I dunno, 1810 it was. It suddenly made me aware of the contrast behind a tiny village that can be there for more than a 1000 years without fundamentally changing, and a modern metropolis that can spring up in a fifth of that time without even trying. Something strange there.
    Anyway, nowadays (or last time I went back) they started lighting up the church in Uffington from underneath with powerful white lights which made it visible as this kind of spectral presence from miles around. Quite creepy.

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    You see the links between pagan and Christian stuff. What's that film? Is it called Borderlands?

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    That's right. According to tradition the church at Winchester was founded by Lucius on the site of a much older temple and as the quotation above explains reverted to paganism (Dagon of all deities) for a substantial amount of time (over a hundred years) before being reclaimed by the Christians. Bones upon bones. Canute, for instance, is buried there.

    (In Canada I hear you have the same thing occasionally with churches built on/over sites sacred to the indigenous population)

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    This horror film is basically about that


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    Quote Originally Posted by IdleRich View Post
    Uffington Castle? Also the little hill half-way up White Horse Hill is called Dragon Hill, according to legend the bare bits of grass on top are where drops of the dragon's blood fell during its battle with St George. Although George was a Turkish/Georgian knight who almost certainly never came to England so I dunno how that works.
    Shame, because the rest of that story basically adds up.
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    Well if you don't believe in saints and dragons and primeval battles between avatars of good and evil then what do you believe in?

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