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BBC Ian Hislop's Olden Days
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For those in the UK

"Ian Hislop explores the rural olden days - an idealised vision of the countryside - in this concluding film of his series exploring Britain's obsession with the past.

Despite an overwhelmingly urban existence over the last 150 years, the British have increasingly looked to the supposedly timeless, unchanging countryside. It has inspired some of Britain's greatest writers and painters, and been just as influential in popular culture. It's no accident, Ian believes, that one of the most successful First World War recruitment posters used in British cities was of thatched cottages and rolling hills - with its slogan 'Isn't this worth fighting for?'.

Ian begins by looking at the emergence of a rural fantasia in the hugely popular, excessively sentimental works of the Victorian watercolourist Myles Birket Foster. He discovers how the musician Cecil Sharp kickstarted the revival of folk music and dance in the early 20th century and how morris dancing was used to rehabilitate soldiers on the Western Front.

Between the wars, swathes of the English countryside were built over, including Sarehole, a village just outside Birmingham and childhood home to JRR Tolkien. Tolkien immortalised the struggle between a rural arcadia (the Shire) and an industrial dystopia (Mordor) in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

After 1945, Britain briefly turned its back on the rural olden days and looked to the future. Even the countryside had to be modernised, so the BBC created The Archers to promote the latest agricultural techniques. But as Archers actress Tamsin Greig tells Ian, it is now most loved for celebrating the things - like a sense of community - we feel we have lost.

Loss, Ian shows, dominates Britain's relationship with the countryside. Philip Larkin's 1972 poem Going, Going suggests our fears for its demise actually reflect our own sense of mortality. It is a theme Ian considers in Larkin's Hull and in his own childhood haven, the Sussex Downs.

To conclude, Ian reflects on the irony that some of Britain's most cherished landmarks from the olden days were once reviled. Victorian critic John Ruskin led a fierce campaign to halt the construction of the Headstone Viaduct in Monsal Dale. Today it is one of the highlights of the Peak District. Might we, Ian wonders, one day make heritage attractions of wind farms and fracking sites?
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Sarehole and Tolkien start at about 24 minutes in.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/ ... Days_Green_Imagined_Land/

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Re: New Members
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I appreciate, we are looking at spam bots here, but for any new members please make sure that you choose a sensible name for your member name :)

So what is a sensible name, I don't know, but the moderators on this site, can spot non-sensible names :)

Here is an example, cD4zC3hD7u, who has been disabled so that the IP address can be blocked.

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Re: The Wonders of...
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"Sir John Retcliffe was the pseudonym of the German writer Hermann Ottomar Friedrich Goedsche (12 February 1815 – 8 November 1878) primarily remembered for his antisemitism and the extent to which his fiction indirectly contributed to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion."

No idea why you would glue the Hobbit into his book

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_John_Retcliffe

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Re: New Members
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Lokki,

I have looked at you account, and no problem.

But if you look at Location, Signature and Extra Info fields, yours are empty, you can enter items here, but please enter Tolkien related items in these fields, if not your account will be disabled.

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Re: New Members
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Stu wrote:
Is there no CAPTCHA for setting up new members, hence the bogus new ones and spam?


No, the site does not have CAPTCHA set up.

Spammers need to have their accounts disabled, not deleted Khamûl, Jeremy can then block the IP address, he cannot do this if they are deleted, he no longer has access to the IP address when they are deleted.

Posted on: 3/28 6:19:42



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