Once people get a taste for it, they are inclined to want more?

BLISS it was to be alive in those early days of devolution – except that it wasn’t. The rebirth of Scotland’s democracy after 300 years in spring, 1999 proved to be a painful affair, and plunged Scotland into a period of post-natal depression, which ended the careers, and the lives, of some of the architects of […]

via Twenty years on, was devolution a “motorway to independence”? — Iain Macwhirter


Calls to protect Kernow’s heritage from ‘Artistic vandalism’ 

Are the Faery houses built from stones on Stowe Hill close to the famous Cheesewring on Bodmin moor, in fact modern acts of ‘Artistic vandalism‘? These stone towers might look clever but are actually destroying ancient walls.

Stuart Dow, who lives in Cornwall, has been vocal in condemning the behaviour of both locals and visitors to Stowe Pound Hill of constructing these stone towers or “faery houses” as “disrespectful to our ancestors”.

Stuart told Cornishstuff “The protection of our ancestor’s sites and practices is essential for our future generations understanding of their Heritage ”

Carn Brea and Helmand Tor are two circular stone enclosures that date back to the Neolithic period (4000-3500bc), although the site has previously been excavated the circular walls are slowly being broken down by those using the stones to build towers.

In 2014, the Timeseekers volunteer clearing group dismantled the ‘rock towers’ delicately hand placing each rock back to the wall where it had been most diminished.

In 2016 Roy Goutte made a blog highlighting the issue to others including The Heritage Trust, making calls for signage to inform visitors that such behaviour was in fact illegal & ‘damaging a scheduled monument’.

Source: Cornish Stuff…   Calls to protect Kernow’s heritage from ‘Artistic vandalism’ 

West Britons

Cornish Identities and the Early Modern British State

Distributed University of Exeter Press

West Britons provides a fresh interpretation of the bloodiest, most devastating years in Cornwall’s history and a wholly new perspective on the history of the far South West of Britain. The book explores the unprecedented series of rebellions which took place in Cornwall between 1497 and 1648, traces the connections which existed between those revolts and the contemporary Cornish perception of themselves as a separate ‘people’, and argues that Cornish history must be viewed within a ‘British’, rather than a purely English context.  West Britons will be required reading for all those who are engaged in the contemporary political and historical debate over ‘Britishness’. The book also includes transcriptions of a number of previously unpublished documents, useful to teachers and their students, and a list of some 300 Cornish Royalist officers, of special interest to Civil War enthusiasts and genealogists.

Source: West Britons

Festival Interceltique – Unity and Celebration

Originating in 1971, with the aim of spreading the awareness and reach of traditional Breton music within the wider Celtic sphere, the Festival Interceltique de Lorient has now evolved into one highlights of the Celtic world’s cultural calendar.

However, the festival’s roots reach back much earlier than the 1970s. 1927 saw the beginning of the Festival de Cornouaille in Quimper, and the Fetes Folkloriques took place in Lorient back in 1955. The same town also held the Fête des ports Bretons in 1969 which served as a rallying point for the composite groups who were beginning to bring traditional Breton culture to a wider audience again….

More from Doronieth Kernow: Festival Interceltique – Unity and Celebration

A new approach to the environment?

By cosadone, CoSERGinfo 24 July 2017

The new Secretary of State for the Environment – Michael Gove – made a speech on Friday about his vision for delivering a green Brexit. Much has made of his comments on the unfairness of agricultural subsidies and the negative impact of certain agricultural policies. A review of policy is much-needed if we are to limit climate change, stop our destruction of the environment and create a greener and sustainable world.

Whether the aspirations will be translated into policy is another matter, time will tell.

There are two flaws in the speech – there is no mention of population…..

More…  A new approach to the environment?

HS2 – a vanity project?

‘HS2 was always designed to be much more than just a high-speed railway and today we can see the opportunities it brings right around the country – spreading prosperity, acting as a catalyst for investment and rebalancing our economy 10 years before the railway even opens,” said David Higgins, chairman of the high-speed railway, as […]

via HS2 – a vanity project -what are the lessons to learn? — coserginfo

Conference Paper: Do groups such as Visit Cornwall or English Heritage etc deliver/promote a ‘Disneyfication’ of Cornish culture & identity? Your Views Needed!

Visit Cornwall, National Trust and English Heritage could deliver authentic Cornish culture as part of their existing sites/plans? Why? Conversely, would only a Cornish Heritage/Cultural group be able to offer an authentic Cornish cultural tourist attraction? Why?4) Some people have laid considerable criticism at the door of existing groups for what is perceived to be a ‘Disneyfication’ of Cornish culture and identity.

Source: Use of Cornish Culture in Tourism – Conference Paper: Your Views Needed!