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March 20, 2007

A mystery resolved, war on spammers, and museum rescue

My idea of blogging for ten minutes a day reaches its third day! But I have too many things to tell you. Yesterday's mystery is resolved; it is Morrison's Jig. Steven remembered it from Alan Stivell's Gaeltacht, and I from Rosheen's Musique Celtique. We also have versions from the Flash Girls and from the Family Mahone, and we're pretty sure Fairport play it live.

able.jpgIntimations of mortality; I was sent a copy of Able Magazine, "Britain's Leading Disability Lifestyle Magazine" in the post. Very worthy I'm sure but as we're all members of the temporarily able-bodied I was a bit mystified. Eventually I remembered that I am also a purchaser of RADAR keys. I am sure I told them at the time that I wanted them in order to open gates on towpaths to let tandems through but I doubt the database is so discerning.

In the war on spam, I have accidentally deleted almost a year's worth of genuine comments on this blog. Yes, I am an idiot. No, they weren't as far as I know backed up. Please feel free to make any recent comments again. Spammers need not apply.

untitled.jpg Just time within my ten minutes to tell you about the William Morris Birthday Party, happening on Saturday 24 March at Lloyd Park in Walthamstow from 12-3 (the park that surrounds the William Morris Gallery). This is a chance to celebrate the life of Morris, and, incidentally, challenge the council's budget cuts that mean that the William Morris Gallery, the only museum dedicated to Morris, and the Vestry House Museum, Walthamstow's local museum, will only be able to open at weekends. Singers, musicians, families, banners and anything else celebratory is welcome.

Posted by Alison Scott at March 20, 2007 12:44 AM


I'm enjoying your renewed blogging energy!

I emailed all the contacts on the William Morris site, and have so far received three form letters in reply, two of them identical. Walthamstow pleads poverty and the refusal of its inhabitants to pay more council tax, and Westminster says, not our job.

Posted by: Bill Burns at March 21, 2007 03:01 AM

It's a shame you're just going to miss the party. Marianne is also exercised about the museum cuts -- the first political thing she's ever noticed that's not on the 'save the dolphins' level. So I suggested to her that she take the flyer into school and encourage all her friends to come along on Saturday.

Posted by: Alison Scott at March 21, 2007 09:13 AM

It's a pretty sad state of affairs in the world when culture -- to the tune of William Morris for dog's sake -- can be attacked in this way. The William Morris Gallery has stunning and significant collections that have been available to the public for almost every day free of charge for the last fifty years. In a matter of weeks the local Council will rip this away from us -- not only by drastically cutting opening hours but by tearing up the staff's contracts, effectively removing any curators.
It's only a matter of time before this Council achieves their dream of turning this museum into a corporate venue. PLEASE HELP! Sign the petition on the website and register your protest! Alert the national press who astonishingly continue to ignore this important news! Thank you!

Posted by: myr at March 23, 2007 11:59 AM

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