We are pleased that we get visits, not only from Wye or even Kent, from across the world. This visit from the Russian Federation is slightly perplexing but, when we looked at the images of the place, it is a strange mixture of poverty and modernity. Look in the background at the Soviet-style building , the neat bungalows and then the shanty-town structures.
The government has come in for considerable criticism about its decision to abandon the Dub’s amendment on the number of children refugees/migrants. The consequence of this decision has been a large number of protests across the country and not only in centres with a high density of ethnic minorities. Although we have not seen street demonstrations in Wye conversations have revealed some passionate opinions on the matter. One of the arguments that has been raised is that each child/teenager will cost in the region of £5000 per year to provide for the living costs alone. There are, of course, other costs such as the time taken to protect, nurture, integrate and generally care for these children. Wye residents have pointed out the ways that migrants have contributed to our society by taking up the opportunities for education and training. Indeed, these same residents have long collected shoes and clothing for the refugee camp in Calais. Surely they could go that extra mile and open up their homes, pay for an extra mouth and expend that milk of human kindness?
Perhaps one sort of solution is that those who feel so strongly about homing the children might set up a fund among themselves to ensure that monies are available beyond the Treasury. Indeed, it appears that a number of charities are already prepared to find homes and foster parents for these children. Such an act of personal sacrifice and generosity would be in keeping with the long-standing attitude of individuals in this country. When the government has to continually make decisions on its expenditures – on behalf of the whole nation – surely the freedom to act in resonance with one’s own values is the greatest testimony to that freedom?
Following one of our stated interests we thought that this item will contribute to the debate about how much global ‘warming’ has occurred – clearly an increase in anything depends upon where you consider the base or start position.
Scientists suggest pushing back a baseline from which to judge human influence on the climate to 1720-1800.
Not the first time in history political power has tried to bury the results of scientific research but scientists will also fight. This happens in North Korea, China and until 1991 in the former USSR. Totalitarian regimes require the control of information, suppress debate and hate the notion of opposition. The worst fears about the new US Administration are being realized. Wye College was a centre of excellence on the science of sustainable agriculture, we owe status as an AONB to scientists who worked there – some are still among us and we cannot thank them enough. One of WyeWeb’s missions is to fight for the cause of press freedom another is to extol the harmony of the natural world.
Knowledge is power, and the new Republican president, Donal John Trump, doesn’t want you to have that power. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss the issue.
During our recent sojourn from the web we received notice from a well-known author of flying novels – Ron Eisele. He wrote :
It may be of interest to know that my latest WW1 Royal Flying Corps novel, just published on Amazon Kindle, contains substantial references to the old Wye airfield. Also included is the old ‘Golden Ball’ Inn. I hope you and your readers will enjoy!
This is a story of courage, of luck, loyalty and the invincibility of the human spirit. An extraordinary saga of young men who forged a new theatre of warfare with their very lives. A vivid, absorbing tale of heroes and the birth of a modern breed of warrior.
In his dramatic new novel, Ron Eisele evocatively describes how talented aviators with a love of flying hone their skills and develop the strength of character to survive. The SE5 – Britain’s advanced single seat scout – is their ultimate weapon in a high-risk war as they witness first-hand the rapidly developing technology and tactics of aerial combat.
It is May 1917. The conflict in the sky over northern France has reached new heights of savagery. 303 Squadron’s Commanding Officer, Major Thomas McClennan, a man with nothing to live for, commands an elite cadre of men with everything to lose. Men like Captain Scott Cameron, a veteran flier who has inherited his father’s ethics of ‘honour in battle’ and whose leadership and compassion make him a hero to his fellow pilots.
1917 Inherit the Blue is a spirited tale relating the experiences of RFC subalterns, James Thompson, Cecil Peterson and Stephen Hogarth. Three young men from a generation who had never known conflict or the loneliness, fatigue and fear of war. Their coming of age and sudden awakening to comradeship, women and adventure is weaved into the tapestry of an engaging and emotional narrative. It is a story of aviators who must strike deep into the heart of an unyielding enemy, or pay the ultimate price for failure.
We have, because of the world-wide reputation of Wye College, a surprisingly cosmopolitan readership. Oh Mr. Eyles pops in from New Zealand nearly every day, college alumni are frequently found fishing among our memories and once a ranger from the Himalayas contacted us because he had discovered a gravestone commemorating a soldier who died in service. But, more surprising, was a visitor from the mountains of Pakistan. Perhaps somebody is backpacking in what has been regarded as a challenging environment and has been trying to find out whether Joshan’s is yet open or even delivering take-aways? Perhaps a late bid for WYE3 is about to come in – we did hear that some Muslim scholars were interested. Maybe somebody is interested in a recuperative session in Withersdane. So many strange things have been happening of late that may not be so absurd.