The Longest Day

I thought there was something a bit 2001: A Space Odyssey-ish about the photo at the top of this report.

And I liked this bit:

Before dawn, King Arthur Pendragon, 51, the head battle chieftain of the British Council of Druids, led a troop of warriors – all anthropology students from the University of East London – in a dance honouring mother nature, whose effigy was held aloft and illuminated by fiery torches.

Sometimes it can be quite hard to say why the current government is better than its pre-1997 predeceesors, but the fact that it’s happy for the kind of people who like to hang out at Stonehenge at the Summer Solstice to hang out at Stonehenge at the Summer Solstice, rather than turning the entire area over to a major police operation for a decent chunk of June, is certainly one of them.(See this, for example, in today’s Independent.)

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