Rodmell and Southease

SPORT: I’m not a sports person and rarely watch sporting events, but on a wet Sunday afternoon when I couldn’t do much in the garden, I did watch Chris Froome and the tour de France and found it most interesting, especially when it was around Paris, a city I love. Hopefully it was just a small minority of the French that misbehaved so badly and were such bad losers. I love France and have always found the French charming. You can’t judge the many by the few can you?

COMMUNITY TRANSPORT: I phoned the CTLA (Community Transport for the Lewes area) for one of their brochures and was pleased to hear that they are practically booked up for August, which is good news and shows that they are on the up and up.

AMUSING: Whilst driving around this area I see many things that amuse me and bring a smile to my lips. On one of the recent wet days when I was driving along Southover I was amused to see a very wet man with a young spaniel, picking up dog poo. Whilst the expression on the dogs face was liken to ‘what are you doing? I’ve only just done that.’ Thank goodness people do clear up after their dogs, it has made such a difference especially in our towns.

WI: Rodmell and Southease WI had a relaxed evening on July 21 when we discussed what our programme should be for the following year. There is no meeting in August.

BLOOMSBURY SET: so we have what some of the media consider a Bonk Buster series about the Bloomsbury Set, a group of intellectuals and Victorian artists who it appears defied Victorian life and conventions and followed a bohemian lifestyle. Life in Squares is on BBC2 at 9pm on Mondays. Having been a resident in Rodmell for many years, I’ve seen how popular the lives of the Bloomsbury Set has become, as we have Monks House in the village, home of Leonard and Virginia Woolf for many years. I actually met Leonard Wolf several years before I moved into the village and I had no idea who he was until Monks House opened and I saw a photograph of him. He seemed a ‘nice old boy’, which was how I described him to friends. Julian Bell used to live in the village with his family and they were a lovely family, much liked by the village. Rodmell over the years has had many famous people living here. The Bloomsbury’s are nothing against our present politicians one thinks. Are we going to have a Bonk Buster on Parliament next?

ARTWAVE: As Rodmell has such talented occupants, it has been decided to have Artwave in Rodmell on Sunday and Monday, August 30 and 31, in the village hall. It will be an exhibition by local residents in a wide variety of media, ie painting, felt making, knitting, crochet, photography, jewellery, ceramics and more. Please check Artwave brochure for information. More details nearer the time.

TECHNOLOGY: With all the technology around these days do people think (especially people in the media and Parliament) that anything is secret and misdemeanours will not get found out. Me-thinks that they are living in a dream world if they do as Pandora’s Box has been opened and there’s no closing the lid now. There must be quite a few worried people around.

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