Tag: britain and ireland

  • HS2 Hates Community Culture

    HS2 Hates Community Culture

    I was arrested in the Euston Square Gardens protest, for defending a park my band rehearsed in. As an anthropology student, I’m worried about HS2 threatening communities and culture as well as nature.

  • Creating and Maintaining Community in UK Medieval Reenactment

    Creating and Maintaining Community in UK Medieval Reenactment

    Why do medieval reenactors feel like they’ve “found their people”?

  • Roland the Farter: Humour Never Changes

    Roland the Farter: Humour Never Changes

    Professional farters have existed for a long time. In the 12th century, a man named Roland the Farter paid for his land by performing a jump, a whistle, and a fart for the king on Christmas Day. Why was a fart enough to pay rent, and what’s so funny about farting anyway?

  • May Morning in Oxford

    May Morning in Oxford

    Over a hundred years ago, Alden’s Oxford Guide described “a curious ceremony annually observed at Magdalen College”. On the 1st of May, the choir ascends Magdalen Tower to sing the Hymnus Eucharisticus as the sun rises. Beneath the tower, people gather to to celebrate the arrival of spring.