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    Well… It’s been a while…

     Posted in Our Past at 13:14 on Sunday, February 16th, 2020 by Mr. Rant

    So, it’s been almost 6 years until I last put finger to keyboard on this website. Those 6 years have been life changing and this blog didn’t really have a place in my thoughts for all that time. I had fallen out of love with writing and was finding it very difficult to write so simply stopped.

    That was until this weekend.

    I decided to see if I could get the site back online and lo and behold with a server change and some restoration The Rantastic was back.

    I am under no delusion that any one will be reading but I always found it to be cathartic to write and it’s always helped my get my mind back on track. I begin to wonder if that is what has been missing in my life for a while now.

    Let’s do something fun and list what I want out of this site. I want to ensure that I get it back to the old days and actually make the time for my thoughts to be written down in a coherent fashion. But. There is some housekeeping to do.

    Firstly, let’s get our SSL Certs in a row and make this site secure, and yes I know we’re only just back online and this will require some moderate downtime but it needs doing.

    Secondly, we’re looking a bit 1999 so I will do some sprucing up on the design work.

    Thirdly a commitment to write at least once a month to begin with. I feel like that’s a first good step back into blogging. Oh go that sounds so last decade or even the one before… We’re really showing our age here kids.

    So settle back and watch the changes roll in, this website has been around in some form since 2007. Yes, 2007! 13 years in and it’s still the same load of inane crap it always was/

    Welcome back Mr. Rant. You lucky bastards.


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    A link to our past about to disappear – Cosmeston Medieval Village

     Posted in Our Past at 20:39 on Thursday, March 1st, 2012 by Mr. Rant

    Incase you hadn’t realised we have heritage.  It’s colourful, diverse, and often bloody, we’ve been in that many wars it’s unfathomable, but we’re loosing our grip on it, we’re loosing those links that make us remember what made Britain what it is today.  What makes us great.

    For years now we’ve been slowly cutting the education of the past. Places to visit where you can learn about our heritage have been shut down and the wealth of knowledge that these places had is lost.

    Just recently Vale Council near Penarth, Wales, has decided to cut funding for Cosmeston Medieval Village a ‘living’ attraction where you can experience first hand what medieval times in Britain were like and learn in depth how people lived in that time.

    I should explain what a ‘Living’ attraction is.  A ‘Living’ attraction is just that. Living.  In Cosmeston’s case, it’s staffed by an enthusiastic group of historial interpretors who will teach visitors about the attraction, showing them how people lived, and died in 14th century wales.  From farming, to the black death you can learn how a typical medieval village ticked.

    Now, stop me if I’m wrong but personally attractions like this are particularly important to our heritage, people learn better through experience and places like Cosmeston do it well.

    We know that most councils are motivated to save money at present but at the cost of our heritage and understanding, I think that questions need to be asked.  In the last year around 20,000 visitors entered Cosmeston Village, yes there’s a small fee of £5 for Adults but isn’t that worth it to learn?

    Well, the local Council don’t seem to think so.

    There are plans afoot to cut the historical interpretors who dress in period costume and  guide people; therefore loosing the thing that best helps people learn; experience. You will no longer be able to chat to villager; and ask them how their home was built, you won’t be able to see a vast array  of farmed animals and you won’t be able to walk amongst it all and breathe in our rich history.

    Should we let it go? No.

    We need to fight for what is left of our past and allow future generations to learn about history, a petition has been set up to fight for Cosmeston and it’s one I would like to support, I may not be from Wales but we can’t let a place like Cosmeston go, because once you get rid of one thing, you’ve already signed it’s death warrant.

    You can view the Petition here.


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