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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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    The beginning of the end for the web…

     Posted in Anger Level 4 & Breaking News & Censorship & Public Information & Technology & Tragedies at 16:43 on Saturday, January 21st, 2012 by Mr. Rant

    This week saw widespread blackouts on some prominent websites, including this one.

    The blackouts were in protest to the now, possibly defunct Sopa and Pipa movements chaired in the US law system. The bill had now been dropped or at least put on the backburner for now, but the Internet is changing.

    On Wednesday, the file sharing website MegaUpload was shut down by the FBI and it’s creators arrested and it’s content destroyed, the people behind the action was once again the MPA and the copyright Nazi’s.

    Now I hate people stealing my work as much as the next person but the US administration is going after the wrong people. They’re fighting the site owners, data centre’s and hosting companies and accusing them of breaking the law, when they didn’t put the content there it was the users who did.

    Yes, you can argue that they should be more proactive and stop users uploading copyrighted material but it’s not as easy as that.

    Take this website, the servers are US based so therefore we fall under their jurisdiction and have to adhere to their laws, however its developed and ran in the UK so has to adhere to the UK’s laws too, so where does it stop?

    Do we need to adhere to everything to keep everyone happy? In short, yes but that’s practically impossible.

    Just expect more sites to disappear over the next few months as the governments fight a loosing battle, and a backlash is likely to rise.


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    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

     Posted in Anger Level 3 & Thoughts on Things... at 11:53 on Monday, December 12th, 2011 by Mr. Rant

    It’s that time of year again when the silly season starts and we all get into the Christmas spirit.  Don’t get me wrong I don’t dislike Christmas, I like the lights, the music and I love the food.  The food is arguably the best part.  The only real problem that I have with Christmas is that it seems to be lasting longer and longer.  The Christmas season kicks off at the start of November and doesn’t end until well after the day itself.

    Now, I should clarify that I do like getting into the Christmas spirit, I enjoy that I can look at the lights, and I enjoy that I have an excuse to eat a whole box of mince pies and get away with it, but where is that special feeling you get knowing that it’s just one day, it’s no longer the case.

    If you wanted to, you could celebrate Christmas from September onwards.  Should we doing that?

    I think not.  I don’t have an issue with celebrating Christmas during December, that’s expected, however, I don’t think we should be celebrating the season months in advance.  This year the adverts on tv and online started in September, it’s a bit previous if you get my drift.

    I think it’s time we start celebrating later, and enjoying the special time that Christmas brings, it’s once a year for two weeks (if that) rather than three months of bunting and tinsel.

    Last year here at Rant Towers, we didn’t change the blog for the christmas season but this year we will be, sometimes you’re just Christmassed out.


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    Children in Need

     Posted in Thoughts on Things... at 8:59 on Friday, November 18th, 2011 by Mr. Rant

    We’d like to say that we’re supporting Children in Need.

    Give generously, and support this wonderful charity.


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    Your right to protest…

     Posted in Anger Level 4 & Economic Climate at 15:03 on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 by Mr. Rant

    In the UK we all have a right to protest, these protests much be peaceful and not cause a disturbance to people going about their daily business.  You can do it anywhere, at anytime, it’s allowed.  It is now allowed on private ground, and is not supposed to disturb the wider public, now it’s an interesting topic of conversation at present; we must ask, do we agree?

    Now I’m talking specifically about the Occupy the Stock Exchange protests in London.  I do not agree with them first and foremost, it’s pathetic that their causing a disturbance amongst honest law abiding public who may want to visit St Paul’s but are being stopped because the ‘protestors’ are too short sighted to see what they’re doing.

    I do however, agree with why they’re protesting.  It’s totally wrong that some echelons of society can get away with making money at our expense, I think most people bar the stock brokers and traders themselves would agree with that at least.

    Something needs to be done with these people who think they can disturb other people with their pathetic little protests just because, I fear they have nothing else to do.  I honestly believe that there are better ways to get your point across rather than pissing off masses of people and costing the country even more money by having to police these protests.


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    Steve Jobs dies

     Posted in Thoughts on Things... at 8:46 on Thursday, October 6th, 2011 by Mr. Rant

    It’s a sad day for the world of Technology, the genius and visionary Steve Jobs has died at 56.

    Steve’s skill, guidance, and incredible foresight made Apple what it is today and provided us all with products and gadgets that are his memory.

    We’d like to pass our sympathies on to his families and all that knew this incredible man.

    Rest In Peace.


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