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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Enlightenment from Selly Oak ...

Dr Ferris came to stay with me at the Albergo Parker last weekend. I also had the great pleasure of finally meeting Iain's wife Lynne (Dr Lynne Bevan, a lithics and small finds specialist, for those of my readers who might wish to commission her charming erudition).   The Hill may have came up in the odd conversation over the odd glass of Basque wine ... 

Now that they are both home again, Iain and I can resume our diablogue:

"In a fine example of synchronicity at work, Crickley Hill Man recently published two photos on his blog depicting diggers who, probably unbeknown to their fellow workers of the time, were destined to go on to greater things.

Julian Thomas is now, of course, Professor Julian Thomas of Manchester University and author of 'Rethinking the Neolithic' and other books. Alex West became a highly-successful TV and, I think, radio producer who worked on the BBC programme 'Chronicle' and in Australia on the apparently epic series 'Constructing Australia'. I met Alex at a conference a few years ago - he recognised me but I didn't recognise him (I have an awful memory for both faces and names) -and one of his most abiding memories of Crickley, surprisingly, was the soundtrack provided one year by the LP 'Return of the Durutti Column', one of many records I had at Crickley that year as I was in the process of moving house. In many ways, the serenity of the track 'Sketch for Summer' on this LP pretty much evokes the view from the hill itself."

Iain, I never knew that Ullenwood was, for a spell, the only home you had (should that be hole you had to go to?).   I suppose, in view of your last comment, we'd better have a view:


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