The Abingdon Blog

The Abingdon Blog is a photo record of events and places in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, started on January 1st 2006.

Saturday, 17 February 2007

Tree Chopping

From some way away a buzz-saw could be heard.

The 2000-odd trees round the lake had been numbered. This is number 510.

Trees have been felled, left to be collected later.

The bailiffs have set up camp, where the protestors were, at the cottage called "Sandles". They were having a good laugh when I went past. There had been a silent walk-past protest earlier in the day. The Bailiffs could now relax.

My sister was one of the young women protesting at Greenham Common, and she was regulary shown the way out by the bailiffs. Many years later we discovered, through friends re-united, that one of the Greenham Common bailiffs had sat next to my wife, as a 9 year old, at St Werburgh's Catholic Primary School, Birkenhead.

A flock of geese

The River Thames looking down towards Didcot Power Station from off Wilsham Road.

A flock of geese coming in to land

Friday, 16 February 2007

Bird Lake

This latest accessory is to be seen at Radley Lakes worn by some nPower employees.

As everybody in Abingdon knows, there has been a long peaceful campaign of signing petitions and letter writing for about two years to try to stop what is now happening. Trees round Radley Lake are being cut in preparation for filling the lake with fly-ash.

nPower claims their employees are being bullied. Above is picture of one of the protestors talking to nPower employee's (picture from the Herald). nPower has brought out an injunction to stop access to all but the cyclepath that borders Radley Lake. Just a couple of quotes from protestors from this weeks Abingdon Herald:

"We are all law-abiding, ordinary people."

"It's very intimidating and quite scary."

"We all feel our civil liberties have been infringed by being photographed and filmed by men in balaclavas."

Sunday, 11 February 2007

The Prince of Abingdon

The cover of the July 1st 1865 edition of The Illustrated London News has a picture of the Prince of Abingdon with great crowds around his feet, and clouds like mountain rising behind, emphasising the grandeur of this statue. You only need a few stone lions, and you have something to rival Nelson's column.

The Prince still looks very fine whether in silhouette, or

showing off his garters, high up there.