Screveton through the Looking Glass

Well, that’s the paperwork up to date. I can clear my desk with a clear conscience now and feel virtuous until we start tomorrow morning – that’s a whole 17 hours.

I’ve been struggling with the organisation of the Lammas Fun Run. The two things (one being an ancient Anglo-Saxon festival of Loaf Mass) and the other being a twenty first century celebration of people looking uncomfortable whilst running. At least Loaf Mass does what it says on the tin. Fun Run isn’t fun, and it’s barely running. Now, I’m no athlete, as you might have gathered from my comments on food, exercise and youth, so I do admire fun-runners: I just don’t understand them.

It’s also another example of the Random Events Generator that seems to be in use round here. Lammas is about loaves. We normally do a couple of wheatsheaf loaves (complete with traditional mouse) – though that’s more a harvest festival sort of thing. Last year we also made soda bread straight from the field (and had it back to the combine crew in time for lunch) and did a couple of plain loaves which were used in the Communion service.


having mentioned it I’m seriously thinking of building a random event generator – that’s for “Events” as in Open days and such, rather than just things that happen. What with guinea fowl and goats we have enough randomness in everyday events not to need any more. No, this is Over 60’s Limbo Championship territory, plus the Santa Fire Walk and Full Contact Knitting. We already have Breakfast and Yoga next Saturday and Doga in a couple of months. That’s Yoga combined with dog walking – I’m told it can be a bit lively when the dogs get together.

Yes, it’s like the Through the Looking Glass version of The Office working here.

Fortunately I’m not in it for the money or the glory, I just like a laugh and the feeling I’m doing a bit of good.

So let’s see what the next week brings.


And watch out for the further adventures of Farmer Ted…


13 thoughts on “Screveton through the Looking Glass

  1. beatingthebounds

    Love the idea of the random event generator. And the possible events it might throw up. It seems that You are the Dice Man. (Two references to get this time – 10 points for each)(Of course, they may be other references which I’m not aware of).

    1. quercuscommunity

      No, you had me there sir, I had to resort to Wikipedia, at which point I vaguely remembered the book but none of the other references. I have failed the reference test but gained knowledge…

      1. beatingthebounds

        ‘I am the Dice Man’ by The Fall was other one I was thinking of. I was once sadly obsessed by The Fall, but I’m (mostly) better now.

      2. quercuscommunity

        My music knowledge is sadly patchy, though I was intrigued by “The Diceman” by Swedish band Vogon Poetry (as it says in Wikipedia).

        Obsession can be a wonderful thing, embrace it and remember the story of the expert who learned more and more about less and less, until he knew everything about nothing. πŸ˜‰

      3. beatingthebounds

        The third worst poetry in the universe! (Not that I ever had a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fixation you understand). I was intrigued enough to have a little google – which led me to the chilling words ‘synth pop’. I had a little listen too, but all of my worst fears were confirmed and I remembered why I hated so much early eighties music. Here’s another starter for 10: ‘His mother bought a synthesiser, brought the Human League in to advise her, now he’s making lots of noise, playing along with the art school boys.’ That’s from memory, so it’s not likely to be verbatim.

  2. derrickjknight

    Thanks for the origin of Lammas. I have to admit to having run 18 marathons and a fair number of shorter distances, including the Newark half a few times. It’s not easy to understand


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