Before the Golden Dawn
A neo-Nazi party called the Golden Dawn won 7 per cent of the vote in the Greek elections. The party denies being inspired by the Nazis, even though its flag bears a resemblance to the Swastika. Its name, however, may be inspired by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, an occultist society founded by William Wynn Westcott, a coroner from Leamington Spa.
— The society was founded upon rituals and teachings which Westcott claimed to have obtained by deciphering letters from Anne Sprengel, an imaginary illegitimate child of Ludwig I of Bavaria. In 1888 the society opened a temple in London, followed by others in Weston-super-Mare, Bradford and Edinburgh, where members taught astral projection and alchemy.
— The movement’s following included W.B. Yeats and Aleister Crowley plus a smattering of actresses, but it broke up in the early 20th century. Several splinter groups still exist, one of which operates from a PO Box in Florida.
The town of Bungay, Suffolk, staged a football match featuring players who all shared their surname with the town. If there were a premiership for footballers with toponymic surnames, which places would have the biggest choice of players?
1 Hamilton 2 Burton 3 Newton 4 Reed 5 Sutton 6 Cunningham 7 Buckley 8 Middleton 9 Barton 10 Morton
Among premiership teams, Blackburn (just relegated) would have most choice.
Lion Walk shopping centre in Colchester has banned Morris dancers because they planned to pass around a hat for donations. Other things banned in shopping centres:
— Baseball caps and hooded tops: Bluewater, Kent
— Photography: Fareham Shopping Centre
— Selling cakes for Help for Heroes: Houndshill Centre, Blackpool
— Hallelujah Chorus: Meadowhall, Sheffield
— Church of Scientology: Wulfrun Centre, Wolverhampton
Spend, spend, spend
Britain has slipped back into recession, yet we are spending more in the shops. Increase in value of sales on a year earlier:
Predominantly food shops 3.7%
Predominantly non-food shops 5%
Textile, clothing footwear 6.9%
Household goods 2%
Non-store retailing 13%