Happy Beltane!

Today is the beginning of the summer, in pastoral terms. But even if you live in the middle of a city, you surely have cause to celebrate the turning of the season. A happy Beltane to you all!

This morning I shall be taking a leisurely walk in an old wood on the border of south east London and Kent that’s currently awash with bluebells. Following that I’ll cycle up to London to follow the Deptford Jack in the Green as the dancing bush wends its way through the streets of Southwark accompanied by the sound of massed melodeons and the belching of repeating ale fumes. Later in the afternoon (beginning at 17:04, to be precise), those scallywags the Space Hijackers will be having a do outside the Bank of England to ‘celebrate’ the emerging police state.