Here’s an interesting bit of local history for you all, going all the way back to when I was born in 1972. This was a year of many interesting events, and also the 1972 Local Government Act which brought about wholesale changes to the way large parts of the country were governed. It brought in the two-tier system of local government (counties and districts/boroughs) that’s been continually tampered with since, and also carved many new counties out of the old borders. I grew up in Redditch, so was under the auspices of the county of ‘Hereford and Worcester’ for a while, though if things had gone slightly differently I could have known it as Malvernshire or the County of Wyvern.

But today, we’re not looking at H&W, Avon, Humberside or any of the odd agglomerations that were created then, but one that was proposed and never came about – Colchester becoming part of Suffolk.

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And still they come…

The Best Alternative Histories in Literature – A list of 25 from the Abebooks site. The ten of the list I’ve read are good, so I’ll have to start working my way through the rest.
A Truly Fair Tax On Flying – Donald Strachan questions some of the arguments made to support cuts in Air Passenger Duty.
Obscure Blogger Vilifies Johnny Ball? No, Actually – What happens when 80s kids’ TV presenters don’t quite understand how the internet works and then the press don’t bother to check up on what they say. (via)
Electoral reform: why failure will not breed success – Sunny Hundal explains why voting no doesn’t help the cause of further electoral reform, it just strengthens first past the post.
At Last! The Terry Gilliam Interview – Tez Burke gets to interview Terry Gilliam, the lucky sod.

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