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I was walking through Bath the other day and up ahead of me I saw a crowd of hippies waving placards and heard the sound of cheering and car horns. Before I started to wonder why these people had nothing better to do with their Saturday morning my mind was occupied with wondering what they were demonstrating about. If this was Newbury, the theme would have been the bypass (and rare snails) and the protestors would have been up trees. If this was Oxford, it would be about animal rights and I’d be in danger of being branded a murderer. In London, on the other hand the crowd would be formed of people who cannot understand why the rest of us mere mortals haven’t understood the simplicity behind world peace, and think that the rest of the world would be kind enough to disarm themselves should we ask nicely.
But this is the Westcountry, and as I drew closer I learned that their goal was in fact to ‘save Churchill House’. Compared to the other buildings that they have just knocked down I guess it’s quite nice, but – and admittedly I don’t know the history – I can’t see what the fuss is about. Walking on didn’t enlighten me as to why there are so many people who had nothing better to do, but I did think that if I had a car it would have been quite fun to beep my horn a lot as I drove through town.