Border disputes


There have been goings on down at the home turf recently. Its not unusual. Where people have property and/or land there are often disputes about who is responsible for what, and what the rights of ownership bring.This can lead to people being in disagreement,  exchanging strong words, or even worse. We like to think we are superior to other living creatures, more civilised, with greater powers of reason and thought; capable of working things out  sensibly. But border disputes can bring out the worst in us. Marking our territory becomes a ritualistic act, pregnant with meaning. Fences are there to define boundaries keep others out, and walls are built as symbolic monuments to mark the frontier of what we perceive to be “ours”. Outside of the wall live the outsiders, though they, in turn, may perceive things quite the other way around. In this way we construct areas of separation and division, that work fine whilst everyone respects and acknowledges where the borders lie. Whilst……

Perhaps its just natural – this way of being. After all border disputes are written into our histories. Living in in the far north west of England just five miles from the coastal outpost of Hadrians Wall at Maryport we need no reminder of the blood that lies beneath our feet, shed years ago in various bloody conflicts. Conflicts that originate by large in the drive for power and control over land thought to be valuable for social, military, strategic, economic or political purposes.

And meanwhile in the garden,  a robin vies with a dunnock for a share of the chicken’s feed.


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Left with the use of my left arm/hand only, after a serious motor cycle accident in 2005, I am learning to adapt to life with a brachial plexus injury and have developed a style of playing guitar using open tunings. I love drawing, painting and generally messing around in a fairly loose fashion. Can't describe myself as an artist, but perhaps a doodler with intent.

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