Post by Jenny M Benson Post by Mike Ruddock
Folks from Lunnon have high expectations.
I am reminded of an occurrence when I lived in rural Norfolk. A lady
lately moved to the vicinity from the London area made some disparaging
remark about the availability of public transport and someone from my
village told her we had a very good bus service - once a day to the
local town and twice a week to Norwich!
Long ago I lived in a very small, very remote village in the Highlands.
There was plenty of social life going on if you fitted in with the way
of life, though admittedly we were not on the circuit for culture in the
form of symphony orchestras, grand opera, cutting edge theatre, vast
rock concerts etc.
We also had a fair sprinkling of 'white settlers'. These were people who
had come up on a summer holiday, thought it was idyllic, and bought a
house intending to settle there (outbidding young local families in the
scarce local housing market while they were about it).
Come winter, and some of them quickly got bored, complaining that there
was no culture - no xxx club or yyy society or zzz association in the
village. Some went even further and (with the help of other 'white
settlers') set up an xxx club or yyy society or zzz association. Then
they complained that they were working their socks off to provide an xxx
club or yyy society or zzz association and the locals weren't doing
their duty by supporting the xxx club or yyy society or zzz association.
I could never quite get my head round the idea that these folk came to
live somewhere, then immediately or soon after set about changing
things, and got upset when those already living there didn't welcome the
Fortunately quite a lot of the 'white settlers' had had enough by the
end of one good-going bad winter and upped sticks to go back thither
whence they had come.