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April 27, 2006

Strawhenge — Episode 2: The burning of the temple


Just in via wormhole from the year 2002, news that the original Strawhenge was created in Great Britain in that year, then cruelly burned to the ground two days later by rampaging Vikings.

Or someone.

Here's the story.

    Farmer's Strawhenge cruelly burned down

    Strawhenge - a hay version of ancient Stonehenge - has been cruelly burned down by vandals after only two days.

    The amazing grassy monument was built by farmer Clive Brown for fun.

    He stacks and dries out his 80 bales of hay every year to feed his animals.

    This year he thought it would be a laugh to stack them like the famous tourist attraction of Stonehenge.


    But vandals obviously had other ideas and struck at about 10.30pm on Thursday night.

    Villagers noticed flames billowing from the monument, but by the time firefighters arrived it was just a smouldering heap.

    And now it's been wrecked, Clive's animals won't have their delicious straw to eat.

    He is very angry about this.

    It was a lot of hard work building the life-size copy of 5,000-year-old Stonehenge, which has just been voted the third Wonder of Britain by children and adults.

    But, he says, there's always next year.


You can listen to the BBC story here (click on the headphones icon next to the photo's upper right hand corner).

Maybe Hadrian had the right idea after all.

April 27, 2006 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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Strawhenge would, of course, more correctly have been called "Hayhenge", but that's less reminiscent of Stonehenge.

The misleading name is no doubt what led that journalist to refer to "delicious straw". Straw, as any cow will tell you, is not food. It's the stuff food comes in. You sleep on it, you don't eat it.

This same problem bedevils large amiable herbivores at petting zoos and Agricultural Shows the world over. They are presented with bits of straw by well-meaning children and, since they lack the ability to talk or even point, the poor creatures have great difficulty conveying to said children that the bale over there, see, the green one, THAT one, is where the food is.

Posted by: Daniel Rutter | Apr 27, 2006 3:21:43 PM

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