In our little village of Heather, Leicestershire they have cut off the bus service so the youngsters, the oldies and all without transport are trapped. But in this village at least there has been no rioting. Admittedly we only have one newspaper shop and a beautician, so it would be a pretty short riot if they did, but nonetheless ten out of ten for our local youths.
Last night 16,000 police officers were deployed into London, a full 10,000 more than ever in history and thousands of people took to the streets to defend their homes and communities from looters and thugs. Homes, businesses and indeed communities have been burned to the ground and people have even been killed by these mindless thugs. In the midst of all this it is easy to forget that not all youths are like that and I figure there is no harm done in providing a light-hearted feature to remind every one of this even in this chaotic time. So here goes…
Tonight, our wee village announced the winners of our famous scarecrow festival. This may seem mad to outsiders, but to our locals it meant creativity, competition, promotion of the village, teamwork and even fundraising at every age level. Who would want to riot in that environment? Having lived in the big cities of Glasgow, Dublin and London moving out of the big smogs to Heather, Leicestershire was a bit of a culture shock for me, but you can’t help but grow to love it here and wonder if there is something the big cities could learn from places like this.
Here is our Heather Scarecrow 2011 movie. Why not cast your own votes then compare with who the visitors to our village voted as you scroll down?
The categories are:
Peoples’ choice, Technical merit, Most Humorous, Set design/use of materials and Most topical.
Peoples’ choice – 1st place Mr. Monopoly; 2nd place Buzz Lightyear; 3rd place Your money or ya life. (I’ve put loads of Mr. Monopoly on the video, he is amazing).
Technical merit – 1st place Buzz Lightyear; 2nd place Lord Crow; 3rd place Your money or ya life. (You can watch Lord Crow moving on the video, very clever).
Most Humorous – 1st place Derr De Derr De; 2nd place My big fat scarecrow wedding; 3rd place Peperami. (All on the video).
Set design/use of materials – 1st place Mr. Monopoly; 2nd place your money or ya life; 3rd place Buzz Lightyear. (I’ve got lots of No1 and No2 on the video).
Most topical – 1st place Crow Marooned; 2nd place The torch-bearer; 3rd place Harry Potter, deathly hallows.
Special thanks to Meg Lee Chin for her personal permission to use her utterly amazing cover of Scarecrow on the video. We love our wee village!