Category Archives: commons

Unforgettable Bar

I like to remember my friend Barbara MacDonald on her birthday, 28 August.  She would have been 107 this year.  This is what I said at her post-funeral gathering in her home village of Moretonhampstead on Dartmoor on 30 September … Continue reading

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The keeper of the colliery

On a recent Ramblers’ visit to Wales we walked in the restored Llynfi valley near Maesteg, which was a wonderful experience. Continue reading

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Elinor Ostrom awards 2019

There were three winners of the Elinor Ostrom award 2019 and all had played a part in collective action. Continue reading

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First day in Lima

I am in Lima, Peru, for the International Association for the Study of the Commons biennial conference. Continue reading

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Moses Room, commons bill, and George

Forty years ago I fought the first Dartmoor Commons Bill before a House of Lords committee. Continue reading

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Munificent Margaret

The Open Spaces Society’s former vice-president Margaret Smith would have been 101 today. Continue reading

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Beverley bound

I visited Beverley in East Yorkshire in January for the Ramblers’ AGM and enjoyed a walk over the Westwood common. Continue reading

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