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We just missed it…

Lookie here. Somebody’s done made a crop circle near the Long Man of Wilmington. Here’s an aerial view of the Long Man on Google Earth. Squinting at the map, I don’t think it’s the field directly at his feet, I think it’s the field above and to the left of that.

Do poke around Google Earth. It’s always cool to explore England like so. I’m sorry to say, they no longer think the Long Man is Stone Age. More like 17th or 18th Century.

What’s non-obvious from the overhead shot is that he’s on the side of a very steep hill. We climbed up to him once — there’s a footpath both above and below him — and it was one of our most memorable outings ever. Just as dusk fell, a great thick cloud poured over the top of the hill, swallowing up the giant. And us, eventually.

I’m not surprised the farmer in the article is pissed. Between the crop circle and the people going to look at the crop circle, he’s probably out a few hundred pounds in wheat. They’re bringing the crops in now.

We were there just a couple of weeks ago — he’s a couple miles outside Alfriston, where we had lunch.

We didn’t do it, though. I swears.


Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: July 16, 2014, 10:35 pm

But think of all the extra tourism he’ll get… oh, farmers don’t like tourists trompling all over their properties, right.

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: July 16, 2014, 10:36 pm

Of course you didn’t do it. Its just a boring geometric shape. No political insight or weasel-like explication at all. Its not even an interesting crop circle.

Given aliens make these things at night in farmer’s fields, how come they never create something, well, alien-looking? I half-think they aren’t made by true aliens. No true alien would limit itself to geometry.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 16, 2014, 10:39 pm

I can’t help it — You can trust your car to the man who wears the star is going through my head.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: July 16, 2014, 10:49 pm

James Lileks would be pleased with you, Sweasel.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 16, 2014, 11:13 pm

Did his dad own a Texaco station? I knew he had a service station.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: July 16, 2014, 11:43 pm

The Truth is Out There…Trust No One.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: July 17, 2014, 5:34 am

A regular pentagon’s not the easiest construction to make in the dark with just a rope and plank. The length of the diagonals is the Golden Ratio times the side length, so having a pre-knotted rope would help.

Comment from catnip
Time: July 17, 2014, 5:41 am

Where they can control access, savvy farmers charge people for access. Apparently there are plenty of folks willing to pay to enter the circles to partake of “the vibes.”

Comment from Nina
Time: July 17, 2014, 6:39 am

When I first saw the “himself,” I thought we were going to get a glimpse of Unk B there for a moment, but nooooo, just a different British tourist attraction.

So many things to see on that island, so little time to actually go there.

Comment from mojo
Time: July 17, 2014, 2:54 pm

Lots of fake antiquities hanging about. Even the Tower itself was “improved” in such a manner.

Tourisim has been a staple for centuries.

Comment from Can\’t Hark My Cry
Time: July 17, 2014, 4:02 pm

From the linked article:
“It sows the land up for next year as well so it doesn’t just affect this year’s crops.”

I’m guessing that should be “sews”; but, even then, this is not an idiom I recognize. Is it a common one over there, and what does it mean?

Comment from Deborah
Time: July 17, 2014, 4:07 pm

I like the Long Man. The crop circle is nice, but I think the star tipped their hand. Stoaty, can’t you and Uncle Badger carve something into your garden? A chicken, or a cat’s paw, maybe a badger?

Comment from Davem123
Time: July 17, 2014, 6:08 pm

Nina – I also thought that the “Himself” reference concerned the senior Badger in residence.

The crop circle reminds me of Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs. The star is a common theme. Has there been an influx of bearded men in black horse-drawn carriages, or an unexplained number of well-made quilts flooding the market?

Comment from mojo
Time: July 17, 2014, 7:18 pm

— Amish Drive-by

Comment from Laurie
Time: July 17, 2014, 11:43 pm

“sows the land up for next year” Scatters seed to come up next year even if you want to rotate crops. (I think) Dad never had crop circles in Missouri, but he did have a shot gun.

Comment from lauraw
Time: July 18, 2014, 12:33 am

“It sows the land up for next year as well so it doesn’t just affect this year’s crops.”

The produce from that field is destined to be both food grain for general consumption, and the seed grain for re-sowing next year. He will have less of both.

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