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A farewell to Sissinghurst


We went to Sissinghurst today – one of our favorite National Trust properties. We go three or four times every Summer, though this might be the last time for a while. We’ve decided not to renew our National Trust membership when it’s up in Spring.

See, the NT has gone gay. Like very, very gay. Like intrusively, irritatingly gay.

Like asking their tens of thousands of loyal blue-haired volunteers to fill out a questionnaire on their own sexuality. Or insisting that staff wear gay pride buttons during the six weeks of their Prejudice and Pride Campaign, celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the partial legalization of buggery. They had to climb down over that one, but meanwhile:

As part of an event to publicise the project, the charity has commissioned a film narrated by Stephen Fry revealing that Felbrigg’s former owner, Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer, was gay. But his godsons, who left the hall to the Trust on his death in 1969, have objected to him being ‘outed’ to market the hall. The bachelor, who was a magistrate and former High Sheriff of Norfolk, never publicly revealed his sexuality.

Oh, they outted some dead rich guy against his family’s wishes. Nice.

Sadly, we’re a little too far away from Kingston Lacy in Dorset to go see the fifty-one ropes hanging to commemorate the fifty one men who were hanged for sodomy, mostly between 1810 and 1835. They’ve got a recording reading their names over and over and everything!

But not to worry! We got to see Speak Its Name! – an exhibit of pictures from the National Portrait Gallery featuring a bunch of famous old dykes and poofters. A little more justification for this one, as Harold and Vita (Sissinghurst’s most famous owners) were committed and enthusiastic homosexuals (though strangely devoted to each other throughout their marriage).

As you might imagine, LGBTQRST is not the only progressive issue the current lot at the Trust are pursuing aggressively. It’s getting on for £100 a year for the two of us, we’ve been members for 7 years and, frankly, we’ve seen our local properties dozens of times. It’s time.

Oh, we had a lovely day today! The weather was perfect and the holiday crowds have died down. Nice memories. Have a good weekend, fags!


Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: September 22, 2017, 9:09 pm

Rule 6: There is NOOOOOOOOOO Rule Six.

But it’s good to see that all round the world – you WILL be made to care!

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: September 22, 2017, 9:25 pm

This is a real dilemma. I love Sissinghurst and I’m very fond of some of the other NT properties, too. It’s not that either Her Stoatliness or I are moral prudes, either (we’ve both moved in arty circles for too long to give a damn either way). It’s that yet another organisation that started out with one purpose (to conserve properties that are valuable to the nation’s heritage) has been subverted by SJWs, and they have made the promotion of SJW issues (‘diversity’, class, race, sexuality, you know the list) secondary to their prime purpose – very secondary indeed in some cases.

The Weasel says there is a law that states all organisations drift ever leftward over time. That is certainly true of the National Trust. So they can do without our £90, which will be redirected to some other organisation that hasn’t become achingly right-on. Yet.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: September 22, 2017, 10:47 pm

Shd ask the docents if they support muslims throwing gay people off tall buildings and if not, what has the NT done about it?

Comment from p2
Time: September 22, 2017, 11:53 pm

could be worse…..ya coulda gone to blackpool…..

oooooooohhhhhh didnt we have a miserable time the day we went to blackpool……..

Comment from Jeff Weimer
Time: September 23, 2017, 12:57 am

Robert Conquest’s Three Laws of Politics:

1. Everyone is conservative about what he knows best.

2. Any organization not explicitly right-wing sooner or later becomes left-wing.

3. The simplest way to explain the behavior of any bureaucratic organization is to assume that it is controlled by a cabal of its enemies.

Comment from Davem123
Time: September 23, 2017, 1:52 am

Careful, your less than respectful tone towards the differently-sexualized may result in your dancing at the end of a rope yourselves.

Talk about your cognitive dissonance: being required to simultaneously support LGBTQWERTY rights and those of “immigrants” who gleefully toss homosexuals off of buildings or hang them from cranes when given the chance.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: September 23, 2017, 3:29 am

I like the term Alt/Sex. I can’t remember all the varieties of sexuality these days. Alt/Sex covers everything for now, and whatever comes up in the future.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: September 23, 2017, 6:38 am


No: LGBTTIQQ2S. “I’m not making this up, you know!”

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: September 23, 2017, 3:20 pm

And they accuse hetero sexual males of only thinking about sex all the time….sheesh.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: September 23, 2017, 3:29 pm

Can you believe this crap?


Comment from OldFert
Time: September 23, 2017, 4:24 pm

“They’re like cockroaches. It’s not so much about what they eat or carry off, it’s what they fall in and mess up.”
I think that was a quote from George H.W. Bush back in the late ’70s. Can’t find a ref right now.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: September 23, 2017, 10:21 pm

I’m watching American Vandal and enjoying the crap out of it. It is on Netflix but can also be watched for free online. It’s a spoof on these silly investigative crime series which I hate. It’s very well written.


Comment from David Gillies
Time: September 24, 2017, 1:33 am

It’s called “No-Escapism”. It’s because all Leftists are totalitarians. And they really mean it. They will have to be killed en masse one day. We really missed a trick at the end of the Cold War when we didn’t de-commify the joint.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: September 24, 2017, 1:41 pm

Like reckless drivers behaving rudely on the road, these idiots rely on the rest of us to be polite and civil while we deal with their totalitarian BS.

They’re in for a rude awakening if they keep at it. Patience has a limit.

Comment from dissent555
Time: September 24, 2017, 6:00 pm

A dystopian Thunderdome culture may be the only way out. Quite depressing.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: September 25, 2017, 2:22 pm

Somebody, I can’t remember who, has said that homosexuality has gone from “The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name” to “The Love That Won’t SHUT THE F*CK UP About It.” (Apologies to our hostess about the [quoted] profanity.) It’s true. Constant yammer, yammer, yammer about the whole business — and trying to tell us 10%, or some other large percentage, of the population is gay.

Ha. It’s probably more like 2-3%. Kinsey found the same percentage way back in the late Forties.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: September 25, 2017, 4:56 pm

So, shouldn’t this place really be named “Sissyhurst”?

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