What’s behind the signs? A tale of a village green… or not.

Today in Portsmouth The Ranger was on his way to look at some nice shingle dunes when he saw a remarkable sign at the roadside, and had to ask his host to stop the car so it could be examined. A small parcel of land was surrounded by a new wooden fence, and prominently placed at two locations were some massive, highways style metal signs with some rather curious text on them – here’s one:

Sign at Eastney

Not the usual sort of thing one might expect, brand new, and rather strangely worded. Why was such a lot of money spent on such odd, over-specified signs? And that turn of words ‘sports and pastimes’… sounds familiar? It should do. Behind this simple phrase on a sign lies a big story. Let’s see if we can root it out. A bit of digging on the Portsmouth City Council website reveals that on 23/02/2004 there was a planning application for “Construction of 2 three storey blocks and 3 four storey blocks comprising 176 apartments”. The area included the site now sporting the new signs. Continue reading What’s behind the signs? A tale of a village green… or not.

Inside the UK’s Creationist museum (Part 2)

Genesis Expo is the UK’s largest and most popular Creationist museum.

Boris the plastic dinosaur in Genesis Expo

In a series of three articles on The Ranger’s Blog you will find out what happened when The Ranger and the Wildlife Gardener – both unapologetic Darwinists – took a day off and visited Genesis Expo. Part one is already published; part two is below. Continue reading Inside the UK’s Creationist museum (Part 2)

Inside the UK’s Creationist museum (Part 1)

Just opposite where the Isle of Wight ferry lands, a row of old shops and pubs sits picturesquely on Portsmouth Hard, in the shadow of the magnificent Victorian battleship HMS Warrior.

Here lies the theory of evolution

One of these, the old National Provincial Bank, is now home to the museum of the UK’s Creation Science Movement. The Genesis Expo is described by the CSM as:

…12 dioramas and a clutch of real fossilised dinosaur eggs… A wide range of topics is examined and some of the displays are animated… They are all presented in an easily understood form for those with little knowledge of the enormous amount of scientific evidence that is against evolution and supports creation.

This is the UK’s largest and most popular Creationist museum. In a series of three articles on The Ranger’s Blog you will find out what happened when The Ranger and the Wildlife Gardener – both unapologetic supporters of Darwin’s theory – took a day off and visited Genesis Expo. Part one is below. Continue reading Inside the UK’s Creationist museum (Part 1)