So . . . Soli-dalek-y is rampant: some sightings of curious Daleks have been made throughout Allendale over the past few days, in response to Katie Maughan’s clever Let’s Get MAD (Make a Dalek) suggestion. One was even snapped having a pint in its local! It’s a classic Allendale response — makes you laugh, doesn’t it! Even if you’re on the Planning Department side of the argument, you have to smile at this sort of community spirit erupting out.
But it’s not just the Daleks themselves as cute as they are: it’s all the likes and comments on facebook’s Allendale area notices; it’s the overheated twitter feeds; it’s the online petition allendalek.weebly.com and it’s the posters in local shops and house fronts. It’s the angry formal letters written to the parish, county council, councillors and planning officials. Publicity drivers range from the local (Hexham Courant) with its own editorial and letters support, regional and national (BBC) news segments on telly and radio, to apparently international (Australia) reports – it’ll be intergalactic gossip soon, reaching the Large Magellanic Cloud, the neighbouring galaxy only about 150,000 light years away from our own Milky Way. It’s the chortles and chuckles everywhere you go, despite the quiet mutterings of discontent (‘ridiculous’) I’ve also heard from the other side of the battle. Whatever it is, the furore has the village exercised, and to be quite honest, it’s actually a relief from the endless onslaught of the Brexit fiasco in the news.
I’ve been to one or two heated community meetings over the past decades, and you know, as old as I am now, I think I’ll leave the heat to the younger ones, while wishing the Museum of Classic SciFi all the best — I hope that the Parish Council meeting this coming week will not be too rambunctious, but I think I’ll report on a monthly meeting at some point down the year when it’s slow and boring again. Unless someone gracious enough to send in a report would fill us all in, perhaps? Contributions to this diary are always welcome!