Friday, 6 July 2007
Wandering along the beach this-evening, happily looking for things to photograph, I suddenly became aware of the waning light reflecting off Happisburgh church and Lighthouse.
As I figured out the composition and technicalities of this picture, the criminal ineptitude in failing to fund sea defences was literally staring me in the face.
Plainly there are huge issues surrounding the damage and loss to the community of Happisburgh. As the sea inexorably destroys the cliffs on which the village rests, hundreds, possibly thousands of years of human occupation will be erased.
For generations of people along this coast, reliance on, and defiance of the sea have been two sides of the same coin.
One glimpse of that magnificent church, is enough to convince us that for at least the last five or six centuries Happisburgh folk have been clever enough to attempt to enlist the help of a higher power, while being stubborn enough to hang on in there regardless of whether or not assistance is forthcoming.
It's ironic that the village is roughly equidistant from our nation's leaders in Westminster to the West, and the Dutch coast to the East.
To the West apathy, total indifference and an apparent inability to create anything but personality cults.
To the East a forward thinking nation that has been claiming land back from the sea for generations.
Our politicians fiddle with their carbon debts while coastal communities, and population centres on the nations major riverbanks look forward to a lonely watery end.
Rant over. Go here for more information; www.happisburgh.org.uk