Saturday, January 28, 2006

Clap, if you believe!

Here's an interesting news item:
VILLAGERS who protested that a new housing estate would “harm the fairies” living in their midst have forced a property company to scrap its building plans and start again.

Marcus Salter, head of Genesis Properties, estimates that the small colony of fairies believed to live beneath a rock in St Fillans, Perthshire, has cost him £15,000. His first notice of the residential sensibilities of the netherworld came as his diggers moved on to a site on the outskirts of the village, which crowns the easterly shore of Loch Earn.

He said: “A neighbour came over shouting, ‘Don’t move that rock. You’ll kill the fairies’.” The rock protruded from the centre of a gently shelving field, edged by the steep slopes of Dundurn mountain, where in the sixth century the Celtic missionary St Fillan set up camp and attempted to convert the Picts from the pagan darkness of superstition.

Heh. Darned pagan darkness, bogging down good capitalist endeavors like that! I must say--I like that fairies are apparently anti-development. It sort of puts ELF in a whole new light, eh?

10 comments:

Suzanne said...

I'm charmed that the people there not only believe in more than their eyes see, but that someone in their government considers their wishes important enough to support them. It makes the world a lot more interesting.

E is for Editrix said...

I love this. I did some research on magical creatures for a freelance piece a few months ago, and found out that in Iceland it's actually pretty common for them to build around areas where they think fairies or gnomes live. It's so great that some cultures haven't lost their lore.

Jean Marie said...

I think this is very cool, Mac! I'm blown away that they backed off!

Makes me wish developers here would show similar/any respect for sacred/any Indian lands.

Marina C. said...

What a cool story! I'm so glad there's magic left in this world. I, for one, still believe! hope my kids will...

DD said...

clap, clap, clap

Sean D. Schaffer said...

Cool! I loved this story. I think it's great that people are willing to think about something other than profit every so often.

Right on:)

Unique said...

This must have happened somewhere other than the US where it's still de rigeur to 'pave paradise, put up a parking lot'.

I wonder if the faeries have room under that rock for me.

December Quinn said...

This is awesome. It's great to know there are still people (besides me) who believe in and respect the Fae.

Thanks for posting it!

TillyLost said...

*grin* Makes me baffled to be British.

Actually, I like this. Not because the people believe the fairies are real, but because the local people are preserving something important to them for the next generation. They should be able to do that.

I'd be enraged if someone tried to move the Whispering Knights, not because I actually believe they were turned to stone by a witch, but because they've been important to people in the area since they were erected, and still are. They're greater than one generation.

Stones are important.

Frank Baron said...

Thanks Mac. That's a nifty story. :)