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   Inside Out - West Midlands: Monday September 12, 2005

THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS

Tea and chips
Time for a cuppa - the great Midlands transport cafe

Inside Out investigates the last of the roadside transport cafes, and looks at the life of a 21st century pagan.

 

 

Roadside Cafés

The humble ‘greasy spoon’ was once a common sight across the West Midlands.

These roadside cafés, with their traditional British home-cooked fare, have for years offered a welcome relief for countless hungry truckers.

But as weary owners retire and fast food chains expand, the independent truck stop is slowly disappearing from the map.

Roland Rivron hitches a lift to some of the last remaining few to find out if it really is the end of the road for the transport café.

Pagan power

To most of us Druids conjure up images of a mysterious, religious sect wearing strange robes and conducting archaic ceremonies out in the open air.

Chris Habgood
Pagan power - Chris Habgood in ceremonial dress

Chris Habgood is a 21st century pagan.

There are around 10,000 practising Druids in Britain, with orders spread around the country.

The lineage of the Druid spiritual tradition can be traced back many thousands of years.

The origins of the Druids were as important religious figures among the Celts, who came to Britain in 1500 BC.

DRUIDS

The name Druid is connected with the Celtic word for 'oak tree'.

Druidry fosters the love of the land, earth, and the wild:

* Love of Peace

* Love of Beauty

* Love of Justice

* Love of Story and Myth

* Love of History/Ancestors

* Love of Trees

* Love of Stones

* Love of Truth - wisdom

* Love of Animals

* Love of the Body

* Love of the Sun, Moon and Stars

* Love of Life

In this pre-Christian era, Druids acted as judges, doctors, diviners, sages, mystics, and clerical scholars.

They were considered amongst the wisest and most respected members of Celtic society.

Today Chris Hapgood is one of the country’s leading male witches.

He performs ancient rituals at sacred sites including Stonehenge and Avebury.

But the 51-year-old has a big gap in his life – he has yet to find a high priestess.

Inside Out joins Chris as he uses modern and ancient techniques to seek out his perfect match.

Along the way Inside Out explores a faith viewed by many with distrust and fear.

 

 

See also ...

Inside Out: West Midlands
Buddhist retreat

On the rest of Inside Out
Druids

On bbc.co.uk
bbc.co.uk/religion

On the rest of the web
Glastonbury Order of Druids
The Druid Grove
Transport Cafe

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