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Monday, November 21, 2005

Fairies stop developers from working

From The Times of London:

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. “Then we got a series of phone calls, saying we were disturbing the fairies. I thought they were joking. It didn’t go down very well,” Mr Salter said. snip Jeannie Fox, council chairman, said: “I do believe in fairies but I can’t be sure that they live under that rock. I had been told that the rock had historic importance, that kings were crowned upon it.” Her main objection to moving the rock was based on the fact that it had stood on the hillside for so long: a sort of MacFeng Shui that many in the village subscribe to. “There are a lot of superstitions going about up here and people do believe that things like standing stones and large rocks should never be moved,” she said.
Don't mess with the fairies in Celtic country or elsewhere. It's bad luck.


Blogger Curt said...

TANITH by Jack D. Shackleford presents some "little people" in the British countryside as something like demonic familiars to the eponymous witch (if I remember correctly--too lazy to go back and read my own review!). As far as moving standing stones for development--I mean, please!

11/23/2005 09:19:00 AM  
Blogger Carnacki said...

Curt, yes, but it's probably an entertaining excuse for the NIMBYs.

My favorite little people of Britain story was by Robert E. Howard.

11/23/2005 11:08:00 AM  

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