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October 28, 2005



I don't think you're romanticising provincialism so much as reflecting on a natural phenomenon.

Research into the nature of community in social psychology and social anthropology has shown that if you start with an individual and map their 'community', their circle of family, friends, neighbours, work colleague, ect - people with whom they have sufficient periods of contact to form a sense of connection then the 'natural' size of such a community is around 150 people - a figure which is relatively constant between individuals except where concious choice or external factors serve to apply limitations to the number and, from studies of neolithic, bronze and iron age societies and pre-industrial indiginous communities in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Africa and South America, also relatively constant through human history.

Metopolitan areas are, even in the context of community, deeply unnatural places to live.


"A snotty nosed little provincial oik."

Chris, as I too hail from the heavenly paradise (that's Leicester, to any ignorant bystanders), and as I'm sure you've commented before that you're quite tall and I can assure you that I'm quite short - I think I'm more qualified for this title.


There's no need to fight lads, you can both be snotty nosed little provincial oiks.


It may be possible to overcome the provincialism of provincials.

"Small towns are in practice often petty-minded and intolerant."

This often seems to be the result of a small population size (isolation from the rest of the world). As internet communication and travel (exhcange programs) become easier, this isolation may be reduced.

Mark Holland

Well gosh darn ADam before they had them new fangled exchange programs nobody from my village had ever been more than five miles away from home. They done burned down the railway station for fear of the giant iron smoke breathin' beasy that lurked inside.


So how do you feel about the transfer of power from one metropolitan elite (Islington) to another (Notting Hill)?

Robert Schwartz

Welcome to fly-over country.


I think that growing up on the countryside edge of a tiny market town contributed to my large horizons and my measured and proportionate views on life. By the way, I checked: the rude bugger hyphenated snotty-nosed. Get it right, oik.

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