A decade or so ago, I was thrown out at Stonehenge, having climbed over a fence with my then girlfriend and walked over towards the stones.
English Heritage then expected individuals to pay £4 or £5, to view what is our national heritage. Yet the stones existed long before this 'custodian', its board or its paper shufflers - and will be around long after they are forgotten. On BBC2 tomorrow evening at 8pm, some of the controversies and debates around this most important of sites are discussed in The Culture Show: The Battle for Stonehenge.
According to the write-up in The Sunday Times, this will include 'astonishing' film of police brutality towards travellers attempting to reach the stones in 1985. Any round-up of the many shameful events in the 1980s must include reference to the Battle of the Beanfield, a classic example of what can happen when the state believes it can act as it pleases to those on its margins.
Happy Summer Solstice everyone.