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FenRATS protest against wind turbine plan

Some 30 to 40 members of protest group FenRATS gathered outside the Boathouse, Wisbech, today to campaign against Wind Ventures Ltd who wants to build six 126-metre high turbines between Gorefield and Sutton St James.

Wind Ventures lodged an appeal after both Fenland District Council and South Holland District Council rejected their application last year.

“We believe we have a very strong case. This was turned down unanimously by both Fenland and South Holland councils.

“Their main reason was the effect it’s going to have on properties close to the turbines, which will be dwarfed by them.

“They will have a devastating effect on the landscape and change Fenland’s character forever.“We support renewable energy and have done our bit. We just think enough is enough.”

FenRATS have engaged the services of a barrister and experts to represent their interests, at an estimated cost of 30,000.

Mr Coleman said: “Our campaign is costing a huge amount. We have got a barrister representing us and a team of expert witnesses fighting our corner.

“We are basically just a small community of ordinary people who don’t have a lot of money but have pulled together.

“People are literally in tears about this. It will cause a huge amount of damage to the fabric of our community.” Residents in St Dogmaels are concerned over the wind turbine being visible on the skyline from the village.

At a meeting of St Dogmaels Community Council on Friday six members of the public spoke against the installation of the turbine, pointing out that it would have a detrimental effect on the beauty of the area.

Among those giving evidence at the inquiry will be NE Cambs MP Steve Barclay, South Holland MP John Hayes and East Midlands MEP Roger Helmer.

The inquiry will end on May 3 and a visit to the site, which crosses the boundaries of Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire, will take place the following week.

A final decision will be announced by the Planning Inspectorate on June 17. FenRATS is a group of local community members driving a campaign to stop the proposed Treadings Bank Wind Farm development.

Their campaign literature says that “we feel that establishing a wind farm at the Treading Bank site, with turbines higher than Coldham Wind Farm, would have an adverse affect on the immediate area, most notably the parishes of Tydd St Giles, Sutton St Edmund, Gorefield, Newton and Parson Drove.”

Councillor Steve Tierney, who spoke at a recent public meeting organised by FenRATs, said “The turnout for the meeting was very good – particularly since we’ve been doing these for years now.

“You could almost wonder if the long time-span on such things were deliberately set to try and bleed the strength of resolve out of local people. Or perhaps that’s overly paranoid. “Anyway, it hasn’t worked. Local people remain furious. Fingers crossed for a good result.”


Watches With Centuries-Old Craftsmanship Enjoy Revival

In recent years, several decorative crafts have enjoyed a growing popularity with Swiss watchmakers who have been applying age-old artistic skills on a miniature scale to adorn the dials of their high-end timepieces.

The art of guillochage — a hand-operated machine-turned engraving technique that produces precise, repetitive linear patterns — is one such traditional craft, first adopted in watchmaking by Abraham-Louis Breguet in the 18th century: Enameling is another. According to Carson Chan, Asia managing director for Bonhams, the first clock decorated with enameling probably dates back to the 16th century.

Mother-of-pearl and feathers became fashionable decorative materials for watch dials in the 1920s and 1930s, Mr. Chan said during an interview. Watchmakers have also embraced the use of straw and wood marquetry, although none of these have been as popular as enameling, he added.

The rising popularity of these techniques, known collectively as Metiers d’Art, was visible at an international fine watch convention, the S.I.H.H., last month in Geneva. Several brands took advantage of the platform to release collections that made rich use of these techniques, most notably enameling, marquetry and miniature painting.

“Metiers d’Art watches have been an important trend for several years,” said Christian Selmoni, artistic director at Vacheron Constantin. “And it seems that the interest from the public and our clients is still growing.”

Mr. Selmoni said that in addition to a strong network of collectors and connoisseurs in Asia, a region that has long appreciated enameling work, the demand for “Metiers d’Art” watches had become more global.

“We have clients from all main areas asking us about such timepieces,” he noted in an e-mail.

Pierre Rainero, the style, image and heritage director at Cartier, said Metiers d’Art watches generally appealed to customers because of their uniqueness.

“Even if these watches are made in a limited edition, each is still one of a kind, because of the slightly differences in colors and proportion,” he said by telephone. “Plus, there is also a real appreciation right now for high-quality work done by hand,” he added.

In January, Parmigiani Fleurier introduced its first watch dial in wood marquetry, a delicate technique that pieces together jigsaw-like slivers of wood to create an image — in Parmigiani’s case a stylized guitar and a flag, intended to evoke the spirit of music.

Cartier, not to be outdone, made extensive use of stone-setting, miniature painting on enameling and mother-of-pearl marquetry in the latest models of its ladies’ collection, Les Heures Fabuleuses, while Chaumet offered inlaid mother-of-pearl and miniature painting on several of the watches making up its whimsical collection, titled “Catch me if you love me. Precious.”

Van Cleef & Arpels also took advantage of the Geneva show to reveal some additions to its Extraordinary Dials collection, using a mix of techniques to decorate the watch faces with fairies, colorful butterflies and auspicious symbols like lilies of the valley, lotus flowers, dandelions and swallows.

In one example, the dial of the Lady Arpels Papillon Rouge Gourmand combined white mother-of-pearl with plique-à-jour, unpolished cabochonne and champleve enameling; in another, the Lady Arpels Cerf-Volant, miniature painting was overlaid on sculpted mother-of-pearl.

Local Sikhs gather to honor memory of shooting victims

Members of the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple invited the community to join them Saturday evening in prayer and a candlelight vigil in memory of six fellow Sikhs who were killed last week at their temple in Wisconsin.

At the beginning of the prayer service, temple leaders read out the names of all six who died.

Satwant Pandher, temple president, also praised police officer Brian Murphy who was injured in the shooting.

“He was more concerned about the safety of other people than his own,” he said. “His actions saved so many lives.”

A handmade sign near a stairway that led to the worship area also mentioned Murphy. “We pray for his good health and long life,” it said.

Pandher said he had received more than dozen phone calls this week, some from people he didn’t know, expressing sympathy and support.

Calls also came from the city’s police department, asking if the temple needed extra security, he said.

Pandher said he thanked the police department for its offer, and its consolation, but added, “We’ve been here for 12 years.”

Saturday’s gathering brought together temple members for the first time since the shootings. The gunman also died.

Ashley Dhillon of Marysville said she hopes for greater understanding of who Sikhs are.

“We have a turban,” she said. “Why do some people see us as outsiders? I would hope everybody sees us as part of America, not someone different.”

Several temple members said that non-Sikhs had sought them out this past week to express their sympathy.

Parminder Dhaliwal, of Marysville, works at the Community Health Center of Snohomish County. One clinic patient made a point of telling her: “I’m very, very sorry about your loss.”

Gagandeep Oberoi, of Mukilteo, said he hopes the public will come to understand that Sikhs are “a very peaceful, loving community.”

“I don’t know why there’s so many guns around,” he said. “It’s a matter of concern now.”

Saturday’s event at the Marysville temple was attended by about 120 people.

It was one of two Sikh temples in Snohomish County to hold events Saturday evening commemorating the loss of life at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

A candlelight vigil also was held at the Gurudwara Sikh Centre of Seattle, in Bothell, attended by about 400 people, said Harjinder Singh, temple director.