The Berwickshire is a bit short
of news this week so has some gapfillers including recycling the Arthurian connection with the Borders-claiming that part of the recently released epic was filmed around here. Sadly a recent BBC in depth 'definitive' documentary on the Arthur legend could find no connection nearer than Welsh Wales. Anyhow the Scottish Tourist Board web site does its best to make some hefty bricks with no straw. There is also a major feature on Farmer C's Mega Mega Amazing Maize Maze-'mega' merited as the hot and humid weather has produced monster 10 foot high Maize. Even Giraffes, apparently, might have problems finding their way around. It is cut in the shape of a Berwick Swan and you can travel 3 miles in the labyrinth without retracing your steps-not therefore altogether a suitable attraction for the traditional very short Borders break-and advisable to bring your lunch. The Tourist people may be missing a trick in being lukewarm about promoting the Maze. It could well be the site of Camelot. Building costs were high in those days and a Maize structure would have been highly economical, certainly organic( so politically correct) and could swallow up any hostile army looking for a Holy Grail within the labyrinth. Arthur's treasury would also have benefited from the entrance fees paid by visiting marauders and treasure hunters. There is no evidence that Camelot was made of Maize but on the other hand there is no evidence that it wasn't. So it could have been-and that is enough for most historians.
A local local event is the Hutton School coffee 'publicity raising' coffee evening. This is aimed to maintain a high profile for the efforts to save the school. Press invited and it is hoped that the local notables, including councilors, will turn up en masse. The
school roll has sunk to 12 children in the one class and the October meeting of the Borders Council to decide the future of both Hutton and Burnmouth is likely to be a close run thing.