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(Daily Mail)   Millionaire US businessman spends fortune into improving idyllic English village he lives in but locals want to get rid of him for the greater good. The greater good   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 104
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2012-09-07 07:56:57 PM
Villagers are particularly upset about his decision to buy the local pub The Lamb and turn it into a trendy gastropub called The Three Daggers.

Although it is well regarded as a place to grab some food it is is no longer traditional pub.


I can understand their concern. Obviously, his idea of what constitutes "improving" the village is not shared.
 
2012-09-07 09:11:13 PM

St_Francis_P: Villagers are particularly upset about his decision to buy the local pub The Lamb and turn it into a trendy gastropub called The Three Daggers.

Although it is well regarded as a place to grab some food it is is no longer traditional pub.

I can understand their concern. Obviously, his idea of what constitutes "improving" the village is not shared.


Rural folk can go one of two ways: Some, like my old hometown, love new money coming in and "big city stuff" showing up. They don't recognize that they will loose fresh made food, local flavor or lots of local business. Others like this town, hate change PERIOD. Especially if it's a part time resident who comes in to screw with their traditions.

They probably wouldn't have minded if he'd bought the pub, fixed it up and had the same menu but better ingredients...or largely the same with a few "new" things on it. But from the sounds of it, it seems he's buying up property to convert the town into a tourist trap.
 
2012-09-07 09:16:51 PM
fark off, subby.

Eat the rich.
 
2012-09-07 09:37:13 PM
A multi-millionaire US businessman has pumped a fortune into improving the idyllic English village he lives in but residents are still up in arms.

He should have named the revamped pub 'the up in arms'
 
2012-09-07 09:51:26 PM
Not everyone shares the globalism ideal of the world becoming one grey ultra-metropolis, and it should be respected IMO.


There was a place in Ireland that Trump wanted to carve into some expensive resort with golf courses and the people responded by putting pictures of Trump's face on local landmarks.
I don't know if the campaign was successful or not, but I doubt it.
 
2012-09-07 09:59:59 PM
"Mr Pike lives with his wife Blake"

Blake? Husband?

And guess what, subby? The rich aren't the only ones with opinions, and the only ones with say.

/though it often turns out that way
//no thanks to self-absorbed cocksucker-toadies like yourself
 
2012-09-07 10:01:42 PM
Bloody peasants. No gratitude at all...
 
2012-09-07 10:08:55 PM
My mother's second husband was like this. He tried to buy my love but I just hated him more for it.
 
2012-09-07 10:20:54 PM
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2012-09-07 10:52:39 PM

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Only took nine posts too.
 
2012-09-07 11:08:25 PM
All hail the businessman, for we must suck his cock forever as he has graced them with his presence.
 
2012-09-07 11:31:40 PM
OH MY GOD, the guy bought a bar, fixed the church organ and is going to sell some farm-fresh food. What a f*cking dick, off with his head!
 
2012-09-07 11:46:28 PM

violentsalvation: OH MY GOD, the guy bought a bar, fixed the church organ and is going to sell some farm-fresh food. What a f*cking dick, off with his head!


Just because he did doesn't mean he's immune from judgement.
 
2012-09-08 12:05:14 AM
I can understand the villagers' reaction to what appears to be a benefactor.

In the USA, we called them 'Yuppies' and they descended like a plague upon the land, changing everything 'quaint' into their version of rustic and when faced with hostility, were surprised because they were 'helping' the areas and communities they settled in.

Like the pub in the story. From a quaint, olde, English pub, probably still held up by hand hewn timbers and the wooden floor scuffed and worn smooth by generations of boots with an ambiance of security, companionship and timelessness to a chrome outfitted, higher priced, noisier, brighter thing resembling an American 'Sports Bar' or Dance Club.

That happened to my town. One a sleepy little city, too small to even be on the state map, mentioned in the literary work 'The Boy In The Model T' (a fact based book) it exploded in the late 60's as everyone cruised through, paused to admire the wild beauty of the beaches, the friendliness of the people, the vast amount of colorful wild life and huge amount of fish in the local lagoon -- and promptly moved here.

The main character in 'The Boy in the Model T' would absolutely not recognize the place today. It has more than quadrupled in population, development has pushed out the wild lands and animals, it no longer closes down at 9:00 PM but goes 24/7, folks aint so friendly and developers have destroyed hundreds of acres of wild woods to install their own version of quaint wild woods.

We had one of the oldest houses in the state, a unique looking two story affair, easily qualified to make the Historical Buildings list. A descendant of the owners, a daughter, replete in her high end SUV, well married, clippedly informed me one day when I investigated the closed up house, that she was selling it and the land. It was too costly to repair and the tax benefits from it being on the Historical House Registry didn't last long enough and weren't sufficient.

A month later, it was gone, right down to the foundation, after standing there for over 100 years.

A local bar from my youth, friendly and a pleasure to go to, was closed and sold years ago, to put up a gas station. Next to it popped up an Arby's.

Our expansive and beautiful beaches on the Atlantic Ocean, rivaling Hawaii, are now crowded by very high end housing developments, over priced luxury goods stores and the 'endangered sand dunes' are protected by a lengthy, hard wood 'quaint' elevated walkway. Multi-story apartment complexes tower on what used to be empty fields of palmettos, wild grasses, Scrub Oak, Coconut Palms and wild grape vines.

Yeah. I can understand the villagers.

Our past and present city officials insisted that development was good for the economy of the city as they met resistance from the residents. Now, the current leaders keep raising taxes to pay for infrastructure to repair the damages the massive population explosion has caused.

My town is no longer quaint.

That bothers some of the new businessmen, who influence the city leaders, because being quaint attracts those with much money to settle here. (We have John's Island -- a community of the VERY wealthy.) More money means bigger profits.

However, growth has slowed since the city now looks like almost every other big city in the state: crowded, noisy, with lots of fake 'rustic' stuff.

The guy in the article should have mingled with the locals and the village leaders more to get their opinions before just throwing his money around. The villagers have a right to be concerned.
 
2012-09-08 12:25:10 AM
Who will be Judge Judy and executioner?
 
2012-09-08 12:28:31 AM

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SHUT IT!
 
2012-09-08 12:29:04 AM

St_Francis_P: Villagers are particularly upset about his decision to buy the local pub The Lamb and turn it into a trendy gastropub called The Three Daggers.

Although it is well regarded as a place to grab some food it is is no longer traditional pub.

I can understand their concern. Obviously, his idea of what constitutes "improving" the village is not shared.


Agreed.

Frankly, I think I would be quite annoyed by this as well. Why not, if he is as wealthy as they claim, just build another pub instead of purchasing the old town watering hole. Kind've a douche move dude.
 
das
2012-09-08 12:31:20 AM
Upper Uncton.
 
2012-09-08 12:32:28 AM

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Shut it!
 
2012-09-08 12:34:15 AM

fusillade762: Revek: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 800x600]

SHUT IT!


Dammit! *shakes tiny fist*
 
2012-09-08 12:36:14 AM
Christopher Parsons has lived in Edington for three decades and woke to the sound of a digger and then hours later there was a three-metre high hedge 'hemming' in his house.

He claims planning rules mean that it cannot be more than two metres tall.

'He tried to claim the hedge was two metres tall, but I pointed out that he's 6ft 6in and it towered over him. I then told Pikey that I'd get him an ASBO and he said I would become the "laughing stock of the village" if I tried. I am still waiting for him to apologise,' he told The Times.


Why didn't Parsons call to get him ASBO'd?
 
2012-09-08 12:37:25 AM
I get that they aren't happy with the changes, but why I do get the feeling that no one ever actually told him before telling the Daily Mail?
 
2012-09-08 12:37:49 AM

Because People in power are Stupid: My mother's second husband was like this. He tried to buy my love but I just hated him more for it.


Yeah, what the hell? I gave you three packs of cigarettes and bottle of Smirnov, what more do you want?

Some people are just ungrateful.
 
2012-09-08 12:38:13 AM
So don't eat there?
 
2012-09-08 12:40:14 AM
grimcron.files.wordpress.com
Approves.
 
2012-09-08 12:41:04 AM
Peter Ian Staker unavailable for comment.
 
2012-09-08 12:42:54 AM

St_Francis_P: Villagers are particularly upset about his decision to buy the local pub The Lamb and turn it into a trendy gastropub called The Three Daggers.

Although it is well regarded as a place to grab some food it is is no longer traditional pub.

I can understand their concern. Obviously, his idea of what constitutes "improving" the village is not shared.


Yeah its not a place where drunks can go and women can be molested, how dare he!!!!!!??????
 
2012-09-08 12:43:26 AM
Christopher Parsons has lived in Edington for three decades and woke to the sound of a digger and then hours later there was a three-metre high hedge 'hemming' in his house.

These American hedge fund managers - can't trust them.
 
2012-09-08 12:43:56 AM

Rik01: I can understand the villagers' reaction to what appears to be a benefactor.

In the USA, we called them 'Yuppies' and they descended like a plague upon the land, changing everything 'quaint' into their version of rustic and when faced with hostility, were surprised because they were 'helping' the areas and communities they settled in.

Like the pub in the story. From a quaint, olde, English pub, probably still held up by hand hewn timbers and the wooden floor scuffed and worn smooth by generations of boots with an ambiance of security, companionship and timelessness to a chrome outfitted, higher priced, noisier, brighter thing resembling an American 'Sports Bar' or Dance Club.

That happened to my town. One a sleepy little city, too small to even be on the state map, mentioned in the literary work 'The Boy In The Model T' (a fact based book) it exploded in the late 60's as everyone cruised through, paused to admire the wild beauty of the beaches, the friendliness of the people, the vast amount of colorful wild life and huge amount of fish in the local lagoon -- and promptly moved here.

The main character in 'The Boy in the Model T' would absolutely not recognize the place today. It has more than quadrupled in population, development has pushed out the wild lands and animals, it no longer closes down at 9:00 PM but goes 24/7, folks aint so friendly and developers have destroyed hundreds of acres of wild woods to install their own version of quaint wild woods.

We had one of the oldest houses in the state, a unique looking two story affair, easily qualified to make the Historical Buildings list. A descendant of the owners, a daughter, replete in her high end SUV, well married, clippedly informed me one day when I investigated the closed up house, that she was selling it and the land. It was too costly to repair and the tax benefits from it being on the Historical House Registry didn't last long enough and weren't sufficient.

A month later, it was gone, right down t ...


If the locals were so concerned they should have put more time and moeny into preservation or perhaps just realized that things change and life isn't going to be just as it was 20 ot even 5 years ago.
 
2012-09-08 12:43:59 AM

soporific: Peter Ian Staker unavailable for comment.


P.I Staker? Right! "Piss Taker!" Come on!

davidcrew.files.wordpress.com
I just hope he takes care of public enemy number 1.
 
2012-09-08 12:44:47 AM

Maximer: St_Francis_P: Villagers are particularly upset about his decision to buy the local pub The Lamb and turn it into a trendy gastropub called The Three Daggers.

Although it is well regarded as a place to grab some food it is is no longer traditional pub.

I can understand their concern. Obviously, his idea of what constitutes "improving" the village is not shared.

Agreed.

Frankly, I think I would be quite annoyed by this as well. Why not, if he is as wealthy as they claim, just build another pub instead of purchasing the old town watering hole. Kind've a douche move dude.


What if it was bankrupt and closing anyway. The dude is also growing fresh food and selling it in town, and donating to charity, we have no idea if he or the town is the dick in this scenario.

/I wish my neighbor would throw up an expensive tall privacy hedge
 
2012-09-08 12:46:59 AM
The millionaire seems like a real tool. The gastropub idea really rubs me the wrong way. Why would you open a foo foo place in the middle of no where. The locals probably can't afford to eat there and wouldn't want to even if they could. When I goto the UK I want a full English breakfast not some crap that only moppet tossers would eat.
 
2012-09-08 12:47:15 AM

CruJones: Maximer: St_Francis_P: Villagers are particularly upset about his decision to buy the local pub The Lamb and turn it into a trendy gastropub called The Three Daggers.

Although it is well regarded as a place to grab some food it is is no longer traditional pub.

I can understand their concern. Obviously, his idea of what constitutes "improving" the village is not shared.

Agreed.

Frankly, I think I would be quite annoyed by this as well. Why not, if he is as wealthy as they claim, just build another pub instead of purchasing the old town watering hole. Kind've a douche move dude.

What if it was bankrupt and closing anyway. The dude is also growing fresh food and selling it in town, and donating to charity, we have no idea if he or the town is the dick in this scenario.

/I wish my neighbor would throw up an expensive tall privacy hedge


It's the village. They'll take whatever they want if it suits them but hate him for change.
 
2012-09-08 12:48:12 AM
I've spent a fair bit of time in the UK and one thing I've observed is that the Brits love a scapegoat.

Business is failing? Must be the anti-smoking laws.
Neighbourhood is in rough shape? Immigrants.
All the young people are moving away? It's that darn (insert name of current political party in power).
Too many young people moving in? It's that darn (insert name of current political party in power).
 
2012-09-08 12:48:37 AM
In the same way U.S. big business fixed Afghanistan and Iraq.

/fuxed
 
2012-09-08 12:49:46 AM

Perducci: I've spent a fair bit of time in the UK and one thing I've observed is that the Brits love a scapegoat.

Business is failing? Must be the anti-smoking laws.
Neighbourhood is in rough shape? Immigrants.
All the young people are moving away? It's that darn (insert name of current political party in power).
Too many young people moving in? It's that darn (insert name of current political party in power).


People that spend more time talking than acting love a scapegoat. It's universal.
 
2012-09-08 12:52:43 AM
The 400 year old pub in the village that my English ancestors came from has been turned into a mexican restaurant by the locals. So fark the locals.
 
2012-09-08 12:53:12 AM
They never did get over the American Revolution.
 
2012-09-08 12:57:18 AM
Yeah, I'm guessing while Chad drives his Land Rover all over the county, spreading his largesse and making things just like he thinks they should be, he's not winning any fans.
 
2012-09-08 12:59:59 AM

whatshisname: Yeah, I'm guessing while Chad drives his Land Rover all over the county, spreading his largesse and making things just like he thinks they should be, he's not winning any fans.


He's got the right to do that.
 
2012-09-08 01:00:16 AM
Another neighbour said they moved to the village for peace and quiet but claims that he has been disturbed by 'constant' noise from building work at Pike's home, but doesn't want to cause a fuss because the businessman is rich.

thewisecracker.com

"Grow a pair, ya sorry wazzock!"
 
2012-09-08 01:00:26 AM

punkwrestler: The millionaire seems like a real tool. The gastropub idea really rubs me the wrong way. Why would you open a foo foo place in the middle of no where. The locals probably can't afford to eat there and wouldn't want to even if they could. When I goto the UK I want a full English breakfast not some crap that only moppet tossers would eat.


Do you even know what a gastropub is?

Besides English food sucks and their bfast is complete shiat.
 
2012-09-08 01:00:45 AM
judith2you.files.wordpress.com

Wots ALL THIS THEN?

Sounds like Mr. Pike has met up with one of the local Gumby clans. He probably offended them by taking the Watneys Red Barrel tap out of the pub and is serving the beer cold and the food warm instead of the other way around. I just hope he's seen Wicker Man and Straw Dogs and knows what's coming.
 
2012-09-08 01:02:33 AM

AbbeySomeone: whatshisname: Yeah, I'm guessing while Chad drives his Land Rover all over the county, spreading his largesse and making things just like he thinks they should be, he's not winning any fans.

He's got the right to do that.


People have the right to do all sorts of stupid shiat
 
2012-09-08 01:02:57 AM
Say, I've got an idea...

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Bonus: No farking bees.
 
2012-09-08 01:03:46 AM

whatshisname: AbbeySomeone: whatshisname: Yeah, I'm guessing while Chad drives his Land Rover all over the county, spreading his largesse and making things just like he thinks they should be, he's not winning any fans.

He's got the right to do that.

People have the right to do all sorts of stupid shiat


Even this guy?
 
2012-09-08 01:03:50 AM
So, uh, what, The Daily Mail is taken seriously when there's some outrage to be found?

/You tools
 
2012-09-08 01:05:44 AM
So the locals also don't want...



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A shrubbery!!!!
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2012-09-08 01:05:45 AM
The villagers sound like a bunch of whiny biatches. Hope a Wal-Mart pops up in town now.
 
2012-09-08 01:05:49 AM
He could always volunteer to be the wicker man for the village festival.....
 
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