Cultural Gutter: These Lonely, Haunted Places

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On The Cultural Gutter, These Lonely, Haunted Places looks at the science fiction hidden below the surface of the remarkable BBC movie Penda’s Fen.

Arne the writer wanders off on a tangent about the bizarre correlation between ancient spiritual sites and modern top secret government facilities. Naturally, both benefit from remote settings for a number of reasons, but Arne posits that there is much more to it than that. Suddenly the ancient English countryside is a patchwork of chain link fences topped with barbed wire, “No Trespassing” signs, mysterious aerials and satellite dishes and armed guards at checkpoints.

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