News from Scrutopia - 1st April 2020

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News from Scrutopia - 31st January 2020

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Building More, Building Beautiful.

We’ll make it easier to build beautiful homes, to end the myth that quality is the enemy of supply
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/01/25/make-easier-build-beautiful-homes-end-myth-quality-enemy-supply/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_em
Robert Jenrick, Housing Secretary. (Sunday Telegraph ‘Comment’ section 25 January 2020)

New homes that conform to local residents' ideas of beauty to be fast-tracked through planning system
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/01/25/new-homes-conform-local-residents-ideas-beauty-fast-tracked/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_em
Edward Malnick, Sunday Political Editor. (The Telegraph, Front page Sunday 25th Jan 2020)

The Commission will be launching the final final on Thursday 30th January. 

Advance Order: The Classical Vernacular: Architectural Principles in an Age of Nihilism.

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The Classical Vernacular Carcanet Press (1995) 

We have requested a new print run of The Classical Vernacular and are taking advance orders. 

The essays, from the perspective of 'the classical vernacular', explore the nature and meaning of architecture, defending architecture without architects, and the 'vernacular tradition', that 'vulgar tongue' which is the natural language of space, proportion and light. He provides a comprehensive critique of modernism (not only the heartless modernism of architecture) from a serious intellectual perspective, based in a philosophical aesthetics which he has propounded in earlier books including The Politics of Culture (1981), The Aesthetic Understanding (1983) and The Philosopher on Dover Beach (1990), all published by Carcanet in its collections of Scruton's major essays and articles.

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Tributes to Sir Roger Scruton

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Sir Roger Scruton, FBA, FRSL. Beloved husband of Sophie, adored father to Sam and Lucy and treasured brother of Elizabeth and Andrea, he died peacefully on Sunday 12th January. He was born on 27th February 1944 and had been fighting cancer for the last 6 months. His family are hugely proud of him and of all his achievements. (12.01.2020)

Tributes to Roger

Roger Scruton Was a Conservative. But What Kind? Robert P. George - https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/29/opinion/roger-scruton.html

An appreciation. Ian Christie - https://www.cusp.ac.uk/themes/m/blog-ic-sir-roger-scruton-an-appreciation/

A personal appreciation. Ian Christie - https://www.theosthinktank.co.uk/comment/2020/01/24/sir-roger-scruton-19442020-a-personal-appreciation
Barbara Kay: - https://quillette.com/2020/01/14/remembering-roger-scruton-defender-of-reason-in-a-world-of-postmodern-jackals/

Scruton was the greatest thinker of our age. Daniel Hannan -https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/01/18/roger-scruton-greatest-conservative-thinker-age/

Sir Roger Scruton Obituary. The Telegraph

We owe it to Scruton to follow his example. Douglas Murray - https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/01/13/owe-roger-scruton-follow-example/

Roger Scruton knew the precious value of freedom. Melanie Philips - https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/roger-scruton-knew-the-precious-value-of-freedom-tb663hgzk

Sir Roger Scruton Obituary. The Times - https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/sir-roger-scruton-obituary-5t7t6626x

Towering intellect whose only crime was to be a conservative. Toby Young - The Daily Mail

Sir Roger Scruton Obituary. Jane O'Grady -  The Guardian - https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jan/14/sir-roger-scruton-obituary

How Scruton embraced religion. Frances Ward - Church Times - https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2020/24-january/comment/opinion/how-scruton-embraced-religion

Obituary: Sir Roger Scruton. The Revd Steve Wilkinson -https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2020/24-january/gazette/obituaries/sir-roger-scruton

Remembering Roger Scruton. Alev Scott - https://www.ft.com/content/4090c72e-3789-11ea-ac3c-f68c10993b04

My friend Roger Scruton. Christina Hoff Sommers - https://www.aei.org/society-and-culture/my-friend-roger-scruton/

Roger Scruton is dead, but his books and ideas will live on. Daniel Johnson - https://www.thearticle.com/roger-scruton-is-dead-but-his-books-and-ideas-will-live-on?utm_source=bibblio_article_page

Roger Scruton, 1944-2020. Flagg Taylor - https://thebulwark.com/roger-scruton-1944-2020/

Roger Scruton, 1944-2020. Remebering the philosopher. Tim Crane - https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/roger-scruton-1944-2020-tim-crane/

Roger Scruton: Conservative thinker dies at 75. BBC - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51084248

Roger Scuton: Conservative lodestar. Danny Kruger - https://unherd.com/2020/01/roger-scruton-conservative-lodestar/

The Hounds in Full Cry: Roger Scruton's Conservatism. Bradley Birzer - https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-hounds-in-full-cry-roger-scrutons-conservatism/

4 ways Sir Roger shaped me. Bryan Baise - https://erlc.com/resource-library/articles/4-ways-sir-roger-scruton-shaped-me

Roger Scruton: A Conservative for Modern Times. Dominic Green - https://www.wsj.com/articles/roger-scruton-a-conservative-for-modern-times-11578955867

A perfect knight: Remembering Roger Scruton. Daniel Hannan https://www.spectator.co.uk/2020/01/a-perfect-knight-remembering-roger-scruton/

Policy Exchange pays tribut to Sir Roger Scruton. Professor Robert Grant - https://policyexchange.org.uk/news/policy-exchange-pays-tribute-to-sir-roger-scruton/

The Philosopher of Love. Thierry Baudet - https://forumvoordemocratie.nl/actueel/sir-roger-scruton-philosopher-of-love

The philosopher's mind at its end. Mark Dooley - https://thecritic.co.uk/the-philosophers-mind-at-its-end/

Roger Scruton, British philosopher and conservative lightning rod, dies at 75. Harrison Smith - https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/roger-scruton-british-philosopher-and-conservative-lightning-rod-dies-at-75/2020/01/13/44b8f7d8-3615-11ea-bb7b-265f4554af6d_story.html

RIP Roger Scruton. Mark Lees - https://www.theoldie.co.uk/blog/rip-sir-roger-scruton-1944-2020

Scruton: Philosopher par excellence. Anthony O'Hear - https://thecritic.co.uk/issues/february-2020/philosopher-par-excellence/

The Gratitude of a Lover of Wisdom. Nicholas Bartulovic - https://amgreatness.com/2020/01/17/the-gratitude-of-a-lover-of-wisdom/

Obituaries in the Czech media:

https://www.ceskenoviny.cz/zpravy/zemrel-britsky-filozof-scruton-spojeny-s-ceskoslovenskym-disentem/1841559

https://ct24.ceskatelevize.cz/svet/3028022-zemrel-roger-scruton-filozof-a-politolog-se-slabosti-pro-ceskoslovensko

https://zpravy.aktualne.cz/zemrel-roger-scruton-vyznacnemu-britskemu-filozofovi-a-polit/r~261f3196357711ea84260cc47ab5f122/

https://www.novinky.cz/zahranicni/clanek/zemrel-britsky-filozof-a-politolog-sir-roger-scruton-40309694

https://stars24.cz/celebrity/svetove-celebrity/16548-zemrel-roger-scruton-75-britsky-myslitel-mel-tuto-vazbu-na-cesko

https://www.plzen.eu/o-meste/aktuality/aktuality-z-mesta/zemrel-britsky-filozof-roger-scruton-jeden-z-prvnich-drzitelu-ceny-1-cervna.aspx

https://echo24.cz/a/SeX4K/zemrel-britsky-filozof-roger-scruton-ktery-mel-silnou-vazbu-na-ceskoslovensko

https://www.forum24.cz/zemrel-filozof-roger-scruton-pritel-ceskoslovenskych-demokratu/

https://www.lidovky.cz/lide/zemrel-filozof-a-politolog-roger-scruton-bylo-mu-75-let.A200112_210403_lide_rkj

https://www.idnes.cz/kultura/literatura/roger-scruton-filozof-spisovatel-politolog-intelektual-umrti-velka-britanie.A200112_205824_literatura_rko

https://prima.iprima.cz/zpravodajstvi/britsky-filozof-scruton-prohral-boj-s-rakovinou-za-dob-komunismu-vedl-bytove-seminare

https://www.novinky.cz/kultura/salon/clanek/otazka-rogera-scrutona-petr-pithart-vzpomina-na-britskeho-filosofa-40310955

https://www.blesk.cz/clanek/zpravy-udalosti/631340/ocenovany-filozof-scruton-prohral-boj-s-rakovinou-fiala-byl-pritel-ceskeho-naroda.html

https://www.vaclavhavel.cz/cs/index/novinky/1090/roger-scruton-1944-2020

http://uni.uhk.cz/ff/kfsv/?p=21110

More extensive and personal tributes:

https://plus.rozhlas.cz/daniel-kroupa-zemrel-roger-scruton-8135300

https://www.konzervativninoviny.cz/sir-roger-scruton-rip/

https://www.seznamzpravy.cz/clanek/zemrel-britsky-filosof-sir-roger-scruton-muz-ktery-podrzel-ceskoslovensky-disent-86188

https://www.em.muni.cz/udalosti/12418-zemrel-filozof-roger-scruton-cestny-doktor-muni-ktery-cechy-ucil-myslet-jinak

https://echoprime.cz/a/SWD2i/odesel-roger-scruton-obhajce-zapadu-a-pritel-ceskoslovenska

https://nazory.aktualne.cz/zemrel-filosof-roger-scruton/r~c7d5428035fb11ea926e0cc47ab5f122/

https://ceskapozice.lidovky.cz/tema/zesnuly-roger-scruton-pomahal-v-cesku-vzdelanosti-a-veci-svobody.A200121_161247_pozice-tema_lube

https://pravdive.eu/news/171907/roger-scruton-kratka-elegie

https://ceskapozice.lidovky.cz/tema/roger-scruton-byl-ze-vsech-zapadnich-akademiku-nejkonzervativnejsi.A200121_174014_pozice-tema_lube

https://www.em.muni.cz/komentare/12464-univerzita-musi-byt-kritickou-instanci-ve-spolecnosti

https://www.krestandnes.cz/roger-scruton-rip/

http://blog.aktualne.cz/blogy/karel-hvizdala.php?itemid=35663

https://echo24.cz/a/SH5Va/dobrosrdecny-verny-a-svobodny-roger-scruton

https://plus.rozhlas.cz/roger-scruton-miloval-cechy-osobni-vzpominky-pritele-bratinky-8149104

https://denikn.cz/270296/vzpominka-na-rogera-scrutona-svebytneho-ostrovniho-konzervativce-ktery-nesetril-ani-thatcherovou/

https://echoprime.cz/a/SUrz2/scrutonuv-ohen-v-katakombach

https://www.postoj.sk/50597/za-rogerom-scrutonom?fbclid=IwAR2jcF0gmroP90KrgTWmDWSG0z5ocHJ9rtOpJdrBC-KWiYZE0y1-LFK61Z8

https://www.tyzden.sk/nazory/61577/anton-vydra-roger-scruton-a-vplyv-vzdelanca/?ref=tit&fbclid=IwAR0dC0W1DrOGh8PjPQ1YHewcLFkYfRdH4DNO9gyZVXvMgi753aS1UzBer-E

A Christmas message

A Christmas message

We mark the conclusion of a most interesting year by expressing sincere gratitude to all the many people who have sent messages of support and appreciation to Sir Roger, in the wake first of the media storm and later in the light of his cancer diagnosis. Happy Christmas and warmest gratitude to you all. 

The process of recovery has begun, and we look forward to a remission. Meanwhile the good will expressed has been quite overwhelming, and has helped Roger to move back towards his desk, to take up his pen, and to experience once again the joy of living and writing. Soon he hopes to make the next step, out into the winter fields, there to refresh his mind with the experience recorded in these paragraphs from News From Somewhere:

“Our own green lane has retained its character, as a living and self-healing thing. And in the winter it takes on a beautiful remoteness. Its soggy surface, bordered by blackthorn hedges where the red beads of bryony linger into the New Year, acquires a faint silver sheen, and the sparse winter light lies in flakes on the waterlogged ruts, as though scattered there.
It is the winter that such place provide their most lasting refreshment to the eye. For life has retreated, leaving its many colours half-hidden but perceivable, and the landscape is filled with a subtle counterpoint. The lesson so patiently taught by Corot, Turner and Cézanne – that no natural object is truly monochrome, and that even in the blackest thicket can be discovered all the colours of the palette – is repeated by winter. And that is why there is no better time to visit the country, to walk or ride in the fields, and to take the chance of the weather for the sake of the eyes.
Indeed, the worse the weather, the more refreshing the effect. Green dissolves in water, loses its sickly surfeit, and allows the residual notes of autumn to appear through the storm. Driving rain and wind-tormented branches fill the air with spangled flakes of red and brown. The bare trunk of an ageing hawthorn, deprived of its green mantle and its distracting gift of berries, comes suddenly alive, its bark streaked with vermilion, folded into itself and breaking away to reveal long stretches of polished pewter. The mottled gold of the weeping willow, the deep crimson hue of the dogwood, the pallid cinnamon of the field maple, the many tobacco-leaf, rust coloured and auburn highlights in the bark of an ash: all these are a source of delight, once you begin to notice them. The last ogee leaves of hazel, saffron yellow at the edges, but shading into green, recall the colours of the nut itself, while here and there in the hedgerows the vermilion rosehips and the last purple sloes give a poignant farewell to the life that produced them, like jewels in an old lady’s hair.
It is an interesting exercise to stare into a dark, denuded hedgerow and count the colours. Every shade of red and blue, from salmon pink to scarlet, and from deepest indigo to pale forget-me-not, is lurking there, recuperating from the light of summer. And as you watch these hues glimmer like embers you come to understand some of the mystery of colour how red excludes green and yellow and blue; how white is somehow not a colour at all, and the metal shades are like glosses in which colours are trapped and made invisible. These strange phenomena are not explained by the physics of light – a fact that Goethe noticed, and which led him to compose his great treatise on colour. They are not facts about things, but about us seeing things. Pondering them we are also pondering the mystery of consciousness. How is it that the world not only is, but also seems? Why was it not sufficient for the world to be?"

Extract from News from Somewhere. P. 124 -125.

Happy Christmas

 

Roger Scruton: A year in which much was lost – but more gained. The Spectator- 21 Dec 19

Despite everything, I have so much to be grateful for

January
My 2018 ended with a hate storm, in response to my appointment as chair of the government’s Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission. But the new year brings a lull, and I hope and pray that the Grand Inquisitor enthroned by social media will find another target.

Sir Roger presented with the Star of the Order of Merit of Hungary

On Tuesday 3rd December, the Hungarian Ambassador Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky welcomed friends and guests to announce that the Commander’s Cross with the Star of the Order of Merit of Hungary would be awarded to Sir Roger Scruton in the presence of the Prime Minister Viktor Orbán . The Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó presented the order of the President of Hungary on the decoration of Sir Roger Scruton with the Commander’s Cross with the Star of the Order of Merit. The celebration event took place at The Hungarian Embassy. 

Prime Minister Viktor Orban's speech can be read here http://www.miniszterelnok.hu/viktor-orbans-laudation-address-at-the-presentation-of-the-order-of-merit-to-sir-roger-scruton/

And is also available here Laudation_address_of_PM_Orban.pdf

A report can be read from Hungary Today here https://hungarytoday.hu/orban-lauds-sir-roger-scruton-loyal-friend-of-freedom-loving-hungarians/

You can also read Daniel Johnsons article here: https://www.thearticle.com/european-nations-have-given-roger-scruton-their-highest-honours-why-not-ours-too

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