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The Daily Mail speaks for this mythic region—the Guardian against it. The butt of snobbish jokes, "middle England" is still the place in which politicians most want to be loved. So where is it?

By Paul Barker   May 2005

The man looks out at the Rollright Stones from his little wooden hut, with the weariness of wardens the world over. By the door is an honesty box (50p a person) and a glass jar with six dowsing rods for you to borrow. The trust he works for was established eight years ago to try to defend these once-obscure megalithic remains—now thought by some to be magical—on the Oxfordshire-Warwickshire border. Passionate paganists, satanists, pantheists and mere tourists threatened to overwhelm them with their hugs, kisses and sheer weight of feet.

I am here, in the English midlands, in a Tolkien-like…

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