Sunday 7 April 2013

Wiltshire Moonrakers - "Rake Daddy Rake"

The story of the Wiltshire Moonrackers refers to a folk story circa 1780s in the time when smuggling was a significant industry in rural England, with Wiltshire lying on the smugglers' secret routes between the south coast and customers in the centre of the country. 

The story goes that some local people had hidden contraband barrels of French brandy from customs officers in a local village pond. 

While trying to retrieve it at night, they were caught by the revenue excise men, but explained themselves by pointing to the moon's reflection and saying they were trying to rake in a round cheese. The excise men, thinking they were simple yokels, laughed at them and went on their way. 

Moral of the story is don't trust the authorities and London Laws - Build communities don't destroy them.

We are Many - They are Few 

Rake Daddy Rake