This time of year, the site gets a significant increase in the number of visitors to the Laburnum page in the A to Z section. I have no way of knowing whether it is the same people who each year forget what that pretty year flowering tree is and have to look it up again or whether it is people who have moved during the previous eleven or so months and find they have a laburnum in the new garden.
As I’m giving a talk later this week I thought I should try and include what the audience in interested so I’ve inserted laburnum in the introduction. I’m still trying to decide what needs to be dropped to keep the timing about right but something will have to go...more
A news story about apparent plant poisoning in sheep, as usual, leaves me with questions that I don’t expect to find answers to. The story appears to have originated in ‘The Land’ a ‘rural news website’ for New South Wales, Australia, but was then picked up by the Sydney Morning Herald before spreading overseas to the likes of the Mail Online.
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.
The Hollow Men T S Eliot
That’s two things I haven’t done for a while. First, it’s been over a month since I wrote a piece for this blog and, second, it’s been a long time since I’ve used a quotation as a starting point.
What’s brought about these two is that I thought I should write about the end of the long story of the classification of Catha edulis, khat, under the Misuse of Drugs Act especially since the last two scenes of the drama have gone largely unnoticed...more
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