I happened to see a report in the Independent about trees: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/prison-green-space-trees-mental-health-b1808251.html.
As Chekhov said, either (I forget) in one of his famous works, or perhaps to Gorky, and later recounted in Gorky’s memoirs called Literary Portraits, that “there are men to whom a tree is sacred“.
It is hard to imagine anywhere, or any architecture, that cannot be improved by the proximity of a few trees, or which will not be impoverished if existing trees are cut down.
Trees have several enemies in modern Britain, not least local councils who often resent the cost of sweeping leaves etc. The “health and safety” aspect is sometimes brought into play, often unecessarily. Yes, occasionally, tree branches do fall on people or, more usually, parked cars, during storms or other periods of high wind. That is not a good reason to cut down trees wholesale.
Britain has relatively low tree cover, comparing the UK to other European countries by proportion. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_countries_by_forest_area. Britain’s tree cover, though greater than it was in the recent past, is still only 13%. Germany has 33%, France 36%, and Finland 73%.
There have been attempts, still continuing, to create new forests in the UK: the Heart of England Forest is one, created by the one-time Oz magazine defendant, Felix Dennis [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felix_Dennis; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heart_of_England_Forest; https://www.heartofenglandforest.com/].
Another is the National Forest: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_National_Forest_(England); https://www.nationalforest.org/
Britain needs more forests, more woods, more tree cover generally, eg in urban and suburban areas. The Woodland Trust, which has planted over 43 million trees over the past four or five decades, can help and even gives away saplings in some cases: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodland_Trust.
The Golden Madonna
Watched an old (1949) British film, The Golden Madonna [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Madonna]. A few silly bits, but overall quite good and rather entertaining.
Tweets seen today
I can understand why Hitchens has acceded to the softly-spoken insistence that he have the Covid-19 vaccine injection. He wants to travel, and that is being made all but impossible without vaccination. Many in the old Soviet Union, the vast majority in fact, made the same sort of compromise: unenthusiastic compliance with the regime, in order to live a quiet life, avoid penalties, and receive modest benefits such as good jobs, flats, or (for the few) travel outside Soviet borders.
The latest Peter Hitchens blog: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-9307363/PETER-HITCHENS-Ive-Covid-jab-cost-freedom.html
More tweets seen
This is her: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sara_Khan_(activist) (“activist” and careerist, who was a hospital pharmacist before getting into her well-paid anti-free-speech government sinecure).
If even part of her “report” were to become law and actually implemented, that is the end of even the limited free speech that now exists in the UK.
An idealized view, to be sure, but essentially accurate. Britain was a better place before migration invasion, before Zionist control of the mass media (and now even online space), before multikulti and other nonsense.
“European Housewife” was one of the most charming and unusual Twitter accounts. Historical and environmental as well as political and social. Now “suspended”. The latest victim of the war on free speech.
An old German lady told me, long ago, that “it will take a long time, but people will eventually have to face the fact that the only answer is National Socialism.“
Hitler, in his Table Talk [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitler%27s_Table_Talk] remarks, not far from the disastrous end of the Second World War, that National Socialism (as known) was finished, but that in maybe a century’s time, the essence of National Socialism would be reborn in another form and then would seize the world with the force of a religion. God mote it be!
Interesting. The never-ending movement of history.
Further aspects of the relationship between National Socialism and spirituality (etc): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_aspects_of_Nazism, though it is necessary to note that Wikipedia is rather (((occupied))), so read with an alert mind.
I have blogged in the past about Therese Coffey, who is the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions at present: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/09/16/deadhead-mps-an-occasional-series-the-therese-coffey-story/.
Final word for tonight
Some readers of my blog may have noticed that a small group of (((trolls))) and nuisances on Twitter have recently been making untrue allegations of criminal or near-criminal behaviour by me and two other named persons.
In relation to the allegations against me specifically, I have already been forced to complain to the employer of one of the said nuisances, an NHS consultant. I may be making further complaint (regulatory and/or official) in relation to that person and others.
I am not a natural complainer (and usually ignore trolls and nuisances because of my belief in free speech), but was forced, by the harassing tweets of these individuals, to take action.