Thursday, 2 January 2014


An elderly neighbour died some months ago, having lacked the strength to do much gardening in his later years. As a result, wildlife flourished, and Sleeping Beauty's palace had a rival. The house has been sold recently, and it shouldn't have surprised us, therefore, to wake up this morning to the whine of a chain saw. Nevertheless, it's one of those sounds that always goes through you, trees being such precious objects. Not to mention the wildlife.

The other - more cheery - sound I awoke to was a very fresh take on the Today programme. Polly Harvey, guest producer, left her mark in no uncertain fashion, calling for assistance from John Pilger, Joan Baez, Woody Guthrie, Julian Assange and other champions of the anti-establishment. The Mail and Telegraph have already sharpened their pencils.

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