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Nature Doesn’t Need People. . .!

Check out this short but powerful video from Conservation International, one of a series on the same theme called Nature is Speaking.

Moving away from the familiar,emotionally charged images of endangered snow leopards and chopped down rain forests, this and the rest of the series takes an altogther harder line;

Nature doesn’t need people . . . but people need nature.

Julia Roberts speaks as Mother Earth, and one line in particular is especially brutal, socking you in the stomach with a dose of awful reality:

“I have fed species greater than you, and I have starved species greater than you. My oceans. My soil. My flowing streams. My forests. They all can take you, or leave you.”

A must-see for everyone who cares about out planet. And even more so for those who don’t.


Mussolini was a bigoted charlatan who became the dictator of Italy. His arrogance and egoism led his country onto the losing side of World War Two. By the end of that conflict millions were dead, many more were displaced and homeless, Europe was a wasteland and Italy itself was in economic ruin – a situation from which it has never really recovered. Mussolini himself finished his war dangling upside down from a service station roof with a bullet in head, reviled by the public who he had so disastrously mis-led.
This is, of course, history. So why do I mention it now?
Because newsreel footage of Mussolini’s speeches reveals an uncanny resemblance to Donald Trump on the podium. The strutting and preening, the ludicrous facial contortions, the exaggerated hand movements, the alpha-male braggadocio, the ignorance, arrogance, impossible promises, divisive phrases, violent imagery and rabble-rousing xenophobia are characteristics shared by both men, as is the hysterical fanaticism of their supporters.
Let’s hope for all our sakes—including dodgy Donald’s—that the comparisons end there.

My Haydays

Looking foward to the Hay Festival which starts today. Some great artists on, and I’ve  got tickets for Tom Jones (discussing his career with Dylan Jones) and the great Flavia Coelho. Luckily for me it’s only half an hour drive away, but if you can get there it’s always worth going, even if it’s just to absorb the atmosphere. And then there’s always the chip shop in Hay. . .!