Cosmos Walking

From Ancient Oaks To Walking Yews

Tony Hall | Guardian | 30th April 2022

Survey of Britain's rarest trees, written by someone rejoicing in the esoteric title of "head of temperate arboretum collections at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew". Knowing how to read the trees unlocks past landscapes. Oaks were used in times past to mark boundaries; thus an isolated yet ancient specimen on a suburban street can signal the extent of a vanished royal hunting forest (1,942 words)

A Cosmos Indoors

Andrew O’Hagan | London Review Of Books | 21st April 2022

On obsolete objects. Contains many excellent turns of phrase. "I yearn every other day for Mint Cracknel, a chocolate bar from the 1970s that was criminally discontinued. I miss Player’s Number 6. I mourn flappy airline tickets with your name printed in purple ink. I miss memos... and I wish I had a serving hatch in my sitting room because then I’d feel properly middle class" (2,086 words)

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