Oak Hydra

Leonard Cohen’s Hydra

Richard Trapunski | Hazlitt | 15th March 2023

Arriving on Hydra, the Greek island to which Leonard Cohen moved in 1960, is "like stepping into an archival photograph". This is where he met Marianne, where he got into I Ching, where he wrote "Bird On The Wire", which was inspired by the installation of phone lines on the island. But for a place that was so important to him, there are few physical traces. Even his house is hard to find (3,029 words)

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Day In The Life Of An Oak Tree

John Lewis-Stempel | Country Life | 10th March 2023

In one 24-hour period, this tree is visited by a whole host of creatures, including: a mistle thrush, a great tit, grey squirrels, a fox, pipistrelle bats, a wren, a great spotted woodpecker, a nuthatch, a treecreeper, a chiffchaff, a pied flycatcher, bracket fungus, a fallow-deer buck, a bullfinch, a woodcock, a stag beetle, and a flat-backed millipede. A crash course in British woodland ecology (1,449 words)

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