Letter: Rural contentment
Tuesday 03 February 1998
I have also reflected over the years on the amounts of milk, meat, poultry, fruit, flowers, wheat for bread, hops for beer, and barley for whisky which are carted daily from countryside to city and, annoyingly, often cost less there. As coal and aggregates are transported from the countryside, I have reflected on the acres of dereliction and desecration caused by opencast coal mining and quarrying to supply energy and building materials, mostly for people in the cities.
I came to the conclusion years ago that we are all dependent on each other, that country dwelling gives more time for serious observation, and that it is better to be a contented yokel than a bitter bigot.
Simon Calder looks at communities fighting back against the poachers
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