What to write about, my mood shifts between crossness and optimism. Watched the 1944 film 'Cantebury Tales' directed by Powell and Pressburger. It's symbolism somewhat obscured but its gentle story - who would put glue on young female's hair today I wonder ? There was a gentle subtle tenderness as the three young people, all from different backgrounds follow their goals through the film. It reminded me with its landscapes shorn of the clutter we find in our country today of books I have on my shelf about the countryside of the 1940s. A complete contrast to the fields of sugar beet that will sadly have the dreaded 'neonicotinoids' that kill our bees we see today. Arguments for and against later on.
An enjoyable film, it reminded me that once whilst doing a course at Bath Spa university we had watched French films of the 1930s with two very young lecturers (up their own a****). Shame I never stayed to do the 1940s. What I found with all these early films is an extraordinary vividness of what life was like then, and it captures the simplicity of the human race, and how things have changed. And yes we are still simplistic in our thinking, but we would never talk about 'village idiots' now! Our grandchildren would descend down on us 'politically incorrect', they would wag admonishing figures at us.
I also watched a Greta Thunberg documentary, a mite of a girl, sent out against the forces of the world. She is brave, tackling the 'white old men', their pomposity in meeting her made me laugh at their need to be part of the discussion on Climate Change. Of course they will do nothing about it they have far more important things to do (such as?) She has problems but is shielded by her parents but I wonder if this crusade will not mark her mentally for life. No matter how you go against the crowd they will always beat back. But slowly she winds the clock forward to show that we have to actually acknowledge that the natural world is changing, could we halt it? or will Lovelock's Cyberbots rule instead?
So neonicotinoids; (did they actually invent that name so we could not spell it?). Well, kick Brexit under the table, are we reverting to farming practices that the EU have ruled out. The argument for using the aforesaid insecticide (on the seed) of sugar beet, is that the aphids, which transferred a disease, were at 'bomb' levels last year and need to be tackled. There are restrictions of course on its use, two thirds only, no sowing of same crop for a specific time, or the growing of wild plants anywhere near (the contaminated ground?) for a certain length of time either. Monoculture take heed, we need all those different environments to sustain a healthy Earth, that is why preaching 'extinction' as David Attenborough is doing is a reality not some fashionable essay.