What exciting news: Kate Bush set to release new music in 2011, reports the Guardian today. What charming comments the news has provoked, too.
I was writing about sustainable fishing, but that can wait a day or two more, as I suspect this is of much greater interest to the majority reading.
For today, then, please recommend a Kate Bush song for everyone to listen to in respectful celebration of the exciting prospect of something new to come.
Here’s ‘And So Is Love’, the second track on, and fourth and final single taken from, 1993’s The Red Shoes album. The guitarist, if you’re wondering, is none other than Eric Clapton. Jeff Beck also features as a guest on the album.
The sad video reminds me that it’s soon time for the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch, which I hope I can encourage those of you in the UK to participate in, and those outside the UK to at least think about for a moment. All that is required of you is that you spend just one hour in your garden noting which birds visit. You can do this at any time during the final weekend of January, and the data you collect and then submit online helps the RSPB — the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds — collate a useful overview of bird species across all regions. Indeed, bird populations reflect the health of the planet on which our future depends, and surveys such as this help correctly place birds on either a green, amber or red list indicating a level of conservation concern.
If of interest to you, last year’s results are available to download. If you’re now thinking about this more seriously and wondering what you can do to help birds, no matter where in the world you reside, the RSPB also offers some practical advice on how to help make your garden more wildlife friendly: from constructing a wildlife stack out of recycled materials which you may have idly lying around, to what types of food you can put out for the birds to feed on (as opposed to relying solely on those horrible, plastic encased suet balls which, left in their wicked mesh, are, in fact, an obvious danger to hungry birds and therefore best avoided).
The ‘And So Is Love’ video also reminds me of this, which probably proves in part why writing about fish, or anything else really, has seemed such an insurmountable burden upon my fragile mind this week. For being so easily distracted, I apologise.
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