Yesterday was the hottest February day—and, indeed, the hottest winter day—on record. To read the BBC’s coverage, you’d think this was wonderful news.
—Grand day, said the man in the bird-seed shop.
—Yes, I just had to turn the air-conditioning on in the car.
—We’ll pay for it!
Pragmatic Yorkshire thinking.
The record held for 24 hours. Today was even hotter: more like May than February.
We shall indeed pay for it.
“…wonderfully droll, witty and entertaining… At their best Carter’s moorland walks and his meandering intellectual talk are part of a single, deeply coherent enterprise: a restless inquiry into the meaning of place and the nature of self.”
—Mark Cocker, author and naturalist
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