Of all the animals of prey, man is the only sociable one.
Every one of us preys upon his neighbour, and yet we herd together.
The Beggar's Opera: John Gay

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Now you see them...

On my recent train journey to the ancestral homeland, I discovered a neat trick.

Dismayed by the myriad wind turbines disfiguring the well-loved landscape, I removed my glasses to rub my weary eyes and, thanks to the myopia I had until then deeply resented, they vanished almost without trace. At last, I have found an advantage to being short-sighted.

If only it were really that simple!

Just take your turbines off the highland hills
And the island hills - these are my land's hills!
We want no windmills on the highland hills
Buggering up the hills of home!

Update: From The Scottish edition of the Telegraph:

'Scottish households could be left with higher power bills after independence to fund subsidies for wind and wave farms, energy companies and the government indicated yesterday.

The First Minister's plan for a major expansion of green power projects relies on households in the remainder of the UK continuing to subsidise the schemes after separation as part of a single energy market.'


  1. I cling onto the thought that they are highly visible follies. They don't work, almost everybody knows it and there they are - monuments to human folly.

  2. AKH I wish I'd thought of that as an explanation to offer the Americans sitting opposite me in the train - they were aghast at what had been done to the landscape they had made a once-in-a-lifetime journey to see.

    I know that we can't live in a theme park for the pleasure of visiting tourists, but it does seem that planners take a perverse pleasure in siting these things as visibly as possible in the most attractive vistas they can find - presumably not least because it makes the turbines look fantastic in the company prospectus.

  3. "planners take a perverse pleasure in siting "
    When subjugating or bullying a population an important part of the process, which enhances the bully's enjoyment, is to force them to accept things they dislike and permanently remind them of their low status.

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