This weekend’s mailbag has mainly been on two topics. Firstly, and happily, the Cutty Sark re-mast-ered (below.) Secondly, rather less happily, this:
Do you, or anyone who reads your (marvellous – aw, gee, blush – TGP) blog, know why the council have murdered all the trees along Creek Road between the junction with Norman Road and the Magic Bookshop?
Do you know what has happened to the big trees at the end of Bardsley Lane next to the bookstore? I went over there yesterday and all that’s left is a humongous pile of chippings and several stumps. Is some deranged giant chipmunk on the prowl in Phantomland or is something even worse afoot?
The Phantom replies:
Martin – how dare you refer to our illustrious leader as a deranged giant chipmunk?
Actually I don’t even know why I’m joking about this. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about the photo above was taken by David Herbert, the owner of ‘the Magic Bookshop’, whose long-running (though ultimately victorious – huzzah) battle with the council to keep his home and business (if you missed the saga, just google his name in the site search engine…), who lived next door to said trees. When he went to bed on Friday night, it looked like that.
On Saturday morning it looked like this:
I’m actually amazed he managed to sleep through anything that could do that overnight, but hey.
Here’s the view looking towards the bridge:
He is, naturally, pretty upset about this. Apparently it’s for a new road scheme, which also raises the ugly head of his place being in the firing line again.
Anyone else feeling just a little bit less World Heritage Sitey? Gain three masts, lose five trees. As David himself says, so much for Boris Johnson’s ‘Plant a Tree’ scheme…
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