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Welcome to Lachlan Cranswick's Personal Homepage in Melbourne, Australia

Summer 2000 at Daresbury Laboratory, Cheshire, England

Return of the evil that are the Nazi Motor-mower Men of Runcorn, Daresbury and Halton Lea - 26th July 2000

(Though not as bad as their last insidious effort [Is this thanks to the true blue British tradition of doing things half arsed by default?])

(plus a poem: The Nazi Motor-mower Men of England)

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"The Nazi Motor-mower Men of England

"The Nazi motor-mower men of modern time.
 Mount their engines of inanity.
 Drive about.
 And oppress the flowers.

 Dealing mass rotating death
 To the happiness of different colours
 No doubt if asked would calmly scoff,
 "We are only obeying orders."
 Though more likely "Sod off!"

 Dandelions and Buttercups die en-masse,
 Daisies kark it without trouble
 Razor blades of social madness,
 Germander Speedwells bleed their pollen.

 "Leave not one alive" are their orders
 "Kill them all and make them suffer".
 "Anything not condoned in ISO standards,
  Exterminate and totally bugger"

 Wood Avens, Meadow Cranesbills, Foxglove Digitalis
 Forget-me-nots, Celadine, Willowherb, Red Campion,
 All must conform in grey oblivion,
 Moral vacuuma, futililty statements,
 Image and visions of corporate blandness."

      Lachlan M. D. Cranswick (July 2000)

Sequence of Events

Images

Description

Of the Chickweed / Mouse Ear family Shepherd's-Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

  1. Of the Chickweed / Mouse Ear family
  2. Shepherd's-Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

Scentless Mayweed (Matricaria perforata) Scentless Mayweed (Matricaria perforata) or Pineapple Mayweed (Matricaria matricarioides)

  1. Scentless Mayweed (Matricaria perforata)
  2. Scentless Mayweed (Matricaria perforata) or Pineapple Mayweed (Matricaria matricarioides)

Hedge Mustard (Sisymbrium officinale) Oxford Ragwort (Senecio squalidus)

  1. Hedge Mustard (Sisymbrium officinale)
  2. Oxford Ragwort (Senecio squalidus)

Herb-Robert (Geranium robertianum) Common Cleavers (Galium aparine)

  1. Herb-Robert (Geranium robertianum)
  2. Common Cleavers (Galium aparine)

Common Cleavers (Galium aparine) Red Campion (Silene dioica)

  1. Common Cleavers (Galium aparine)
  2. Red Campion (Silene dioica)

Wood Aven/Herb Bennet (Geum urbanum) Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)

  1. Wood Aven/Herb Bennet (Geum urbanum)
  2. Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)

Bee entering a Policeman's Helmet/Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)

  1. Bee entering a Policeman's Helmet/Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera)
  2. Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)

Rosebay Willowherb (Chamerion angustifolium) The  Nazi Motor-mower Men of Runcorn, Daresbury and Halton Lea have been here

  1. Rosebay Willowherb (Chamerion angustifolium)
  2. The Nazi Motor-mower Men of Runcorn, Daresbury and Halton Lea have been here

Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium) Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

  1. Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium)
  2. Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

The  Nazi Motor-mower Men of Runcorn, Daresbury and Halton Lea have been here Common Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea)

  1. The Nazi Motor-mower Men of Runcorn, Daresbury and Halton Lea have been here
  2. A survivor of the Nazi Motor-mower Men of Runcorn en-slaught: Common Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea)

A fallen White Clover/Dutch Clover (Trifolium repens) Bee on Common Knapweed (Centaurea nigri)

  1. A fallen White Clover/Dutch Clover (Trifolium repens)
  2. Bee on Common Knapweed (Centaurea nigri)

Tufted Vetch (Vicia cracca) Rosebay Willowherb (Chamerion angustifolium)

  1. Tufted Vetch (Vicia cracca)
  2. Rosebay Willowherb (Chamerion angustifolium)

Tufted Vetch (Vicia cracca) Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

  1. Tufted Vetch (Vicia cracca)
  2. Murdered by the Nazi Motor-mower Men of Runcorn, Daresbury and Halton Lea: Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

Common Bird's-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) Common Bird's-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)

  1. Common Bird's-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)
  2. Common Bird's-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)

Common Knapweed (Centaurea nigri) Common Knapweed (Centaurea nigri)

  1. Common Knapweed (Centaurea nigri)
  2. Common Knapweed (Centaurea nigri)

Red Clover (trefolium repens) Meadow Cranesbill (Geranium pratense)

  1. Red Clover (trefolium repens)
  2. Meadow Cranesbill (Geranium pratense)

Meadow Cranesbill (Geranium pratense) Meadow Cranesbill (Geranium pratense)

  1. Meadow Cranesbill (Geranium pratense)
  2. Meadow Cranesbill (Geranium pratense)

Meadow Cranesbill (Geranium pratense) Meadow Cranesbill (Geranium pratense)

  1. Meadow Cranesbill (Geranium pratense)
  2. Meadow Cranesbill (Geranium pratense)

Gipsywort (Lycopus europaeus) Gipsywort (Lycopus europaeus)

  1. Gipsywort (Lycopus europaeus)
  2. Gipsywort (Lycopus europaeus)

Gipsywort (Lycopus europaeus) Butterfly Bush (Buddleja davidii)

  1. Gipsywort (Lycopus europaeus)
  2. Butterfly Bush (Buddleja davidii)

Rosebay Willowherb (Chamerion angustifolium) Bee on Common Knapweed (Centaurea nigri)

  1. Rosebay Willowherb (Chamerion angustifolium)
  2. Bee on Common Knapweed (Centaurea nigri)

Injured Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus acris) Black Medick (Medicago lupulina)

  1. Injured Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)
  2. Black Medick (Medicago lupulina)

On the other side of the canal: what look like very large Oxeye daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare) Hairy St John's Wort (Hypericum hirsutum)

  1. On the other side of the canal: what look like very large Oxeye daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare)
  2. Hairy St John's Wort (Hypericum hirsutum)

1915 (Robert Graves)

"I'VE watched the Seasons passing slow, so slow,
In the fields between La Bassée and Bethune;
Primroses and the first warm day of Spring,
Red poppy floods of June,
August, and yellowing Autumn, so
To Winter nights knee-deep in mud or snow,
And you've been everything.

Dear, you've been everything that I most lack
In these soul-deadening trenches--pictures, books,
Music, the quiet of an English wood,
Beautiful comrade-looks,
The narrow, bouldered mountain-track,
The broad, full-bosomed ocean, green and black,
And Peace, and all that's good."

(Refer: ALCS -
The Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society:
http://www.alcs.co.uk)

This England

"This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
 This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
 This other Eden, demi-paradise,
 This fortress built by Nature for herself
 Against infection and the hand of war,
 This happy breed of men, this little world,
 This precious stone set in the silver sea...
 This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England."


 William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, 
 Richard II, Act 2, Scene 1 
 (JOHN OF GAUNT (Duke of Lancaster) speaks)


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