Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Newswatch - Cornish plant shocks owners

A brief news update, largely for my own amusement.

First, a couple of local interest stories of a botanical kind, demonstrating as much as anything how good the Cornish climate is for moisture-loving plants.

This morning, readers of BBC Cornwall's website were greeted by the headline "plant growth shocks holidaymakers", now abbreviated to "plant shocks holidaymakers", which sounds quite sinister. Mr and Mrs Godfrey of St Merryn were amazed to find their Agave had grown to 26 feet high in their absence. This is the kind of story that makes you wish that local news could leave their site blank on days when nothing happens, especially when you realise that the Godfreys had been away, not for a week or two, but two months. If I left the the Vicarage garden for that long in the summer, it would generate enough biomass to fuel a small town for a year.

More interesting, but only to a very small number of people, is the news that the rare Many-Fruited Beardless Moss is flourishing in Cornwall. See the link here, as the BBC reporter struggles manfully to wring some excitement from the story, but is undermined by the picture editor illustrating it with "another of Cornwall's rare species - the Cornish Chough".

Elsewhere in the news - An escaping burglar in Winchester dropped £1600 in the street as he fled. Police are optimistically appealing for the return of the money, as it is "evidence". Perhaps they should offer a reward.

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