In a way, the title offers more than it delivers and, being deliberately sensationalist, is itself an example of clickbait.
I see it’s three days since I last posted. Unfortunately I can’t tell you what I’ve been doing in the last three says, because I don’t know. If pressed I would say that my main activity has been letting three days slip by. In Victorian times I could at least have excused myself by saying I’d been hitting the laudanum, but in these sanitised days of the 21st century it’s just been TV and reading clickbait on the computer. I can’t help thinking that my life as a poet is not quite on a level with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, or even Dylan Thomas.
Talking of which, I recently discovered, to my confusion, that there was also a man called Samuel Coleridge Taylor. Life can be full of interest, but also very confusing. One thing that occurs to me, now that I know, was why didn’t I know? It seems an interesting bit of general knowledge that should have cropped up before now.
I’ve also been thinking about bears recently. They aren’t a problem in the UK because we don’t have any. We have reintroduced beaver as part of a re-wilding plan and accidently reintroduced wild boar, but that’s as far as it goes. We are trying to preserve wildcats too, but they are probably doomed in the long term as, even if we can prevent habitat loss, they keep interbreeding with domestic cats.
It will be harder making the case for lynx and wolves, and I’m sure that bears will definitely be a step too far. Someone was killed recently in Italy by a reintroduced bear, which is more serious than worries about wolves or lynx taking a few sheep.
Bears first came into my mind a few months ago when I read an article on the killing, and returned last night after I spoke to Number Two Son on the phone and Bear Spray came up. I’d seen it on Race Across the World and wanted to know if it was something he’d come across. It was. He’d carried a can while he was hiking last year. Life in Canada is much more adventurous than it is here. The biggest wild animal I generally see is a squirrel.
(It’s capsicum spray, which allows mw the three part alliteration I needed for the title.)