Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Small Town Boy Makes Good

Mrs. Werbenmanjensen and I are both fans of the writer and fellow U.S. expat Bill Bryson (she for "Notes From a Small Island," me for "A Walk In The Woods," and both of us for "The Mother Tongue"), so it's with some amusement that I read this article:
British-based American writer and humorist Bill Bryson, who has made an art form out of poking gentle fun at his hosts, is to be head of the quintessentially English Campaign to Protect Rural England.

Bryson, born in Iowa but resident of Britain off and on for some 25 years, takes over the five-year post in July from voice of Middle England and former newspaper editor Max Hastings.

Author of books such as "Notes from a Small Island" and "A Short History of Nearly Everything", Bryson is taking over the helm of the organisation at a challenging time as the government plans to rip up planning red tape that limits rural development.

"The CPRE is a long-standing champion of the English countryside," he said in an interview on Wednesday. "It may be small but it can be ferocious."

(Looks like there's hope for me yet in this country, if a writer can eventually be named to head an advocacy group.)

Bryson has a similar reaction to mine when he views the grand English countryside.
"I grew up in an industrial farming state. If you suggested to people they should go out for a walk they would think you were mad," he said. "Here, the countryside is so beautiful but you are in danger of taking it for granted."

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2 Comments:

Blogger oldest kid said...

I recall going for walks in "an industrial farming state" and finding beauty. There may have been no hills, but there were plenty of flowers, butterflies, birds, and beautiful sunsets!

12:39 PM  
Blogger Schmutz said...

I quite agree with OK - our sunsets are spectacular - also our sunrises. Last summer I showed grandchildren how we could watch the sun set twice - first in a low spot and then after going up a small rise.

2:20 PM  

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