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Copycats; First signs of spring

Published: Friday, February 11, 2011

Copycats
Can you fill in the missing name here? "When [a vet] realised how many of the pets he saw in his surgery were suffering from diet-related health problems, he decided to do something about it by creating his own veterinary diet." No, it isn’t me from 1993 onwards; it’s another vet who has launched his very own pet food brand. Strange as it seems, most of his promotional material bears a striking resemblance to mine. 

First signs of spring
At the weekend I found a crocus in flower in the garden and yesterday, up on Penlan Uchaf, I found the most wonderful show of snowdrops in a little patch of woodland. 
"Can spring be far behind?" (Shelley, Ode to the West Wind) 

This brings to mind lines from Grey’s “Elegy in a Country Churchyard”
"Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
And waste its sweetness on the desert air."
Isn’t it a little arrogant to think that flowers (or all things in nature) are there primarily for man’s benefit?

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