By using plants and materials found locally, our roots stay undercover and we limit the growth of invasive plants. Anyone who likes nature will understand why we allow nature to grow alongside the more cultivated plant species we grow.
Every plant plays its part and though we always curse at the number of thistles, nettles, creeping buttercup and dandelion we grow, nothing is presently dominating the garden to such an extent that we deem it a total nuisance.
We compost the weed roots collected, so they eventually end up nourishing the trees, bushes and grasses and we have been given some useful ground cover plants – these are gradually working through the beds and features but , ‘at their own pace’ till they find their balance.
I designed and commissioned a rotary sieve which works faster than one operator can feed it. This can separate out stone from soil, tumble earth from weed plants and will eventually, with some modification, grade soils.
The stones it sieves go to make up paths and also soil cover to dissuade seeds and confuse slugs and snails. Although I read that their slime trails are ‘seeded’ with chemicals that accurately communicate to slugs that cross, where the best local eating places can be found. In all seriousness, if such a system for recording information can be developed for super computers, its goodbye Mr (Silicon) chips. However, I seem to remember some scientist suggesting the possibility of massive biological computers and being the only one to have consistently positive results from his own experiments – I hope the media wait for corroborated evidence this time before going gaga about slug slime.
If any research wants to come to HoBB Real and collect slugs, they are most welcome
[12 25x17cm GLOSSY STOCK PAGES, GLOSSY CARD COVER. Mono. Hand Numbered Limited Edition. of 1000. 100 Signed by Editor. ISBN No. 1 899573 003]
In this First Issue, our small yet powerful hero Eddy Champion, speeds to the rescue as one of his fellow earth creatures is trapped in a perilous watery downpour unable to reach safety.
As the Editor of this comic, I like it. I like the artwork, the passionate drama, the use of cool viewpoints and the way in which a heart warming simple story is shown to be so important to those deeply involved. I could go on and dish out a load of compliments but I’m the one wearing the rose coloured glasses so I’ll pass on that idea. Instead, read two of the ‘Reviews’ we rather liked from RJJ and Gavin Burrows :
EDDY CHAMPION #1
“Produced to provide support for registered educational children’s charity World of Water.” Little water conservation actually happens in this issue though, we’re introduced to Eddie — a superhero parody grub who saves snails from certain death. However, we’re promised in future issues he’ll be “right up there fighting the real problems that hit our own planet.”
The artwork’s accomplished in a post-EC comics kind of way, (perhaps a big influence as they insist Eddie is addressed as “EC”) if a bit too static and photo-referenced in places. It looks livelier when letratone is added (which it is for the cover and pin-up but not on the main strip). I also found the duplo-sized lettering a bit intrusive, but perhaps that’s a concession to the kiddie audience.
Given the content and intended readership I’m not sure a cartoonier approach would’ve been more effective, especially if the idea’s to get kids to relate to the character. But maybe that’s just me preferring cartoonier stuff in general.
‘Educational’ matters (hate the word but I can’t think of a better) definitely work well in comics. I think I’d prefer to see a post-privatisation version of the Thirties Superman, where wish-fulfilment figures get to kick the shit out of the heads of Yorkshire Water. Yeah and then hand them out among schoolkids…
(Gavin Burrows) **
EDDY CHAMPION #2
This professionally designed booklet sees the launch of a new super-powered
grub and his mission to save a falling snail. Gorgeous dark artwork is
incredibly out of place in this simple story of insect adventures. Its
simplicity is its failing and its environmental message overpowering. (RJJ)
** ( Editor: Funnily enough Gavin, ‘World of Water’ pitched a post-privatisation version of the thirties Superman to Severn Trent Water who adored our approach to their water treatment and supply ‘Educational’ matters, acknowledging that our ideas would be effective in Water education, but felt that they would not work in print on a ‘stand-alone’ basis. )
Those who care about water make waves ~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ BIG waves from Grant