One of the things that is inevitable if you live in Stratford-upon-Avon for any amount of time (5 years?), is the development of certain ‘tics’ or ‘symptoms’. Unfortunately, there’s no cure and no satisfying explanation, they just happen and you become someone you don’t recognise.
One of the more noticeable changes in your character (and probably the most annoying), is you start to become ‘a-stick-in-the-mud’. What this means is you become unnaturally offended by and *fight furiously against signs of change within Stratford-upon-Avon and surrounding areas.
[‘To *fight furiously’ in the ‘Stratford-upon-Avon Book of Spells & Maps of the onion fields that surround the Town’, is defined as ‘Writing to the Herald’.]
Any major change to road structure (i.e. traffic lights), a new colour scheme, even the unexpected pruning of a favoured bush can bring a furious reaction from all and sundry. Such is the anger that can pulsate through the Town’s highways and byways you can almost hear the pens scratching on paper as folks begin their angry missive’ to the Herald.
Which brings me to my point…
As a full-blown carrier of the ‘Disgusted’ of Stratford upon Avon strain, I hereby extend my right to complain to ask,
‘What happened to my favourite tree in the RSC gardens (op the ‘Brass Rubbing Centre’)?
I know it has been a few weeks since it was chopped down (been busy) but I do have to ask why I wasn’t consulted?
This tree, was my all time favourite. Not only that, from the moment my three kids could walk I used to take them to play amongst the massive amounts of leaves it would shed every Autumn (‘Fall’ for my American friends).
I was so shocked and upset when I saw the sad stump I found it difficult, through my tears, to count the hundreds of rings on the now exposed trunk.
Was it diseased? And perhaps more importantly Why did the Stratford-upon-Avon Herald miss the chance to report on it (or did I miss it?).
Anyway, I just want to make the point and complain bitterly, that a major part of the Town’s history (and the Royal Shakespeare’s) has been taken down, seemingly in secret and without so much as a goodbye-old-friend-type-ceremony. Shame on the Town and The RSC.
If you know why this tree was dismantled please let me know in Comments. Thanks.