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2008-09-04 00:00:10

By Josh Sims We've lost 97 per cent of our meadowland and its wildlife to farming. But one campaigner is fighting to save what's left. Josh Sims meets a man on a mission So you thought looking after your lawn was hard work? Spare a thought for Jon Valters, who tends to a lot more grass than the average gardener. To be precise, some 147 acres, leased in Carmel National Nature Reserve in Carmarthenshire - on which he is spending some 200,000 from the Welsh Assembly to do, well, as little...


Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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