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Old friends...

I went to George Monbiot's talk on Rewilding in Bristol yesterday.
He is actually an old friend of mine from activism days back in the 1990's, particularly the road protest at Solsbury Hill in 1994 and the Land Is Ours campaigns of 1997-8. I talked to him once since, in around 2008 by email, but not actually seen him in person since 1997-8 or thereabouts. So I thought I would buy a copy of his book, which I was going to do anyway, and see what he had to say if I suddenly appeared right in front of him with a copy of his book to sign.

So anyway, he recognized me immediately I am glad to say, and I had to laugh as he suddenly said in surprise "Oh hello, how are you?" "Very well thankyou" I replied, "how are you doing? Been a while..." "Indeed" he said before asking me what I was doing these days. So I told him I was a freelance journalist working for Renewable Energy Magazine and writing a few odd extra magazine articles besides. He signed the book with a greeting of "For the trees! With best wishes George Monbiot" on the basis that that was where we both, more or less, started out from (although he had admittedly been involved in a few scrapes in the Amazon and, I think, Indonesia, before he ended up at Solsbury Hill.

I have to say it was actually quite a magical experience exchanging a greeting with George as an old friend, rather than as an internationally well known author, environmentalist and Guardian columnist, and quite an amusing one too!

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