“O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms,
Alone and palely loitering?
The sedge has withered from the lake,
And no birds sing”
[From 'La Belle Dame sans Merci' by John Keats (1819)]
Some 50 years ago, Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring highlighted the environmental damage leading from a dependence on pesticides, including poisoning farm workers with the pesticide DDT, now banned in much of the developed world.
Slightly worrying then to read that an ordinary arable field in Sussex is sprayed with pesticides 22 times over a single growing season.
The Mekon is still with us…
Footnote: This photograph is part of a project started in 2010 by the Portsmouth Creative Movement to work on hoardings surrounding the site of the now-demolished Pitt Street baths and gymnasium.