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This is a picture of the hills to the north of my village, The woods you can see are the woods I have collected most of my red deer bones from. Herds of red deer live there, as well as foxes, red squirrels, buzzards, red kites, roe deer, newts and a lot more.
But can you tell what the landscape REALLY needs, and what would make it look better ? If you can't work it out, then it's because you don't love the countryside as much as Scottish and Southern Electricity. Read on to find out how they are making this view more beautiful.
And who wouldn't want to see something as beautiful and majestic as a 213ft pylon ? (That's bigger than the stupid old Statue of Liberty which is nowhere near as nice, and is only 150ft). I'm glad they cut down whole loads of forest and dug up ancient moors now that we get to see these beauties:
And this is how big the new pylons (in red) are compared to the old ones (in yellow). SSE didn't to bury the line below ground or sink it in the North Sea because then you wouldn't get to see the natural beauty of the pylons.
This is my village at the bottom. I've lived in that village all my life, and all that time people in the village have been saying: "it's quite a nice village, but what it really needs is a load of 200ft electricity pylons to block out that horrible view of stupid mountains and useless old trees". Luckily someone from SSE heard them, and started to improve the view straight away, like this:
Because the whole route costs £600m, and there are 600 pylons very single one of those pylons cost on average of £1,000,000. That is MUCH better value than maybe employing 2,000 extra nurses for the next ten years. The best thing is that all the money goes to SSE who are well known for being an honest and truthful company who would never lie about anything.
Building 600 massive pylons through the middle of such a boring and ugly place as the Scottish countryside was such a good idea that no-one ever opposed it, and everyone thought it would be a fantastic improvement.
I mean, today was an inservice day at school so me and dad walked up to the top of the wood and had lunch there.
I mean, the view's okay, but it would be better with more pylons in it.
See, isn't that better ?
I mean, who lives in a wood like this anyway ?
Apart from the red deer. And red kite (I saw one today). And foxes, of course (I found a dead one today). And the frogs. And the newts. And woodpeckers. And chaffinches. And bullfinches. And sparrowhawks. And rabbits. And hares. And grouse. And jays. I like jays. But apart from red deer, red kites, foxes, frogs, newts, woodpeckers, chaffinches, bullfinches, sparrowhawks, rabbits, hares, grouse and jays, what lives there ? Oh kestrels too. And roe deer. And treecreepers. And cuckoos. Some buzzards. Woodcocks as well. But apart from those, hardly anything lives there. Oh, and the owls. Anyway, you get my point.
This used to be one of my favourite woods, which had a load of boring trees and animals and birds and wildlife in. That's so old fashioned and boring. The future is electricity ! Away with old and in with the new ! My only regret is they left the rest of the wood there. Imagine how boring and dull this landscape would have been if they'd just buried the cables underground !
I can't wait until they are all finished. It is also good that we have destroyed the view and countryside from my village for generations to come, and that my grandchildren will know what a great job your generation did of looking after the countryside.