Sir Andrew Motion, the new president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, says Londoners should venture out into the shires and ‘hug an animal’.Kiddies! Should you be venturing out into the country, that place of mystery and strange creatures, remember this important advice:
Hug this (but only if its mum isn’t around)
Don’t try to hug this!
And please remember to wash your hands!
Sir Andrew, who lives in North London for his work but travels to the countryside almost every week, also urged the preservation of libraries and post offices to give rural people a sense of community.
He said: ‘People need communities and to chat. The internet, for all the good that it does, does not do that.’Yes, indeed. No-one chats on the Internet, no-one!