I am not a Village dissertation

The City is my home. The home of my (now retired) Parents. My wider family have and live in no country retreats, cottages, homelands, back home, mostly live in cities and towns.. most people I know live in cities and towns; most people in the world mostly live in cities and towns.. yet rural/ suburban fantasies persist and of course it is true even I am not immune to the rejuvenating, envigorating, enlivening, uplifting, inspiring jolts of exposure to proper Nature.. Mountains, Seas, Oceans, Hills, meadows, fields, forests, Rivers.. I have also been blessed in London  to live both on the River and with exquisite sky views, both times with birds as my neighbours, and it is indubitable that this most positively affects my experience of city living, as did growing up near Hampstead Heath.. I have learned how to make the most of my city life, to find Nature where I can, indeed to know that I am also Nature, and to love other human beings in all their permutations and possibilities.

I have a fear and theory that people who have country houses, cottages, retreats, parents in the country perceive always the city s a place to take from and the country the place to give to/ revive in (i can see a potential reverse reading of this and would love to find ways to debate this).. but there is a lack of really finding a way to create Natural City Life because there is no investment to do so because people who might do so/ have the resources/ leisure to do so are the kind of peoples who do have country piles of whatever size to return to/ or at least imagine. I am a HUGE fan of City Life.. Diversity, Mess, Chaos, Activity, Shouting, Bustle, Grime, Contradiction, Radicalism, New Ideas, Theatre, Music, Coffee Shops, Bars, Parks, Markets, Various foods…