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Mary’s burning anger over my productivity shortcomings - Giles Wood

Regulars | By Giles Wood

Credit: Narek Avetisyan

Low productivity continues to act as a drag anchor on the British economy. And low productivity has bedevilled my own careers in art, writing and, more recently, broadcasting. By Giles Wood

My most conspicuous productivity shortcomings have been in my role as a smallholder. I ruled out keeping goats when I found out that regular hoof- and toenail-trimming would be required. As for keeping hens – I dislike their reptilian eyes. My vegetable production this year has suffered from a freak spurt in tree growth which cast too deep a shade over the beds. Moreover, my attempts to provide the cottage with dry, seasoned, home-grown logs – Italian alder, wild pear and cherry from our own sustainably managed woodlands – have fallen short of my best efforts. ...

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