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2001-Apr-22: Troubled Waters

The paparazzi spoiled their lovely afternoon in New York City.   Sir Paul and Heather Mills were enjoying a paddle around Central Park in their row boat when they spotted a photographer hiding in the bushes.  Sir Paul was forced into a hasty escape from the park, complaining that the intruder had ruined his day.

Meanwhile, back home, daughter Heather is having some unhappy (and bizarre) new homeowner experiences of her own.  After purchasing a cottage near her father's home in Pett, East Sussex, she arranged for an old tree on her property to be removed as it was damaging the foundations of her new home.   The local villagers have risen up in protest, attempting to prevent the 150-year-old "landmark" from being chopped down.  One of Heather's friends states that: "She's worried sick about upsetting the village.  She just wanted a chance to live in peace among amenable people."

Now Heather has been informed that she has also incurred the wrath of another group as well.   Hundreds of druids and white witches are preparing to surround the tree on May 7 (the pagan festival of the waking of Jack in the Green) to protest the impending tree removal because they believe the yew to be "sacred" (they use its wood to make their wands).  One Arthur Pendragon, who claims to be the reincarnation of King Arthur, has threatened to chain himself to Heather's tree.

Meanwhile, the parish council has placed an emergency preservation order on on the tree.  According to a local citizen:  "We haven't got anything against the McCartney's, it wouldn't matter if the Queen lived there, yew trees are hallowed ground."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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