Kibworth Tip and COP26

Driving along the A6 the other morning I glanced briefly towards the closed gates of Kibworth Recycling and Household Waste site (known to all as ‘The Tip’) and immediately came to mind the lyrics of the well-known Joni Mitchell song ‘Big Yellow Taxi’, in particular the line,

That you don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone.’

Fortunately we know our useful amenity, Kibworth Tip, will reopen at the end of 2022 after its transformation. However we wonder how many people are already missing this useful facility?

Furthermore, being of a certain age I remember the second stanza lyrics from my halcyon days of early adulthood. Back then it all seemed like a vivid futuristic description for a post-apocalyptic world – especially the line about ‘a tree museum.’

Well, we have just had COP26 in Glasgow and deforestation was high on the agenda. And we know why, don’t we?

Here are the first 10 lines of the lyrics for you to refresh your memories. 

(Joni wrote these in 1970)

‘They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

With a pink hotel, a boutique, and a swinging hot spot

Don’t it always seem to go

That you don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

Oh, bop, bop, bop

Oh, bop, bop, bop

They took all the trees, and put ‘em in a tree museum

And they charged the people a dollar and a half to see them…’

Please enjoy autumn responsibly, and if this song becomes reality long after many of us are dead and buried, than those autumn colours may well be in a museum!

S. Poyzer.