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The countryside is often a man-made landscape, not a natural idyll, and wind turbines are just part of that tradition, writes Will Self.
"It was that arch-conservative GK Chesterton, inveighing against the rural purists of his own era, who said:
"The artificial is, if anything older than the natural. ... In the middle of the wildest fields, the most rustic child is, ten-to-one, playing at steam engines."
"He understood intuitively what the work of Oliver Rackham, that great historian of the British countryside, subsequently established factually - that the pattern of land use we see the length and breadth of these isles is as much a human artefact as Stephenson's Rocket."