Daniel Marc Hooper

Biography
Daniel Marc Hooper was born in Luton, (Bedfordshire).[1] He became a nationally known figure in 1996 after spending a week in a complex series of tunnels dug in the path of a new extension to the A30 road in Fairmile, Devon, resisting attempts at eviction by police. Peter Faulding was called in as a confined space rescue specialist to safely remove Swampy and a number of other protesters locked on deep inside the network of manmade tunnels. Several people took part in the protest, but Swampy was the last one evicted. The magistrate passing sentence on him was David Cameron’s mother.[2] Swampy was originally from Newbury, Berkshire, the site of the protest over the Newbury bypass, and he then lived with his parents in Hazlemere, Buckinghamshire.[3]

Hooper’s subsequent fame included an appearance on the BBC comedy current affairs quiz Have I Got News for You, on 18 April 1997, when he briefly became the show’s youngest ever panelist. In 1997, he took part in another tunnel protest intended to prevent the building of a second runway at Manchester Airport,[4] and has also been involved with the Trident nuclear submarine protest camp at Faslane, Scotland.

In 2006, Hooper was living with his girlfriend and their three children in a yurt, a dome-shaped tent in Tipi Valley,[5] a remote New Age commune at Cwmdu near Llandeilo in West Wales. In 2007 the Sunday Mirror newspaper reported that he was taking part in the climate change protests at Heathrow Airport.[6] Hooper’s presence on the protesters’ site was dependent on his keeping a low profile, so his celebrity status would not detract from the protest.[7] As of 2013, he was still living in a commune in Wales with his family, working for the Forestry Commission and running marathons and half marathons.[8]

In September 2019 Hooper took part in an Extinction Rebellion protest, attaching himself to a concrete block at the entrance to the Valero Energy fuel refinery in Pembrokeshire.[9][10] He was arrested at Jones Hill Wood in Buckinghamshire in October 2020, having occupied a treehouse to prevent trees being chopped down since they are on the route of High Speed 2.[11]

The Amygdala

I saw a great documentary on TV about sleep (Mysteries of sleep by PBS America) which stuck with me and made me want to watch it again. One part explained how the amygdalla stores information or files during the day and then during the night as you sleep gives the files to a central part of the brain for dispersion and so freeing the amygala again for the next day. I

Pigeon Watch

Maybe it’s just my imagination, but such is the effect of pollution and the extinction of species and my general paranoia about it (we lost the blackbirds and sparrows 5 years or more ago, the cockney sparrows even). But I’ve got used to seeing a dozen or more pigeons on the rooftop opposite, seemingly smiling at me as if sharing a joke amongst themselves at my expense. But today there’s only one or two. Yesterday and the last few days, yes it was a heatwave and they might have been sheltering from the heat somewhere, but there were just a few pigeons.

This week we visited two restaurants and sat outside and where there are crumbs there are pigeons wobbling about under the seats, but both times not a single one even in a park. Is that strange or am I a paranoid like I said, seeing extinction everywhere. All I can say is pigeons come home now, a joke is a joke but this isn’t funny.

Landscape mystery

The landscape in the film Rogue Warfare 3 2020 Netflix film is supposed to be in the middle east but the best I can do to identify it is either Death Valle, Armenia or maybe after all the Negev. Anyway in the opening of the film when you see those fantastic mountains in shadow it looks so weird and wonderful. I thought they were baked hard sand dunes or squashed up and shaped by the wind or dug out by glaciers or …