Daily Tree: The London Plane

One of my favourite trees.   The London Plane Tree is a modern hybrid species, mixed they believe from the Platanus orientalis (oriental plane) and the Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore).

It’s an excellent city tree.   It has a compact root growth, ideal for congested underground pipe systems and building foundations.   Polluted urban air is readily absorbed into its mottled bark, which stores the grim and sheds once full.   Much indeed like the tree’s leaves, for it is deciduous.

It's camouflage bark is distinctive and so are its seeds (see picture above), resembling spiky baubles and completing the ammo look.   This tree is indeed a city species.   Tough and tenacious - their leaves can take over a year to disintegrate. 

They’ve become increasingly popular, boosted by their combined resilience and pleasant greenery to beautify world cities.   Despite its name, the London Plane tree is found across the globe in temperate climes, from European neighbours Paris and Madrid to Australia’s Sydney and China’s Shanghai.   This makes it a true cosmopolitan tree.

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Three Muslim siblings were kicked off a plane for allegedly receiving a text in Arabic.

Last week, siblings Sakina, Maryam and Ali Dharas were sitting in an EasyJet plane in London about to depart for Naples, Italy, when they were approached by crew members who told them they had to leave.

According to Al Jazeera, armed police officers and a military intelligence officer greeted the three on the tarmac and proceeded to interrogate them for an hour. The officials informed the siblings that they’d been pulled off the plane because a passenger had allegedly seen them looking at a text that was either in Arabic or read “praise be to Allah.”

While they were detained, Sakina had to explain every stamp on her passport and reveal extremely private and personal information on her phone.

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Plant of the Day

Saturday 12 March 2016

A multistemmed specimen of Platanus × hispanica (London plane, maple-leaved plane) creates an amazing specimen tree in the park in Essen, Germany. It was casting a great shadow on the lawn in the early morning light. This large deciduous tree is tolerant of urban conditions with flaking grey and cream bark and maple-like leaves that will appear in the spring.

Jill Raggett

Warning: This article contains spoilers for the new Harry Potter play. Since reading this is way cheaper than taking a plane to London and buying a theater ticket, we thought you wouldn’t mind.

If you were hoping for Harry Potter stories where Harry is less of a boy wizard and more of a middle-aged piece of shit, well, you’re in luck. The new play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child is currently being performed in London, but since the words “Harry Potter” are the cocaine to book publishers’ Tony Montana, the script was naturally also released in book form.

Here’s the thing, though: The play totally undoes the entire fabric of the Harry Potter universe.

The story, co-conceived by Potter author (and female British equivalent of George Lucas) J.K. Rowling, centers around Time-Turners – those shiny doodads that look like they came from the bottom of a cereal box, but have the power to break the laws of physics and let a person travel through time.

For those who don’t remember, Time-Turners were first introduced in Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, in which Hermione is secretly issued one so she can go back in time to take extra classes, which in retrospect seems like an insanely mundane reason to time travel. It’s like if Doc Brown used the DeLorean to go back and tape an episode of Miami Vice he missed. But at least that Time-Turner was only able to go back a few hours or so. That’s not the case in the new story.

JK Rowling Just Undid Every Harry Potter Story You Know