It will be four years this spring since the death of Dutch columnist Martin Bril. Four years already; it is hard to believe. He wrote regular columns about nature and landscape and because he was a relative outsider, his reflections were often stimulating and original. I always had a soft spot for Martin Bril, just as I do for Kees Fens, Jan Blokker, Remco Campert and Bert Wagendorp.
It is now nearly two years down the line and the same director was front page news again with his statement that nature conservation organizations in our country could easily be merged, doing away with about 1500 superfluous jobs and thus saving a lot of money. On the radio I heard him say the only good solution to the traffic jams is more asphalt. How would Martin Bril have responded to that? Personally I would favour sweeping these proposals under the asphalt.