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Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd Country Life, the quintessential English magazine, is undoubtedly one of the biggest and instantly recognisable brands in the UK today. It has a unique core mix of contemporary country-related editorial and top end property advertising. Editorially, the magazine comments in-depth on a wide variety of subjects, such as architecture, the arts, gardens and gardening, travel, the countryside, field-sports and wildlife. With renowned columnists and superb photography Country Life delivers the very best of British life every week.

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miss sophie lewis

Sophie is the youngest daughter of Dr and Mrs Colin Lewis of Compton Heights, Surrey. Educated at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA, and King’s College London, from which she will graduate this summer, Sophie hopes to pursue a career in international sustainable development.…

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bring back polymaths

ACROCKETED Gothic monument on the green at Denholm, just north of the Scottish border, remembers John Leyden, born here in 1775. The son of a shepherd, Leyden grew up to write poetry, become a doctor and a judge, run the Madras general hospital and accompany Lord Minto to Java, where his linguistic gifts came in handy, before he died, aged only 35.The small village of Denholm had other brilliant sons, however: James Duncan wrote books on entomology, John Scott was a botanist who corresponded with Darwin and Sir James Murray was, for 35 years, editor of the Oxford English Dictionary—he received nine honorary degrees.Denholm’s record is remarkable (it even had a Grand National winner, Rubstic, in 1979), but production of the multi-talented was replicated in small communities as well…

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town & country

Hat-block making, which once employed hundreds in Luton, now has as few as five practitioners. On the danger list An orrery of 1712 IN its 10th-anniversary year, the Heritage Crafts Association (HCA) has been as hard at work as ever in uncovering traditional skills in dire need of attention. Last week, 37 additions were made to its Red List of Endangered Crafts, 16 of which could be lost within less than a generation and are termed ‘critically endangered’. Products that could soon be scarce include basketwork furniture, spinning wheels, orreries (clockwork models of the Solar System), watch-face enamel and withy pots (made of willow, used to catch lobsters and crabs).The charity isn’t shy in pointing out that, although the UK is very active in conserving…

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good week for

Cool runnings After losing Government funding last year, Great Britain’s two-man bobsleigh team has registered its best finish for 53 years, fourth, at the World Championships, Canada Dorset beachgoers The county’s Bournemouth Beach has been named the best in the UK and the sixth best in Europe by TripAdvisor Equality Virgin Atlantic has become the first premier airline to remove its rule that female cabin crew must wear make-up…

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country mouse

IT’S been all a bit topsy-turvy, weather-wise. Storm Freya followed the late-February heatwave. Long before we started giving these weather fronts friendly names, a period of bad weather at this time of year would have been known as a blackthorn winter. It’s the opposite of an Indian summer, when a late cold snap coincides invariably with the flowering of the wild plum, ancestor of our garden fruit.In a cold snap, the flowers break open on the leafless black branches; in warmer weather, they open amid small green leaflets. The hedges are currently bedecked in white flowers, each with five petals that together resemble a fall of snow on the dark boughs. In the sunlight, it’s an exquisite sight.By autumn, the blackthorn will be hanging with bitter, purple fruits, sought…

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town mouse

ONE of the highlights of the week was a party to celebrate the launch of a new book on Tower Bridge, which opened 125 years ago in 1894. Appropriately, the launch took place inside the monument itself. I know the bridge well as a passer-by, but the interior came as a revelation. We gathered in one of the high-level galleries that originally allowed pedestrians to cross the river when the wings of the bridge were raised. It’s a superfluous arrangement now, although the bridge still opens about 1,000 times a year.Part of the gallery floor has been replaced in glass, so that it’s possible to look straight down onto the river. It was spectacular, but I took a moment to screw up the courage to step onto the seeming…