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Country Life 24-Jun-2020

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Published by TI Media Limited 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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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
51 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
treasure kindness

BE kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle,’ runs an old quotation. It was certainly generosity and politeness that helped soften the shock and fear of those early, dark days of lockdown. Despite the anxiety, and the distressing daily bulletins, the prevailing atmosphere was one of courteousness and civility, as people stepped aside on pathways with polite nods and smiles, and said: ‘No, after you,’ to a key worker in a rush. Volunteers mobilised to shop for the infirm and vulnerable; hospital staff did their poignant best to enable family communication with the seriously sick; and many carers went to extraordinary lengths of selflessness to ensure they could continue to care. As Mark Twain wrote: ‘Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can…

8 min.
town & country

Hare today, gone tomorrow? THE Scottish Parliament has voted to make mountain hares a protected species and ban unlicensed cullings of the animals. A late amendment to the Animals and Wildlife Bill last week was passed by 60 votes to 19. The amendment was tabled by Green MSP Alison Johnstone on the back of a petition that had more than 22,000 signatures. Mountain hare numbers have been in decline since the 1950s, say ecologists, with Scottish Government figures suggesting 26,000 are killed each year. The ban has been met with harsh criticism from countryside groups, with one landowner telling COUNTRY LIFE that the speed with which the ban was passed was akin to ‘an ambush’. ‘People are more angry about the process than the result,’ says Malcolm Hay from Banffshire. ‘All along,…

1 min.
good week for

Libidinous tortoises Diego, a giant Galápagos tortoise, has retired from a breeding program in which he fathered around 800 offspring. Diego, who previously lived in San Diego zoo, arrived at Española when there were only 12 females and two males of his species alive on the island. After his Herculean efforts, the population is now 2,000. Get the man some ice Tree hugging A National Trust poll says that the country has fallen in love with Nature during lockdown. A third of adults are more interested in it, while those aged between 25 and 34 have shown the largest growth in interest Aliens Scientists from the University of Nottingham have suggested that there are likely to be at least 36 ‘ongoing intelligent civilisations' in the Milky Way galaxy. As Arthur C Clarke said: ‘Either we…

1 min.
country mouse

THIS week, the excitement of producing the magazine from outposts as far apart as Devon and the Black Isle in the Scottish Highlands has been added to by a new email system. I’m not a natural with computers and struggle with what seems blindingly obvious to anyone half my age. What I am told should be intuitive can feel anything but. Still, patience and determination have won through—it seems to me that if you don’t force yourself to keep up with modern technologies, you will be lost in some hopeless, luddite wilderness for the rest of your life. Fortunately, gardening is a more simple and manual pastime. Rachel and I are now reaping the rewards of all the sowing we did when we first went into isolation, more than three months…

1 min.
town mouse

COME quickly! The egg has exploded in the microwave!’ The tone was eager rather than nervous and the intense interest into the cause of the disaster—the failure to break the yolk—suggested a desire to recreate the effect at a future date. There will be trouble if so. It’s one of several colourful accidents bound up with an ongoing experiment to encourage the children to make their own porridge or scrambled egg for breakfast. Clearing up the attendant mess has made me wonder about its wisdom. The visit of the French President to London this week, meanwhile, has added to the sense that the capital is returning to life after lockdown. We watched the flypast of the Red Arrows trailing red, white and blue smoke from the top of the house. The…

1 min.
town & country notebook

Quiz of the week 1) In Dodie Smith's novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians, Pongo's mate isn't called Perdita-what is her name? 2) The common name of which wildflower comes from the Old English dæges eage, meaning ‘day's eye'? 3) What is the angle between each hour at the centre of a clockface? 4) White wine from which country is referred to as ‘Hock'? 5) On which part of the body would a Glengarry be worn? Time to buy Large Cooler Bag, £30, Cath Kidston (www. cathkidston.com) Bee Enamel Bottle Opener, £11.50, At Home in the Country (01484 865359; www. athomeinthecountry.co.uk) Henley Lightweight Fedora, £40, Hayfield England (01269 269401; www.hayfieldengland.com)…