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Country Life 27-Nov-2019

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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hark to the angels

OH hush the noise, ye men of strife/And hear the angels sing.’ The assault on ears and nerves by relentlessly jangly melodies—Jingle Bells, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, the fa-la-las and ding-dongs noisily played in shops—can obscure the messages and magic, uplifting and poetic, that underline much Advent music (‘Doorways to Heaven’, page 148). That’s not to disparage the annual unification the Christmas repertoire brings—it’s a joyous feeling to know words and tune well enough to carol lustily in chorus—but to hear within the familiar verses words that comfort, that crystallise hope and conciliation with the tenderness and awe surrounding a newborn baby. We hear it when the hoary coldness of Rossetti’s poem In the Bleak Midwinter gives way to the radiant warmth of a stable in which…

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country life

Editor Mark Hedges Editor’s PA/Travel Rosie Paterson 555062 Editorial Assistant Phoebe Bath 555046 Telephone numbers are prefixed by 01252 Emails are name.surname@ti-media.com Editorial enquiries 555046 Deputy Editor Kate Green 555063 Managing & Features Editor Paula Lester 555068 Architectural Editor John Goodall 555064 Gardens Editor Tiffany Daneff 555067 Fine Arts & Books Editor Mary Miers 555066 Executive Editor & Interiors Giles Kime 555083 Deputy Features Editor Victoria Marston 555079 News & Property Editor Annunciata Elwes 555078 Luxury Editor Hetty Lintell 555071 Group Art Director Dean Usher Acting Art Editor Sarah Readman 555080 Art Editor Emma Earnshaw Deputy Art Editor Heather Clark Designer Ben Harris 555245 Picture Editor Lucy Ford 555075 Deputy Picture Editor Emily Anderson 555076 Senior Sub-Editor James Fisher 555089 Senior Sub-Editor Octavia Pollock 555082 Digital Editor Toby Keel 555086 Property Correspondent Penny Churchill Group Managing DirectorAndrea Davies Managing Director Steve Prentice Assistant Business Director Kirsty Setchell 551111 Photographic Library Manager Melanie Bryan 555090 Photographic Library Assistant…

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hark, how all the welkin rings

AS cathedrals around the country start to ring with the glorious sounds of choirs performing Christmas music, one carol captures the essence of the season perhaps more than any other—Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, which sees its 280th anniversary this year. When Methodist leader Charles Wesley sat down to write his Hymn for Christmas Day in 1739, he could hardly have imagined that it would become the soundtrack of Christmas for generations. He would, however, be less than flattered to find his work owes much of its success to an adaptation he had vehemently opposed. In the mid 18th century, another cleric, George Whitefield, shortened Wesley’s carol and gave it a new beginning and a new name: Hark! the Herald Angels Sing replaced Hark, How All the Welkin Rings. It appears Wesley…

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where to hear nine lessons and carols

Bradford December 22, 6pm. Free, reserve tickets online Bristol December 23, 6pm, and December 24, 3.30pm Bury St Edmunds December 23, 7pm Carlisle December 23 and 24, 6.30pm Chester December 23, 6.30pm, and December 24, 3pm Chichester December 19 and 20, 6pm, and December 21, 3pm Coventry December 15, 6.30pm Durham December 22, 6pm, and December 24, 3pm St Mary’s, Edinburgh December 22 and 24, 7.30pm Ely December 22 and 24, 6pm Exeter December 24, 6pm Gloucester December 23 and December 24, 6pm Guildford December 22, 6pm Hereford December 22, 7pm. Ticketed —download a form to reserve Lichfield December 23 and 24, 7pm, doors open 6pm Liverpool December 22, 3pm Manchester December 22, 7.30pm Newcastle December 24, 6pm Norwich December 17, 7pm, December 22, 6pm, and 24, 3.30pm for a Christmas procession Oxford December 23, 6pm and December 24, 3pm. Free, but ticketed Peterborough December 21, 7.30pm. Ticketed Ripon December 23 and 24, 5.30pm St David’s December 22, 7pm. Doors open at 5.45pm St Paul’s, London December 23 and 24, 4pm Salisbury December 22, 5pm and December 23, 7pm Sheffield December…

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labrador is top dog again

LABRADORS reign supreme once more. New puppy-registration data from the Kennel Club (KC) shows that the faithful retriever is once again the country’s most beloved breed, regaining the crown it briefly lost to the French bulldog in 2018. Overall, however, native breeds are losing ground to more exotic ones. Staffies, boxers and Border terriers —all of which ranked within the top 10 in 2009—have slid down the list, with Continental breeds such as dachshund and miniature Schnauzer climbing up the popularity ladder. Popular culture, celebrity ownership and current fashion trends all play a part, as does the increase in urban dog keeping, and the numbers of some native dogs, such as otterhounds, have fallen so low that they’re are at risk of disappearing. The KC’s Ciara Farrell comments: ‘We urge people…

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dormouse sos

BRITAIN has lost more than half its hazel dormice in 20 years, says a report by the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES), which paints a grim picture. ‘Dormice are declining in both range and population,’ says Ian White, the charity’s dormouse and training officer, who adds that, alongside the recent, steep plunge: ‘We have lost them from 17 English counties in the past 100 years.’ The report identifies three key factors in the dormouse’s decline. The first and most critical is poor habitat quality because the loss of traditional forestry practices, such as coppicing, is making woodlands less hospitable—in particular, the dense understorey where dormice feed and raise their young has disappeared from much of the UK. Fragmentation worsens the problem, adds Mr White, with gaps in hedgerows and shrub banks…