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Country Life

Country Life 22-Jan-2020

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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let’s hear it for 2020

WILD dancing, roaring cars, glamorous liners and romantic train travel, vivid cocktails in slender glasses, swinging ropes of pearls, beads and bobbed hair, feather boas and fringes, optimism and energy, colour and noise—can we recapture the hope, vitality and elegance of the early 1920s (‘You’re gonna hear me roar’, page 48)? It was an age of jazz, Art Deco and women being permitted at last to work and vote, of Howard Carter and Tutankhamun, Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams, the first television, penicillin, the Education Act, Captain Birdseye and Cole Porter; exciting new politics filled the newspapers and new technology made life easier. Not everything was wonderful, far from it —war had wiped out a generation of young men, a disease such as Spanish flu could kill 250,000 people, there were strikes…

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over troubled waters

THE little tern, pied avocet, ruff and migratory red knot are among thousands of seabirds to benefit from new protections announced by Defra last week —they will be further expanded upon in a mammoth Seabird Conservation Strategy in December. Activities, including fishing, will be restricted in places such as the Solent and one new Special Protection Area (SPA) created across 344 square miles of the Dorset coast, a vital foraging site for both common and little tern. Further north, the Teeside and Cleveland Coast SPA will be extended to 47 square miles, ensuring a safe haven for more than 35,000 birds. ‘Many of Britain’s sea and shorebird populations are globally important,’ explains Tony Juniper, chair of Natural England, which carried out the research. The new protections ‘will ensure species of conservation concern…

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stalking for the environment

WATCHING deer is one of the great free pleasures of this country, but there’s growing acknowledgement that numbers are out of control, to the detriment of the environment—tree-planting targets are pointless without deer management. In a radical move, Scottish Environment Link (LINK), a coalition of 18 groups including the John Muir Trust, Scottish Badgers and Ramblers Scotland, wants to encourage local communities to join in deer stalking and benefit from the venison. In the more populated West Country, hunting plays a major part in managing a healthy herd. LINK’s paper proposes a statutory regulation to ensure deer densities are reduced to ‘sustainable levels’ and ‘community access to hunting and venison’ be opened up, as in Norway. This would mean increased employment for stalkers and potentially doubled revenue from a nutritious meat,…

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good week for

Future British composers All children should soon have access to music lessons and leave school with the ability to read and write music, thanks to an £85m Government pledge Weathering the weather Google scientists say they’ll soon be able to use AI to create a six-hour forecast for a sq km within 10 minutes, which they call ‘nowcasting’; current technology takes three hours to produce a prediction Norfolk coastal living A new £40m project to improve tidal defences at Great Yarmouth —where, in 2013, 9,000 people had to evacuate their homes due to flooding—is now underway Remembering the Holocaust Black-and-white footage taken inside Auschwitz has been colourised for the first time and will form part of a Channel 4 documentary narrated by Sir Ben Kingsley Fighting ash dieback Last week, a Defra officer planted the 3,000th tree of the…

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bad week for

Oenophiles Apparently, 58% of millennials are shunning wine and would rather match soft drinks with different foods based on aroma, flavour and texture—according to Robinsons and 7UP Free, that is. We’ll believe it when we see it Scottish farmers The new Agriculture Bill may bring clarification for English farmers, but there is less certainty for those north of the border, says Scottish Land & Estates, which calls for both Governments to work together on Scotland-tailored policy Worcestershire parish churches A spate of vandalism saw three targeted last month—damage was particularly bad at St Mary’s, Elmley Castle, with a 1630s effigy by the carver Samuel Baldwin affected…

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capture the castles

IN 2017, the evocative Fortress of Königstein from the North (above), about 1756, by Bellotto (Canaletto’s nephew) was saved for the nation; now, the National Gallery, supported by the Art Fund, is launching a touring exhibition of this and five other paintings of castles and fortresses, both real and imaginary. Starting at the National Museum Cardiff (January 28–May 10), ‘Imagine a Castle: Paintings from the National Gallery, London’ will then travel to Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (July 25–November 15) and Norwich Castle Museum (November 28–March 7, 2021), complemented at each by local collections; at Sunderland, 14th-century Hylton Castle, which features in a painting, will simultaneously open to the public after a £4.4 million makeover.…