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Country Life 12-Feb-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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eat, drink and be merry

HOW times have changed. Once the world’s culinary kicking boy, a dyspeptic punchline to the same old joke, British food is thriving (‘Around Britain in 50 foods’, page 36). Exports continue to soar, our national produce synonymous with quality, craft and the very highest of welfare standards. Not so much coals to Newcastle as cheese to France, chocolates to Belgium, even tea to China. For decades, British cooking was a term of abuse, a culinary cuss, a byword for the drab, dreary and institutionally dull. Not any more. Our chefs and restaurants astonish with their skill, ingenuity and passion, as gastronomes the world over come to bow their heads at the altars of St John, The Fat Duck, Rules, Ynyshir and Core. And with good reason. We may be a nation…

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beware bumps in rural roads

A BAN on selling new petrol, diesel or hybrid cars will be in place by 2035, the Government has announced. The policy was unveiled as part of the launch event of COP26, the annual UN gathering to discuss climate change, which will be held in Glasgow in November. The plan will be subject to a consultation and comes after climate experts said that the previous target of 2040 was too late if the UK intends to stick to its goal to be emitting almost zero carbon by 2050. Hybrid vehicles are also included under the new proposals, meaning that people will only be allowed to buy fully electric or hydrogen cars and vans. The policy drew criticism from a variety of groups, with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)…

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electric vehicles at a glance

• Under current plans, only fully electric or hydrogen vehicles may be purchased from 2035 • In December 2019, 4,054 battery electric vehicles were registered, up 203.9% from December 2018, but still only making up 2.7% of total vehicles sold that month. In 2019 as a whole, battery electric vehicles made up 1.6% of registrations • According to Scottish Power, the UK will need 25 million electric vehicle chargers by 2050. As of February 6, there are 30,347 points at 10,815 locations, according to the website www.zap-map.com • The Office of Budget Responsibility estimates that, this financial year, fuel duty will raise £28.4 billion. There has been no announcement as to what, if anything, will replace it • The Nissan Leaf, which is made in the UK, is the most popular battery electric car…

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dandy dandelions

THEY might be seen as annoying weeds that can spoil a decent lawn, but dandelions are a haven for bees. Gardeners are being asked to refrain from mowing them over by the new president of the British Ecological Society (BES), as they are a valuable food source for early pollinators. Jane Memmott, who took over at the BES at the beginning of this year, said gardens have become too neat, which isn’t helping our insects —a vital cog in our countryside. ‘People are a lot tidier than they used to be. This whole business of keeping your lawn neatly clipped and pulling the weeds out is part of some British obsession with tidiness,’ says Prof Memmott. ‘If you look back at old pictures, people weren’t as tidy. I think bohemian untidiness is…

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good week for

Getting around the countryside A £20m trial for on-demand buses in rural and suburban areas was announced this week, allowing passengers to order rides through an app. Some £30m of further funding will be spent to improve or restore bus services that have been cut. The Government hopes all buses will be electric by 2025 Theatre-going seals A wild grey seal has been recorded ‘clapping’ on camera, creating ‘shotgun-like’ sounds. The male was filmed off the Farne Islands; scientists believe the display attracts females, as well as scaring away potential competitors Rare beans The Prince of Wales plans to preserve rare plants for future generations by planting two varieties of endangered seeds at Highgrove. They are the Mrs Lewis Purple Podded Climbing French bean and the Black Valentine Dwarf bean French bees Three hives of bees that…

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bad week for

Going to the loo David Cameron’s bodyguard left his gun in the loo of a British Airways flight from New York to London. A terrified passenger found the 9mm Glock 17 pistol. Mr Cameron left his own daughter in the loo of a Buckinghamshire pub in 2012 Michael O’Leary A UK advertising watchdog has banned a Ryanair advert that claimed the company had the lowest carbon emissions of any airline in Europe. Ryanair says it abided by the UK advertising code Portcullis House carpets A fox broke in to the offices of MPs, climbing an escalator before doing its business outside the office of (anti-hunting) Labour MP Kerry McCarthy. The fox was apprehended by police before being released back into the city. Phoebe Bath…