Country Life 10-Feb-2021

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.

País:
United Kingdom
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Future Publishing Ltd
Periodicitat:
Weekly
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as free as a bird

D. H. LAWRENCE described the nightingale’s sound as ‘neither preaching nor commanding nor urging. It is just singing’. Having no agenda except survival, birds are wonderfully immune to the gloomy news that daily assaults us. As a violent storm clears, so a blackbird’s sweet chirrup will sound, making it all right with the world. After a squall, chubby sparrows emerge chattering, squabbling and playing tag like small children noisily erupting into the playground at breaktime. Alighting lapwing will transform the sludge of a flooded field into a painter’s canvas. And, as our social lives contract, February is the birds’ merry month of mating: even the cadaverous rook is cuddling up coyly on a bare branch. Birds and their antics are a free, natural entertainment system, visible to all in some shape…

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bad dogs or bad owners?

NOT only are dogs the most expensive they’ve ever been, but the housebound nature of 2020 has resulted in a generation of poorly trained pets living with ill-suited, regretful owners, who are shunning rehoming in favour of resale, hoping to recover some of the overinflated price. Last March, searches for ‘buy a puppy’ quadrupled, then doubled in May. By January, online adverts for dogs had risen by 59%, according to the Dogs Trust. Prices rocketed, too, with beagles up the most, by 157%, closely followed by chows, dachshunds, French bulldogs, pugs and English bulldogs—all at their highest levels since Dogs Trust records began. Now, new Kennel Club data reveals that one in three people who bought a dog during the ‘pandemic puppy boom’ have no idea what to do with their…

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waste not, want not

NEXT time you break something in the kitchen, instead of cursing, think of the cultural good. Artist David Mach is creating a piece of public art in St Austell, Cornwall—a 62ft-long wall made from broken pottery fragments called Earthly Delights—and he’s asking the public for submissions. ‘The wall will stand as a kind of monument to St Austell, but not only to the town,’ he says. ‘It’ll celebrate the far-reaching impact of the Cornish China Clay industry, its history and how that goes out into the UK, into Europe and indeed out into the world.’ Send your broken plates, mugs, vases and so on to Earthly Delights, St Austell BID Office, Burton House, Trinity Street, St Austell, PL25 5LS by the end of the month (www.austellproject.co.uk).…

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bring me sunshine

VAN GOGH’S Sunflowers is only the third most popular painting in the National Gallery at the moment, but we thought readers will appreciate some colour. Proud to be open 24/7 at the moment (digitally), the gallery’s online offering has changed the way people view art for the time being and the most popular painting on the website is van Eyck’s complex and beautiful interior, The Arnolfini Portrait, followed by Holbein’s The Ambassadors. This is very ‘revealing,’ says Dr Gabriele Finaldi, National Gallery director. ‘Both are indoor scenes with very dressed-up people and I wonder whether they reflect our own experience of being enclosed in our homes during lockdown, yearning to go out and celebrate.’ Since March 2020, the National Gallery has seen a 1,125% increase in visitors to the stories page on…

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good week for

Old Masters Six artist records were achieved at a Christie's Old Master prints sale last week, showing continued appeal for the likes of Rembrandt and Dürer Smooth-faced herders The Pyrenean sheepdog (smooth face) is the latest to be recognised by the Kennel Club. It has a shorter coat than its long-haired cousin and brings the KC's list of pedigree breeds to 222 Four-legged tenants Landlords can no longer issue a blanket ban on pets under the Government's new Model Tenancy Agreement, which has consent as a default position; now, they'll have to object to requests in writing giving a proper reason Buried treasure A gold figurine unearthed in Northamptonshire that depicts Henry VI could have been part of Henry VIII's crown, which was melted down on Cromwell's orders, say experts…

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bad week for

Alien encounters The CIA has released 2,780 pages of documents detailing UFO sightings; Ireland reported 105 but there were only 12 in the UK British fishermen The EU says live mussels, oysters, clams, cockles and scallops caught by our fishermen are indefinitely banned produce as there aren't enough tanks to purify them before import to its member states. Our shellfish catches are worth £393 million Flying buttresses Scandinavian or Minimalist interior design is the cheapest to achieve, finds a new study, but Gothic style costs up to 15 times more Wild Justice The organisation faces legal costs of £10,000 after the High Court ruled that Natural Resources Wales's licences to control wild birds are, in fact, lawful…

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