Country Life 10-Mar-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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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51 Números

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2 min.
taking jokes seriously

WHATEVER you think of the Bash Street Kids, the timing is inspired. This October, the stately neo-Classical Arts venue of Somerset House in London will hold an exhibition called ‘Beano: the Art of Breaking the Rules’. Founded in 1938 and now past its 400th edition, The Beano is being celebrated by avant-garde artists whose controversial stance is unlikely to make the anarchic comic seem more genteel. But after what has seemed a whole year of Lent, we need a laugh. In this issue, Country Life raises a glass to the great Norman Thelwell, who was so much more than small girls on fat ponies (page 60). To him, it was the ‘ability to laugh which does as much as anything to distinguish Homo sapiens from the rest of animal creation. Satire…

3 min.
singing for their supper

THIS year’s summer solstice will certainly be memorable. Not only will June 21 be our longest day, but, if all goes to plan, we’ll be free to enjoy it. The delirium of those thousands of neo-druids in white robes at Stonehenge will be nothing compared with that of the men in white dinner jackets, probably with shorter beards, holding picnic hampers and floral-clad companions. In short, country-house opera will return with bells on. Festival organisers have been busy planning how to make this season count and the results are intriguing. Longborough Festival Opera in Gloucestershire (above, June 1–August 3) will stage three productions in a circus big top, for which it is building an acoustically clever wooden auditorium. Seats will be grouped in twos and fours and the tent’s sides are…

1 min.
vexing wagner

The musical dramas of Richard Wagner are of such scope and complexity that, in 1872–76, he built his own opera house to accommodate them. Conductors need to be highly muscular individuals and his music eventually brought about a revolution in orchestral composition that is arguably still reverberating. A large orchestra makes performances in the time of Covid tricky-in fact, ‘one should avoid Wagner at all costs,' quips Grange's Mr . a are persevering. Longborough, despite bringing in a big top, Die Walküre simply won't fit; it will be a concert production in the main theatre instead. Similarly, the Glyndebourne's Tristan und Isolde will be a ‘semi-staged concert'.…

1 min.
spot the toad

ABOUT this time of year, some of us become quite preoccupied with the ability (or lack thereof) of toads to cross roads safely (Country Mouse, March 3). But the collision of cars and migratory crossings are not the only problem these amphibians face. In their Cumbrian stronghold, the habitats of rare natterjack toads (left) have diminished by 75% in the past century, because more and more plants are growing on the sand dunes where they live, making breeding difficult. Volunteers are now sought to survey the creatures at 23 sites across the Cumbrian coast between April and August, as part of a project organised by Amphibian and Reptile Conservation. For information, contact Yvette Martin (…

1 min.
good week for

Fighting fit The Army is on a diet, as the MoD announces pies and pasties in packed lunches will be replaced with salads, wraps and wholemeal sandwiches Arts A further £400m will support theatres, museums, galleries and live-music venues, revealed Rishi Sunak last week; the sector's Covid Recovery Fund has so far supported 3,000 organisations Paint stripping Wall paintings of the 1880s, hidden for 70 years, have been uncovered at Shrewsbury Cathedral, currently being restored to its former glory Greener transport From September, E10 fuel-a cocktail that could cut CO2 emissions by 750,000 tons a year, the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road-will be available at petrol stations Reclaiming the spare room Ikea will launch a Buy Back scheme for used home-office furniture Sister act A group of Irish nuns has become the latest entourage to jig about to…

1 min.
bad week for

Shiny apples The brown marmorated stink bug -which leaves marks on fruit and vegetables-has been spotted in both London and Surrey. If numbers increase, the pest could contaminate British wine Zoom fatigue Video meetings are more emotionally draining than those held face to face, says Stanford University, due to constantly checking how we look on camera, maintaining eye contact and interpreting body language A quiet place to study Hundreds of Exeter University students were evacuated from their halls last week so that a Second World War bomb could be detonated…