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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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fineart • design • antiques bada collection 46 pimlico road swiw 8lp

1 Seated Thai Buddha in gilded and lacquered bronze, dating to the 15th century or earlier, from Peter Petrou peterpetrou.com 2 Early 19th century Chinese tengpai wicker shield, carried in to battle by infamous skirmish troops the ‘Tigermen’, from Runjeet Singh runjeetsingh.com 3 George III mahogany longcase clock by Thomas Mudge of London, Royal Watchmaker to George III, from Tobias Birch tobiasbirch.com 4Toms and Luscombe bureau plat, circa 1862, which featured in the 1962 James Bond film ‘Dr No’ from Butchoff Antiques butchoff.com 5 Large bronze Red Crowned Cranes, Japan, Meiji period, 1868-1912, from Architectural Heritage architectural-heritage.co.uk 6 Mid-19th century Winfield rocking chair, similar to one shown at the Great Exhibition of 1851, from Walpoles walpoleantiques.com 7 Set of terrestrial and celestial table globes by Mansion Delamarche, Paris, circa 1865, from Hansord hansord.com…

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the quality of mercy

‘The internet’s elephant-like memory makes it difficult to forget past mistakes’ FAMOUSLY, when Theresa May was asked in 2017 to reveal the naughtiest thing she had ever done, she divulged—after a painful struggle —that, when she was a child, the local farmers had been none too pleased when she and her friends had run through their wheat- fields. The satirists never let her live it down. Its fatal flaw was that it struck no one as being particularly naughty. More recently, some of her would-be successors seem to have been competing to be far worse behaved or, at least, to try to manage the revelation before it’s out of control. Taking drugs is proving the perfect political crime. It’s illegal and yet the chief victim is the consumer, so the confession stimulates…

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country life

Editor Mark Hedges Editor’s PA/Travel Rosie Paterson 555062 Deputy Editor Kate Green 555063 Architectural Editor John Goodall 555064 Gardens Editor Tiffany Daneff 555067 Fine Arts & Books Editor Mary Miers 555066 Interiors Editor Giles Kime 555083 Managing & Features Editor Paula Lester 555068 Deputy Features Editor Victoria Marston 555079 News & Property Editor Annunciata Elwes 555078 Luxury Editor Hetty Lintell 555071 Acting Art Editor Sarah Readman 555080 Deputy Art Editor Heather Clark 555074 Designer Ben Harris Picture Editor Lucy Ford 555075 Deputy Picture Editor Emily Anderson 555076 Group Chief Sub-Editor Jane Watkins 555077 Sub-Editor James Fisher 555089 Digital Editor Toby Keel 555086 Property Correspondent Penny Churchill Group Managing DirectorAndrea Davies Managing Director Steve Prentice Assistant Business DirectorKirsty Setchell 551111 Group Art Director Dean Usher Photographic Library Manager Melanie Bryan 555090 Photographic Library Assistants Paula Fahey 555092; Sarah Hart 555093 Marketing Manager Nicola McClure 555115 Antiques & Fine Arts Manager Jonathan Hearn 01252 555318 Commercial Director Property Paul Ward…

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town & country

Building blocks for landowners LANDOWNERS have identified the planning system as the key issue affecting their businesses in a survey published last week in the latest Knight Frank Rural Report. It’s an indication that the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), introduced last July, may not have made enough inroads at local level. Alongside the length and cost of the application and appeal processes, which look set to be addressed in the Government’s forthcoming Accelerated Planning green paper, the biggest stumbling block is getting local-authority officers ‘to understand that rural economic development is important,’ says Fenella Collins of the CLA. Although the NPPF recognises this, to an extent, she suggests that local planning offices ‘seem to view diversification—or have done in the past —as something they really don’t want to see in…

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good week for

Red squirrels The bushy-tailed rodents have returned from the brink of extinction at Cumbria’s Smardale nature reserve and are starring on YouTube Defra’s status The uncertainty of Brexit has brought an unexpected benefit: the department’s understanding of farming is much greater and its influence has swelled dramatically, says the National Pig Association Collectors Works by British Impressionists and the Newlyn School can be viewed at Lord’s Wood in Buckinghamshire, family home of art dealer David Messum (until June 23) Peregrines Four chicks hatched in the grounds of Winchester Cathedral are preparing to take flight; after years of decline, Hampshire now boasts 25 nesting pairs of the birds The fight against Xylella The RHS campaign to stop the bacterium from entering the UK has gained support from Dame Helen Mirren, who’s urging people not to bring plants back from abroad…

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bad week for

Plants A study by Kew and Stockholm University finds that, due to human activity, species of seed-bearing plants are going extinct 500 times faster than they otherwise would Churches A video voiced by Michael Palin shows how the death-watch beetle is damaging ancient timbers. The National Churches Trust is seeking help to deal with the threat Cows and sheep According to a report by consultancy firm A. T. Kearney, by 2040, most ‘meat’ we eat will be made of plant material or grown in vats Mona Lisa Researchers posit that art’s most famous woman is not happy. Using mirror images, they revealed the right side of her face shows no emotion, suggesting a fake smile Birds of prey Tests reveal that two dead red kites found in Scotland last month were killed by pesticides that have been illegal in…