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Country Life 14-Oct-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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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
51 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
lessons for a new generation

ANYONE who tuned in to last week’s Listening Project on Radio 4 featuring two undergraduates might have noticed that both have ambitions of working in the civil service. ‘I want to fix things,’ said Rhiannon, who’s in her second year reading International Relations at the University of St Andrews. A coincidence? Or is there a chance that many beleaguered students are keen to make a better fist of running the country when they graduate than the older generation. Students spent the summer watching the Government making a succession of evolving, often contradictory rules, only for senior figures to break them. Now they are being made to feel that it is they who are to blame for the recent rise in cases. Coaxed back to university on full fees for Zoom tuition…

11 min.
nature will listen

IN 2013–14, Trevor Parsons suffered his second mental breakdown. It was a combination of work, stress and anxiety, which led to him barely sleeping at night, not eating and splitting up with his then partner. A stint at St Ann’s hospital in Poole, Dorset, followed, but, even after he left, life was hardly back to normal. ‘I was scared to even go outside,’ he tells me. ‘My parents just about convinced me to get in the car and took me to the local doctor. When I was there, she suggested that I set a timer on my phone and head down to the Bournemouth Gardens and take some pictures. When the timer went off, I went home and wrote down how I felt.’ As the days and weeks progressed, Mr Parsons…

5 min.
town & country notebook

Quiz of the week 1) ‘Quoth' is an old English word meaning what? 2) Congenital talipes equinovarus is more commonly known as what? 3) What is the common name for the mustelid Lutra lutra? 4) In the geological timescale, rank these from smallest to largest: era, epoch, age, eon, period. 5) In the computer-file format PDF, what does the P stand for? Riddle me this Which is the only number to contain the same amount of letters as its value? 100 years ago in COUNTRY LIFE October 16, 1920 AMONG some species of birds, such as sparrows, starlings and blackbirds, albinos are not uncommon, but among others they are extremely rare. One of the rarest is that of the albino water rail (Rallus aquaticus) as shown in the photograph; indeed it is, in all probability, the only one on…

4 min.
letter of the week

Take a leaf out of my book I WALK my dogs on our local bridleway and footpaths, which are regularly used by locals, as well as visitors to Exmoor. I am very aware of the risk of picking up the Covid-19 virus when opening and shutting gates and, now the weather is turning chillier, there is the added problem of gloves. However, the novel idea of using a dock leaf works brilliantly on most, if not all, gates and, of course, there’s no problem with disposing of it afterwards. Biddy Trouton, Exmoor The writer of the letter of the week will win a bottle of Pol Roger Brut Réserve Champagne Bye bye birdie YOUR amusing article on shots of a lifetime (September 30) brought back a happy memory. As a pimpled and lanky 14 year…

3 min.
bee brained

OH what a wonderful thing to be, a nice obedient busy, busy bee,’ goes Arthur Askey’s famous music-hall song. The trouble is that bees turn out not to be very obedient. Indeed, it seems there are two sorts of honey bees, each of which works entirely differently. Of course, they all have the same job of collecting food for the hive, but they don’t respond to orders, they go their own way. One lot are creatures of habit. Once they have found a good source of nectar and pollen, they return to it again and again and eschew any attempt at finding fresh opportunities. The other lot are identical, except for their taste for adventure. These are the discovery bees, which may go occasionally to the recognised source of food, but…

2 min.
looking beyond the headlines

AMID all the present difficulties within the cultural sector, the plight of independently run country houses has not received much attention. That’s partly because it’s hard to generalise about these properties and their circumstances, and partly due to the fact that their individual difficulties are necessarily eclipsed in the headlines by bigger issues. That doesn’t make their problems unimportant, however. Cumulatively, indeed, Athena would point out that they can actually be much bigger than those of national bodies. In this regard, the well-publicised travails of the National Trust can serve as a useful point of comparison. The Trust has responsibility for more than 500 historic properties, it claims to have made losses of £227 million so far and is making about 1,200 redundancies. Compare that with members of Historic Houses (HH),…