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Country Life 21-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.
winter of content

HURRAH! Blister my kidneys!’ exclaimed Surtees’s sporting hero John Jorrocks. ‘It is a frost —the dahlias are dead!’ The disintegration of dahlias may be, for some, a cause for mourning, but their frostbitten withering will thrill to the core the field sportsman, for whom this is a favourite time of year. The heralding of this particular winter will bring bitter discontent on many fronts, but, for the dedicated hound man and the lone wildfowler, the numb-fingered coarse angler and the solitary ferreter, beaters and beaglers and numerous small businesses, there is solace and a reassuring renewal. What will be lacking is spontaneous conviviality: no shared hip flasks, no jovial bumping along in the beaters’ truck or restorative casserole lunches at long trestle tables. Sociable meets at local hostelries—highlights for the elderly…

9 min.
town & country

Worth rewarding THE NFU has released a new report on the ‘extensive role British farming plays in maintaining the nation’s iconic landscapes’ and has called on the Government to ensure the new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) is accessible to all farmers. The NFU’s report comes almost one year after the publication of the Glover Report into the country’s national parks and AONBs, which found that they were being under-resourced and mismanaged. In response, the NFU’s Landscape and Access report reveals that there are some 140,000 miles of public rights of way in England and Wales, that farmers maintain more than 255,000 miles of hedgerow and that farmland is the destination of almost half of visits to the natural environment in England, totalling about 4.1 billion visits each year. The NFU’s report makes…

1 min.
bad week for

Boozing in Parliament The Speaker of the House has banned the sale of alcohol in Parliament, regardless of whether food is served or not, to reflect the state of lock-down in certain areas of the country Insh The National Trust for Scotland has come under fire after selling the 90-acre island of Insh, which was bequeathed to the Trust by its former owner David Brearley. Locals have said that Brearley wished for the island to remain a haven for Nature, but the Trust said that Brearley's will contained no conditions for the island's use and that the costs of looking after it were too high. The Isle of Insh was sold to West Coast Heritage Limited, which focuses on ‘holiday centres and villages'…

1 min.
good week for

Exactly one Japanese Tourist Machu Picchu in Peru has opened after months of closure for only one guest-a Japanese tourist who has been stranded in the country for months. Jesse Takayama submitted a request after being stuck in Peru since March; he had bought a ticket to the site days before the country locked down Flying long haul A bar-tailed godwit has broken the record for the longest continual flight by a bird, by travelling some 7,500 miles from Alaska to New Zealand. The male bird, known as 4BBRW, took 11 days to complete the journey across the Pacific Scottish rare breeds The Rare Breeds Survival Trust will launch a new forum in Scotland tomorrow, headed up by Angus farmer Martin Beard. Rare Scottish breeds include Aberdeen Angus cattle, Eriskay ponies and the North Ronaldsay…

2 min.
town & country notebook

Quiz of the week 1) The term murmuration refers to a flock of which bird? 2) Linn, Bose and Cyrus are all companies that specialise in selling what sort of equipment? 3) What was the first name of Italian general Garibaldi, for whom the British biscuit was named after he visited the UK? 4) A valediction is the act of saying what? 5) In the 1994 film Forrest Gump, in what war does the titular character fight? 1) Starling 2) Audio equipment/hi-fis 3) Giuseppe 4) Farewell 5) Vietnam War Riddle me this: Incorrectly Oh, the agony! Resident agony uncle Kit Hesketh-Harvey solves your dilemmas Keep calm and carry on QI have recently been made redundant after spending my entire career with the same company. I’m not qualified to do anything else and am struggling to see a way forward, but…

2 min.
another log on the fire

Unmissable events Exhibition October 28–November 8 ‘The Natural Eye 2020’ (right), Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1. More than 350 works are for sale at the Society of Wildlife Artists' annual exhibition, many of which portray the birds whose songs we have all learnt to listen to once again in recent months. General entry £5 (020–7930 6844; www.mallgalleries.org.uk) Until November 8 ‘Moth’, Eames Fine Art Print Room, Bermondsey Street, London SE1. Mezzotint works by Sarah Gillespie celebrating our inconspicuous yet diverse moth species, often overlooked in favour of the butterfly-particularly by artists (020–7043 5751; www.eamesfineart.com) Fair October 24–November 29 Westonbirt Virtual Shopping Fair, online. One of the largest charity fairs in the South-West has gone entirely digital for 2020 -browse the stalls of some 70 exhibitors for gifts, clothing and homeware from your own house,…