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Country Life 18-Nov-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.
on the button

A CHARACTERISTIC of the human psyche is an assumption that few things are quite as good as they used to be. No aspect of life is immune: newspaper journalism, public transport and table manners are all subjected to both conscious and subconscious bias. It’s a predisposition that goes hand in hand with an inability to remember smoking on buses, pub food that was limited to a ploughman’s and poorly heated houses. If, as L. P. Hartley observed, the past is a foreign country, it’s not necessarily one you’d choose to go to on holiday. One of the benefits of the past few months is that the experience has made us revise a number of negative assumptions. Innovations such as online shopping, mobile phones and social media that many regarded with suspicion…

5 min.
words grow no flowers

NATURAL ENGLAND (NE) has been ‘cut to the bone’, say staff members, backed by a new report. The conservation watchdog, which is sponsored by Defra, is unable to carry out its most basic duties of protecting England’s wildlife sites, such as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) and National Nature Reserves (NNRs). Staff feel underpaid and overworked, and as a result of a funding drop of some £165 million since 2008, the agency is struggling, according to The State of Natural England 2020-21, published by trade union Prospect. The report says ‘public awareness of the plight of biodiversity and fragility of our landscapes has finally come to the fore’, but warns ‘it is clear from the trajectory of both funding, pay and staff numbers that to meet the ambitions and challenges…

1 min.
labour blows for green

THE Labour Party has launched its Green Economic Recovery plan, which it says would help avoid austerity measures and overcome the coronavirus recession by creating 400,000 new jobs. The party has called on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to commit at least £30 billion in capital investment over the next 1½ years to help pull the UK out of the recession by funding projects, such as upgrading ports and shipyards to build off-shore wind farms, building more electric buses and creating a National Nature Service to plant trees and develop conservation projects. Labour is also calling for a programme of new railways, increased investment in flood defences, the expansion of carbon-capture technologies and retrofitting new homes for energy efficiency. Speaking to The Independent, Ed Miliband, Shadow Business and Industrial Strategy Secretary, said: ‘There’s…

1 min.
good week for

War memorials Historic England announced that 132 war memorials were listed in the run up to Remembrance Day last week. Those listed include a monument unveiled by a Sikh Prince and a memorial in Guildford to thousands of men from across the world who trained at nearby camps and passed the Surrey site on their way to the front Bardsey The island off the Llyn Peninsula could be the first ‘blue energy' island in the world, after the Welsh Government approved a plan to use the tide to generate power…

1 min.
bad week for

Salmonella Three tourists visiting Yellowstone National Park in the US got into hot water with park authorities after they were caught boiling a chicken in one of the geothermally heated hot springs in the Shoshone Geyser Basin. Former tour guide and Yellowstone historian Lee Whittlesey said the men had ‘run a fowl of the law' and had ‘cooked their own goose' Bonnie Prince Charlie A secret stash of weapons and ammunition destined for Culloden was discovered buried next to a ruined Lochaber croft house by a group of amateur detectorists. The hoard, which consisted of 215 musket balls, coins and gilt buttons, arrived two weeks after the battle ended, say historians…

1 min.
literary comfort

BIBLIOPHILES rejoice, as the Hay Festival has announced its online programme for its Digital Winter Weekend, which runs from November 26–29. A mixture of cultural stars, including Joanne Harris, Dawn French, Arsène Wenger, Antony Gormley, Benjamin Zephania, Stig Abell and Robert Macfarlane, to name a few, will join a ‘free digital wonderland of prize-winning literature, thoughtful conversation, candlelit storytelling, comedy, music and fun for all the family,’ say organisers. ‘This has been an exceptionally challenging year and the support we have received has been humbling,’ says Hay Festival spokesperson Christopher Bone. ‘Our free digital Winter Weekend is in honour of this, a gift to our Hay-makers without whom we wouldn’t be here. We invite you to join us by virtual candlelight to share stories, hopes and ideas, to laugh and dance…