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Country Life 05-Jun-2019

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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the job interview

VACANCY: Prime Minister. What makes a great one? Surely we’d settle for an escapologist? There have been crises before, however. Reviewing the historical cast of characters—some great, many mediocre, many more woebegone—may suggest some of the qualities needed. The very first, Robert Walpole, 1st Lord of Orford, was praised by the Victorian historian William Lecky for ‘moderating permanently the ferocity of political factions’. Walpole, who built Houghton Hall from the profits of office, would seem egregious now: he would hardly have survived a scrutiny of MPs’ expenses, but anyone who can pour oil on troubled waters deserves consideration. ‘Our bells are worn threadbare with ringing for victories,’ wrote Horace Walpole in 1759. The government at the time of this annus mirabilis was formed after a period of parliamentary drift (sound familiar?) between—please…

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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

We will remember them THIS week sees the unveiling of a D-Day commemoration sculpture on a hillside above Gold Beach, near Ver-sur-Mer, in Normandy, France. Designed by David Williams-Ellis, the artwork is a bronze group featuring three armed infantrymen. ‘The piece has been physically and emotionally challenging, both in scale and because of its importance,’ says the artist. ‘The commission initially filled me with trepidation. It was essential to me that this sculpture encapsulated the true essence of comradeship, leadership, energy and endeavour.’ ‘It is the first time that the names of all who fell will be together’ One of the models for the piece was Archie Sladen, a former ballet dancer who also worked as an assistant to Mr Williams-Ellis. Wearing the Second World War infantry uniform, complete with hat, webbing and Bren…

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good week for

Kentish history Archaeologists have found the ruins of a small Roman town, complete with temple, pottery kilns and an important road, in Newington, Kent Seabirds Lundy’s seabird population has trebled to more than 21,000, particularly puffins and Manx shear-waters, in the 15 years since rats were removed from the island Teabags The humble teabag has taken centre stage in climate modelling, with scientists checking the weight of bags that have been buried for three months to track how quickly plant material decomposes in different soils Charitable causes A UK-wide deposit-return system, under which consumers pay a small sum when they buy a can or bottled drink and get their money back when taking the empty vessel to a recycling point, would benefit the environment and raise more than £1 billion for charities, says the CPRE…

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bad week for

Moths Most people have a negative view of them as devourers of clothes and carpets, says Butterfly Conservation. The charity has launched a campaign to restore the insects’ reputation as a key pollinator A straight flush The Marine Conservation Society is calling for ‘more environmentally friendly alternatives to single-use wet wipes’ after finding that most retailer-branded, ‘flushable’ ones fail to comply with Water UK’s rigorous Fine to Flush standard Green-starved Britain A study by green-space charity Fields in Trust found that millions of Britons live more than 10 minutes away from their nearest park or accessible green area, with detrimental effects on their health Our internal compass The near-ubiquitous use of Google maps and GPS systems could be reducing our ability to navigate naturally, which may be a factor in rising Alzheimer’s diagnoses…

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country mouse

THIS is the most dangerous time of the year to be a chicken. Not for those housed in a vast shed, doomed to a short life on corpulence-inducing stodge to feed a nation, but for the chickens that we keep as pets to lay a few eggs for our table, snap up the odd slug and generally busy themselves in the orchard or herbaceous border. Their danger is the vixen. Half-starved with the relentless need to feed her growing young, she is emboldened—add the longer days and you have an opportunistic killing machine that will raid the hen house should a careless owner forget to lock the door. Sadly, I know: it happened to me once before, in early June. The horrific noise of the panicked poultry as the fox attacks is…