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Country Life 11-Sep-2019

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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2 min.
harvest hymns

AWAY from the Westminster bear pit, seemingly tranquil pastoral scenes could be found to soothe, as the giant beasts of modern machinery trundled across corn fields, straw bales formed picturesque dots on the landscape and ripe fruits began to hang heavy in mellow orchards dappled by autumn sunshine. There’s optimism about a harvest that was rescued by powerful bank-holiday sunshine, but the damp days that preceded the long weekend increased the risk of mycotoxins in cereals (a food-safety issue if grain isn’t properly dried) and brought the curse of blow flies. All is not as balmy as it looks in the farming world (Agromenes, page 37). The feeble pound means lamb exports to Europe and pig-meat prices are holding up, but beef figures are less encouraging. In part, this is due to…

8 min.
pillar of society

THIS month marks the 40th anniversary of the Twentieth Century Society (TCS), formerly the Thirties Society, the successes of which include recognition of our famous red telephone boxes and Tate Modern’s Bankside Power Station. On the August Bank Holiday of 1980, when cranes rolled in to destroy the Firestone Factory the day before it was due to be listed, conservation campaigner Marcus Binney described it as the most brutish and calculated act of vandalism he’d ever seen. Only 11 months earlier, together with the likes of Simon Jenkins, our late contributor Gavin Stamp and Bevis Hillier, he’d helped found a new charity dedicated to fighting for the best of 20th-century architecture, the Thirties Society (it was renamed in 1992). The charity could hardly have had a more emphatic justification for its creation…

1 min.
good week for

Museum à la mode The V&A has announced that its show ‘Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams’, which closed earlier this month, is the most visited exhibition in its 167-year history National Trust The charity’s membership numbers have now topped 5.5m and 2018/19 is a record-breaking year for its conservation spending, with £148m spent on projects Musical collectors Miles Davis’s famous ‘moon and stars’ trumpet will go under the hammer at Christie’s New York on October 29, estimated at $70,000–$100,000 (£57,000–£81,000) Optimists A positive outlook can help you live longer, with the most optimistic people enjoying an 11%–15% longer lifespan Headlines Amid the doom and gloom of the newspapers, last week, we liked the levity of the Evening Standard’s ‘Blow for BoJo as bro Jo go goes’…

1 min.
bad week for

‘Healthy’ eaters Orthorexia—an eating disorder in which sufferers become obsessed with eating pure or healthy food, starving themselves of vital nutrients —is on the rise, thanks to social-media sites such as Instagram The train nobody wants HS2 has announced that the new Y-shaped line will open seven years late, in 2040, and at least £32bn over budget Privacy Personal and contact details of some 18m Britons who use Facebook, almost half the 42m users in the UK, have been leaked. Worldwide, the intrusion affects 420m users Boys’ brains The achievement gap between the sexes is widening at primary-school level, new figures show, with girls consistently outperforming boys at the three Rs…

1 min.
tick, tock

‘With warming temperatures, trees and plants are increasingly susceptible to pest and diseases,’ explains Keith Jones, National Trust climate-change specialist. He points out the rise in ticks, up 400% in the past 10 years, an increasing number of moorland fires, such as at Marsden Moor this Easter, ‘and plane tree wilt, particularly in London, is magnified in drought conditions’. Although ‘global trade and poor biosecurity on the plants we import allow new pests and diseases to get a foothold,’ he notes, it is climate change that creates ‘the stress to allow diseases to multiply’.…

1 min.
country mouse

A narrow squeak EMERGING from the shower one morning, I was startled to see a small furry brown creature dart across the doorway. Knowing that, wherever Mankind is, the house mouse is seldom far away, I assumed a family of Mus musculus had moved in. However, when I caught a glimpse of the creature as it attempted to hide behind our terrier’s crate—not the wisest place to secrete itself—I realised it was a far more charming-looking field vole. With shaggy, grey-brown fur on their backs and creamy-grey fur below, field voles have a more rounded snout and less prominent eyes than mice, as well as a stubby pink-tinged tail and furry ears. Feasting mainly on grass and prevalent on moorland, Microtus agrestis is not quite as adorable as it appears. One of our…