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Country Life

Country Life 18-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.
reality check

BY the time you read this, MPs may or may not be back in Westminster, but, whatever happens, this is at least time that could be spent profitably, wisely—even pleasurably—in their constituencies breathing deeply and immersing themselves in the ebb and flow of everyday life away from the bruising bluster and counter-bluster surrounding Brexit. Here is COUNTRY LIFE’s to-do list: 12 aspects of real life to observe, both urban and rural, beyond central London. Travel on a commuter train If it’s on time and you secure a seat, consider yourself fortunate. Score bonus points for not spilling the coffee, for functioning air-conditioning and for the guard being able to get through to inspect tickets. Test communications On your travels, randomly ask small businesses and constituents how well their broadband works—strangely, speed of connectivity does not…

9 min.
what would victoria say?

THE president of the Victorian Society is shocked by some of the inclusions in its latest list of the top 10 most endangered buildings in the UK. ‘We’re not looking at the second rate here,’ laments Griff Rhys Jones. ‘How can a beautiful, rambling, exemplary Victorian mansion such as Shadwell Court lie abandoned? One would expect it to be starring in TV series, not crumbling away, and in Norfolk, too. Can we really want to lose a sturdy industrial site such as Chatterley Whitfield Colliery near Stoke? Or a fine school in Glamorgan or worthy industrial frontage in the now flourishing Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham?’ The fate of Gothic Shadwell Court is particularly frustrating. It’s listed Grade I and owned by a member of the Dubai ruling family, yet has been empty…

1 min.
good week for

Feeling festive At the time of going to press, more than 13 million Britons had already started Christmas shopping Booming bitterns Britain’s loudest bird—which was close to extinction only 20 years ago—has seen its best year since records began, with 102 males recorded making a racket on RSPB nature reserves Cucumber sandwiches The tradition of afternoon tea is seeing a renaissance, with 16–34 year olds preferring the 19th-century treat to a round in the pub. Bookings are up 25% in the past six months and by 122% compared with 2014, says Open Table Whisky connoisseurs The ‘Holy Grail of Whisky’— Macallan 1926—is among 394 lots that make up the most valuable collection of whisky ever to go to auction. Online bidding opens on September 27, via Sotheby’s Keeping calm in a crisis After 10 years of campaigning by the…

1 min.
bad week for

Workplace gripes Some 48% of British employees say their workplace environment is not conducive to creativity, finds a YouGov poll. The number-one gripe is temperature Wild salmon The risk of extinction is rapidly increasing, with human interference a major culprit, finds Tucker Malarkey, author of new book Stronghold, about one man’s battle to save the keystone species British higher education Although Oxford has been ranked first by The Times for the fourth year running, overall, our universities are dropping down the list. Germany and Japan are strong contenders and the US dominates…

1 min.
country mouse

Not-so-mellow yellow STUBBLE fields used to light up the countryside in September with their golden glow. It was an ephemeral moment, when I could ride across farmers’ fields with impunity. There was a freedom to September that happened at no other time of year, but stubble exists no longer—it is a word of my youth, a memory. The great stubble fires that lit the fields in autumn are no more; instead, the plough is rushed out to prepare the ground for winter sowings. These changes to farming have wrought havoc with the numbers of grey partridge and yellowhammers. Yellowhammers have one of the most recognised mnemonics for their song, ‘a-littlebit-of-bread-and-no-cheese’, which conjures hot summer days in my mind. They also lay eggs covered in intricate patterns, which is why they were known…

1 min.
town mouse

A new daily rhythm AFTER so many years of anxiously shepherding children around London, it feels very strange to begin turning one loose at the front door every weekday morning to travel across the city by themselves. The move to secondary school, however, demands such independence. As a salve to our parental consciences, we have bought a mobile phone for the neophyte cosmopolitan. Controversially, it’s not a smart phone, but it does permit calls and texts to friends—in itself, a cause of great excitement. That said, it stopped functioning on its first day of use, all the credit being consumed listening to the radio during the walk to school. Radio by phone has now been banned. The strictly enforced requirement that students arrive with the correct stationery and books for their various classes…