Category Archives: Politics

Straw High-rise in fields

Have you noticed the shift from short cylindrical bales of straw scattered across harvested fields to tall stacks of cuboid bales?  And why do the farmers build them that way?  I met a chap in Hull who watched a tractor … Continue reading

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Two newspaper-inspired pieces

First: The Guardian a couple of weeks ago had a photo of a sheet of Penny Blacks with the heading ‘Black Day for Stanley Gibbons’.  The  item was about the stamp dealer’s sale of itself, and the bad news on … Continue reading

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What is the word for ‘Hatred of Trees’?

Last year we suffered from what seemed to be intentional stout boot kicking of tree trunks to loosen bark, followed by the removal of bark strips.  The Council responded by wrapping trees with a tough wire mesh.  I thought the … Continue reading

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Education and Media Rant #1

On the Today prog this morning the host was asking a Labour person how they would manage to spend more on education in these days of austerity.  The rep did not immediately draw the host’s attention to the politically motivated … Continue reading

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Inua Ellams – an evening with an immigrant.

We went to hear this 33 year-old Nigerian read his poetry and tell us of his life in Nigeria, until he was 12 when the growth of Boko Haram forced his family to flee Nigeria (his father is Muslim and … Continue reading

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Smaller allotment undergoes big changes

We finally got a new agreement from the Council for a new smaller allotment.  We are keeping the northern end of the old plot, now designated 4B.  In order to get more growing space we are removing two ash trees … Continue reading

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Open Car Tour: day 3

After a hearty breakfast at Howfield Manor Hotel we set out to find a long Roman Road heading south from Canterbury towards the sea – now known as the B2068.  After crossing the M20, and before reaching the sea, we … Continue reading

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