Category Archives: Politics

Sightseeing in Norwich

We attended the British Sundial Society annual conference in Norwich, adding a couple of days for exploring.  Staying in the Maids Head Hotel at the end of Tombland, a very wide open space immediately outside the cathedral estate, and derived … Continue reading

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Romania and Brexit

In early November I attended an exhibition and talk by the photographer Francesca Moore about the impact of entering the EU on subsistence farmers in Romania. She visited an isolated part of rural Romania in 2007 when the country had … Continue reading

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Islander by Patrick Barkham

Back on the 11th November I went to Shoreham for the AGM of the Sussex Wildlife Trust, and bought a copy of the guest speaker’s new book – Islander.  In it he tells wildlife, human and literary stories gathered and … Continue reading

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Cardiff Trip

We had cause to visit Cardiff – Jackie had a morning meeting – so we went for five days.  Using this trip to relate miles out and days stayed, if we ever go to New Zealand we’d have to stay … Continue reading

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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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