Country Life

sherringtonBritain’s villages at risk, warns Rural Coalition
August 20, 2010

Rural services will be in crisis unless the Government empowers local people.

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Dog photoSay ‘woof’!
August 17, 2010

Entries for the Kennel Club’s prestigious Dog Photographer of the Year competition are now open.

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NuclearNuclear power stations ‘operational by 2018’
August 9, 2010

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne predicts new nuclear power stations in a number of sites are on track for 2018.

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top trumpsPlay National Trust Top Trumps
July 16, 2010

The Trust releases a new version of the game featuring some of the UK’s most prestigious historic buildings.

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Chinese treeCounty Down’s Eastern promise
July 12, 2010

A Chinese goat horn tree has flowered in Ireland for the first time in 91 years.

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tur 1Turner painting sells for record £30 million
July 9, 2010

Turner’s evocative painting of Rome has been auctioned at Sotheby’s for an astonishing record price.

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PromsThe Proms goes digital
July 6, 2010

The BBC has launched an online Proms archive, listing all work and artists from the past 115 years.

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post_office1Unemployment rises faster in the countryside
July 6, 2010

A new Commission for Rural Communities report shows the recession hit rural areas harder than urban ones.

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puddingTop 10 summer pudding recipes
July 5, 2010

From meringues with berry compote to traditional trifle, here are the best recipes for light seasonal treats.

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belliniTop 10 summer fruit drinks
June 24, 2010

The best beverages for sunny weather, from rhubarb bellini to gooseberry and elderflower smoothie.

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house_martinHouse martin and nightingale numbers fall
June 24, 2010

RSPB and BTO surveys reveal that migratory birds are struggling due to cold weather and lack of nesting places.

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SummerScreen4.2Glyndebourne comes to London
June 22, 2010

Glyndebourne Festival’s headline operas will be screened in the courtyard at Somerset House via live relay.

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bean_fetaTop 10 broad bean recipes
June 17, 2010

The best ways to use seasonal veg, from broad bean risotto to bean and feta salad.

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polo_gaucho_2Book now for polo at the O2
June 16, 2010

London’s entertainment venue will be transformed for the world-class Gaucho International Polo Tournament.

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strawberry_cheesecakeTop 10 strawberry recipes
June 10, 2010

Here’s our tips for what to make with your seasonal crop this year.

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riba new houseRIBA search for UK’s best new house
June 8, 2010

RIBA launches the £10,000 Manser Medal for the best new house or major extension designed by an architect in the UK.

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heritage skillsNational Trust launches heritage building skills scheme
June 4, 2010

The Trust aims to train the next generation in valuable skills like stone masonry, lead work and joinery.

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clarenceGreen opening for Clarence House
June 3, 2010

Prince Charles opens the gardens to the public for a festival celebrating the eco-friendly lifestyle.

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Wildlife artGo wild in Wirral
June 3, 2010

The breathtaking National Exhibition of Wildlife Art opens to the public on July 16 at the Gordale Garden Centre in Burton.

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Building plansBuild your dream house for free
June 3, 2010

A new BBC programme is giving six people the chance to build their dream property – and one gets to keep theirs without paying a penny.

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kensington_palace200 garden squares go public
June 1, 2010

This year’s Open Garden Squares Weekend has several new additions, including Princess Margaret’s former Kensington Palace home.

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motogpTop 10 alternative Father’s Day activities
May 26, 2010

From yacht racing and flowboarding to MotoGP and fine wines, here are the best unusual gifts for Dad.

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spain tasteSpanish flavour on Regent’s Street
May 25, 2010

The annual Taste of Spain festival brings fun, food and fiesta to the capital on June 6.

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blackberry_picking152 ways to go wild
May 24, 2010

A new book from The Wildlife Trusts boasts 152 outdoor activities to get your family engaging with nature.

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knot_gardenDesign a garden fit for a queen
May 20, 2010

The Landmark Trust is looking for someone to restore the knot garden at medieval Astley Castle, which has housed three English queens.

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Black-faced blennyUnderwater prize for rare fish photo
May 10, 2010

Arthur’s Kingdon’s striking image of a black-faced blenny has won the British Society of Underwater Photographers’ annual competition. 

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Chelsea Flower Show‘Plant X Factor‘ at Chelsea
May 10, 2010

This year’s Chelsea Flower Show gives plant breeders 90 seconds to sell their creation to a panel of judges.

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more spaceRSPB wants ‘more space for nature’
May 4, 2010

The society calls Britain’s conservation areas ‘inadequate’ when dealing with habitat loss and rising temperatures.

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diamonds gardenChelsea steps up security for £20 million diamond garden
May 4, 2010

Designer David Domoney creates the most expensive display in the show’s history.

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nfuNFU picks ’30 to watch’ farming constituencies
April 29, 2010

The National Farming Union has drawn up a list of 30 key hotspots in the next election.

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goldfinchMiracle mix boosts goldfinch numbers
April 28, 2010

A new bird-seed mix has dramatically boosted the goldfinch population, according to the British Trust for Ornithology’s latest Garden BirdWatch survey.

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the_queenA right royal display
April 22, 2010

A new exhibition of never-been-seen royal photographs opens at Windsor Castle on April 24 to coincide with The Queen’s 84th birthday.

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red_squirrelRed squirrels on the rise in Wales
April 20, 2010

The National Trust’s reintroduction of the diminished species to the Welsh island of Anglesey is proving a big success.

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cow record£100,000 for cow in record sale
April 15, 2010

A pure-bred Holstein cow sold for an astonishing sum in an auction in Cornwall, doubling the price of the previous recorder-holder.

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KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERARutland villagers set up rural broadband
April 14, 2010

Lyddington residents teamed up with Openreach to develop their own service when BT failed to supply them.

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slate_mineDine in a mine in the Lake District
April 14, 2010

Join Countryfile‘s Julia Bradbury for a meal in a 900-year-old slate mine as part of the Keswick Mountain Festival.

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dawn chorusJoin the dawn chorus
April 13, 2010

Celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day on May 2 with The Wildlife Trusts’ free local events, including birdsong breakfasts and family camping.

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sheepBritish farmers breed self-shearing sheep
April 9, 2010

Cross-bred Exlana sheep, produced in the South-West, could save thousands of pounds in labour costs.

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Charles_II_coronationCharles II coronation invite up for auction
March 30, 2010

The 400-year-old letter, written by the king’s advisor, invites a nobleman to the king’s coronation and confirms the restoration of the British monarchy.

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harrods_eggTop 10 chocolate Easter eggs
March 30, 2010

From Harrods golden treats to the Fortnum and Mason Russian doll, here is our pick of the best.

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tess_rural_loveBritain’s most adulterous county revealed
March 26, 2010

A new survey unveils the top 10 cheating counties – and the most faithful.

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sir_david_attenboroughAre you the next Attenborough?
March 25, 2010

Enter the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust’s competition for a chance to become a real life wildlife TV presenter – and meet Sir David Attenborough.

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wildflowerVisit the best wildflower meadows in the UK
March 25, 2010

The Wildlife Trusts reveal their top 40 sites around the country, from Derbyshire to Gwent.

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tresanton_balconyCountry-house hotel review: Hotel Tresanton, Cornwall
March 25, 2010

This seaside haven perfectly combines elegant style and sensational cuisine with a relaxed ambience.

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MAR 24 Deborah Bull interviewThinking on her feet
March 24, 2010

Deborah Bull, creative director of the Royal Opera House, discusses dance discipline and second careers.

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daimler_1599016cBuy The Queen’s wheels
March 18, 2010

Her Majesty’s Daimler Majestic V8, modified to cater for a handbag and corgis, is up for sale.

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National trust appNational Trust launches new app
March 17, 2010

The National Trust has created a free iPhone and iPod Touch app that lets users search for the nearest Trust sites, from historic properties to beautiful walks.

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cheese_rolling_2Safety fears cancel cheese rolling
March 12, 2010

The historic annual Gloucestershire event has been postponed because of the anticipated number of spectators.

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lake_district_national_parkNational Parks gain £42.5 million in funding
March 8, 2010

The Sustainable Development Fund has supported 1,235 park projects since 2003 and created hundreds of jobs.

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covehithe_cliffsSuffolk village could be lost to sea
February 25, 2010

The Environment Agency’s controversial coastal plan includes sacrificing the village of Covehithe and more than 1,000 acres of land.

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FEB 17 PioneersPioneering British music
February 17, 2010

The London Symphony Orchestra’s UBS Soundscapes: Pioneers scheme champions new work in a difficult economic climate.

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stouheadNational Trust’s most romantic places in Britain
February 5, 2010

If you’re looking for a special Valentine’s Day spot, try one of the Trust’s top 10 beautiful places in the country.

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hot_air_balloonTop 10 imaginative Valentine treats
February 2, 2010

From seal watching and paragliding to hot air balloons, surprise your loved one with something different.

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wool1Prince Charles launches wool campaign
January 26, 2010

The Prince of Wales is working with designers and farmers to bring wool back into fashion and combat price falls.

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burnsBurns letter returns home
January 25, 2010

A rare letter written by Robert Burns’ widow Jean Armour, discovered in New York, will be handed over to the National Library of Scotland.

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JAN 20 Deborah Moggach interviewA writer with no pride or prejudice
January 20, 2010

The charmingly modest BAFTA-nominated screenwriter and prolific novelist Deborah Moggach talks Arts cuts, Hollywood casting and political action.

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stonehengeStonehenge one of world’s most threatened wonders
January 14, 2010

The Government’s failure to address traffic problems has led to the prehistoric monument’s inclusion in a Wanderlust endangered list.

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craftsman_tools_New website champions skilled craftsmen
January 14, 2010

Project Book becomes the premier online resource centre for period and listed building restoration projects.

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countrysideMove to the country for a better life
January 11, 2010

A new NFU Mutual survey shows that nearly 70% of today’s rural residents relocated from urban areas for ‘a better quality of life’.

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cornish_sardinesCornish sardines win EU protection
December 10, 2009

Only sardines caught in Cornwall can be called ‘Cornish sardines’ after they receive European Union Protected Name Status.

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hamperTop five Christmas hampers
November 30, 2009

From John Lewis to Highgrove, here is our pick of the most luxurious seasonal treats.

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christmas_pudding_slice_jugThe best Christmas pudding recipe
November 23, 2009

Nothing beats my grandmother’s traditional pud, which swaps eggs for grated carrot to create a perfect light texture.

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gary rhodesGary Rhodes launches local food campaign
November 19, 2009

Celebrity chef will award Truly British status to products with guaranteed local provenance.

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meat counterSupermarkets ‘should stock British meat’
November 18, 2009

The NFU has criticised big supermarkets, such as Sainsbury’s and Tesco, for not stocking more British beef and lamb.

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gallowayScottish forest best place in the world for stargazing
November 16, 2009

Galloway Forest Park has been given a gold tier Dark Sky Park award by the International Dark-Sky Association.

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coastCoastal Access Bill becomes law
November 12, 2009

The controversial Marine and Coastal Access Bill, giving public access to 1,000 miles of land, becomes law today.

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trenchesTeasing in the trenches
November 11, 2009

A First World War soldier’s recently unearthed diaries reveal how British and German troops called an unofficial truce to exchange friendly insults.

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ridgeview_wine_bottleFinal frontier for England’s winemakers
November 4, 2009

English vineyard owners are using satellites 500 miles above the Earth to help boost their harvests.

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plum_treeHistoric fruit trees discovered in gardener’s shed
November 4, 2009

A notebook documenting more than 200 unknown fruit tree varieties has been found in a gardener’s shed on the Ickworth estate.

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NOV 4 JERWOOD DANCEDancing on the waterfront
November 4, 2009

Ipswich’s innovative new Jerwood DanceHouse is central to the area’s cultural renaissance.

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pumpkin_pieSix of the best Halloween recipes
October 14, 2009

If you’re more interested in treats than tricks, try homemade pumpkin pie, candy apples or spiced autumn punch.

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prince charlesPrince Charles fights climate change
September 29, 2009

The Prince of Wales has persuaded 500 companies to join him in asking world leaders to cut carbon emissions by 2050.

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national_trust_monopoly_bigPlay National Trust Monopoly
September 29, 2009

The Trust has launched their version of the game, featuring stately homes and countryside sites.

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conkersCrackdown on conkers cheats
September 28, 2009

Officials at Poulton’s International Conkers Tournament in Gloucester have warned competitors to expect extensive searches and checks in a bid to halt cheating.

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princesThe princes give back
September 23, 2009

Princes William and Harry have created a charitable foundation, inspired by their parents’ philanthropic work.

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national trustTake advantage of free Heritage Open Days
September 8, 2009

The National Trust offers historic tours, children’s activities and top tips from experts at 200 of its properties this autumn.

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loch ness monster google earthLoch Ness Monster spotted on Google Earth
August 26, 2009

Security guard sees the fabled Nessie in a satellite photo while browsing on Google Earth.

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lost birdGlobal quest to find lost birds
August 21, 2009

BirdLife International is searching for 47 species of birds that haven’t been sighted for up to 184 years.

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londonLondon drops to 22nd most expensive city
August 19, 2009

The capital has fallen from second to 22nd most expensive city in the world, according to UBS wealth management.

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no way outStrictly meets Sartre
August 14, 2009

What happens when you mix Argentine tango with existentialist drama? I find out at a rehearsal for No Way Out.

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fairThe best British staycation activities
August 12, 2009

From fairs and festivals to racing and concerts, there’s something for everyone close to home.

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saltashSaltash named most desirable place to live
August 10, 2009

The Cornish town has the most desirable postcode in Britain, reveals MSN Local’s survey.

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fruit vegBritain must produce own fruit and veg
August 3, 2009

A parliamentary inquiry urges the Government to take measures to protect Britain against global food shortages.

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JUL 29 LSO On TrackStriking a chord
July 29, 2009

One of the country’s most prestigious orchestras is going back to school, explain the musical stars of LSO On Track.

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JUL 22 Grasshopper storyHot new homes for hoppers
July 22, 2009

Global warming is causing an increase in British grasshoppers and crickets, according to new research, with several species finding surprising new habitats.

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bird feedUrban birds more lazy than rural ones
July 21, 2009

A British Trust for Ornithology survey shows that urban birds start feeding later in the day than rural birds because of higher heat levels.

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eco townGovernment eco-towns ‘not sustainable’
July 14, 2009

The CPRE has questioned the long-term success of the sites because of their poor location and inadequate transport.

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henry viiiPrince Charles praises ‘Green’ Henry VIII
July 9, 2009

In his Richard Dimbleby lecture, broadcast live on BBC One, the Prince of Wales took inspiration from his ‘Green crusader’ ancestor.

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house_cleaningTop 10 tips for moving house
July 1, 2009

Moving can be incredibly stressful and difficult. Follow this guide to help make the transition smoother.

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feteRed tape threatens village fete signs
July 1, 2009

The Highways Agency has taken down signs for the Longhope Village Fete in the Forest of Dean, which have been as institution since 1919.

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wimbledonAce your time at Wimbledon
June 19, 2009

Top tips for making the most of your day out, from queuing strategy to hillside seats.

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rockRoyals help Rock top property league
June 19, 2009

The Princes’ favoured holiday destination, Rock in Cornwall, is named top seaside property hotspot, despite poor water report.

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Chickens_on_pathTop tips for keeping chickens in town
June 18, 2009

Beverley de Valois, who has been a keen urban poultry-keeper for seven years, offers some advice.

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astonTop 10 Father’s Day gifts
June 16, 2009

From Aston Martin-driving and wild boar to spy pens and driving gloves, we select the best presents for Country Life fathers.

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barbecueTop tips for the perfect summer barbecue
June 11, 2009

A few ideas to help you get creative on the grill.

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wild childBest National Trust Wild Child family adventures
June 10, 2009

This summer, the Trust aims to get youngsters away from computeres and into the great outdoors. Here are some of the best activities on offer across Britain.

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bookSizzling books to read in June
June 10, 2009

Three great reads take you from London to Paris and Argentina via cartography, tango and tabloid sleaze.

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strawberryHealth and safety closes Cornish pick-your-own strawberry farm
June 4, 2009

Award-winning Boddington’s farm ends pick-your-own because of rising insurance premiums.

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bear gryllsBear Grylls named youngest-ever Chief Scout
May 18, 2009

The TV presenter and adventurer hopes to inspire more adults to volunteer as Scout leaders.

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lark12% of bird species now ‘critically endangered’
May 18, 2009

A new conservation report puts almost 200 species on the Red List.

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huntPolice will stop monitoring hunts
May 15, 2009

The Association of Police Officers admits the hunting ban is hard to enforce and not a top priority for officers.

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smart meterSmart energy meters could save consumers £100 million
May 14, 2009

The Government aims to slash energy costs in British households with new £9 billion scheme.

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chelsea barracksRobert Adam condemns Prince Charles lecture boycott
May 12, 2009

The renowned architect criticised RIBA’s proposed action because of the prince’s Chelsea barracks development objections.

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rock palaceHave a royally good time this summer
May 19, 2009

Find out about Historic Royal Palace events, from exhibitions and tours to jazz festivals and dancing.

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cheddar gorgeCheddar Gorge named favourite walk
April 29, 2009

The Ramblers’ Association reveals the 50 most scenic walks in a new book, with ‘Britain’s Grand Canyon’ coming out top.

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APR 29 Henry VIII exhibitionThe original king of spin
April 29, 2009

A new armoury exhibition at the Tower of London shows how Henry VIII shaped his image.

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just soChildren’s Laureates reveal favourite books
April 28, 2009

The five authors who have held the post each share their seven most-loved children’s books.

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hiveBee thieves sell hives on the black market
April 27, 2009

An increasing number of thieves with experience in beekeeping are targeting hives for lucrative returns.

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strictlyA decade of change on the dancefloor
April 24, 2009

Kensington Dance Studio co-director and Strictly choreographer Kele Baker talks about the dramatic change in ballroom’s fortunes.

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fisheryEuropean Commission demands fisheries reform
April 22, 2009

A new EC Green Paper calls for radical reform of the Common Fisheries Policy to save the marine environment.

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APR 15 Portobello marketPortobello could become ‘ghost town’
April 15, 2009

London’s renowned market district is under serious threat as independent traders face rate hikes.

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APR 15 Mallorca photosEye on the prize
April 15, 2009

We’re often surrounded by beautiful scenes, but it can be difficult to capture them. A photography course in Mallorca aims to help you develop your ‘eye’.

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puffinPuffin pairs flock to Scottish island
April 14, 2009

The Seabird Centre’s conservation work has encouraged the return of puffin breeding pairs to Craigleith in Scotland.

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rubbish beachRubbish increase on UK beaches
April 9, 2009

The Marine Conservation Society’s survey shows a record high, with an average of 2,195 pieces of litter per kilometre.

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APR 8 Chocolatier interviewBusiest woman this week
April 8, 2009

Chocalatier Beverley de Valois talks seasonal ingredients and experimentation as she prepares her Easter orders.

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bitternClimate change threatens British wildlife
April 1, 2009

A Natural England report claims global warming will lead to the destruction of our landscape and extinction of multiple species.

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wind farmRSPB calls for more UK wind farms
March 24, 2009

In a policy U-turn, a new report suggests wind farms will counter the effects of climate change on wildlife.

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easter eggHow to decorate your own Easter eggs
March 21, 2009

A step-by-step guide to creating egg-tastic seasonal decorations.

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Bbill brysonill Bryson campaigns for the Western Weald
March 19, 2009

The travel writer and CPRE president believes the West Sussex site will be lost to development unless it’s made a national park.

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MAR 18 Stoke ParkExploring Britain: Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire
March 18, 2009

What happens when you combine modern spa facilities with classic Edwardian heritage – and a dash of James Bond?

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linkenholtBuy a whole village for £25 million
March 11, 2009

The historic Hampshire village of Linkenholt, including 22 properties, a shop and a cricket club, is up for sale.

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pubPub closures damage community spirit
March 2, 2009

A new survey reveals that 80% of people believe British community spirit and values are in danger without a local pub.

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plastic bagPlastic bag use falls by 26%
February 27, 2009

The number of plastic bags handed out by supermarkets and shops has fallen from 13.4 billion to 9.9 billion since 2006, says WRAP.

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agatha christieAgatha Christie’s holiday home open to the public
February 24, 2009

The National Trust unveils Greenway House in Devon following its £5.4 million restoration.

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-250-year-old oak tree falls in Devon
February 20, 2009

The 100-tonne ‘Champion’ Lucombe oak, one of the county’s biggest trees, has fallen in Exmouth’s Phear Park.

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charles burnsPrince Charles is an online Burns hit
February 20, 2009

Thousands have logged onto BBC Scotland’s Robert Burns web archive to hear the Prince of Wales’s poetry reading.

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FEB 18 Frances Stadlen interviewBusiest woman this week
February 18, 2009

Frances Stadlen, founder of Pass On A Poem, discusses literary inspiration and the thrill of sharing your favourites.

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foal‘Prehistoric’ foal born in Kent
February 11, 2009

The first foal has been born in a herd of ‘prehistoric’ Konik horses, introduced to encourage biodiversity.

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grey squirrel£1.3 million grey squirrel cull begins
February 10, 2009

In the largest mammal cull ever in the UK, ten of thousands of grey squirrels will be killed by landowners in the Government-sponsored Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels project.

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Commander restaurantNotting Hill restaurant champions local produce
February 10, 2009

An enterprising new west London eatery has taken the unusual step of doubling up as a farm shop.

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seatonNational Trust uses eBay to save Seaton
February 4, 2009

The Trust will auction off exclusive experiences to raise funds for the purchase of historic gem Seaton Delaval.

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FEB 4 National Dance AwardsBattle of the ballets
February 4, 2009

Two of Britain’s most prestigious companies go head to head at the National Dance Awards.

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FEB 4 David AttenboroughAttenborough on the airwaves
February 4, 2009

Sir David Attenborough follows the late Alistair Cooke in sharing his experiences with Friday-night Radio 4 listeners.

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alfie boeBusiest man this week
January 28, 2009

Acclaimed tenor Alfie Boe prepares for the opening of the ENO’s La Bohème at the London Coliseum.

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sika deerConservationists accused of racism
January 27, 2009

Scottish historian Professor Christopher Smout says British conservationists have a ‘quasi-racist’ attitude to non-native flora and fauna.

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christopher nourse picBusiest man this week
January 21, 2009

Christopher Nourse, administrator of the The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards, shares stories of presenter disasters and extraordinary winners.

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Anton ErinStrictly on stage
January 6, 2009

An audience of ardent Strictly fans enjoy seeing the pros in action at the Barbican, but  Anton du Beke’s comedy overpowers his dancing.

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DEC 17 Swedish foodSweden is swell for seafood
December 17, 2008

West Sweden has been hailed as the world’s new seafood centre. We put its gastronomic reputation to the test.

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DEC 17 Christmas traditionsChristmas, but not as you know it
December 17, 2008

From hoodening in east Kent to making music at 4am in Wiltshire, we source the most unusual local traditions celebrated during the Christmas season.

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Christmas Ballroom at Peter Jones 7Strictly shopping at Peter Jones
December 17, 2008

I join Strictly Come Dancing stars Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup for a rather surreal performance at London’s premier store.

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NOV 12 Town Mouse dancingTown Mouse: Dance the blues away
November 12, 2008

Strictly Come Dancing rules the airwaves – and the ballroom world is feeling the benefit.

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aunt juliaCountry Life reads
November 4, 2008

Deafness, debs’ delights and a double-date at a bullfight: three Country Life contributors recommend heart-warming and moving novels.

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StardustBallroom glamour arrives in London
October 9, 2008

As dance fever grips the nation once again, Stardust Ball comes to take the capital for a spin.

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AUG 13 Dorset Steam FairA steamy affair in Dorset
August 13, 2008

Ten miles of electric cable, 150 tons of coal and 550 barrels of beer: 40 years of the Great Dorset Steam Fair.

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JUL 9 Debutantes exhibitionThe season of change
July 9, 2008

A new Kensington Palace exhibition tells the story of the last debutantes,  presented at Court in 1958 against a backdrop of social upheaval.

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stanley johnsonWriter, environmentalist – and Boris’s dad
July 2, 2008

At his Exmoor farmhouse, Stanley Johnson discusses foot-and-mouth, the hunting ban, mayoral offspring and why he’ll never be too old to have adventures.

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Swans webcamSwans go viral
June 12, 2008

A new webcam showing nesting swans in Somerset has proved a big hit, with more than 67,000 views in the past week.

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BeaverBeavers returning to Britain
June 12, 2008

Five hundred years after it was hunted to extinction, the European beaver is going to be reintroduced to Britain.

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smarterAm I smarter than a 10 year old?
June 10, 2008

We’re a nation of specialists, but does the odd gap in maths or geography really matter in today’s technology-driven society?

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MAY 28 Country Life Rivoli BallroomMad hot ballroom
May 28, 2008

London’s Rivoli Ballroom is the best dance space in the country, but its survival depends on English Heritage intervention.

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internationalsThe International Ballroom Dancing Championships
October 11, 2007

Sensational dancing, fierce competition and an array of extravagant outfits keep the Royal Albert Hall spectators hooked.

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watchThe death of timekeeping
October 7, 2007

Has the rise of technology destroyed our respect for Greenwich Mean Time?

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archersAn Ambridge too far
October 1, 2007

I fear my mother has lost the ability to distinguish between radio soap The Archers (‘It’s not a soap!’) and real life.

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danceThe pros and cons of cha cha chatter
September 24, 2007

This week in the battle of ballroom sexes: is small talk a necessary ice-breaker or dangerous distraction?

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su dokuSu doku swan-necking
September 11, 2007

To intervene or endure? The dilemma of the puzzle-loving commuter.

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rolling stonesRock of ages
September 5, 2007

The Rolling Stones pack the O2 with golden oldies – and a few impressed young ‘uns.

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knockedupPerfect delivery
August 29, 2007

It may be masquerading as a lads’ film, complete with dirty jokes, but Knocked Up is the most witty and insightful romantic comedy of the year.

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urlThe art of chip and PIN
August 21, 2007

The latest technological addition is universally understood, but has created a social minefield.

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imgresTango al fresco
August 15, 2007

Once a year, Regent’s Park is the setting for al fresco dancing. When the rain begins, the umbrellas go up, lending a bit of Vettriano romance to the scene.

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