Mark Thomas on Private Eye's Scene & Heard column (and a reason why we love David Ziggy Greene so much): 'It's the opposite of broad-brush reporting - it's true and it's detailed . . . it's reportage with love.'
Snow doesn’t happen very often where I live in the south of the UK, I believe the last time was around 5 years ago. I remember many years ago now, being stranded on the Pennines once in 3- 4 foot of snow – I spent the time enjoying apple and celeriac soup, writing, re-reading Wuthering Heights a...
Two weeks to go until Conor Woodman's The Scam Hunter hits bookshops. And it isn't as scary as it looks - as Misha Glenny says, it's also 'peppered with great wit' and plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.
On this first day of spring, and as the sun - here anyway - starts to warm the hard ground, I've been reminded of Sharon Blackie's passage about really watching her sheep when she lived on Lewes.
'I sat often with the sheep, and with Nell, our sheepdog, on top of a dry, grassy hillock in front of the house where they liked to graze. I’d watch them pick out individual stems and leaves, and nose others out of the way. You have to look closely, all the way down there at the level of the sheep’s head, on your hands and knees, to catch them delicately nibbling at the glowing embers of a sundew flower, severing the short stems of sunny, wide-open tormentil, stunted by the harshness of the westerly winds. Sheep, you see, are masters of detail, and they taught me how to look at the land as a herbivore might.’
When all seems madness in the world, let's really watch, and enjoy, this spring fold.
Reading Christopher Nicholson's Among the Summer Snows while the snow melts around me has me daydreaming - I am in the Highlands, it is summer and I am searching for the elusive snow-beds so beautifully written about in this gorgeous little book of nature writing.
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