Monbiot Vision Flawed

BY DAVID EYLES Upland farming has come under attack recently from a number of sources. Criticism is often levelled at hill farmers because they require large public subsidies to keep them going. Grumbling is also directed at hill farmers because they are perceived to be responsible for ‘overgrazing’ and thus denuding the upland landscape of its ability to hold back large quantities of water during … Continue reading Monbiot Vision Flawed

Simple Plum Cake

Ingredients: 150g caster sugar 115g butter, at room temperature 140g plain flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 eggs 1 pinch salt 12 plums, pitted and halved 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or to taste 1-2 tablespoons caster sugar, for sprinkling Method: Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Beat sugar and butter until fluffy with electric mixer. Mix flour and baking powder and sift into … Continue reading Simple Plum Cake

The King Wanted to Fish

CSM EDITORIAL Yesterday’s outburst by Dominic Grieve on the radio was embarrassing – for him and the Conservative Party. That someone of such low rank should attack the recently-resigned foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, and in such a public way, was both petty and puerile. Grieve threatening to resign gives us all hope and puts wind in Johnson’s sails. Perhaps Grieve can be joined by Anna … Continue reading The King Wanted to Fish

Moody’s Thoughts: Star Wars

BY ANDREW MOODY In our current bipolar political climate, I believe there are two types of people. Firstly, those who loved Rian Johnson’s 8th instalment of the Star Wars franchise The Last Jedi (soon to be released on Netflix), and those sane people who believe that the Star Wars franchise must, for its own sake, end now. Taxi Driver screenwriter Paul Schrader once lamented, “Star … Continue reading Moody’s Thoughts: Star Wars

Long Live the Enlightenment

BY CRYPTO I’m not just anti-Islam, I’m anti all religions. I see them as propaganda engines that encourage the worst type of relativistic thinking – the same relativistic thinking that led to every dictatorship in human history. Exploiting people’s primal fears to control them is far from novel. The enlightenment freed us from that horror show and we’d be insane to let it slip away. … Continue reading Long Live the Enlightenment