Countryside Helps Mental Health

BY NICK PEARCE One interesting development yesterday on Mental Health Day was how the countryside was being touted as the route out of depression and back to good health. Nature “prescriptions” by GPs could be a cheaper way to improve the UK’s mental health, a pioneering new study found – research conducted by Leeds Beckett University found that swapping regular prescriptions for nature activities could … Continue reading Countryside Helps Mental Health

Sphincter Rebellion

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN It’s easy enough to laugh at Extinction Rebellion oddbods dancing around peculiarly as if they are shaking off fleas (are they?) or singing jarringly in their pop-up choirs. It’s easy enough to get furious with them for their selfishness as they block the bridge you wish to cross on the way to hospital – with ridiculous meditation sessions and ritual bus-gluing. It’s … Continue reading Sphincter Rebellion

No Deal No EU Army

BY JAMIE FOSTER Should the unlikely happen and a deal materialise, a group of Tory MPs are considering voting against Boris Johnson’s divorce deal unless commitments to EU defence are removed from it. At present the divorce deal promises to keep the UK linked to a series of EU military structures including the European Defence Fund, the European Defence Agency and Permanent Structured Cooperation. This … Continue reading No Deal No EU Army

Where are the Congratulations?

CSM EDITORIAL When 178-year-old Thomas Cook collapsed last month, British holidaymakers were left stranded in more than 50 countries around the world. The company’s sudden shut-down and liquidation did not include a contingency plan for getting travellers home. Enter the British Government and ATOL. ATOL is a financial protection scheme protecting most air package holidays sold by travel businesses that are based in the UK. … Continue reading Where are the Congratulations?

Sri Lankan Chicken & Cashew Nut Curry

Ingredients: 200g cashews 2 tbsp olive oil 500g skinless chicken thigh fillets, cut into bite-sized pieces 1 onion, chopped ginger, a thumb-sized piece, chopped 4 cloves garlic, crushed 2 green chillies, deseeded and chopped 400g coconut milk (tin) 1 cinnamon stick 1 red bell pepper, sliced 1 lime, juiced a small bunch of coriander, roughly chopped Sri Lankan Curry Powder 4 cardamom pods, seeds extracted, … Continue reading Sri Lankan Chicken & Cashew Nut Curry

Churches Should Ban Momentum

BY ALEXIA JAMES The cases of antisemitism right at the heart of Momentum’s leadership are infamous. The cases of antisemitism linked to Momentum via its members or past members are rife. This is partly because of the Hard Left’s fixation with Palestine but more to do with the bogeyman hatred the group tries to foster as part of its activism, which manifests itself in Tory … Continue reading Churches Should Ban Momentum

Chopper

BY ANDREW MOODY Nearly twenty years ago, Australian cinema threw up a prison masterpiece inspired by the bestselling memoirs of legendary murderer Mark Brandon, “Chopper” Read. A terrifying, if rather charming chap, well over six feet, covered in prison tattoos and noticeably lacking in ears, Read delighted in his jailhouse celebrity well before he was a famous writer. Chopper still allegedly holds the record for … Continue reading Chopper

A Short Prayer

VICAR Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You are well and healthy. Make sure that You and Your loved ones take some vitamins as the weather is changing and I can already see the locals sneezing and snivelling. Lots of orange juice, please. This week I would like to point out the benefits of the short prayer. Are short prayers not simply … Continue reading A Short Prayer

A Scottish Gamekeeper Speaks Out

BY BERT BURNETT On Thursday STV were too quick to highlight that Scotland’s wildlife population is in a state of consistent decline, referencing a new report. 70 wildlife groups joined forces with Scottish government agencies for the first time, to analyse data about nearly 6500 species across land and sea for the latest ‘State of Nature’ report. It found that in the five decades since … Continue reading A Scottish Gamekeeper Speaks Out