BY NIKKI WILDE Sir Max Strapley – octogenarian head of the local Conservatives with a penchant for sherry and golf. Once got in trouble with the police for straying onto a village footpath from his garden carrying a Purdey Over and Under which he pointed at ramblers. Bob Quince – the local publican. Retired policeman from the Big Smoke full of tales of derring-do. Built … Continue reading 10 Countryside Villagers You Might Know
BY JAMES CAMPBELL I was talking to an Indonesian fellow at the weekend. He claimed to be filthy rich and he asked me what cars would I include in a car collection if money were no object. What was the first car I mentioned? There are only two Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantics in the world. Scarcity inevitably leads to rising prices. The one from 1936 … Continue reading Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Twitter used to be a haven for progressives, both in the UK and the US. It was a place where liberals (not the Burkeian kind) gathered to feel gratified and worthy, where their sentiments and gags were well-received; bouncing off the walls of echo chambers shaped by them and venerated by their likes and retweets. Do-gooders went to bed at night feeling … Continue reading Rout of the Twits
BY MANDY BALDWIN So, a general election has been called and immediately come the cries from fringe parties – notably the Greens and Lib Dems – for voting to be extended to sixteen-year-olds. They seem not to realise that by calling for those who are still legally children to be granted the most solemn honour a democracy can bestow, they automatically brand themselves as being … Continue reading Children Should Not Vote
BY CHARLES EVANS In 1871 William Morris fell in love with, and acquired, the grey gabled manor house lying among the Thames-side water meadows and enclosed in a romantic old garden. It was probably built around 1570, in the style traditional of the Cotswolds, on the fringe of which it stands, in Lechlade in Oxfordshire. But Morris’s coming is the more significant date; for it … Continue reading Kelmscott Manor
BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN Three years ago I watched in stunned amazement as a Qatar Airlines jet was escorted into Manchester Airport. Its captain had reported that a threat had been made against the aircraft and the RAF was sent to intervene. Thankfully it was just a hoax. Some poor passenger had lost his mind and claimed to have a bomb. Seeing the heavily-armed fighter shepherd … Continue reading Prime Minister Jeremy Corbyn
UKIP’s manifesto will include proposals to ban full veils according to UKIP’s party leader Paul Nuttall. The announcement has sparked strong reaction on both sides of the debate. Theresa May says women can wear whatever they want. Ban or allow? Who’s right on this? Are the Tories missing a popular point? Continue reading Do You Support a Burka Ban?
Ingredients 1 1/2 oz. Diplomatico Añejo Rum 1/2 oz. Yellow Chartreuse 1/2 oz. Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao 2 oz. Cranberry juice Rosemary sprig, cranberries & powdered sugar for garnish Instructions Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a glass with crushed ice. Garnish and dust with powdered sugar using a sifter. Continue reading Cocktail Caracas