VICAR Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You and Your loved ones are keeping well. I am sure You are looking forward to getting a haircut over coming days. Finally, it seems our imprisonment is coming to an end! Let us pray that our freedom returns and stays. This week it would be amiss of me not to focus on the life … Continue reading A Prayer for Prince Philip
BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ The Charity Commission have certainly not helped the countryside with their apparent willingness to permit every extremist animal rights group to claim charity status. It’s natural for these fundraising groups to seek out mainstream credibility and to appear at least half decent to the outside world. With charity status they claim respectability and tax free income. They are more … Continue reading Really? Is that Charity?
BY ALEX STORY It is often said that the genius of America’s founding fathers was to have crystallised the essence of life on earth by defining three unalienable rights: “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. Had they declared that every man, woman and child had the right “to happiness” rather than its pursuit, their declaration would have been dismissed as a Utopian document of … Continue reading The Pursuit of Happiness
BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE ‘Beauty is a natural superiority.’ – Plato Plato’s words resonate such potent and piercing truth, one imagines them chiseled into the Athens Parthenon under which he spoke them. But postmodernism can take even the most unyielding of truths and reflect them back on us as a liquid lie. Postmodernist distortion now manifests itself in every discussion on aesthetics. Take, for instance, the … Continue reading Build Back Bath
BY MARK CRUDGINGTON Have the British shooting public been led into a miasma of confusion that may lead to the end of the shooting of live quarry as we know it? In modern cancel culture the opportunity to “ban” time-tested methods to assuage a “green” agenda seems increasingly common. In the case of lead in ammunition there have been reports produced for years on the … Continue reading Lead into Darkness?
BY EFFIE DEANS During an election campaign, the last thing the SNP wants to talk about is independence. The core SNP vote is obsessed with this and it is the primary motivation for these voters to choose the SNP. These people will overlook the SNP’s performance in Government. Indeed, they don’t appear to care if the SNP rules well or poorly. If only the SNP … Continue reading The Deteriorating SNP Argument
BY PAUL NEWALL Some years ago, when the Blair government was trying to create an ID card system, I had a role that touched on alcohol sales. An ID system could – on the face of it – be used to remove most doubts about the legality of alcohol sales (only the buyer’s sobriety was left to be judged by the vendor) so it could … Continue reading Slippery Slopes
VICAR Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, Happy Easter to You and Your nearest and dearest. Easter is the greatest of all Christian feasts, and the happy season of Eastertide lasts 50 days from Easter Day until the Feast of Pentecost. St Gregory of Nazianzus said that Easter was ‘like the sun among the stars’ of the other festivals. It is the heart of the sacred … Continue reading Happy Easter 2021
BY JIM WEBSTER I remember an old farmer commenting about lads ‘helping out.’ “One boy is one boy. Two boys is half a boy, three boys is no boy at all.” I know of a couple of farms round here that used to get a lot of lads ‘helping out.’ With village farms where the village was a community, not a dormitory suburb, it was … Continue reading Lads
Hundreds of animals are killed on UK roads each week. Only a small amount of those are reported – the rest are sadly left as roadkill. A new report by GoCompare has analysed the UK’s latest Roadkill Records data, to reveal Britain’s most dangerous areas and roads for wildlife, the animals most commonly involved, and the worst months for incidents to occur. Six badgers and … Continue reading Roadkill Stats UK
BY A COUNTRY AGENT When doing this job it can often be all too easy to forget you are dealing with someone’s most prized possession. Their home, which they have entrusted you to sell, is usually one of the largest assets they have. It is a core part of their life, it reflects their personality and the way they live and as such it should be … Continue reading View, But Don’t Touch!
BY RAMA KASHYAP The news of the deadly virus spreading its tentacles all over the globe started trickling in to Chandigarh from January last year, creating fear amongst the people in the country. The reality hit us really hard when the nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 24 bringing life to a standstill. It was an exceptionally tough period marked by panic and anxiety, not just in … Continue reading Locked Down in India
BY DR KAUSTAV BHATTACHARYYA In a recent book on Anglophiles, I came across the essay on English pubs by George Orwell, ‘Moon Under Water’ which was irresistible and charming. George Orwell is the quintessential British writer who covered all things British from the ‘Empire’ to the ‘Pubs’ with felicity and in plain, simple and comprehensible language. The essay is about an imaginary country pub named … Continue reading My English Country Pub
BY EFFIE DEANS In theory Alex Salmond’s new Alba Party is good news for independence supporters. Let’s assume that support for independence is 45%. Well if the SNP wins 45% of the vote in the constituency seats, it will win nearly all of them. But this means that it will win few if any list seats, because the number of constituencies you win is part … Continue reading Alba
VICAR Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You are well. I welcome You to a one-hour abbreviated Palm Sunday as Holy Week gets going across the globe. Today is the first day. What is Palm Sunday and why is it considered important? On Palm Sunday Jesus arrived in Jerusalem to crowds and cheers. His triumphant entry into Jerusalem has been celebrated on … Continue reading A Prayer for Palm Sunday