Gove is an Honourable Man

BY DAVID EYLES There are a large number of characters from classical literature who have wielded the knife and slaughtered their own allies. Shakespeare’s plays alone produce several such charmers: Macbeth, Richard III, Cassius and Brutus spring immediately to mind. It is a reflection of modern British politics that there is a temptation to draw parallels between these wicked monsters and some of our elected … Continue reading Gove is an Honourable Man

Little Macron’s Threats

BY JAMIE FOSTER Boris Johnson certainly struck a nerve in Paris when he suggested that under his leadership the £39B divorce bill may be retained. President Macron said that if we were to not pay the bill it would be like a sovereign debt default and there would be ‘consequences’. This sinister, threatening tone conjures up images of being punished by international markets with a … Continue reading Little Macron’s Threats

A Prayer for Those Who Fear Death

VICAR Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You and Your families are well and prosperous. It’s another Sunday. How many Sundays do You have left? It is unlikely that You know the answer to that question. Perhaps some patients on cancer wards across Britain know? Perhaps soldiers seventy five years ago had a good idea as they piled into Normandy. In short … Continue reading A Prayer for Those Who Fear Death

Dear Twist

THE EDITOR Fallopia japonica is a fast spreading weed that reduces the value of properties, drives businesses out of the area and wrecks lives. With bamboo like stems and small white flowers – known more commonly as Japanese knotweed – it is not wholly unattractive. Like most rogues, it’s not without its redeeming features. Despite its destructive capabilities, it’s not poisonous. Tug on the roots … Continue reading Dear Twist

Rustic Loaf

Ingredients 175ml (6 fl oz) water 1/4 teaspoon quick yeast 225g (8 oz) bread flour 225ml (8 fl oz) water 1/2 teaspoon quick yeast 275g (10 oz) bread flour 5 tablespoons wholemeal flour 1/4 teaspoon salt   Method The day before making bread, place 175ml water, 1/4 teaspoon yeast and 225g bread flour into pan of a bread machine. Select dough cycle and let knead … Continue reading Rustic Loaf