America Burning

BY PAUL NEWALL I spent a great deal of time in the US just after the turn of the century and I’ve followed the political scene there very closely ever since, what we are seeing there is a mirror of what has been happening here for a couple of decades and they’ve managed to get there from a completely different starting point. In Europe, the … Continue reading America Burning

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Hill House

BY ANDREW MOODY Shirley Jackson had the inspiration to write a ghost story from two sources: firstly a book she was reading on Victorian psychic researchers (see John Gray’s The Immortalization Commission for a detailed critique on this dubious art) and secondly a horrifying-looking house on 125 street New York that she had nightmares about for months afterwards. Stephen King wrote in his classic assessment … Continue reading Hill House

Cheshire Prats

BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ Once again this week, unpleasant and illegal accusations were made against field sports enthusiasts accusing them of being child abusers. According to Cheshire Against Blood Sports, studies have shown those that engage in childhood acts of cruelty often become violent and cruel later on in life. They refer to this as childhood grooming that can also result in domestic … Continue reading Cheshire Prats

Sunnyside

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN One of the great pleasures during the Great Lockdown of 2020 has been cycling to collect eggs. Such is the nature of lockdown that certain acts that were previously deemed something of a bind are now considered adventures to be relished. The hunter-gatherer attribute has been heightened by this era of pandemic and has brought a certain pride and dignity, especially to … Continue reading Sunnyside

Glorious Cream

BY AMANDA CUMMINS So many of our favourite puddings in the summer have one ingredient in common. Cream. Specifically, double cream. Fools, mousses, possets, syllabubs. And luscious, seductively moreish homemade ice-cream. The idea of homemade ice cream might seem a bit of a faff if one lacks an ice-cream maker but, frankly, an ice-cream maker is one of those kitchen gizmos which seem a good idea … Continue reading Glorious Cream

Sir Jonny

BY NICK PEARCE With two Heineken Cups, four Six Nations Championships, three Triple Crowns, a Grand Slam and a World Cup to his name, the man is an out and out winner. His ferocious tackling was courageous. His metronomic goal-kicking the result of many hours of practice – well after his teammates had returned home. Jonny Wilkinson was one of the greatest ever rugby players. … Continue reading Sir Jonny

Crayfish & Mango Salad

Ingredients: 200g frozen shelled soya beans Juice 4 limes, plus extra wedges to serve 4 tsp toasted sesame oil 3 tbsp sweet and spicy chilli sauce 400g cooked and ready to eat egg noodles 300g cooked crayfish tails 200g ripe mango, peeled and diced 200g cucumber, sliced 200g radishes, finely sliced Handful mixed fresh herbs, finely chopped (mint and coriander are good choices)   Instructions: … Continue reading Crayfish & Mango Salad

Slicing the Chocolate Box

BY JIM WEBSTER It’s an interesting question, how soon should we open up the countryside and tourist hotspots to visitors. I thought I’d visit Towngill situated in the south of the beautiful Lake District and ask a selection of people. First I was chatting to George and Mary. They retired more than twenty years ago when George was sixty. He was something in the City, … Continue reading Slicing the Chocolate Box

Cummings

CSM EDITORIAL Christmas last year was rotten for the Big state pro-EU crowd, especially those in the media and those caught up in the Westminster bubble. The General Election result was a recurring nightmare in the week leading up to Christmas night for the Soubrys and Campbells. So, having Dominic Cummings snookered just five months later seemed like Christmas was here again – this time … Continue reading Cummings

Mint Julep

Ingredients: 4 to 5 mint sprigs (leaves only) 2 sugar cubes (or 15ml simple syrup) 75ml bourbon whiskey Garnish: mint sprig Method: Place the mint leaves and sugar or simple syrup into a julep cup, collins glass, or double old-fashioned glass. Muddle well to dissolve the sugar and release the oil and aroma of the mint. Add the bourbon. Fill the glass with crushed ice … Continue reading Mint Julep