BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN The countryside versus the town is a phony battle that has been conjured repeatedly over the ages, mostly as an excuse by opportunist charlatans and self-preservers who generally had a foot in both. Nonetheless, there is something increasingly perverse about those who rarely leave the perimeter of the M25 casting judgement on those distant swathes of green where their crops are grown, … Continue reading The New Countryside Roar
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN I felt sorry for our Deputy Editor – my mate, James Bembridge – this weekend when he came under attack from Owen Jones and his leftist hordes in one of those Twitter pile-ons the Left so relish. There were numerous tweets suggesting that Bembers’ hard-drive needed checking. Bembers was accused of being a ‘nonce’ by multiple smearers, some of whom – including … Continue reading Nonce!
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN I was thinking about bagatelle the other day while picking up some yew hedging. There is a yew, I was told by the nursery owner, which is an intersex tree, not transgender – the Fortingall Yew – and right now it is in the leisurely process of changing sex. That was when the bane of Identity Politics cropped up in conversation. And … Continue reading Bagatelle
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN The death of a family dog is a heart-wrenching experience. I detailed the loss of my best pal – our chocolate Labrador, Cadbury – last August in the pages of this magazine. My family still feels the pain, although it has tapered somewhat since the summer. Now the heartache comes in waves when you least expect – signing off Christmas cards to … Continue reading The Terrierist