Cumberland Madness: Disrespecting Veterans

BY MARK TOWNLEY The NHS can never be a bottomless pit and in recent years it has been struggling more than in most years as the country recognises that there is a limit to free healthcare and the extraordinary waste that the NHS entails. Paying too much for nurses, badly negotiated procurement and too many management/admin staff and hangers-on – all these and other NHS ills … Continue reading Cumberland Madness: Disrespecting Veterans

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Countryside Churches Gone by 2025

BY JIM BROWNE I am a church-goer. My wife and I appear weekly at our local Anglican church every Sunday even when it snows. We tend to sit somewhere near the back, especially now as we have a Vicar who likes to get political and I do tend to chunter when he talks nonsense. Our church was built in the Sixteenth Century and the congregation … Continue reading Countryside Churches Gone by 2025

Star Shooter & Character: Allan Warren

INTERVIEWEE: ALLAN WARREN Allan Warren is a British portrait photographer based in Covent Garden, primarily known for his images of high society including stars of the screen, celebrities and royalty. Allan also happens to be a great character, raconteur and bon vivant. Allan has photographed Mae West, Salvador Dali, Prince Charles, Roger Moore, Joan Collins and many others. Here, in a transcript of their interview, his friend … Continue reading Star Shooter & Character: Allan Warren

Trinidad Runaway

BY AMANDA CUMMINS When I was a little girl in Trinidad, I ran away from home. Teddy clutched in my arms, and emergency supplies (I can’ t remember what they were, but they were important) in my school satchel, I opened the garden gate which was usually locked (more to deter incursions than for containing a 5-year-old). I remember it vividly. Standing on the road … Continue reading Trinidad Runaway

One China or Two?

BY ANASTASIA CHOO Donald Trump’s win on 8th November, based on a campaign of fiery and blistering rhetoric often singling out China, sent shock waves around the globe.  Mainstream media observed closely as world leaders raced to make that all-important phone call to congratulate the unpredictable political virgin.  Some calls were fulsome and some tentatively made but none caused as much furore as the phone … Continue reading One China or Two?

Simple Mince Pie Recipe

Mince Pie Ingredients (for 16 pies) 225g cold butter, diced 250g plain flour 100g caster sugar 280g mincemeat 1 small egg Icing sugar, to dust   How to make Mince Pies  To make the pastry, rub the cold, diced butter into the plain flour, then mix in the caster sugar and add a pinch of salt. Combine the pastry into a ball – don’t add liquid – … Continue reading Simple Mince Pie Recipe

Mulled Wine Recipe

Mulled Wine Ingredients:  10 cloves Zest and juice of 2 oranges 100-150g caster sugar depending on desired sweetness 25g dried cranberries 100g whole blanched almonds 700ml red wine 500ml ruby port 300ml vodka 10 cardamom pods 2 small cinnamon sticks   How to Make Mulled Wine:  Pre-heat the oven to 200°c / gas mark 6 and boil up your kettle. Place the blanched almonds into a … Continue reading Mulled Wine Recipe

Confession of a Plastic Exurbanite

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN I have a confession to make. Even though I joyously agreed to be one of the founder writers of Country Squire Magazine, I’ve spent most of my life as something of a plastic exurbanite in the Surrey villages stockbroker belt, where the hedges are perfectly trimmed, Barbours are mere fashion accessories, tractors get polished to a patina and paddocks are mowed in aesthetically-pleasing stripes. … Continue reading Confession of a Plastic Exurbanite

Giles Fraser’s Low Expectations

BY SAM WHITE A recent Giles Fraser article in the Guardian, Assimilation Threatens the Existence of Other Cultures, asserts that wherever you might choose to live, you should feel no obligation to assimilate into the wider culture. He states: I admire the resilience of a community that seeks to maintain its distinctiveness and recognises, quite rightly, that assimilation into the broader culture would mean the … Continue reading Giles Fraser’s Low Expectations