A Shout Out For Britain’s Rural Poor

CSM EDITORIAL A quick scan of Britain’s countryside using Google Earth reveals these rural twilight zones. Where subsisting folk live in caravans or dilapidated homes literally in the middle of nowhere. Down unpassable lanes or hidden off main roads where even the postman daren’t venture past a battered postal collection box barely attached to some post or tree. You may pass these locations as a … Continue reading A Shout Out For Britain’s Rural Poor

What Future for Britain’s Family Farms?

BY BEN EAGLE For the Oxford Farming Conference’s annual debate this year family farming was put under the spotlight. The motion suggested that the biggest threat to the family farm is the family farm itself and, perhaps surprisingly, attendees voted in favour of the motion by 182 to 157. Had the debate been held down the road at the Oxford Real Farming Conference I suspect … Continue reading What Future for Britain’s Family Farms?

A La Ronde

BY CHARLES EVANS This peculiar, circular house, erected by two artistic spinsters and filled out with their curious handicrafts, was built about 1800. The Misses Jane and Mary Parminter, of good Devon middle class stock, travelled abroad for a decade sight-seeing, then decided to continue their association at Exmouth in a house which they designed to incorporate certain features of the Byzantine Church of San … Continue reading A La Ronde

Spirit of the Countryside

VICAR At “Spirit of the Countryside” five years ago, the then Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams gave a sermon to the Countryside. Nearly 1500 people gathered at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire on Pentecost Sunday for a service at which Archbishop Rowan preached, followed by a picnic lunch and live music. Throughout the service, symbols of the countryside were brought to the altar to thank God for … Continue reading Spirit of the Countryside

Labour for the Taking

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN At public school, the powers that be insisted that your bed in the dormitory was located a few feet away from your enemy’s. Over a fourteen-week term, this was meant to be character-building. So, for the first couple of years, I found myself next to my enemy, who we shall call O’Flaherty. O’Flaherty and I really disliked each other, so much so … Continue reading Labour for the Taking

Ailing from Grayling?

BY ALEXIA JAMES You’ve heard of A.C Grayling, right? Plato, Socrates, Descartes, Grayling? Ring any bells? Well done you at the back of the class! A.C Grayling is the Peckham-dwelling University of Sussex graduate with 30 books under his belt on philosophy, biography, the history of ideas, human rights and ethics. For several years, Anthony Clifford Grayling was a columnist for The Guardian (yup, his kids go to … Continue reading Ailing from Grayling?

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

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?