It’s never going to be easy comprehending some 900,000 obscenely young soldiers losing their lives, in atrocious conditions, a long way from home. Not forgetting the two million injured in a war feted to end all wars. On November 11 2018, however, world leaders, royals, the public will mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice and mourn their dead. But it’s different this year; it feels different.
Knoydart, a refreshing, beguiling destination for intrepid travellers, once visited never forgotten
How poetic that Britain’s last wilderness should lie between heaven and hell. It does. Continue reading “Britain’s last wilderness”
Our love affair with daffodils is a long one and it’s showing no signs of slowing down
Just as it seems the grey winter days are here to stay, Mother Nature calls time and – from seemingly nowhere – intrepid little snowdrops break through the chilled soil declaring that spring is here. But, if you’re after a fanfare to announce the new season you won’t have to wait long as festoons of golden trumpets will be adorning gardens, parks and roadsides; finding their way into vases and pitchers, and brightening up homes. “With pomp and ceremony the daffodil has arrived!” Continue reading “Nothing says British springtime like a daffodil”
Work on a major wildlife project to reopen 150 miles of river to protected and endangered species has begun in Worcester.
‘Unlocking the Severn’ is one of the biggest river restorations of its kind in Europe. It aims to re-establish little known members of the herring family – the twaite and allis shad. Continue reading “Saving the Shad”
Finally, the days of DIY hair dos, kitchen sink colour and Claudia Winkleman fringes are numbered. Soon scissors will snip, colour will be restored, and gossip traded. So what if stylists and clients wear PPE! So what if we leave with wet hair to escape the new perils of a blow dry! Our former glory is in sight. Well … for some it is.
It’s a bit like looking at Alice in Wonderland as Therese Jordan in dirndl and cardigan plus mane of pre-Raphaelite tresses approaches. Only a rather too serious pair of red rimmed specs confounds the likeness.
My grandfather is versatile. He’s managed a taxi firm, been a mechanic, owned his own business married my grandma, is mum’s dad and in 2009 he was my driving instructor. He was 62 and I was 10.
Southern parts of the country will continue to experience some very disruptive weather this evening, tonight and tomorrow. Continue reading “Amber warning as big chill hits South West England and South Wales”
On the face of it Wonder is certainly a feel-good, heart-warming film.
“there’s no such thing as ordinary”
The tale’s wrapped round the travails of a home-schooled 10 year-old boy, Auggie, whose face is disfigured, and his quest and that of his family for him to be mainstream, (read ‘ordinary’ for ‘mainstream’ – Auggie does).