Monthly Archives: January 2014

Four tills good, five tills bad

At the end of last year Henley Waitrose was refurbished, and the row of check-outs for ‘one basket only’ was redesigned. Whoever did the redesign apparently didn’t give it much thought.  There are five tills.  You queue on the left … Continue reading

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Futile and flawed

Buckinghamshire County Council claims not to have much money for public paths (see recent blog) but it does have the money to present its Filming on Highways Bill in Parliament.  The bill had its first reading in the House of Lords on … Continue reading

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Otmoor under water

I haven’t been anywhere much this year and my bird-list is dire, so today I went to Otmoor, east of Oxford, where the RSPB has rescued former MoD and agricultural land and made it into wetlands and reed-beds.  There is … Continue reading

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Farewell phone (1998-2011)

The time has come to part with my old Nokia mobile-phone.  It will be recycled for charity.  It served me well, from 1998 to 2011 when I took the giant leap to a smartphone.  I had to stick the plastic … Continue reading

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The statutory duty must be done

A fortnight ago I joined other path-user representatives at a meeting with Bucks County Councillors to express our concerns about the threat to the county council’s rights-of-way budget and the transfer of part of the team to Ringway Jacobs (see previous … Continue reading

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Herefordshire shoots itself in the foot

Herefordshire Council is a highway authority with problems.  In fact it has the fourth most rights-of-way problems awaiting resolution of all the English councils: 5,767 on its 2,135 miles—nearly three per mile, according to the Ramblers’ report Paths in Crisis, … Continue reading

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Lost property

On Saturdays I enjoy reading the Guardian’s Family section of true stories about people’s lives and experiences. They are often quite moving. Yesterday’s edition had a story by Anna Moore.   Her daughter Ruby lost her beloved toy Strawberry, which was … Continue reading

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Not-so-early bird

Early Bird is what I’ve always called the British Trust for Ornithology’s breeding bird survey, which I do twice each summer, leaving home at 5.30 am (see previous blog).  So it’s somewhat confusing to find there’s another survey which BTO calls … Continue reading

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Morgan Parry: an exceptional Welsh environmentalist

It is tragic that Morgan Parry has died aged only 56.  He was a leading environmentalist, well known throughout Wales and beyond, who lived on a smallholding near Caernarfon in North Wales. I first came across Morgan in about 1994 … Continue reading

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A quadriennio ad octennium

In other words, from a four-year to an eight-year period.  Which is what, with a bit of Blue Peter initiative, I have achieved for my British Trust for Ornithology list for recording the birds I see each year. I started … Continue reading

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