Monthly Archives: December 2014

A pretty nice office

‘This is my office’ said the representative of Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA), the Swedish company which manufactures wood and paper products.  She was standing in a clearing in the forest near Vindeln, Sweden, and it looked a pretty nice office … Continue reading

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Found in translation

I have only just got around to translating (with computer aids) the words on a memorial stone which I photographed at Vindeln, Sweden, last September.   The translation is (roughly): ‘In memory of local volunteers who actively contributed to the government’s announcement, … Continue reading

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Four years of blogging along

WordPress has kindly reminded me that today, christmas eve, is the fourth anniversary of my blog.  I had remembered. I was inspired by the leak of the Queen’s christmas message in which she mentioned the importance of village greens.  And … Continue reading

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Henry, the plucky pony

Over the last few years I have often seen my friends Eddie and Lorna Bilous, with their small dog Bazil, driving a carriage pony around the Chiltern lanes. They live half a mile away from me in Turville.  We stop to chat (if … Continue reading

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The brain of the power station

‘This is the brain of the power station’, said Örjan Karlsson, head of maintenance at Skellefteå Kraft’s Finnfors hydro-power plant in northern Sweden. He pointed to a 1990s clunky computer of the type we had all forgotten.  It seemed extraordinary that this … Continue reading

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They should have read my blog!

Last month (3 November) I deplored the failure of Natural England (NE) to provide a board member to participate in the appointment of a new chief executive officer for the Peak District National Park Authority. The park authority was rightly concerned … Continue reading

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The Moor Fairy

It’s 40 years since I posted a rather special christmas present to my friend Sylvia Sayer.  In fact it was more a present for her grandchildren.  I had met her three elder grandchildren, then known as Googie, Luli and Frookie.  We had … Continue reading

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Thrice forgotten by the Guardian

Three times this year, the Guardian has made a common but egregious error.  Three times it has misquoted the text of Laurence Binyon’s elegy in Poems for the Fallen.  And three times Chris Hall has pointed this out. The first … Continue reading

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Savouring the Luddesdown victory

It was Dartmoor which took me to North Kent for the Luddesdown public inquiry in 1984, and it was my involvement in that inquiry which took me back there last Sunday, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of our success. In … Continue reading

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National parks going strong

Next week, on 16 December, we celebrate 65 years of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949.  They are certainly not ready for retirement, there are so many good things happening there.  But it is sad to … Continue reading

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