Monthly Archives: December 2015

Blog stats

WordPress has sent me a summary of my blog stats for 2015, though there are still two days to go. It tells me that my blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2015 and that I posted 111 stories (not quite … Continue reading

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A vital lifeline

I have objected to British Telecom’s plan to decommission and remove the isolated telephone box at Nantymaen in the Cambrian Mountains in Ceredigion. This is at grid reference SN762577, at the junction of the Tregaron-Abergwesyn road and the Camddwr valley road.  It … Continue reading

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Snow business

Transport for Buckinghamshire and their sidekicks in Ringway Jacobs have sent me a christmas e-card.  Thanks TfB and RJ, but why a photo of a snowplough forgeing through the winter weather?  With warmer winters, we rarely see them any more—and … Continue reading

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Blog about blogs

It is five years today that the Queen’s christmas message was leaked on the radio, and she mentioned village greens.  She spoke of how countless thousands of people give up their time to participate in sport there. This mention of greens … Continue reading

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Trouble at Northend

Turville bridleway 1A feels like an ancient path.  It runs north-south along the county boundary between Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  It used to be hedged on both sides, but the hedges have long since gone and … Continue reading

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Slow gate

It is a lovely walk from Hill Bridge, Peter Tavy, on Dartmoor up through fields known as Coffins, to the road near Baggator.  But in May 2014 it became much more difficult, especially for walkers with dogs. The land had changed hands … Continue reading

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Janette of the wild seas

‘Janette Kerr is a foul-weather painter’ says her entry on the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) website.  Brian Fallon, critic of the Irish Times, called her ‘the best painter of the sea in these islands’.  She is president of the … Continue reading

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Sibelius: like granite

The Commons Preservation Society was only four months old when Jean Sibelius was born, 150 years ago on 8 December.  It’s a nice coincidence that two things dear to my heart should both date from 1865. In one of my … Continue reading

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A hypothetical question

‘If the choice which the country has to make is between well-trained forces on the one hand and sacrificing your pony rides on the other … where would you like the government to make the choice?’ That was the first, … Continue reading

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