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Who killed cock robin?

Referred to by Chaucer as ‘Robert redbreast’ and long a cheerful symbol of Christmas, the sweet-songed robin is so combative it will attack its own reflection, reveals Ian Morton

6 mins read
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December 16 - 23, 2020

Remembrance through rose-tinted glass

Hauntingly beautiful, stained-glass scenes keep the memory of our Fallen alive in glorious technicolour. Andrew Green visits country churches to seek them out

7 mins read
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December 16 - 23, 2020

Let's talk turkey

They’re easy to rear, they’re friendly and they needn’t only be for Christmas. Kate Green talks to turkey experts, who explain why we should be eating the heritage breeds

6 mins read
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December 16 - 23, 2020

Oh sing, choirs of angels

Loosely translated as ‘when the cock crows at dawn’, Plygain carol services have been held in Welsh churches on Christmas Day since the 13th century, as Aeneas Dennison reports

3 mins read
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December 16 - 23, 2020

Riches not measured in coin

The Cathedral of St Mary and St Ethelbert, Hereford This year marks the 700th anniversary of the canonization of Thomas Cantilupe, Bishop of Hereford. John Goodall looks at the story of this building and the way it was shaped by a remarkable figure

9 mins read
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December 16 - 23, 2020

Rockin' around the Christmas tree

Bombarded as we are in the preceding weeks, for many, it is the ritual choosing and dressing of the tree that marks the start of Christmas, says Jack Watkins

7 mins read
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December 16 - 23, 2020

Born to be wild

Once widespread across the British Isles, there are now fewer than 100 pure Scottish wildcats left. Joe Gibbs considers whether curiosity or interbreeding killed the ‘Highland tiger’

4 mins read
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December 16 - 23, 2020

Christmas comes but once a year

And when it does, it (mostly) brings good cheer, although some professions certainly enjoy it more than others

7 mins read
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December 16 - 23, 2020

A High Road To Clean Energy

THE path to ending fossil-fuel emissions by 2050 is ‘ambitious and affordable’, according to a report published last week.

2 mins read
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December 16 - 23, 2020

Because You're Mine, I Walk The Line

Crunching across winter stubble on a frosty December morning, John Lewis-Stempel gives thanks for the wildlife sustained by the old millet stalks and endeavors to train his labrador to walk to heel, aided by a handful of cheese

4 mins read
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December 16 - 23, 2020

The two faces of Magdalene

An assistant emerges from Leonardo’s shadow, a pastel portrait defies its years and potters receive deserved accolades

4 mins read
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December 09, 2020

Our flowers of Scotland

Two substantial estates demonstrate Scotland’s sporting and environmental potential

5 mins read
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December 09, 2020

Remembering the New World

Carolside, The Borders The home of Mr and Mrs Anthony Foyle An enigmatic house on the Scottish Borders yields up unexpected connections with America and shines a light on 18th-century architectural practice, as Roger White explains

7 mins read
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December 09, 2020

Give me one moment in time

Award-winning wildlife photographer Stephen Dalton explains his lifelong love of Nature and why, when it comes to capturing creatures on film, persistence and experimentation pay off

4 mins read
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December 09, 2020

Flights of fantasy

The dodos, parrots and pelicans that grace the pages of our favourite books might seem comical, but they usually have some moral wisdom to share, believes Madeleine Silver

6 mins read
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December 09, 2020

Future proof

The latest materials and technology can create homes of outstanding beauty and comfort

2 mins read
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December 09, 2020

Freeze frame

Bryan’s Ground, Stapleton, Herefordshire Helena Attlee recalls how a fresh fall of snow helped the then new owners of this famous Arts-and-Crafts garden to understand the underlying geometry of the land and so begin the property’s restoration

5 mins read
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December 09, 2020

Crowning glory

Matthew Dennison explores the life of the Dancing Marquess of Anglesey, whose penchant for sparkle led to him owning one of the most magnificent tiaras of all time

3 mins read
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December 09, 2020

All dried out

Already dead and lauded for being so, dried flowers are enjoying a stylish resurgence, discovers Hetty Lintell

3 mins read
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December 09, 2020

Grace And Flavour: The Best Herbs To Grow

I Recently moved to a new garden; thankfully, it came with a house attached.

4 mins read
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December 09, 2020

Life in Lilliput

In a room in West Sussex, magic is being created from pieces of cardboard, plastic bottles, pen lids, crayons and glue. Mark Palmer meets William Davies, film animator turned miniature-home maker

4 mins read
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December 02, 2020

That'll do, pug

Game and gutsy, you dismiss the jovial little pug as a lapdog at your peril, finds Flora Watkins, although do beware the snoring

7 mins read
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December 02, 2020

The urban village

Once a swathe of bucolic landscape desired by London’s elite, Hackney is now one of the city’s most cosmopolitan and diverse boroughs, finds Carla Passino

5 mins read
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December 02, 2020

THE CAPITAL ACCORDING TO...Jackson Boxer

Rob Crossan talks to the dynamic chef behind Brunswick House Café and Orasay about custard tarts and feeding London’s masses

2 mins read
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December 02, 2020

History and modernity

A house that might have vanished beneath London’s spreading suburbs has been lovingly returned from institutional use and forms the heart of an estate within the capital. John Goodall reports

8 mins read
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December 02, 2020

Dancing in the moonlight

Long thought to influence our behaviour, as well as that of the sea and all flora and fauna, the mystical power of the moon continues to exert a hold on us, observes Jeremy Hobson

6 mins read
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December 02, 2020

Nanny knows best

Norland nannies have cared for the children of the great and good for almost 130 years, but behind the white gloves and starched uniforms lies a most progressive institution, finds Flora Watkins

4 mins read
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December 02, 2020

DIG DEEP

The team behind Europe’s largest construction project is building new tunnels beneath London’s roads every week, but another group is working with them, too. Harry Wallop talks to the Crossrail archaeologists about woolly mammoths and Roman roads

5 mins read
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December 02, 2020

Rupert Uloth's Favourite Painting

The Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers chooses a Cecil Aldin scene that holds family connections for him

2 mins read
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December 02, 2020

Beautiful Britain: Blackdown Hills

Kate Green highlights the quiet charms of one of the least-known West Country AONBs

2 mins read
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December 02, 2020

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