If coronavirus did anything for me at all, it was to rekindle my love of reading. Not that I had any extra time to do so, but time was reallocated to better effect. And even if daily sallies into the world of another were not always as extensive as I would have liked, at least the effort was being made.
My bookshelves are packed with volumes of this and that, and although many of my books are either nature reference books or an ever-growing collection of shooting books, there is plenty more besides. Political biographies and novels from the likes of Hemingway and Wilbur Smith abound, all of which are enjoyable in their own way.
Having devoured the two volumes of the biography of a former prime minster, totalling 1,200 pages, my next attempt was a more homely walk around north Kent. Many of the places described were known to me intimately; I also knew some of the people mentioned — and even liked some of them!
But, in particular, my attention fastened on an evening when the author decided to make his way off an offshore island using a long causeway. Trapped by the tide, the only answer was the coastguard — and the inevitable embarrassment associated with that.
The description of ‘causeway’ is technically correct. However, it is better described as a broken meandering pathway across the mudflats; in places, the tide has washed through, leaving foot-sucking muddy gutters, while, in others, the silt has almost completely buried the path. It is not a place for the faint-hearted in the dark of a winter’s night.
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RSPB gives mixed message on shooting
Having recently attended the RSPB’s virtual AGM, Conor O’Gorman discusses the outcome of the charity’s year-long review of game bird shooting
Causeway for concern
Alan Jarrett’s renewed interest in reading takes him down memory lane to an offshore island duck flight that very nearly ended in disaster
Through a purple patch
The Garrows Estate is taking a conservation-focused approach to restoring the wildlife populations and biodiversity on the Scottish heather moorland.
When the wheels fall off
Losing form on a day’s shooting can be infuriating, especially if you’ve been shooting like a god up to that point. Simon O’Leary looks at some common causes and how to remedy them
Beaches, books & bad behaviour!
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Using the Stop whistle
Now you’ve instilled the basics, it’s time to up the ante with some more tricky distance work. Howard Kirby explains how to take the core Stop whistle command to the next level
The humble teal
They may be tiny, but as far as Rupert Butler is concerned, the appeal of this little duck is huge. He recalls some of his most memorable nights in pursuit of these aerial acrobats
Mike is impressed with the Fabarm Elos B2 Field Notte, which offers great value for money, is suited to fieldwork or clays and is future-proofed for use with steel in all choke constrictions
CALL OF THE WILD
Dom Holtam reconnects with one of the purest forms of shotgun shooting as he walks-up woodcock over pointing dogs in the Scottish Highlands
A yen for the Fens
Tony Jackson recounts a memorable duck flight over an area of Fenland in Norfolk with his friend and author, the late Alan Savory
RJD Gallery presents new works by Tor-Arne Moen that evoke memories of yesteryear.
MODERN LITERATURE & GRAND HOTELS
The Plaza Hotel might have been Fitzgerald’s true love, while Ritz Paris had Hemingway’s heart. Why did glamorous hotels evoke such passion in the greatest writers of a generation? We run through years of colourful history
MARCELO LUJÁN LA COTIDIANIDAD ES UN CONTEXTO DE LUZ QUE POTENCIA, A SU VEZ, LA OSCURIDAD
El cuentista y novelista argentino ha recibido el VI Premio Internacional de Narrativa Breve Ribera del Duero por su obra La claridad (Páginas de Espuma, 2020), una antología de seis cuentos que exudan realidad y crudeza a partes iguales.
‘Our new house has a RETRO SOUL'
Lindsay has used vintage furniture, original artwork and bursts of colour to bring a unique touch to her home
A Dynamic Design
We visit a mountain retreat brimming with fl owing greenery and indulgent fabric.
Information Overload: Why Brevity Is Becoming A Business...
The power of brevity. Focus on your strongest arguments to make a point- A lesson being taught in management schools.
A Digital Taste
Janet Yuen, CEO of KFC-Birdland Hong Kong, is focused on creating a modern dining experience, where service is as instant as the customers’ photos splashed on the digital walls.