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You, too, can ski like an Olympian

John Samuel follows the Rocky Mountain trail to sample runs that will challenge the world's best skiers in 2002

Loch, stalk and smoking barrels

Hillwalkers and red-deer stalkers are clashing on the estates of the Scottish Highlands.

Poetic Licence: The Winterval Manifesto

In order not to offend people of other religions, Birmingham City Council has renamed its 42-day programme of Christmas festivities, "Winterval". In the ensuing backlash, Church leaders have said that their faith is being censored in the name of political correctness

Rugby Union: Passion without the romance at Old Deer Park

MY MOTIVE for going to Old Deer Park last Saturday for London Welsh against Worcester was to see some proper rugby for a change. I wanted something with a rougher texture than the product on offer in the upper echelons of the Allied Dunbar Premiership One Saturday after Saturday, and now, increasingly, in midweek as well.

LETTER: Deer management

Sir: Patrick Ellis is obviously a keen supporter of stag hunting but I wonder what his own scientific qualifications are which lead him to conclude that Professor Bateson's report The Behavioural and Physiological Effects of Culling Red Deer is based on "extremely dubious research".

LETTER: Stag hunt services


Letter: Cruel deer-hunt

Sir: Jo and Charles Collins (letter 10 October), deer-hunters and co-ordinators of the Friends of the National Trust, suggest that all Memoranda of Wishes by donors of land to the National Trust should be sacrosanct regardless of changed circumstances.

Letter: Deer cull

Sir: If the axiom "no publicity is bad publicity" holds true then the Friends of the National Trust (Font) are grateful to Kim Sengupta ("Pro-hunting lobby group `misled Trust'", 7 October) for his one-sided article about Font.

Letter: The humane hunt

Sir: Stanley Tyrer (letter, 6 October) does not fully appreciate the facts when he compares stalking and hunting deer.

Letter: Haunted by the deer hunters

YOUR ARTICLE "National Trust faces split over ban on stag-hunting" (27 September) comments on two reports on the effect of hunting deer with hounds. Both concluded that deer do suffer stress under these conditions, some severely. Any humane individual would surely conclude that hunting in this way should be totally banned, especially as in every other part of England and Scotland necessary management is undertaken by marksmen.

Letter: The deerhunters

Sir: Over the past eighteen months the National Trust has maintained a ban on staghunting on its land, based on the evidence of the Bateson report.

National Trust faces split over ban on stag-hunting

THE NATIONAL Trust is in danger of a split over its stance on the banning of stag-hunting on its land. Its ruling council meets this week to debate a study which challenges the organisation's prevailing view that the sport is cruel.

Rebels take on `greedy' National Trust

THE NATIONAL Trust has become greedy and is failing in its duties to the nation's heritage, say thousands of its members.

Deer not stressed by hunt, claim experts

THE National Trust has been asked to review its ban on stag hunting after scientists at Cambridge University claimed that deer do not suffer stress while being pursued.

If you go down to the woods today...'re sure for a sculptural surprise. On a walk through Grizedale Forest, in the Lake District, Mike Gerrard stumbled on a god of Thunder and a living room straight out of Habitat
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