Lacking a little oomph, but some very nice touches
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Monday 04 July 2011
Sunday 03 July 2011
The outdoors is big indoors this season, but it should be a permanent trend: my most calming room is the one painted with a hint of green – a big painting of a palm and trees. Beyond pot plants, what else can add to this feel-good style?
Saturday 02 July 2011
A beach resort popular with British holidaymakers is unfit for swimming and fishing because of contamination by sewage water, scientists have warned.
Saturday 02 July 2011
Friday 01 July 2011
Many writers love out-of-the-way retreats, but few make themselves quite as – apparently – scarce as Philip Marsden does now. Turn off one of the steep-hedged lanes that thread through the Roseland peninsula in west Cornwall, and almost a mile of rough track takes you down to an early-Victorian farmhouse that itself stands on the site of a medieval manor. Swifts wheel above; a lone pheasant gazes curiously at two humans sitting at an outside table; silence reigns. Seen from the land, this isolation seems complete. But the terrestrial is not the only view. For these grounds slope down through tangled growth to an inlet – one of many tiny capillaries into which the huge body of the Fal estuary narrows – and an old landing-stage. When the winds and tides concur, Marsden can take his boat moored there, sail downriver into the Carrick Roads and - as he writes in his new book – "point the bows south towards the flat horizon, and the open sea".
Wednesday 22 June 2011
Willy Decker’s 1994 production of Britten’s Peter Grimes has not worn well and pales now in the shadow of David Alden award-winning staging down the road at English National Opera.
Tuesday 21 June 2011
The report that the ocean is in trouble is no surprise. What is shocking is that it has taken so long for us to make the connection between the state of the ocean and everything we care about – the economy, health, security – and the existence of life itself.
Sunday 19 June 2011
Friday 17 June 2011
With its trademark flippers and comical mating dance, the blue-footed booby is one of the most commonly sighted birds on the Galapagos Islands.
Sunday 12 June 2011
Friday 10 June 2011
As measured and relishable as the nightly litany he read until 2001, Jefferson fathoms The Shipping Forecast from Utsira, named after a herring-rich Norwegian island, to Dogger, scene of a 1904 Russian attack on British trawlers mistaken for Japanese torpedo boats.
Thursday 09 June 2011
The UK and other European countries must be forced by law to restock their seas to give the fishing industry a long-term future, the European Fisheries Commissioner demanded yesterday.
Monday 06 June 2011
Imagine what would happen if every ship on our seas suddenly vanished...what impact would that have on our island nation? Our ferry terminals, fishing ports and freight dockyards would fall silent and there would be no Royal Navy to protect our merchant ships and shores.
Sunday 05 June 2011
Friday 03 June 2011
The Government's approach to the trade in fishing quota has been criticised by a committee of MPs.
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