From The Riverbank: Part 7

From The Riverbank: Part 7

Although there are now few UK rivers, certainly less than 15%, for which the flow regime can be considered natural, the rivers and streams have basically followed the same course since the last Ice Age, around 12,000 years ago. The need to drain land, to protect it from flooding, to...

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Everyone’s a critic

Everyone’s a critic

No. Literally. Everyone is a critic. Not just personally judgemental, but you, me, we’re all verified published critics, our words heeded by countless others, our opinions disseminated around the world. “Feedback” used to describe the ear piercing noise made when a microphone got too close to a speaker. Now we’re...

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From the Riverbank. Part 6

From the Riverbank. Part 6

By Don Grant   Everything was perfect for a day’s fishing. It was warm without being too hot; there was some wispy ‘cirrostratus’ to take the edge off the summer sun; the water was, if not gin-clear, certainly ginger beer clear; there were some mayfly coming off the water virtually...

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A Global Britain Vision needs Fixing

A Global Britain Vision needs Fixing

By Derek Wyatt There is real anger across Continental Europe about the UK’s decision to pull out of the EU. This anger is felt by most who were persuaded by us to join especially Ireland. But there is as much anger in France and Germany which will take decades to...

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Re:born

Re:born

The leaves are out, the flowers blossoming, spring has not only sprung, its coils are stretched and it’s bloomin’ bouncing like a budding summer’s day. It’s all glorious and we should be enjoying it and though I’m loath to poop a party, I still feel we shouldn’t forget that it’s...

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Is it time for a global body to manage the internet?

Is it time for a global body to manage the internet?

Facebook has become the anti-social network overnight. But, more than anything else, it has finally made us all sit up and ask who owns our data? It is much worse than you think. We have all conspired to make it so by signing up for Apps and ticking those hundreds...

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Democrafatigue

Democrafatigue

  It’s raining. I’m upstairs on the no. 49 to Clapham Junction in a humid breath fug. Two gents are sitting in front of me, “May 3rd. More bloody elections. Might as well move in to the voting booth I’m in there so often.” “Yeah.” “It’s bigger than most flats...

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From the Riverbank

From the Riverbank

Three of my most treasured joys all came together one glorious summer‘s day in June, with the sun splattering through the beech trees and dancing on the bonnet of the little Morris convertible as we drove from the cottage in Sussex down to a riverbank, some 40 miles away. With...

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West End Labour calls for new operators for the Windmill Theatre following licence loss

West End Labour calls for new operators for the Windmill Theatre following licence loss

Patrick Lilley of the West End Labour Action Team says: “It would be tragic if this this hugely historic venue closed for good and was replaced by a bland and faceless chain store or restaurant. It’s a really special place, with a hundred years of history as a theatre, a...

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Only the Lonely

Only the Lonely

They say no one wants to be on their own at Christmas but, seriously, by 6pm Christmas Day who doesn’t? Yes, somewhere someone must be having a perfect Family Christmas but it’s probably not you and, for many, the Family Christmas is just a bitter breeding ground for passive aggression,...

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