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Putti and Dragons; Sweary Mary and Beowulf; and the Silk Road

I got to UCL too late to join the students on their way to Whitehall to demonstrate against the tuition fee increases, they’d already left; but I still had to squeeze past the vastly increased security presence (although this just … Continue reading

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Silver River by Virginia Spiers, with paintings by Mary Martin

I’ve been waiting for this for a while and today my copy arrived, and it was worth the wait – it’s a lovely book, published by the Tamar Valley AONB. Virginia Spiers has been writing Guardian Country Diaries since 1994, … Continue reading

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Silver River by Virginia Spiers & Mary Martin

I always look forward to Virginia Spiers’s Country Diary articles in The Guardian, and am always particularly pleased when they describe her native Tamar Valley, as this is an area I am very fond of. I also look forward to … Continue reading

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Temple Newsam, John James Audubon & Lady Hertford (Vandal)

Yesterday I travelled from Cambridge to my sister Maisie’s farm deep in fenland to visit and stay the night. I missed seeing Francis, my brother-in-law, as he’s filming in Northumberland, but was enthusiastically greeted by Jane (on left), well fed … Continue reading

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