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This Land Is Our Land

The intense cyclonic systems which have passed over Great Britain this month did not even rate naming as storms, despite producing some memorable local flooding, intense winds and a layer of gloom among those who had chosen August staycations. But ever more intense weather events are the new normal ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 17 August 2019

England Plc And Linear Thinking

Imagine a company with perhaps thousands of employees, and offices and warehouses in several parts of the country. They manufacture widgets and wodgets and offer repairs & services for their products. They also have a consultancy division, which offers advice on the sector and how to make the most o...

Posted by Nigel Pearce on 08 August 2019

Doubling Down

Few would disagree with Natural England chair Tony Juniper when he said last week that climate change and biodiversity loss are two of the biggest challenges facing our generation. Yet the context in which he said it has provoked a degree of anger and scorn amongst many of those most likely to agree...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 05 August 2019

Beautiful Dreamers

Like all prime ministers, Theresa May is worrying about her legacy and one positive item she has been quick to cite is the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission which recently published its interim report. The PM had asked the Commission to develop proposals for embedding beautiful, sustain...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 14 July 2019

Being Really Truthful

ICYMI, acronyms are a growing feature of the way we converse. Long a staple of the armed forces, they now pervade every aspect of our communication. Happily there are now websites devoted to explaining every new acronym the moment it joins the information superhighway. And talking of highways, one w...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 04 July 2019

What We Can Learn From History

I have been reading the letters of the Younger Pliny. If that sounds pretentious, it is rather. But there is a reason for it. We recently returned from a week-long holiday in southern Italy, in my case travelling with a twinge of -apos-flygskam-apos-, or flight shame, though clearly not enough. The ...

Posted by Nigel Pearce on 15 June 2019

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