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rain, too much sun, too much rain again and everything flops. Lank growth is not good at standing upright – petals turn into dirty hankies and everything rots. This results in all sorts of leaning on neighbours or just plain flouncing on the floor, which...

Seen yesterday in the Baltics A Summer day in the Baltics Movement with a purpose With an intent Action is necessary For there nearby the Russians have arrived Russians indeed

A Beatles song based on Durness in Scotland There are places I'll remember all my life. Inverness bus station is unlikely to be one of them, but the other end of the line certainly will. The finishing point of the wayward bus coincides with the edge of...

Jak sobie pościelisz, tak się wyśpisz. [The way you made your bed is the way you will sleep in it] (You made your bed now lie in it, you reap what you sew). Nudne jak flaki z olejem. [Dull as tripe in oil] (Dull as dishwater): Meaning something is extremely...

standards of English are declining. This is a centuries-old lament has never been any evidence. Older people buy into the myth because young people, who are more mobile and have wider social networks, are innovators in language as in other walks of life....

Keep public rights of way clear of obstructions As the owner or occupier of land with a public right of way across it, you must: avoid putting obstructions on or across the route, such as permanent or temporary fences, walls, hedgerows, padlocked gates...

In our economic system, we generally do not pay for resources we extract from the earth nor for the pollution we give back to the earth. Most of the cost of goods and services is just the cost of human labour and the returns to human investment. Our governments...

Lovely plants & tends the borders,troughs & hanging baskets in small suburban/rural railway stations. There seems to be a tradition,going back over a century,for colourful planting & immaculate maintenance in these stations. My local station isn't even...

Stinging nettles support more than 40 kinds of insects, for whom the sting can form a protective shield against grazing animals. Many nettle patches hold overwintering insects which swarm around fresh spring nettles and provide early food for ladybirds....

Everything you do is some kind of habit. Whether you shower before or after breakfast; whether you go for a run in the evening or sit on the sofa, whether your alarm is set for 6.30 or 7am. Usually you do things because you've always done them, not because...

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