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Lift Your Spirits with a Brief History of Tonic Water
Lift Your Spirits with a Brief History of Tonic Water
‘The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen’s lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the Empire’ Winston Churchill. Is there such a thing as too much gin? Apparently not: craft distilleries keep on popping up in the most unlikely corners – from Turin to rural mid-Wales. Gin is now Britain’s favourite spirit (YouGov took the trouble to find out), and everyone’s...
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I don’t like cricket, oh no, I love it!
I don’t like cricket, oh no, I love it!
With the ICC Cricket World Cup in full swing and England through to the semi-finals, we revisit why cricket would be nowhere without trees together with some soothing cricket inspired poetry. As befits a sport of gentle rhythms and golden summer afternoons, cricket can boast more than its fair share of distinguished poet fans. Betjeman was inspired by the sound of leather on willow, as was AA...
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Trees in Films and TV
Trees in Films and TV
From The Wizard Of Oz to The Guardians of the Galaxy, trees have been the centre of some of our favourite films and TV programmes. Here is a selection of them. The Apple Tree in The Wizard of Oz (1939) Sticking up for his abused tree ancestors (Garden of Eden?), the talking apple tree from The Wizard of Oz rips an apple from Dorothy’s hand after she plucks one off his branch. “Well,...
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Risk of Trees causing Harm or Injury
Risk of Trees causing Harm or Injury
Introduction Many people consider trees to be a major hazard and to pose a significant risk of harm or injury. The actual risk of an injury being caused by a tree or part of a tree is very low in reality and very low compared to other risks encountered in ‘normal or daily life’. Fatal injuries caused by Trees The most up to date research shows there were 64 fatalities...
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Pussy Willow hails the onset of Spring
Pussy Willow hails the onset of Spring
Pussy Willow Pussy willow is a name given to many of the smaller species of willows and sallows when their furry catkins are young in early spring. Before the male catkins come into full flower they are covered in fine, greyish fur, leading to a fancied likeness to pussy cats. The catkins appear long before the leaves and are one of the earliest signs of spring. Landscape Design For...
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