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The flood and lessons in a teacup

Marianne Landzettel: The floods in the north of England and parts of Scotland are causing misery to thousands of people. News footage shows flooded streets and clean-up missions, and it’s triggered a discussion about investments into flood protection - or rather the lack of. It might be too early to assess the damage in rural areas, from drowned livestock to ruined soils and crops. But it’s high time to discuss the impact of what’s happening upstream – and it’s not just the fact that according to George Monbiot* areas of the moors are still being drained and burnt to improve grouse shooting. I’d like to highlight the impact organic agriculture can have: it can act as a growing flood defence and keep mountains from moving. Literally.

05 January 2016 | 5 Comments | Recommended by 3

The perfect peach...

Lynda Brown: I’m currently eating a very special peach; special not just because it is exquisitely perfumed with a silky soft skin which peels off effortlessly, flesh that melts like butter, and a flavour that defies description; nor just because it is indeed perfect – not a blemish to be seen, and allowed to ripen to perfection; but because of how I came upon it. You see, I’ve just got back from a brief tango-cum-sightseeing tour of Parma - organized by my tango teacher, Sandra Monticelli who comes from Parma - staying in the foothills and eating in local restaurants (and yes, it was everything a tango foodie could wish for).

12 September 2013 | 1 Comments | Recommended by 4

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