Politics: Brexit and Democracy

There are those that say a win is a win, usually accompanied by; so get over it. However, this is not athletics where, however close the result, a win is indeed a win. Nor is it a general election, run on the “first past the post” basis in individual constituencies, where a win is a … read more

Politics: Bexit – the start

Much of the text of this first post was written in anger in 2016 immediately after the UK referendum vote to leave the EU. After two years of listening to the ill-informed mud slinging that has passed for debate over this period,  there is very little I would change. So I have posted here. The … read more

Environment: Mega Dairies – Mega Problems

What is a Mega Dairy? There is no precise definition of a mega-dairy. A farm of 1000 cows grazed on a suitable acreage, milked once a day and over-wintered in sheds is not a mega-dairy. In contrast, the same number of cows held in sheds 24/7 all year, feed on a diet to increase milk … read more

Environment: Slurry – a beginners guide

This is a general overview… Slurry for Dummies! To properly understand the physical and biological processes that go to form slurry and its impact on the environment involves many disciplines. There is a great deal of authoritative research and other literature written on the subject but it is mostly either very discursive or very specialist. … read more

History: Thomas Fowler

In 1996 I discovered a passing reference to Thomas Fowler in a local history which fired my interest. It soon became apparent that no research had been done into this fascinating life. It was to become a very interesting journey rediscovering Thomas Fowler … and his talented family, a branch of which now lives in … read more

History: Parkham Church – a brief history

Early Christians Christianity was introduced into this country by Roman soldiers and merchants. In 209, St Alban became the first British martyr. Some hundred years later in 306, Constantine was proclaimed emperor in Britain and became the first Christian emperor. But, the barbarians, pushing in from the northern steppes, were sapping the strength of the … read more