Gareth Huw Davies Writing on travel and the environment

Is Hart’s Books just a small win over e-books or a tide turner?

With the opening of independent bookshop Hart’s, in Saffron Walden in Essex, and better news about the sales  elsewhere, there are signs that the printed book is coming out of terminal decline in its struggle against the e-book. ———- As technology develops, devices – from LED lights to washing…

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The BTO casts light on the murky plight of the absent cuckoo

It is April 25, 2016, and I’m still listening, I fear increasingly in vain, for what we describe as “our” cuckoo. For a bird that advertises itself so clearly and unmistakably, the cuckoo and its movements are clouded in mystery. It could be that the…

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National Trust puts a price on bluebells

A sea of bluebells in the woods in April and May is the most popular floral attraction of the year in the UK. They beat even the daffodil and the snowdrop, which can be cultivated in gardens. The bluebell is a survivor from our old countryside….

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Internet longevity – how PBS Attenborough articles just keep going

In 1997 I was asked by the US Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) to write a series of essays on the new David Attenborough series Life of Birds, which the station was about to transmit for the first time. I had met Sir David several times…

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Shakespeare: his Way with the countryside, from Stratford to London

William Shakespeare, the bard of Avon, was born in the Warwickshire market town of Stratford in 1564, and died there 400 years ago, in 1616. Shakespeare’s Way, 235 km or 146 miles long, inaugurated in 2006, runs from his birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire to Shakespeare’s…

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Mallorca’s prime time moments in location shots for Night Manager

The Guardian has blown the Night Manager’s filming locations cover. This elegant BBC production based on the John le Carre novel flitted from sumptuous Alpine setting to smart hotel verandah, from a real Istanbul to a make believe Egypt displaced to somewhere else in North…

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