Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Margaret Ashworth

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Margaret Ashworth is a retired national newspaper journalist. She runs the Subbing Clinic in a hopeless attempt to keep up standards, and co-runs A & M Records where she indulges her passion for 60s pop.

Notes from the sticks: Sunrise over Pendle

WHEN I woke shortly before 7am on Tuesday, the light on my bedroom wall was such a vivid red that I wondered for a...

Notes from the sticks: Beware, jackdaws at work

ONE clear sign that spring is on the way is the sight of jackdaws peering into chimneys, prospecting for nest sites. Jackdaws (Corvus monedula) are smaller than...

Notes from the sticks: Within these (two-foot-thick) walls

THE online BBC weather forecast is not at all reliable round here. One of the things that annoys me is that the summary at...

Notes from the sticks: Hare cuts

ANOTHER gap in my knowledge came to light this week when I read that mountain hares in the Peak District may be at risk...

Notes from the sticks: Of sparrow and butterbur

MOST birds are pretty quiet in the winter, but house sparrows (Passer domesticus) do not know the meaning of the word. They never seem to stop...

Notes from the sticks: The tealeaf academy

THOSE of us who grew up in the 50s and 60s (and earlier) were lucky to live in an age when knowledge was considered...

Notes from the sticks: Stoat tales

I AM not sure if I have ever seen a stoat. Since we have been in Lancashire I have glimpsed one or two animals...

Notes from the sticks: Plough Monday

ONE of the less obvious casualties of lockdown will be ‘Plough Monday’ in a couple of days’ time. It was traditionally held on the first...

Christmas Day with TCW

MANY readers will usually go to church on Christmas Day. This year the idea may not be so appealing. The government has graciously permitted churches...

A carol a day: Three Kings from Persian Lands Afar

This was first published on December 24, 2018. ON the principle of saving the best till last, this is my favourite carol by a long...

A carol a day: Good King Wenceslas

This was first published on December 9, 2018. I HAVE always thought that Good King Wenceslas was about a benevolent old gent trying to spread...

A carol a day: It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

` BEFORE I started writing this series, I had no idea that so many of our favourite carols originated in the United States. Following O...

Two carols for today: The Holly and the Ivy/Sans Day Carol

This was first published on December 19, 2018.  TWO for the price of one today, as The Holly and the Ivy and the Sans Day Carol have similar themes. Decking...

A carol a day: In Dulci Jubilo

This was first published on December 20, 2018 I AM pretty sure that In Dulci Jubilo has the distinction of being the only Christmas carol to reach...

Notes from the sticks: The snowflake’s story

WE still haven’t had any frost or snow. In fact we rarely get snow at all – not like in the south London suburbs...

A carol a day: See Amid the Winter’s Snow

This was first published on December 21, 2018 LIKE In the Bleak Midwinter, this carol is set in a fantasy Bethlehem with a British climate, instead...

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