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Diario di campagna: my swim with a bloodthirsty hanger-on

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A good September day can feel more like true summer than any other time of year, and this sunny, sultry Sunday in the Patterdale valley is an excellent example. The landscape has eased into a settled maturity: the hed...

Diario di campagna: vignettes of life across the moor

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In late summer warmth, sheep lie in the shade of stunted hawthorns. Others meander past dried-up hollows, granite moorstone covered in sun-crisped lichens and stonecrop, and coarse grasses and prickly gorse, towards f...

Young country diary: searching for an adder with my eagle eyes

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As a trainee zoologist, I love all animals, but I really love snakes! I’d never seen a wild adder, so when we went on an adventure to Colne Pointe nature reserve in Essex – which is famous for its adders – I felt fizz...

‘I feel helpless, useless and hopeless’: diary of an Afghan evacuee

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Mursal Rasa Jamili, a 23-year-old final-year university student and English teacher in Kabul, was evacuated to the UK with her two sisters. Here she explains what happened during her last days in Afghanistan. Sunday 2...

Young country diary: welcome to the world of mini-beasts!

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Imagine you are shrinking, becoming so small that the grass towers over you. Welcome to the territory … of mini-beasts! Wandering down my garden, I feel the summer sun on my face. I crouch down, watching universes und...

Diario di Tokyo: so much for the ‘good news Games’

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It was a rough week for Britain’s Tom Bosworth, who came 25th in the 20km race-walk. He called it his “worst performance in a British vest”. He also became a target on Japanese social media after complaining about bei...

Young country diary: what’s up with the ladybird?

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It’s a mild, sunny day and I’m helping in the garden – which means keeping everyone company and chatting away, like the pretty robin that always comes looking for a treat whenever somebody is gardening. The incessant ...

Artist’s paintings of poppies offer a visual diary of the pandemic

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On one level they are hundreds of joyful, spirit-lifting paintings of poppies. But for the artist Brian Clarke they are also a kind of diary of the pandemic – the highs, the lows, the loss and the hope. Clarke is best...

Young country diary: consider the dunnock, the sparrow in disguise

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Consider the dunnock. This gentle, soft and feathery bird flits about unnoticed, unseen, tidying away the leftover seeds of other greedy birds. It camouflages with earth, tied up in its beauty. The sparrow and dunnock...

Diario di Tokyo: South Korea and Japan turn back the clock

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With early coverage of the Games inevitably focused on coronavirus, geopolitical tensions have barely had a look-in. But South Korea and its former colonial ruler Japan are doing their best to revive the Olympic trad...

Jonathan Coe on The Rotters’ Club: ‘My diary provided endless material, but I didn’t like the person I was’

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A partire dal 1972-79, I was a pupil at King Edward’s school, Birmingham. It was at that time a direct grant school, which meant that although most of the places (including mine) were not fee-paying, it had all the trappings o...

Diario di campagna: puntando su una fortuna di scarabeo

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Sono abituato a individuare le specie più cospicue e carismatiche nel mio giardino: i coleotteri maschi, maggiolini comuni, coccinelle a sette punte e arlecchino – ma nelle ultime settimane è successo qualcos'altro. Conte...

Where Is Anne Frank? review – Holocaust diary imaginatively rebooted for the YA generation

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The story of Anne Frank and her diary is retold in this fervent, heartfelt and visually wonderful animated film from Israeli director Ari Folman, who made his name with the animated historical satire Waltz With Bashir...

Diario di campagna: what’s behind this silken grey cloud?

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It’s an untimely Halloween prank, surely. I’m walking the tracks and paths where I live, grateful to be clearing my head after going out last night – I’m out of practice. Yet my fuzzy brain is not imagining things. UN ...

The room where it happened: Giles Terera’s backstage Hamilton diary

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This morning we did Non-Stop, which ends the first half of the show. A lot of words. Jamael Westman wasn’t there when I arrived. Katy Bryant, our company manager, made an announcement that Jam’s partner had gone into l...

Nature takes care of the vole ‘plague’: Diario di campagna, 10 giugno 1921

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CumberlandThere are so many field voles in this part of Cumberland that they are practically a “plague”; the inhabitants call them mice and short-tailed field-mouse is a common name for this stumpy little pest. Many y...

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