My key connection

| Sep 6, 2009

My key connection

by C.W. Nicol

It was 1954 and the summer holidays were over. The family had moved a few miles south from Tewkesbury to Cheltenham in the beautiful county of Gloucestershire in the west of England, and I had been transferred from the one town’s boys grammar school ...

My 'honey trap' sauna

| Aug 2, 2009

My 'honey trap' sauna

by C.W. Nicol

In the little woods just behind my house I have a big wooden outdoor bath and a sauna, with lockers beside the sauna door for people to put their towels and clothes in. That may sound great — but since the spring of 2008 ...

Anybody for chips?

| Jun 7, 2009

Anybody for chips?

by C.W. Nicol

In national parks, gardens, woodlands and any other places where people frequently walk in natural settings, the pathways and places where they gather pose many problems to owners, managers and anybody who is concerned with the comfort and safety of the visitors and also ...

| Feb 1, 2009

Mucking about with horses

by C.W. Nicol

In Britain when I was a lad in the 1940s and ’50s, horses were still a common sight in the streets. Although horse-drawn carriages had pretty well vanished except for those used for ceremonial purposes, delivery wagons ladened with milk, coal and beer were ...

You can't beat country life

| Jan 4, 2009

You can't beat country life

by C.W. Nicol

I was down in Kyushu with some Japanese friends last year, just sipping a few drinks and chatting. The conversation turned to kabu and became very serious and somewhat gloomy. Quite honestly, I wasn’t really following it all, but I felt I had to ...