Flindt on Friday

FLINDT ON FRIDAY

Flindt on Friday: Shiny kit and sticky buns at Lamma

I was in slow-moving traffic on the M42 on a cold, dark and rainy Tuesday evening. On Radio 4’s PM they were still whining like stuck pigs about the election…

FLINDT ON FRIDAY

Flindt on Friday: ‘Carbon-neutral cattle’ concept is absurd

Legend has it that in 1453, as Constantinople faced the advancing hordes of the Ottoman Empire, intense religious and philosophical debate was taking place within that ancient city’s walls. Theologians…

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Flindt on Friday: From Cropping Plan B to C and back again

Just before Christmas, I donned hat, gloves and coat, and set off on the long walk out to fetch my tractor and drill. They’d been parked out in the bean…

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Flindt on Friday: Empty-nester blues on the melancholy step

It’s a funny feeling, this "empty-nesting". Two children are now away doing real grown-up jobs, and one is away at Newcastle University, so it’s not full-on "empty", but the end…

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Flindt on Friday: Mobile etiquette suspended for SFP news

It’s funny to think that when I first started a bit of pheasant shooting, if you dared to produce one of those new-fangled mobile telephones you risked being in serious…

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Flindt on Friday: Cheques – farm familiarity in new-age bank

Every so often, the authorities decide that it must be about time they did away with cheques, and launch a consultation on their future. The result is usually a narrow…

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Flindt on Friday: Hobnob scandal at the Growmore quiz

OK, as acts of sporting skulduggery go it wasn’t huge; it wasn’t Bodyline, or the “99” call, or the Aussies and their sandpaper, or every single All Black scrum –…

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Flindt on Friday: 5 reasons why the wet weather isn't all bad

Because I am an eternal optimist and glass-half-full man, I’ve got five reasons why this weather is not all bad. First, the plough is back in fashion. Received politically correct…

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Flindt on Friday: A shameless plug for my new book

It was great honour to see my new book, Sweet Home Hinton Ampner – the tenant farmer’s diary from 2015, featured in the Farmers Weekly Christmas gift guide last week,…

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Flindt on Friday: What 3 words – quick, easy... life-saving?

To the casual observer, things might have seemed normal in the Jolly Flowerpots a couple of Tuesdays ago. Neighbour Robert and I were in, half a dozen other regulars, the…

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Flindt on Friday: Agricultural-style nail clipping backfires

It has to be said that I didn’t feel entirely at home in the little waiting room at the chiropodist. For a start, I’d been up and down the street…

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Flindt on Friday: Nervous foot forward into wheat drilling

Rumour has it that by the time you read this, the arable countryside will be alive with tractors and drills, flying across the rapidly drying ground. And at the wheel…

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