You'll scratch your chin, nod in recognition and quite probably chuckle out loud at the most-read columns from the Country Life website this year.
A special shout-out must go to the brilliant Martin Fone — you can catch up on all his Curious Questions articles here — and Rosie Paterson and James Fisher for their lockdown blogs.
What did people use before toilet paper?
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The mania for the humble toilet roll that accompanied the coronavirus had our columnist Martin Fone musing on where it came from in the first place.
Jason Goodwin: The night I accidentally sent a friend to go dogging on a remote West Country hilltop
Oh, Jason. It could have happened to anyone.
How likely are you to be killed by a falling coconut?
Martin Fone’s Curious Questions blog was published just at the end of 2019, but kept people fascinated well into 2020.
How do you survive social isolation? A former Royal Navy submarine commander on the five things you need to do
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For some people, the isolation of lockdown was second nature. James Fisher spoke to a Commander Ryan Ramsey, a former submarine skipper in the Royal Navy, to get his tips.
Seven astonishing books to read in 2020 which will change your understanding of the history of the world
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Barnaby Rogerson chose these extraordinary tomes at 2019 turned to 2020.
The seven rules of cycling that no cyclist will ever tell you
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Our lockdown bloggers Rosie Paterson and James Fisher shared the truth about cycling, and wondered how it is that March was simultaneously 28 years and yet only two months ago.
How wise are owls
The age-old image of the intelligent owl has persisted for centuries — but are they really the intellectuals of the avian world? Martin Fone investigated.
‘I’m fairly sure the elderly lady with excellent hair doesn’t usually winch her shopping up through a second floor window’
Down and Out in Devon and London’ was the working title for our blog series — and this one, lit up by ingenuity of an English village dweller, was one of the best.
Would Anne Brontë be more famous without her two sisters?
To mark the forgotten Brontë’s 200th birthday, Charlotte Cory looked back at the life and works of this ‘runt of the literary litter’ and found she was by no means meek and mild.
10 sustainability myths busted, and six things you can do to make a real difference
It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little — do what you can,’ wrote Sydney Smith some two centuries ago. That inspired Jonathan Self’s list.
Far from being ‘stupid’ or ‘silly cows’, cattle are clever and emotionally intelligent, with bags of personality, too, says John
You'd think it would be simple. It's anything but, as Martin Fone discovers.
We tend to think of bird song as endearing and delicate — but there are birds out there who would put
Woodpeckers submit their poor heads to punishment which would devastate most creatures, yet as far as we know they fly