Investigators suspected early on that the couple may have kept Mathers' death a secret so that his wife could continue receiving his checks from the VA. Police said she pocketed $177,325 from the federal agency in the years between her husband's death and her own. … [Read more...] about Utah police end investigation into death of man whose wife kept his body in a freezer for more than 10 years after he left a notarized letter insisting she was not responsible
Thames Water agreed to look at your case again and tells us: “We’ve agreed to backdate charges for the eight years they lived at the property. We understand the frustration this has caused and are sorry for the time it took to reach the right decision.” … [Read more...] about Counting the cost of sharing neighbour’s Thames Water meter
Although South American countries such as Brazil and Paraguay are expected to add 11m hectares to the global agricultural inventory between 2018 and 2027, in part by destroying the rainforests, agriculture’s footprint in the developed world is already decreasing, with “more land now being abandoned from agriculture than converted to it”, according to a recent study by the University of Minnesota. Already, as parliament has heard, a lot of British hill farmers are not being replaced when they retire. As a child in London, I heard my mother’s stories of growing up as the daughter of farmers on the Canadian Prairies. There was no Roundup weedkiller, though I’m sure my mother and her siblings, bent double to pick weeds from a field of mustard, would have appreciated it. For my own children, urbanites to their bones, their grandmother’s upbringing must be hard to conceive. Farming is retreating even from the imaginative capacity of most Britons. … [Read more...] about The end of farming?
The Irish are so good at ploughing, one grudging ploughman told me, because they don’t have anything better to do at the weekend. A more plausible explanation is that, unlike in most countries, ploughing retains a certain status in Ireland. The national championship – known simply as the Ploughing – is a major annual event, presided over by 84-year-old Anna May McHugh, Queen of the Ploughing (the title of her memoir, published last year). The queen’s daughter, Anna Marie, is now the general secretary of the World Ploughing Organisation, and in the ploughing world there is a general sense of the Irish being in charge, of Ireland being the sport’s natural home. The Ploughing isn’t a novelty activity, but one of the largest outdoor events in Europe, attended by almost 300,000 people over three days. Politicians turn up, knowing it’s a helpful place to be seen. Dubliners come for a day out. There is sponsorship from major brands such as Aldi and … [Read more...] about Field of dreams: heartbreak and heroics at the World Ploughing Championships
A debate about the very essence and nature of the Lake District National Park is also raging and the battle for Thorneythwaite farm encapsulates it. The farmers are seeking to preserve a way of life which has sustained them and their families for centuries. Others, though, feel that large parts of the Lake District have been shorn of their natural beauty by the persistent adherence to sheep farming and that there is an urgent need for the area’s proper ecosystem to be restored. … [Read more...] about The National Trust, the sheep farm and the fight for a Lakes way of life