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Lessons from the past

West country writer James Crowden remembers the fates of 19th cent explorers who chose to visit Afghanistan and in particular the exploits of Rev Joseph Wolff, the extraordinarily well travelled and eccentric vicar of a small village near Taunton. Yesterday…

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The cider boys

As Royal Marines of 40 Commando based in Norton Manor near Taunton get ready for active service, West country writer James Crowden looks back the oddities of intelligence gathering in the 19th and 20th centuries. THE ‘CIDER BOY ’ GET…

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Zen and Agriculture

Zen speaks not only from the heart but from the very heart of things. A direct connection within and without, dissolving boundaries. Language without language. Without the earth there would be no life, that thin layer, so thin compared to…

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