The Idler Magazine: Conversation with Chris Yates

I have been the Angling Correspondent to The Idler magazine for ten years or so and though the current format of the magazine doesn’t much call for my input, Tom Hodgkinson won’t be able to keep it fish free forever….. I have been having a bit of a sort out and wanted to share myContinue reading “The Idler Magazine: Conversation with Chris Yates”

Countryfile magazine feature: Soaring Buzzards

From a population of just 5,000 pairs in the early ’60’s the buzzard is now our most common bird of prey, and has spread from isolated pockets of the west and north, right across the British Isles. Not everyone is happy though. Calls have been made for buzzards to be culled in order to preventContinue reading “Countryfile magazine feature: Soaring Buzzards”

Extract from The Idle Angler

  From Chapter Five – Lunchtime (Courtesy of Medlar Press) Sir John Whitaker Fairclough was a man I never met but whose fly-fishing tackle is now in my possession. Fairclough was a key developer of IBM’s System 360 computers in the 1960’s, machines that set industry standards in the era of mainframe computing. His reputationContinue reading “Extract from The Idle Angler”