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The world’s first tweeting garden

I met two ingenious guys at the Chelsea Flower Show, the Harfleet brothers, Paul and Tom, who introduced social media into a garden theme in collaboration with the University of Lincoln – winning a coveted gold medal too – by designing the world’s first tweeting garden called Digital Capabilities. It certainly attracted considerable interest. They took a huge gamble too as many...
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New ryegrass can help prevent flooding | ryegrass, flooding, Festulolium

Congratulations to researchers at Aberystwyth University who have developed a new ryegrass species which could help reduce the impact of flooding through its roots system. The hybrid can capture more water in soils than is possible with current agricultural grasses. This then reduces run-off which could help minimise flood generation. I was fascinated by this because I have not heard of changes...
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Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy | Angelina Jolie mastectomy

I am stunned to learn that the beautiful actress Angelina Jolie has had a double mastectomy because she was at risk of developing breast cancer as she she carries the gene BRCA1 associated with this. Her mother had died of cancer at the age of 56. Angelina broke the news in The New York Times, it is an incredibly moving and courageous story and she selflessly hopes it will help other women faced...
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Wendy Cope’s poem for the Poets House, Ely

I joined Ely’s beautiful people yesterday for the opening of Ely’s first boutique hotel called Poets House – complete with copper baths in the bedroom – and sipped my champagne with a local bishop, our MP, my dashing potato farmer friend, a few councillors and local dignitaries, some media folk – and even a couple of poets! In fact, these were two very distinguished...
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