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How to Become a First Generation Farmer
How to Become a First Generation Farmer
by John Terry
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique & entertaining textbook that does eactly what it says on the cover, 6 Oct. 2015
As essentially a first generation farmer myself, I wish this book had been available 20 years ago!

John Terry is well known for his highly sucessful semi-autobiographical series charting the progression of the school farm he established as a young teacher of 'Rural Studies'. The subject may be long gone in the curriculum but nothing can quell Terry's enthusiam for his two favourite subject - teaching and farming. You could be forgiven for thinking that a textbook would be dry and humourless, with none of the amusing anecdotes that make face-to-face learning fun & memorable, but you would be mistaken. This book is distinctly the author's work and provides a useful all round guide & inspiration to becoming a first-generation farmer, at the same time continuing the story that we all know & love from 'Pigs in the Playground' to 'Rabbits on Report' and were eager to know more.


Dyson AM04 Hot Fan Heater with Air Multiplier Technology
Dyson AM04 Hot Fan Heater with Air Multiplier Technology

5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money..., 13 Nov. 2013
Our Dyson heater has replaced two heaters to warm our caravan and it does it well. We also have a small woodburner in the room and when the Dyson kicks in we know the fire needs another log. I think some of the negative reviews are hoping for a fan heater to do what central heating does - we have it set to 18 degrees and I am sat in my t-shirt, comfortably warm. The caravan is 35x12ft and is in the centre of the van, in the kitchen part of an open plan kitchen/living area. The bedroom at the far end is 17 degrees! It really does do what it says on the tin and heats the whole room, whereas the old fan heater had to be going constantly in one room but never heated all four corners. The low temperature element means there is no smell, as with the old fan heater. Yes it is pricey but, providing it doesn't break down, it will pay for itself in cheaper and more effective heating. 2kW is 2kW but as you only need one instead of two, going half the time, it is actually the equivalent of a 1/4 the running costs of the heaters it replaces, and we have the added bonus of being warm!


Feeding People is Easy
Feeding People is Easy
by Colin Tudge
Edition: Paperback

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tudge gives us a nudge in the right direction, 17 July 2009
This review is from: Feeding People is Easy (Paperback)
Feeding people is easy, you just let them do it for themselves; that is the underlying premise of this book. Anyone expecting this to be a step-by-step guide to feeding a population will be disappointed. Neither is all the information exclusive to Tudge, although he collates & presents it very well. He also stresses the fact that each & every one of us are stakeholders in the food production business, and from that we can't escape, but it also gives us great individual power to influence change directly. Those already versed in sustainable food will find themselves nodding & noting fresh perspectives for future reference. Those not familiar with the solutions, or even the problems, may learn much & be encouraged to read (and do) more. Those with a cynical view & the idea that multinationals money & governments can and will save us will probably waste their time reading this book, but perhaps not, so give it a go.


Rabbits on Report
Rabbits on Report
by John Terry
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another cracking story from John Terry......., 4 Aug. 2002
This review is from: Rabbits on Report (Paperback)
Thank you, John Terry, for another wonderful 170 pages of pure enjoyment. As each page turned, anticipation turned to delight- for anyone who has read 'Pigs in the Playground', 'Calves in the Classroom' and/or 'Ducks in Detention'; 'Rabbits on Report' has been long awaited, and is well worth the wait. At times you wonder if it can all be true, but real life it is and all Terry pens in the pages of his books has occurred throughout his life- from fighting fires to meeting the Queen. For anyone who thought that 'Pigs in the Playground' was excellent, and something was 'lost' with the subsequent sequels (not that, they are not fantastic books in their own right, but to pick the best- 'Pigs' truly has it), here lies a pleasant surprise in 'Rabbits'.
For the inexperienced in rural studies or agriculture- much can be learned from Terry's writing, suitable for all ages from the early teens to 100 years plus. Whatever your experience on the subject, 'Rabbits' is a very entertaining read and an inspiration to all in the authors' dedication & enthusiasm for his life's work. It is not difficult to become fully engrossed in this book and page after page, chapter after chapter, the story is compelling. Should you pick up 'Rabbits' at breakfast & find yourself still there at teatime, just lend your copy to the boss/teacher- no other excuse is needed for missing a days work/school to read this title.
Finally; there is just one thing missing that the true Terry fans will notice- the death of Henry Brewis is a great loss to the literary world. His way with words, to which every farmer will relate, & top rate cartoon illustrations are unique and never could an illustrator ever be compared to Brewis. So it is a hard act to follow, but John Garbett has really done Terry proud and is well chosen to enhance the story.
'Rabbits on Report'- buy it while you still can!
Robert F. Rose
2002


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