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The Clerk in the Country

Friday 13th May 2022 Moving home On my way back from putting some YPS mail into the village post box this morning, I was surprised to see, emerging from my gateway, a family of geese.  Mr Goose was in the …

Posted - 15/05/2022 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 6th May 2022 Fields of gold For the last couple of weeks, whenever the sum has shone, fields of oil seed rape have basked in their golden glory.  The vibrant colour patching the countryside is not to everyone’s taste …

Posted - 8/05/2022 | Read more

Two hundred years ago …

Friday 29th April 2022 Meanwhile in Yorkshire … The Rev. George Bird and his artist John Bird were hard at work on A Geological Survey of the Yorkshire Coast … (&c – all 19th century geological texts need to be …

Posted - 1/05/2022 | Read more

Two hundred years ago …

Friday 22nd April 2022 Kirkdale goes viral! At least by eighteenth century standards … On 23rd February 1822, the Yorkshire Gazette quoted a letter received from an unnamed person familiar with Kirkdale, describing “a geological phenomenon … which has much …

Posted - 22/04/2022 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country (with Covid)

Friday 8th April 2022 Notes & jottings Recovering from Covid and waking every morning to radio news of gloom and tragedy from around the world, I was heartened last week by a report from Cambridge that two of Charles Darwin’s …

Posted - 10/04/2022 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 18th March 2022 Flying over home If you were among the 56 or more online viewers or one of the 38 members who made their way in person to the Priory Street Centre for our first, and so far …

Posted - 21/03/2022 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 11th March 2022 Flying home In the depths of winter the garden here seemed devoid of birdlife.  The various types of food festooning the bush outside the kitchen window remained untouched.  All I saw were pigeons. Then one day …

Posted - 11/03/2022 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 4th March 2022 Stickability Velcro, patented in 1955, really came to public notice when it was used on the clothing and equipment of Apollo astronauts.  At primary school at the time, I remember our headmaster acquired a precious sample.  …

Posted - 6/03/2022 | Read more

Two hundred years ago …

Friday 25th February 2022 Humour and history William Buckland’s geological colleagues seem to have been rather entertained by his enthusiasms, and circulated cartoons and reams of facetious doggerel. Henry De La Beche (later an honorary member of YPS and founder …

Posted - 25/02/2022 | Read more

Two hundred years ago …

Friday 18th February 2022 Here be hyenas After a flurry of activity in the latter part of 1821, little seems to be happening in the Kirkdale Cave in the early months of 1822. Probably, the cave had by now been …

Posted - 20/02/2022 | Read more