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Brilliant as ever Robin. I do miss the Telegraph crosswords but I made a stand after some duffer decided they didn want you so I stopped buying it. Keep enjoying Patterdale dog day my best terrier was from a guy called Peter Martin in Kinlochard, Aberfoyle. His line bred Border/Lakeland dogs originally came from Glen Etive and were as hard as nails our Mac was a gem, his sire used by him as a work ally as a forest ranger in the Queen Forest. One day he was out with his fell pony deer stalking and Mac sire latched onto the pony nose and was still there when he caught up with the pair half a mile away. He and his wife fed me, gave me a piece of home made cake sodden in whisky and gave me 2 back off the 10 purchase price for Mac, It helped with the cost of the 550 mile round journey back to Lancashire which needed a gallon of oil in the owd Ford van which cost me 140 to buy. You can work out when that was if I tell you it only cost me 16 in fuel and my lunch for the day was a banana until I arrived at 9 Loch Ard cottages

Happy days, please keep entertaining us about proper Britain., Brian Gomm.

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Having had something of a dirth of Robin common sense approach to the countryside over the last month or two whilst he was forced to start clearing out the Augean Stables, for their Jubilee Year; placing them, hopefully back on a sounder Charity footing; I note from his Twitter feed he the Trustees have welcomed Dame Judi Dench as Patron of the CRT, Robin having founded it some 25 years ago and built it to its present state, ensuring it stayed in the public eye with his unique brand of humour.

A brand of humour that by its avoidence of PC has been willing to on the issues with both humour and at times much needed aggression, that may well have cost him his job at the BBC but has at least maintained a voice of sanity in countryside matters. A voice of sanity that has by its example attracted sound Trustees and what looks like a steady growth of the CRT of around 1M a year, largely from those who love the countryside and shun the urban damage done in the name of both progress and Mamon!

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I rather hope to read more of Robin articles, on a more frequent basis, on his blog, now that the CRT is increasingly starting to move forward on an even keel. The task may seem Herculean steering the Charity in a sound and ethical direction and I sure Robin does from time to time feel like Sysyphus, but be assured I for one value his input.

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