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    A rarity for Mr Crabtree fans

    by  • January 11, 2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Two sheets of original artwork for the story of Mr Mudd the farmer, painted by Bernard Venables, come up for auction next week. The unframed water colour sheets, by the writer and illustrator of Mr Crabtree Goes Fishing, are both signed and measure 290mm x 420mm. Bernard was an illustrator by trade and produced...

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    How NOT to hold a carp

    by  • January 11, 2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    We’ve all seen the new craze for kissing fish, but maybe this fish was wriggling away because it feared the angler was going to give it a bit of loving osculation (look it up). It’s also a good lesson that, if you’re going to be photographed weiyth a fish, you should hold it close...

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    Wild Scottish salmon get protected status

    by  • December 14, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    The term “wild Scottish salmon” is to get European protection. Doesn’t do a great deal for the fish itself, but it means that salmon caught in other countries cannot now be sold, packaged or advertised as Scottish wild salmon. It now carries a protected geographical indication (PGI) , meaning that it has a particular...

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    The best auction for exotic fishing trips

    by  • December 11, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Three days chasing tarpon and snook at a top lodge in Costa Rica, five days’ big-game fishing in Madeira with accommodation and a week’s peacock bass fishing on the Amazon are just some of the lots in the International Game Fishing Association’s annual auction. Other items include books, tackle, art and clothing, as well...

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    The diary of BB, aged 17

    by  • December 9, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    A reproduction of the diary of Denys Watkins-Pitchford (BB) has just been published. BB Diary and Sketchbook 1922 is taken from a diary that the naturalist, author and illustrator wrote when he was just 17. Not sure I’d want my teenage diary published for the world, but BB can’t do much about it, as...

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