COVID restrictions are turning the UK into East Germany, says FREDERICK FORSYTH

MANY think that the village duck pond derives its name from a bird paddling on its surface which occasionally quacks.

Not so. The name comes from a practice seldom used nowadays but which we might be well advised to restore. Years ago our villages were small living units that few who were born there ever left and where newcomers were rare.

A rough lane might run through a village to link it to the next a few miles away or even a main road where the stage coaches ran. So virtually a sealed unit with a church, a pub, a green with free grazing and a pond.

If a member of this self-contained...
source: Express

2020-09-18 11:17
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