Country diary: the magic of magpie inkcaps

Wenlock Edge, Shropshire: These mushrooms are outrageously exhibitionist, and bring to mind an old song “One for sorrow, two for joy” goes the old magpie rhyme, but these are not birds, these are mushrooms – Coprinopsis picacea, the magpie inkcap. There have been changes since the last time I walked […]

Queensland election’s ‘parallel with Warringah’: why independent Claire Richardson could topple LNP incumbent

This week residents in Cleveland, a bayside community south of Brisbane, received a letterbox flyer from their local MP, the ultraconservative Liberal National Mark Robinson, talking up his environmental credentials. All things being equal, the election campaign in Robinson’s safe seat of Oodgeroo would be a foregone conclusion. The born-again […]