Are you a native or a newbie?
‘This small quiz should help clear up how much of a native you really and if you are truly in touch with your Cotswolds side’
There has been a lot of hoo-ha over the summer about how the British are out of touch with nature and of how they are cut off from the countryside. An estimated 13% of the population, for example, said they had not been to the countryside for more than two years. One recent poll said that half of us could not identify a sparrow, a quarter were not sure if they had ever seen a blue tit and a fifth thought a red kite was a thin sheet of plastic flapping about at the end of a long bit of string rather than a bird of prey.
Other research has suggested that many of our children think that cheese comes from plants, chips come from animals and fish fingers are made with chicken.
Where does this leave the Cotswolds? My guess is that most of the population, if they think about our area at all, think of it as a brand name for an outdoor range of clothing, a furniture outlet or somewhere where Liz Hurley once lived. How wrong they are. “The Cotswolds are rural rolling hills and grassland harbouring thatched medieval villages and churches built in distinctive yellow limestone,” says the tourist blurb. Of course it is much more than that. It is pinkish in tooth and claw, affluent and peopled by the demi mode. Or to put it another way, it is Sloane Square with grass. And so, as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Cotswold Life, this small quiz should help clear up how much of a native you really and if you are truly in touch with your Cotswolds side.
1. WHAT IS THE COTSWOLD UNIFORM?
a) A classic cut tweed jacket b) A Schoffel gilet c) A nylon thermal jacket
2. WHAT IS A FARM SHOP?
a) Daylesford Organic b) Waitrose c) One’s garden
3. WHAT IS A COTSWOLD 4X4 ?
a) A black Range Rover b) An Audi Quattro c) An Isuzu pick-up
4. WHAT IS A HUNTER?
a) A chap in a red coat
and britches b) A Wellington boot c) A horse
5. WHAT’S FOR DINNER?
a) Rolled rib of beef b) Vegetarian aubergine and feta burgers c) Pheasant casserole
6. AND TO DRINK?
a) Vintage wine b) Prosecco c) Cooking Gin
7. WHAT ARE YOU DOING ON SUNDAY AT 11.00?
a) Church b) Listening to the
Archers Omnibus c) On the quad bike.
8. WHAT BREED OF DOG DO YOU OWN?
a) Black Labrador b) Whippet/lurcher c) Working Labrador
(bugger the colour)
9) WHAT PHOTOGRAPHS ARE ON DISPLAY?
a) One’s meetings with Royals b) One’ children c) One’s horses
10) WHAT CLUB DO YOU BELONG TO?
a) White’s b) Soho Farmhouse c) The pub
a) Huntin’, shootin’ and fishin’ b) Cycling, rambling
and gardening c) Shooting
12) WHAT TOTE BAG DO YOU CARRY?
a) What’s a tote bag? b) Daunt bookshop tote bag c) Tesco bag for life.
Mostly As: You are the proper Cotswold man or woman. The Cotswolds is your chi-chi back garden. It has all the London trimmings without the horrid bits such as barbed wire, crowing cocks and curmudgeonly yokels.
Mostly Bs: The Cotswolds is a fantasy. It is The Good Life in the 21st century. It is not only pretty in a happy/hippy sort of way, it is also where one can manage a facade of organic living without being teased too badly by the rural population.
Mostly Cs: You’re a complete rustic and have no idea about the point of living in the Cotswolds. As long as the area is green and muddy you’d be a happy bunny anywhere.