New Articles

Here are the answers to this week's quiz...

Witches finally lay old Joan to rest

THE BODY of a Cornish witch who died in Bodmin Jail 185 years ago and which has been on public display for the past 40 years is soon to be laid to rest - possibly on Hallowe'en - in a secret ritual involving a group of present-day witches.

Words: smaragdine, adj.

WHEN MY children ask me what is my favourite colour, I always reply smaragdine. I'm not particularly fond of emerald green, but it is one of those words you can roll around your mouth and savour like a good brandy.

BEST-SELLERS: TOP SINGLES

1 (1) Three Lions 98 Baddiel/Skinner/Seeds Epic

Singles

1 3 Lions '98 BADDIEL/SKINNER/LIGHTNING SEEDS

My Lofty Life

Carole Hayman gets high on plans for the 'Ome Dome

Letter: Waiting to die?

SHEILA HAYDEN is right. It's the quality of life that counts. And unlike many relatives, she is both compassionate and honest. A "sans everything" old age can be torture for relatives - although most are unwilling to admit it. I'm 76 and marginally "sans". I'm looking for a nursing home which allows unlimited access to Greene King draught Abbot, "Veterano" brandy and T-bone steaks. Any offers?

Games: While Santa sleeps ...

Here are a few brainteasers from Chris Maslanka to challenge your wits. The answers appear below - so don't look if you really want to sharpen your skills. Illustrations by Kate Smiley.

Leading Article: Green salad, home-made brandy and a large pinch of salt

A plate of grass drizzled with olive oil for Christmas lunch? A little of what you don't fancy does you good. As we report today, Albanians are terribly healthy considering their poverty. If they survive childbirth - a hazardous business, given the state of the Albanian health services - their life expectancy is about the same as ours. Yet their annual income is about pounds 250 a head, compared with more than pounds 12,000 for the UK.

Racing: Coome Hill has injury

Coome Hill may miss the Hennessy Gold Cup Handicap Chase at Newbury on Saturday. Last year's winner pulled a muscle and knocked out a vertebra when third to Banjo on his seasonal reappearance at Cheltenham earlier this month.

Racing: Right look stuns Williamson

The stewards have stepped up their campaign against jockeys who look as if they are not trying hard enough, or in the case of Norman Williamson, looking the wrong way. Richard Edmondson reports.

Weekend walk: In the footsteps of Caesar

Des Hannigan follows Roman legionnaires, smugglers and Winston Churchill from Deal to the white cliffs of Dover

It's time to zeenk or zwim

Forgive me if this missive is a little confused, but it comes to you from the heart of the Normandy property market and carries with it the impediments associated with that region.

Swedes find cognac galore

Swedish divers have found a sailing ship that was transporting a huge cargo of cognac, champagne and red wine when it was sunk by a U-boat in 1916. The Joenkoeping was found off the Finnish coast. Divers are trying to find how many the bottles are intact. Claes Bergvall, of the C Star diving exploration group, said the wine and spirits could fetch huge sums at auction. The vessel was carrying 36,000 litres of cognac, 5,000 bottles of champagne and 6,000 litres of wine. The cognac and champagne where being shipped to Russia's tsarist army.
Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

A
Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
Minoan Crete and Santorini
Prices correct as of 15 May 2015
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
12 best statement wallpapers

12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?