Wales has had to put up with many things – having the English as neighbours for one – but now they have suffered the ignominy of being outranked by the Cayman Islands.
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I love a good pebble. Smooth to the touch and totally individual. They've become synonymous with calm: used in Zen gardens, wallpaper on iPhones and by designers on tablemats to bring the outside in. In Lyme Regis, there's a whole beach of them. And on this beach I found Adrian Gray (pictured above) engrossed in the fine art of stone balancing. Not just pebbles in this case, but huge, back-wrenching stones that he somehow rests on one another at incredible angles. It really is a case of "how does he do that?". Is it sticky tape, magic or spiritualism? Well none of these. As Adrian says: "It's a paradox of fragility and solidity. These are really heavy stones, balanced in a very, very fragile way. It's the illusionary quality that makes it so magical. Your brain is telling you that's not possible, while your eyes say it is."
Dick Francis sampled vivid peril as a bomber pilot and steeplechase jockey. He then gave millions of readers a flavour of his experiences, as author of nearly 40 best-selling adventures – creating a fictional world that could not be dismissed as fanciful, so long as it was measured against his own life.
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Dick Francis, the champion jockey turned best-selling thriller writer, has died at the age of 89, his family said today.
From up there, you can see everything," said the speedboat's grizzled captain, pointing skywards with a grin and a wink. And with that, he snapped me into my parachute, leant on the boat's throttle – and lifted me gently from the deck and into the air, attached only by the slenderest of ropes to the back of his craft as it bounced through the waves beneath me.
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Desperate relatives fight with rescue workers to enter building where at least 92 have died and hundreds are believed still trapped
Tropical storm Gustav was blamed yesterday for at least 68 deaths in the Caribbean and US forecasters said it could hit New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico oil fields as a potentially powerful hurricane next week.