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Rural and hard-to-reach areas were allocated £362 million today to improve their broadband connections.
As a sailor, I respect the sea; as a gardener, I'd very much prefer to do without it, because with a sea view comes a wind, bearing salt on its wings. "The most effective windbreak," according to Your Gardening Questions Answered, "is provided by planting two kinds of hedges, a sturdy wind-resister such as blackthorn or euonymus, set in two rows four feet apart on the side facing the sea: then four feet inside that a hedge of hebes or escallonia to filter out what gets past the outer defences..." But seaside gardeners who plant the cheerless hedges four feet apart, might find that within a few years, they've not only lost half the garden to hedge, but also planted out the view.
Harlequins 24 Warrington Wolves 54
Hull KR 16 Warrington 46
No doubt the majority even of those jockeys staying locally remain scrupulously immune to the hedonism that infects Chester during this carnival. There were presumably one or two, however, who were a little uneasy to discover that the British Horseracing Authority's breathalyser unit had made one of its random appearances before racing yesterday. Whether or not he was one of them, it was Francis Norton who would ultimately suffer the embarrassment of being stood down for the day. At least he could comfort himself that very few of the Ladies' Day crowd might feel eligible to throw the first stone.
As though provoked by the sudden, impudent opposition of the Punchestown Festival, this place pulled out all the stops yesterday. The Roodee spread out lazily beneath the sunshine, its gorgeous crush of humanity cooled by a breeze curling between the river and Chester's city wall. Out on the track, meanwhile, a filly from Ireland volunteered herself as a highly plausible Classic winner, and a trainer from just down the road achieved genuine distinction even in the oldest racecourse annals in the land. These, compounding all the benedictions since 1539, made it hard to imagine that anyone might rather be anywhere else on the Turf.
Big Zeb turns the tables on Sizing Europe to claim honours on first day of Irish jumps Festival
A survey of some of Britain's leading gardening experts, including the former Gardeners' World presenter Alan Titchmarsh, shows less than half use peat-free compost.
Wigan 6 Warrington 24
Warrington Wolves 82 Harlequins 6
It is time to start taking Harlequins' play-off credentials very seriously indeed. The 27-16 victory on 11 March at St Helens' temporary home in Widnes was their fourth win in five games this season. While their coach, Rob Powell, is not getting carried away, he knows they have already exceeded many people's expectations for their season.
Bob Greaves was the most famous television face in the North-West through the 1970s and 80s. Everybody knew him. Wherever he went, people wanted to shake his hand or simply shout out his name. He always responded with a smile and a chirpy quip. In a street research study a staggering 96 per cent of people in the region could name him from a photograph.
Cheshire residents have come together in one of the most fiercely fought campaigns to oppose municipal waste incinerators since six were proposed to dispose of their rubbish. They claim that their county is in danger of becoming "the most incinerator-contaminated place in Britain".
Warrington have signed the Australian Test winger Joel Monaghan and announced the retirement of Chris Hicks to make room for him on their overseas quota. Monaghan resigned from the Canberra Raiders in disgrace after an end-of-season drinking session resulted in a compromising photo of him with a dog.
England will find out today if there bid for the 2018 World Cup has been a success.
A solicitor found dead in the boot of a car days after she was reported missing was strangled, police said today.