More than 200 stricken vessels were captured over a 125-year period off the Isles of Scilly, David Keys gazes in wonder at a unique maritime archive
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Tuesday 17 August 2010
A close-knit coastal village was in shock today as investigators launched a probe into a boat fire which claimed the lives of three anglers.
Tuesday 17 August 2010
Sunday 13 June 2010
Thursday 11 March 2010
Former England goalkeeper David Seaman's wife was granted a quickie divorce today on the grounds of adultery.
Monday 15 February 2010
Monday 14 December 2009
Thursday 27 August 2009
A man who battered a pensioner to death after an argument at a bus stop was today found guilty of manslaughter and jailed for six years.
Saturday 31 January 2009
Born into poverty in Dublin, Bob Doyle was to become a lifelong rebel and champion of radical causes. He joined the IRA and served in the British Battalion of the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War. During the Second World War he was a merchant seaman and settled in London, where he later became a Fleet Street print worker and union militant.
Thursday 08 January 2009
Thursday 09 October 2008
Ted Briggs was the last survivor of the battle cruiser HMS Hood, sunk by the German warship Bismarck in the North Atlantic during the Second World War. The complement of "The Mighty Hood", as she was affectionately known, was 1,421. When Briggs fought his way to the surface, he could see only two other survivors – there were no other bodies on the surface.
Tuesday 08 July 2008
Friday 13 June 2008
Notable for self-sufficiency, humour and kindness, the British seaman is the real hero of this enthralling epic on the naval war that swept from the Nile to New Orleans between 1793-1815. We learn, for example, of Collins, a sailor who swam through seas "churning with shot" to take a line to a stricken vessel. Inevitably, Mostert's masterly narrative focuses on the protagonists of the era. Nelson's "ache for glory" always took him to the heart of the action. But before Trafalgar, he told midshipmen: "I shall not live to know about it myself." A great book for the beach, to be read within earshot of the breakers.
Friday 07 March 2008
It is a historic event when anyone takes on the might of the pharmaceutical industry and wins, but the writer, medical journalist and activist Barbara Seaman did just that. During the 1960s, Seaman exposed the health risks associated with the contraceptive pill and went on to become a key figure in the women's health movement.
Thursday 25 May 2006
The Attorney General's office was ordered today to disclose information leading to his advice on the legality of invading Iraq in 2003.
Sunday 21 May 2006
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
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