Travel Hannah and Chico take the long way round Wales

How one travel-writer's innovative journey round the Welsh coast led to a starring role for her four-legged companion

TELEVISION / The F-factor: a rule of thumb: Giles Smith takes notes on the first edition of Carlton's Good Sex Guide

FOR all the hullaballoo, there was in the end little to separate The Good Sex Guide (ITV) from programmes on angling, say, or doing the garden. The relation of genuine practical information to basic ogling opportunities was, for a Carlton programme, surprisingly weighted in favour of the former.

Dick's decorative toytown winds up the neighbours

DICK DREW'S efforts to liven up a picture-postcard village by plastering his cottage walls with colourful cuddly toys is causing outrage in the sedate seaside community of Shaldon, near Teignmouth, in Devon.

Political Commentary: Time for Labour to talk tactics

MINERS in this country evoke sentiment and history. In one of Harold Macmillan's last speeches to the House of Lords, he struck a national chord during the year- long miners' strike of 1984-5 with the declaration that these were the 'men who beat the Kaiser'. In the same period, Eric Hammond, the electricians' leader, neatly exempted the miners from the criticism directed at their leaders by borrowing the phrase that had been used to describe troops and their generals in the same war. They were, he said, lions led by donkeys.

15,000 pounds reward after woman is killed by JCB

A pounds 15,000 REWARD was offered yesterday by the employer of a 75- year-old woman who was killed as she tried to stop a thief stealing a JCB digger.
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