I start by making some calculations to soothe myself. Using the Rail & Sail combo route from London via Holyhead to Dublin takes nine or so hours; to fly between the two cities takes 50 minutes – but a few hours have to be added on for the to-ing, fro-ing and faffing at airports. A one-way rail/sail ticket costs about 30 quid all in – a flight is double that, unless you're very organised or lucky. Even if you're very disorganised, the rail/sail option can be bought just before you travel at no extra cost.
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Saturday 11 February 2012
See a silly yellow card, see a serious month's wages disappear down the toilet.
Thursday 09 February 2012
Wales second-rower's suspension for tip-tackling leaves Gatland short of options in the pack for visit of Scotland
Wednesday 08 February 2012
Wales lock Bradley Davies will miss the rest of this season's RBS 6 Nations Championship after receiving a seven-week ban.
Monday 06 February 2012
Ryan Jones has braced Wales for the next step in their RBS 6 Nations title challenge and believes this season's competition remains wide open.
Friday 03 February 2012
At one level Patrick Shovelton was the epitome of a conventional British senior civil servant whose education at a top public school and Oxford endowed him with a cut-glass accent. A Royal Artillery officer during the war, he rose to the highest echelons of the civil service and was awarded a CB and CMG. He was married to the daughter of the official historian of the RAF, who was herself a Dame of the British Empire.
Thursday 02 February 2012
Wales back tells James Corrigan about his forgettable World Cup and his new life in France
Friday 20 January 2012
Starring: Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor
Sunday 15 January 2012
Despite the protagonist's years of suffering, this evocative prison story is a testament to the endurance of love and hope
Tuesday 03 January 2012
Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish is hoping left-back Enda Stevens can quickly adjust to the demands of the Barclays Premier League after completing his move from Shamrock Rovers.
Friday 30 December 2011
Paul O'Connell will captain Ireland in this season's RBS 6 Nations Championship, the Irish Rugby Football Union has announced.
Thursday 22 December 2011
Wales international Ian Gough has received a three-week ban after he was cited for a dangerous tackle during the Ospreys' Heineken Cup home defeat against Saracens six days ago.
Sunday 18 December 2011
As cross-Channel tensions rise, Parisian politicians prepare to fight for a new seat centred on the UK capital
Saturday 17 December 2011
Praised across the world for its model recovery, Dublin finds the pace of cuts too much to bear
Friday 16 December 2011
As either producer or writer, Butch Walker has been the backroom talent behind a number of hits for Pink, Katy Perry and Avril Lavigne (for which, thanks a million, Butch).
Monday 05 December 2011
See one of two wonderful plays
Nigel Farage brands LGBT activists 'filth' and 'scum' and accuses them of scaring away his children after they invade his local pub
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Germanwings plane crash live: Andreas Guenter Lubitz intentionally crashed flight 9525 into the Alps in act of mass murder and suicide – latest
- 1 Germanwings crash: Police make 'significant discovery' at home of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz
- 2 JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
- 3 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 4 #FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
- 5 Jeremy Clarkson calls on trolls to leave producer Oisin Tymon alone: 'None of this is his fault'