Lying low as the lane closure storm blows all about him hasn’t really been an option for New Jersey’s Chris Christie, least of all today. His diary said “State of the State”, the speech every Governor must give at the start of each year just as the President must give the State of the Union. There was no ducking it.
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Wednesday 18 January 2012
Janey Buchan, who died at the weekend, was not a professional politician as we now know them but an old-fashioned political activist of the kind who always had a cause to fight and never allowed herself to be put off by the possibility of defeat or failure. Those who knew her learned not to be surprised to receive a telephone call out of the blue, which would last a good long time as she unburdened herself of whatever had excited or angered since the last call. Alternatively, it could be a hastily written letter, sometimes containing an unexpected gift such as a book that she thought deserved a bigger readership. She held strong opinions, but not easily predicted, of everyone she met. She was a Scot but had no time for the late John Smith; a left-winger who held a low opinion of Tony Benn; a lover of political folk music who thoroughly despised Bob Dylan.
Sunday 15 January 2012
Saturday 31 December 2011
Firefighters extinguished a major fire on a docked nuclear submarine yesterday as some crew members remained inside. No radiation leak was reported and the submarine's nuclear-tipped missiles were not on board.
Thursday 29 December 2011
Fire broke out on a Russian nuclear submarine as it was awaiting repairs at an Arctic shipyard, officials said today.
Saturday 20 August 2011
The bookshop set up by the real Christopher Robin to escape a family feud and hide from the unwanted fame of his father's Winnie the Pooh stories is to close.
Friday 29 July 2011
Richard Hannon, despondent and defiant after the defeat of Canford Cliffs on Wednesday, can cheer himself up today with a colt who could yet develop into a successor to his stable star. Harbour Watch runs in the same colours, and the early signs are that he will prove another advertisement for the champion trainer's tried-and-tested system. By a young commercial sire, and bought in the middle tier of the yearling market, he made a striking debut at one of Hannon's favourite tracks, Salisbury. He then pulverised some smart types at Newmarket, bursting four and a half lengths clear of Burwaaz.
Wednesday 20 July 2011
A police investigation into why a laptop and paperwork were dumped in a bin near the riverside home of Rebekah Brooks gathered pace yesterday.
Tuesday 21 June 2011
A US nuclear submarine came close to running aground, following an incident in which two crewmen died as it tried to leave one of Britain's main naval bases, a report has revealed.
Wednesday 01 June 2011
Nicky Butt wants to follow in the footsteps of Sir Alex Ferguson and manage Manchester United. Having won 39 caps, he also harbours ambitions to lead England out at World Cups and European Championships.
Wednesday 18 May 2011
The body of a teenage crewman has been found in a harbour, police said today.
Sunday 24 April 2011
Strangers smile at the book I'm reading.
Wednesday 13 April 2011
Sombre period music, flickering candlelight and booming cannons ushered in America's observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
Saturday 12 March 2011
A woman shot in a laundrette in a seaside town was named by police today as Marion Millican.
Sunday 13 February 2011
The most august voice in British folk addressing a range of songs associated with the sea, to the familiarly minimalist accompaniment of piano, accordion, viola, double bass.
Monday 31 January 2011
A search was continuing today for a man feared drowned when one of the last remaining boats to take part in D-Day sank.
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