Veteran folk and rock performer Roy Harper has been charged with a series of historic sex offences against an under-age girl.
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Tuesday 22 September 2009
Saturday 08 August 2009
The Wellingtonia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) was the big new discovery of the 1850s, the wollemi pine of its day, introduced with just as much fanfare and drum-beating. More than 150 years on, these vast trees, named after the famous Duke who died in 1852, have made an indelible impression on the landscapes where they were first planted. Thanks to clever marketing by the Exeter nursery firm Veitch, anyone who had space had to have one. If you've read Thomas Pakenham's Meetings with Remarkable Trees (Cassell paperback £9.99), you'll know the story. Veitch had sent the Cornishman, William Lobb, to California to look for new plants. It was Gold Rush time and Lobb heard that a prospector had found a grove of extraordinary trees growing in the Sierras of Calaveras County, 200 miles south-east of San Francisco.
Wednesday 15 July 2009
The body of an antiques dealer who was murdered in 1994 was exhumed today after detectives received "significant information" during a review of the case.
Tuesday 14 July 2009
Thousands of people lined the streets today to pay their respects to eight British soldiers killed during the Army's bloodiest 24 hours in Afghanistan.
Friday 10 July 2009
Thursday 09 July 2009
Saturday 27 June 2009
Wednesday 17 June 2009
Almost 100 children were forced to miss important GCSE and A-level exams after a major fire at an industrial packaging site engulfed a town in smoke this morning.
Sunday 14 June 2009
Tuesday 26 May 2009
I’m on the early train to Hereford, for this year’s Hay-on-Wye festival, nauseous from too much coffee and a certain amount of nerves. I’m three weeks from publication of the new novel and it seems that every day brings some new opportunity to say the wrong thing in front of a very small number of people.
Sunday 24 May 2009
Sunday 24 May 2009
Thursday 21 May 2009
The expenses scandal claimed further victims last night with the announcement that two Conservative MPs – Sir Peter Viggers and Anthony Steen – will resign their seats at the next election. Sir Peter will step down as MP for Gosport in Hampshire "at the direct request" of David Cameron after spending tens of thousands of pounds on gardening, including a £1,645 bill for a floating "duck island", while Mr Steen, the MP for Totnes in Devon who claimed £87,729 on his luxurious country house, will also leave the Commons.
Sunday 29 March 2009
Arsonists struck four times in a single street, forcing the evacuation of guests from a hotel yesterday. West Mercia Police said the fires broke out in the early hours of the morning in Ledbury, Herefordshire. The first fire, reported at 2.50am, caused around £50,000 worth of damage to the hotel, and a parked car. Two further fires were set in porches and a fourth was discovered at an estate agents.
Thursday 26 March 2009
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
Rupert Murdoch berated Sun journalists for not doing enough to attack Ed Miliband and stop him winning the general election
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
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