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Veteran folk and rock performer Roy Harper has been charged with a series of historic sex offences against an under-age girl.

Brian Viner: The whole thing was what you might call a baa-baa ha-ha hoo-hah

As usual, we awoke on Tuesday morning to the sound of bleating, although it was not the "where is my rugby shirt/history homework?" kind of bleating to which we are so accustomed in the tumultuous hour between 6.30am and 7.30am. No, this was definitely ovine bleating, which was not in itself a surprise – not with the perimeter of a 1,000-acre sheep farm all of 30 yards from the marital bed. But this bleating seemed more insistent than usual, and sure enough, there were half a dozen lambs trapped on our side of the fence in what we grandly call the ha-ha, all going ballistic, in their woolly way. It was what you might call, although not after too much Herefordshire cider, a ha-ha hoo-hah. Indeed, a baa-baa ha-ha hoo-hah.

Point-to-point: Amicelli on track for Festival fine tuning


Something from the weekend: 16/02/2009

The Good...

Roberto Martinez

The Swans manager has his side knocking on the door of the Championship play-off places and pushing for a first FA Cup quarter-final since 1964. In Saturday's draw with Fulham, Martinez's men dominated, playing a fluent passing game that would grace the top flight. "Sometimes you don't get the results your performances deserve and today was one of those days," said the Spaniard. More of this and their day will come. Soon.

Gales, downpours and flash floods add to misery left behind by blizzards

Southern Britain battered as foul winter fails to relent

The Battle of Hay-on-Wye

Is the festival ruining Britain's premier town for secondhand books? Andrew Johnson reports


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Eight arrested in post office murder hunt

Five men and three women were arrested today in connection with the murder of a sub-postmaster's son during an armed robbery.

Brian Viner: What has befallen our market towns?

The fate of places like Leominster should be a source of national shame

Family travel: 'We want a rural, festive weekend'

Q. Our extended family is unable to spend Christmas together, so we're hoping to get together for a weekend in the next few weeks. However, we're finding availability difficult for 12 of us. Since we will be travelling from various parts of the country, somewhere in the middle would be ideal, as would somewhere with facilities and/or activities for children and some scenic country walks. Any ideas? F Worth, via email

Five luxury barns

Forget rusticity - these cosy farm buildings are seriously chic.

Thirst for real ale means more craft beers than at any time since 1945

Some conjure up images of magic, such as Merlin, or Pendle Witches Brew, named after the 17th-century Lancashire witchcraft trials. Others, such as Boadicea Chariot Ale, ackknowledge historic figures, or the local landscape, such as Hawkshead's Lakeland Gold or Exmoor Dar. Some poke fun at their alcoholic properties: Comfortably Numb, anyone?

Flood damage cost 'to hit tens of millions'

The cost of repairing the damage done by the weekend floods is likely to be tens of millions, insurers said today.

Shackleton descendants to restage South Pole journey

Descendants of Sir Ernest Shackleton are trying to recruit a final explorer to help them replicate their ancestor's journey to the South Pole.

Miles Kington Remembered: You can't libel the dead – unless they come back to life

He took the view that he was bound to win, and even if he didn't get substantial damages, he would make history by being the first person to sue an obituary for libel
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