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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Saturday 19 January 2008
Netball, though one of the nation's most popular participation sports, occupies only marginally more space than mountain unicycling in the back pages of our national newspapers.
Tuesday 08 January 2008
Walter Storey was determined that his son, Ian, would not follow the path of previous generations of his family by working in the coal mines of Durham. But singing Otello in Los Angeles at the invitation of Placido Domingo is unlikely to have formed part of either man's wildest dreams.
Saturday 30 December 2006
John Scarlett, who took responsibility for the error-ridden dossier that justified the war in Iraq, is knighted in today's New Year's Honours list. The award will enrage peace campaigners, who have accused the veteran spymaster of saving Tony Blair's skin over the flawed case for the invasion.
Sunday 08 October 2006
A US Marines unit frustrated by the hunt for insurgents east of Baghdad picked on an innocent man, bound his hands and feet, threw him into a roadside hole and shot him in the head at least 10 times, according to the testimony of a unit medic being court-martialled at his home base in California.
Monday 05 June 2006
Recent brief outbreaks of sunshine have shown this country in a different light. I had been regretting the conspiracy of circumstance - absence of initiative, finance and friendship with an Italian prince - which prevents me from holidaying abroad this year, but now I'm not so sure. Have any of you, given the current confusions, wondered if you'll be allowed back in?
Swansea City 2 Barnsley 2 <i>(Aet; Barnsley win 4-3 on pens):</i> Colgan atones for clanger as Barnsley go up
Sunday 28 May 2006
Sunday 28 May 2006
Tuesday 04 October 2005
Friday 02 September 2005
Monday 18 July 2005
Wednesday 06 July 2005
Saturday 07 May 2005
Thursday 17 March 2005
Country Life: A fire blazed and industrial measures of port were handed round to fortify us against the westerly wind
Wednesday 02 February 2005
Wednesday 24 November 2004
One morning, not long after we left London to live in Herefordshire, I picked up a hitch-hiker on the A44. I've written about this encounter before. He was a bright guy of about 25, seriously down on his luck, jobless and about to become homeless. Still, at least he wasn't a heroin addict unlike, he told me, most of the people he'd been at school with. We talked awhile about the social and economic problems afflicting rural England and then he sniffed the air in my Volvo and asked me if I was a chicken farmer.
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