One of the fascinating truths about second homes is that owners always lie about how long it takes to reach them. This is obviously a defence mechanism to protect against criticism or self-doubt.
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Tuesday 25 June 2013
Pontefract aims to celebrate its most famous export, and lure liquorice-loving tourists to come and part with their pennies
Thursday 21 February 2013
The Prime Minister stopped short of issuing a full apology on his visit to India
Thursday 14 February 2013
On Tuesday night, 18 crack teams of students convened at Birmingham's Ikon Gallery for the inaugural iQuiz. Each team had battled through regional heats in November, lured by an unforgettable prize: a two-week trek across America.
Thursday 13 December 2012
He designed the first decimal coin, and now Virginia Ironside’s father is getting one of his own
Friday 15 June 2012
Sunday 03 June 2012
Writers suffer different levels of public amnesia. James Hadley Chase's name still sounds familiar to many who have forgotten his books, and there's a reason for that: the name became synonymous with a certain kind of disreputable crime novel. Yet he was born in the Edwardian era. Why, then, do we associate him with something too racy to be kept on the family bookshelves?
Saturday 29 October 2011
I hadn't been to Rules since the mid-1980s and all I remembered of the place was a heavy atmosphere of dark wood, hefty carpets, thick sauces and sturdy-bottomed English lunchers. Heaviness was my main impression; but then history, of a dense, richly-flavoured kind, hangs around Rules like mayoral chains. It's England's oldest restaurant, founded by Thomas Rule in 1798. It's been owned by only three families in 200 years. It's seen off nine English monarchs. It turns up in several novels: the adulterous couple in Graham Greene's The End of the Affair enjoyed their first lurve tryst here over a furtive dish of seductive onions.
Thursday 07 July 2005
Saturday 05 February 2005
Sunday 26 September 2004
Sunday 23 May 2004
As the late Sir John Betjeman might have written:
Friday 19 December 2003
Wednesday 23 July 2003
Monday 29 July 2002
Wednesday 29 March 2000
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
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Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
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