News Briony McRoberts as Sam Hagen in 'Take the High Road'

The actress Briony McRoberts spent two decades taking character roles on television before making her biggest impact as the super-bitch Sam Hagen in Take the High Road, the Scottish soap opera screened nationally by ITV.

Puzzle Master

LET'S CLEAR up some unanswered questions: I NOTE EVILS is an anagram of TELEVISION, and NIGHTMARE SYNAGOGUE WHITENER contains just the right letters to make HERE WE GO GATHERING NUTS IN MAY, the nuts in question having originally been knots, a word for buds that has fallen into desuetude. As for In one of the Bard's best-thought-of tragedies, our insistent hero, Hamlet, queries on two fronts about how life turns rotten, this is an anagram of TO BE OR NOT TO BE, THAT IS THE QUESTION... Or rather, that is the answer. And the space greeting appropriate to last Tuesday? MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU!

Travel|: Mexico: lake Chapala

THE BIGGEST lake in Mexico is in danger of losing one of its few claims to fame. Long and thin, it is pressed between parched, barren hills and baked by a blinding white sun. Few boats disturb the glassy surface of Lake Chapala and, at midday, the streets of Chapala town were sensibly empty. Fishing boats lay stranded in the goalmouth of the field where boys played football by the promenade. The jetty stopped a hundred yards from the reeds that now fringe the water's edge.

Road turns into North Circular lake

ONE OF Britain's busiest roads was transformed into a vast lake yesterday after a water main burst in the early hours of the morning.

Golf: Sunningdale gazumped

Tim Glover finds the Solheim Cup has ditched a golfing institution

Racing: Festival is Lake aim

LAKE KARIBA raised hopes of Paul Nicholls ending his Cheltenham Festival drought when he ran away with the pounds 30,000 Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter yesterday.

National parks plan for Scotland

LOCH LOMOND and the Cairngorm mountains should become Scotland's first national parks, the Government's nature advisers recommended yesterday.

Girl died as novice drove jet-ski

A TEENAGE girl was killed when a jet-ski ridden by a novice hit a powerboat, an inquest heard yesterday.

Swedes draw a monster blank

A SEARCH by a team of monster-hunters failed yesterday to find any traces of a mysterious creature said to have inhabited Sweden's Great Lake for at least 360 years.

Swedes hunt for monster in lake

A TEAM of hunters began a search of Sweden's Great Lake yesterday for a creature said to have inhabited it for at least 360 years.

Property: I've met a pleasant estate agent. No, I'm not stoned

Personal service is more likely to generate success than a flashy business card

A fit of peaks

It's hardly the Himalayas, but there's plenty of Lake District mountains to keep hikers happy, writes Mark Rowe

Fears grow for boy lost on loch

CONCERN is growing for the safety of a 16-year-old boy who disappeared after the boat he was sailing in capsized in the freezing waters of Loch Lomond.

Travel-Lake District: A wonder called fish

For a watery insight into Windermere - fish, pond skaters and all - Sarah Collins and her two sons visited the Lakeside Aquatarium in Cumbria.

Obituary: Chris Philip

As the former owner of Lakeside, the property bought in 1983 by Chris Philip and Denys Gueroult, I would like to correct the impression given by Michael Leapman [obituary of Chris Philip, 11 February], that the "previous owner was a daffodil collector who had dug up all his bulbs, leaving the garden a barren waste", writes Michael Jefferson-Brown.

Letter: Spelling? Ugh!

Spelling? Ugh!
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