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.

Park chiefs steer power boat row to court

Sail is best, say the authorities at Lake Windermere. Steve Goodwin reports

Lakeside takes the credit

One of the UK's biggest shopping centres, Lakeside, announced yesterday that it is to become the first to launch its own credit card.

Letter: Steel and Power Age

Sir: I enjoyed the picture of the crannog in Loch Tay ("Bronze Age high-rise comes home to Loch Tay with a house on stilts", 8 August). I believe that at least one of the six volunteers working on the project, "using traditional building methods", may have made a discovery even greater than the scientists analysing the Martian meteorite.

Speed limit on lake rejected

Plans for a powerboat speed limit on Lake Windermere were thwarted yesterday when John Gummer, Secretary of State for the Environment, refused to allow a by-law proposed by the Lake District National Park.

Wood and Lake denied by US pair

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Tanzanian ferry was 'overloaded'

Mwanza, Tanzania (Reuter) - Hundreds of passengers were believed dead yesterday with many bodies feared trapped in a capsized Tanzanian ferry in Lake Victoria's worst shipping disaster.

Letter: Lakeland haiku

Sir: Further to the discussion of haiku (Letters, 18 April), it is worth noting that Wordsworth used the 5-7-5 syllable form in the two known Lakeland examples.

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An audience awaits the rolling stones

Graham Phillips delves into the mystery of Death Valley's moving limestone

Diver attacked by eel

Diver attacked by eel

Abby maintains the winning habit

Branston Abby will take on Lake Coniston at Haydock on Saturday after registering the 18th success of her career at York yesterday. The six-year-old mare was taking her win and place earnings to pounds 190,000.

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