The journey home – 'home' still being the word I instinctively use for the house I grew up in, atop of wild Welsh hillside, even if today it's where I go to escape everyday life – begins with bustle. The battle on the Tube with a case, the dash around Euston juggling handbag-paper-coffee-lunch. It's wise to stock up: the journey to Pen-y-Bont takes over four hours, via Crewe and Shrewsbury. It's very much not the route a crow would fly...
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Lord Kingsland: Lawyer and politician who led the Tories in Europe and went on to serve as Shadow Lord Chancellor
Friday 24 July 2009
The sadly premature death of Lord Kingsland deprives the Conservative Party of one of its most formidable operators in the House of Lords and a wise source of advice on constitutional matters. He had not always enjoyed the regard in which he was currently held by his own party. When he led the Conservative group in the European Parliament, he was thought, quite wrongly, to be mad keen on Euro-federalism and was the subject of vitriolic attacks by Lord Tebbit. He was, however, a supporter of the single currency and that was sufficient to damn him in the eyes of most Eurosceptics. In fact, he was essentially a pragmatist, moderate in his own opinions and well able to recognise the strength of alternative views to those to which he adhered.
Wednesday 15 July 2009
The body of an antiques dealer who was murdered in 1994 was exhumed today after detectives received "significant information" during a review of the case.
Monday 06 July 2009
A few months ago, my husband admitted to me that he'd had an affair. Somehow – God knows how – we managed to get through it, and he promised not to see this woman again. But while he was at work the other day, she rang me up and said she wanted to meet and talk. Of course, part of me desperately wants to know what went on and see what she's like. But my husband says I should have nothing to do with her. What do you think?
Yours sincerely, Susie
Monday 29 June 2009
A troupe of morris dancers were prevented from performing at a school because they blacken their faces, they said today.
Monday 29 June 2009
Four men were arrested on suspicion of murder this morning over the death of a man involved in a disturbance at a busy nightclub.
Friday 26 June 2009
Three killers were given long sentences today for "sadistically" murdering a teenager in a re-enactment of a scene from a spoof horror film
Thursday 18 June 2009
Woolly mammoths were roaming the Shropshire countryside thousands of years after they were thought to be extinct, research suggests.
Sunday 07 June 2009
Friday 05 June 2009
Mention Beddoes and most think of the macabre Romantic poet, Thomas. He scarcely knew his father, another Thomas Beddoes, who died, aged 48, at Christmas 1808. Beddoes was six, with scant idea of the man who had also brought into existence a Pneumatic Institute in Bristol. This not only treated the ailing with compounds which evolved into laughing gas but encouraged an apprentice, Humphry Davy.
Thursday 04 June 2009
In normal criminal circles it wouldn't create much of a buzz, but in the world of beekeeping the theft of eight hives in Scotland represents the latest and most high profile sting on an industry beset by thefts and disease.
Monday 25 May 2009
Sunday 24 May 2009
Thursday 14 May 2009
Saturday 09 May 2009
Tuesday 07 April 2009
A teenager has died after being crushed inside a cave that collapsed. Aiden Brookes was killed by a piece of falling rock at the Hermitage Caves, near Bridgnorth, in Shropshire.
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