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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Saturday 12 February 2011
Snowdrops are patient creatures, as Mark and Clare Oglesby discovered when, a few years ago, they became the new owners of Goldsborough Hall, near Knaresborough in Yorkshire. The woodlands behind the house were choked with brambles, but when they began to clear them away, snowdrops and aconites appeared in grateful carpets under the trees. Now that they've come to the end of the initial scrub-bashing, they are opening the garden next Sunday for its first-ever snowdrop spectacular.
Thursday 03 February 2011
Sunday 26 December 2010
Wednesday 15 December 2010
Police investigating the rape of a teenage girl launched a fresh appeal for information on a busker who is a suspect in the case.
Tuesday 14 December 2010
John Higgins is hoping the "hardest six months of his life" are behind him after winning his third 12bet.com UK Championship title.
Saturday 11 December 2010
John Higgins defeated Mark Allen 9-5 in Telford last night to book his place in the 12Bet.com UK Championship final and close in on a dream return to major championship competition.
Sunday 17 October 2010
Friday 15 October 2010
A murder victim whose body was found at his flat had suffered severe head injuries, police confirmed today.
Monday 27 September 2010
Packed with goodness, this recipe is a great example of how cheese can be part of a balanced diet. There is calcium in the cheese and plenty of Vitamin C in the oranges and spinach too.
Wednesday 22 September 2010
A unique copy of Shakespeare's Hamlet which was given to an actor by the Nazi leader Hermann Goering is expected to fetch up to £5,000 when it goes under the hammer this month.
Monday 13 September 2010
Detectives have arrested a total of six men in connection with the alleged rape and abduction of a 19-year-old woman, it was revealed today.
Monday 13 September 2010
Wednesday 01 September 2010
A man believed to have killed his wife and daughter before hanging himself faced losing up to 95% of his income, an inquest heard today.
Sunday 29 August 2010
Goodison Park has a splendid new photographic timeline running round the outside of the ground, tracing the history of the club and its most famous names. The one player featured whose presence has not gone down well amid such luminaries as Dixie Dean, Alex "Golden Vision" Young and Wayne Rooney is a certain Nick Barmby. The little midfielder is remembered for uttering what the club chairman Bill Kenwright called the five worst words in the English language: "I want to join Liverpool," after which he duly defected. Worse, Barmby's picture is displayed right opposite the door of the Winslow Hotel, a rabid Everton fans' pub. It was defaced, we are told, with the word "Judas" even before it was formally nailed into position.
Wednesday 25 August 2010
Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is facing showdown talks with manager Tony Pulis after refusing to play for the club.
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