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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...

Saved from disaster on Mont Blanc – by a text to Shrewsbury

Two young British climbers who became stranded on a tiny ledge overhanging a precipice 11,500 feet up Mont Blanc were rescued after texting a friend in Shrewsbury.

Greg Davies: Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog, Pleasance Courtyard

As part of the successful sketch group We Are Klang, the stout figure of Greg Davies often joked that he looks like "a fat Rik Mayall". Now flying solo it transpires that Davies's verbal flourishes could equally be likened to Mayall's character Lord Flashheart in Blackadder, and indeed to Blackadder himself. As he is aged 40, it's little wonder that Davies's style owes something to the voices of early to mid "alternative comedy", the Ben Elton era, but that doesn't mean that the 6'8" comedian isn't down with the kids. He used to teach them after all, both in real life and as Mr Gilbert on the E4 comedy series The Inbetweeners.

Quarter of population over 65 by 2031

Almost a quarter of the UK population will be aged over 65 in 20 years' time, rising to over 40 per cent in some areas of the country, government figures revealed today.

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Stabilising our population

Outside the Box: Oswestry breaking new ground with slot in Champions' League

Those who have not been paying attention to the small print on the results pages may be unaware that not only is a new Champions' League campaign under way, but that this week England will have a new venue for the world's grandest club competition. Joining Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge and the Emirates – and beating White Hart Lane to the punch – is The Venue at Park Hall in the Shropshire town of Oswestry (population 15,613). It's the home of Welsh Premier League champions TNS, which now stands for The New Saints (of Llansantffraid and Oswestry) rather than the name immortalised by Jeff Stelling on Sky's 'Soccer Saturday' in his catchphrase: "They'll be dancing in the streets of Total Network Solutions." TNS is a result of the merger of Llansantffraid and Oswestry Town, one of the world's oldest clubs, in 2003. They became The New Saints in 2006 and moved over the border to the new ground in 2007. The year before, in a Champions' League appearance, they had been drawn against the holders Liverpool and put up two commendable performances before losing each leg 3-0, the home game being played at Wrexham. On Tuesday, TNS meet Bohemians of Dublin in the second leg of their second qualifying round tie, having lost the away leg 1-0 last Wednesday.

London voted least car-friendly town

St Helens in Merseyside is the UK's most car-friendly town, while London is the worst spot for motorists, according to research out today.

Simpson named as Stockport boss

Stockport have appointed Paul Simpson as their new manager.

Three charged with landfill body murder

Three people have been charged with murdering a father-of-three whose body was found at a landfill site, detectives said today.

Three questioned over man's murder

Detectives investigating the murder of a man whose body was found at a landfill site were today granted a further 24 hours to question three suspects.

Man's body found at landfill site

Police sealed off a landfill site today after the discovery of a man's body.

Othello, Ludlow Castle, Shropshire

Othello may have been roasted in sulphur and washed in steep-down gulfs of liquid fire in the climactic carnage, but the rest of us were quietly drenched to the bone in slow-down sheets of liquid rain.

Cycling: 'Independent' man joins greats after 1,000 miles in the saddle

Simon O'Hagan on how Simon Usborne cracked the 'End-to-End'

Turner appointed as Shrewsbury boss

Graham Turner has been named as the new manager of Shrewsbury, making an emotional return to the club he both played for and managed over 30 years ago.

Shrewsbury sack manager Simpson

Shrewsbury have terminated the contract of manager Paul Simpson with immediate effect.

Man due in court over stab murder

A man will appear in court charged with murder today after a man was found in an industrial estate with stab wounds.

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