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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Friday 20 August 2010
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.
Thursday 12 August 2010
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.
Thursday 05 August 2010
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.
Monday 19 July 2010
Sunday 18 July 2010
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.
Wednesday 14 July 2010
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.
Monday 12 July 2010
Stockport have appointed Paul Simpson as their new manager.
Wednesday 07 July 2010
Three people have been charged with murdering a father-of-three whose body was found at a landfill site, detectives said today.
Tuesday 06 July 2010
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.
Friday 02 July 2010
Police sealed off a landfill site today after the discovery of a man's body.
Thursday 01 July 2010
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.
Monday 21 June 2010
Friday 11 June 2010
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.
Friday 30 April 2010
Shrewsbury have terminated the contract of manager Paul Simpson with immediate effect.
Monday 12 April 2010
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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