Dennis Bird

Encyclopaedic historian of figure skating

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Last week, Jane and I finally went to see the church of St John the Evangelist, Shobdon, which is considered one of the treasures of Herefordshire.

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The Great Temperate House at Kew Gardens was built at the end of the 19th century to keep out the cold and protect the collection of woody specimens that had outgrown the overcrowded Orangery. Now the world's largest surviving Victorian glass structure will face perhaps its frostiest winter yet as it provides the backdrop for an open-air ice-rink.

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Rival to the skater Sonja Henie, on ice and in Hollywood

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