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Last Night's TV: Monty Halls' Great Irish Escape/BBC2<br />Carrot or Stick – a Horizon Guide to Raising Kids/BBC4
Friday 12 August 2011
"It's like a drug," mused Monty Halls, surveying the Connemara coastline. "You just want to sleep and relax." He was talking about the views, of course. For the next six months, Halls will be living on an island just across the water from a place called Round Stone. And he's right: looking at the twinkling lights and sweeping coast, you do just want to nod right off. Unfortunately, it's an instruction Halls seemed to have taken to heart. For the next 50 minutes, to the soporific soundtrack of something that wasn't Titanic's but may as well been given the proliferation of pan pipes to be heard, we got observations on multi-coloured shop fronts, unsuccessful hunts for whale carcasses and anecdotes from Halls's childhood (his sister, apparently, would chase him round the house with a handful of sprouting potatoes, such was his fear of spuds).
Thursday 11 August 2011
Kim Clijsters could miss out on the chance to defend her US Open title later this month after retiring against Zheng Jie at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. The Belgian was a set up when she withdrew with a stomach problem.
Friday 05 August 2011
Energy company E.ON today said its prices will rise by 11.4% for electricity customers and 18.1% for gas from September 13.
Thursday 04 August 2011
Thursday 28 July 2011
Ex-servicemen who claim they were made ill as a result of being exposed to radiation during British nuclear weapons tests in the 1950s said today that they had taken a "significant step forward" in their battle for Government compensation after winning the latest round of a legal fight.
Thursday 21 July 2011
Imported Spanish eggs containing life-threatening salmonella bacteria have been linked to an outbreak of the infection in England and Wales.
Friday 15 July 2011
Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Kings of Leon hold your hand and support your stomach as you master the art of being a planker.
Friday 15 July 2011
Macmillan Cancer Support yesterday presented the alarming projection that four in 10 people in the UK will get cancer at some point in their lives, up from one in three a decade ago. But this statistic requires some context. The increased cancer rate is mainly a consequence of increased longevity in the population. Older people are simply more likely to develop cancer. Up to the age of 50, the risk is only one in 36 for men and one in 21 for women. And conditions such as prostate cancer are not necessarily lethal. Survival rates have doubled since the 1960s thanks to better screening and earlier diagnosis. In 2008 around 89,000 who had been diagnosed with cancer died from other causes.
Wednesday 13 July 2011
The pressure to look like a male model is driving more men to develop dangerous eating disorders, experts warned today.
Tuesday 12 July 2011
A patient weighing 140kg (22 stone) who was refused weight-loss surgery on the NHS challenged his primary care trust before the Court of Appeal yesterday in a landmark case.
Monday 11 July 2011
A genetic breakthrough into the causes of an incurable spine condition could help tens of thousands of young people to avoid pain and disability. Scientists from the University of Bristol have discovered seven genes involved in ankylosing spondylitis (AS), an auto-immune arthritis that causes debilitating joint pain for 200,000 Britons.
Friday 08 July 2011
Outlook Those who wonder whether backbench MPs have any real power these days should be reassured by an announcement quietly made by the Cabinet Office on Wednesday evening (when most people were more focused on the phone hacking furore). Its publication of aletter from Dame Janet Finch, withdrawing from the selection process for the head of the UK Statistics Agency (UKSA), represents something of a triumph for parliamentary scrutiny.
Friday 08 July 2011
Smurf, Jacki Weaver's sly, unhinged Melbourne mobster, suggests that her son, Andrew "Pope" Cody (Ben Mendelsohn), should start taking his pills again. I should say so.
Wednesday 06 July 2011
In the light of today's allegations of the stomach-turning News of the World hacking of Milly Dowler's mobile phone (report, 5 July), it's almost impossible to get one's head round the idea that – as this scandal rumbles relentlessly on – our Government is apparently happy to preside over a further vast increase in the media power of the organisation at the very centre of the scandal.
Wednesday 29 June 2011
Turmoil off the field and poor results on it have made this a season like so many others for Derbyshire but they must fancy they can double their tally of Championship wins for the season against a fairly feeble Glamorgan in Cardiff.
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