Days out: Watch your step after a drop of the abbot's ale

A hike to Byland Abbey in Yorkshire

Television: Binging it all home

When it comes to television at Christmas, as it does at least once a year, our powers of hindsight become distinctly myopic. "There's been nothing much worth watching on telly this Christmas" is an annual whinge at least as sacred as, "Don't give me any more sprouts, I hate sprouts!", yet presupposes that there ever was anything much worth watching at Christmas.

Letter: Stone circle

Sir: Karl Cradick (letter, 18 December) objects that the stone circle at Rollright is "cut off" from the surrounding landscape by trees planted in modern times.

Letter: Ancient stones

Sir: Your photograph of the Rollright Stones (Review, 13 December) shows how this important monument has been cut off from the surrounding landscape by a ring of conifers planted in modern times.

America's Stonehenge saved in centre of Miami

AN AMERICAN Indian archaeological site in the heart of Miami, revealing secrets going back at least 2,000 years, has had an eleventh- hour reprieve.

Public asked for verdict on Stonehenge road debate open to public

MORE THAN a year after the Government announced its intentions for the management of Stonehenge, members of the public will be able to comment on the plans. A draft goes on show at Amesbury, Wiltshire, today and tomorrow and people will have until the end of October to give their opinions.

Avebury's ancient mystery uncovered

THE SOUND of a mechanical digger hitting stone marked the discovery of a Neolithic "lost avenue" that is being described as one of the most important finds this century. Since the 1700s, archeologists and historians have argued over the existence of the huge sarsen stones, which have been unearthed at the site of the world's biggest prehistoric stone circle at Avebury in Wiltshire.

Found: the lost avenue of Avebury stones

ONE OF the greatest archeological discoveries of the century, a lost "avenue" of slabs linked to the world's largest prehistoric stone circle, has been unearthed at Avebury in Wiltshire.

Television: It's all the fault of the solar system

It had been a long time coming, but the BBC finally had some good news last week when Noel Edmonds, one of the architects of dumb television, resigned in a greedy huff. But where were the champagne corks? It was hard to hear anything apart from the gnashing of teeth and the sharpening of knives. Even the newspapers tried to present the exciting collapse of Crinkley Bottom as fresh evidence that the BBC was a sinking ship.

Kesey rides again

Ken Kesey's legendary `Magic Bus', filled with tie-dye hippies, flower children and the spirit of Jerry Garcia, is heading your way. But will its mantra, `love, love, love', weave its spell the second time around, after 35 years?

Words: Mortise, n. and v.

HAL PORTER'S excellent memoir The Watcher on the Cast-Iron Balcony (1963) opens with the memory of two corpses seen 28 years apart and the reflection that "on or about the day King Edward VII died, these two corpses [were] young, agile and lustful enough to mortise themselves together to make me".

Books: Hardback top 10

1 Hannibal Thomas Harris/Heinemann pounds 16.99

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