Shelley Rudman has weighty expectations for the Winter Olympics in Sochi next year as she bids to improve on the shock skeleton silver medal she claimed at the Turin Games in 2006.
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Sunday 08 September 2013
They do school films so much better in France, it seems. If the new term has you in the mood for some scholastic entertainment, you could watch Truffaut's The 400 Blows (1959) or last year's François Ozon comedy, In The House. But start with Etre et avoir (2002, below), a quietly enchanting documentary that revolves around Georges Lopez, the sole teacher in a rural village primary. Lopez's patience and modesty (and pedagogical beard) are so moving the the film could have been called "Au Revoir, M. Pomme Frites". Try not to think about Lopez suing the producers, unsuccessfully, for a chunk of the profits.
Tuesday 23 July 2013
Lightning strikes and flooding caused havoc on mainline rail services today.
Wednesday 08 August 2012
On Monday Taoufik Makhloufi was thrown out of the Games for not trying; last night, having earned a reprieve, the Algerian won the 1500m gold, running clear of the field to win by more than 10 metres. It marked one of the more startling recoveries of the Olympics.
Sunday 05 August 2012
A man has been arrested in connection with the theft of an Olympic athlete's training kit.
Saturday 21 July 2012
It's not quite Homer's Odyssey but last year, inspired by the epic tale, the writer Iain Sinclair and video artist Andrew Kötting pedalled a plastic swan pedalo 160 miles from Sussex to Stratford.
Sunday 03 June 2012
Friday 16 March 2012
A former car salesman jailed for his role in Britain's biggest cash robbery will have to serve a further six years behind bars for failing to comply with a confiscation order.
Tuesday 06 March 2012
A man who used a bottle to carry out an unprovoked attack on a nightclub reveller has been jailed for six-and-a-half years.
Wednesday 04 January 2012
A van driver who was killed when a huge beech tree crushed his parked van in high winds was named by police today.
Wednesday 04 January 2012
Britain can look forward to a “brief respite” today from winds that battered the UK, but forecasters expect gusts of up to 75mph tonight.
Thursday 08 December 2011
An Iraq war veteran, an 84-year-old marathon "walker" and a star teenage gymnast with cystic fibrosis were confirmed today as among the 8,000 people to carry the Olympic Flame next summer.
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