Colditz; the Great Escape; Bridge on the River Kwai and, recently, the Railway Man. Parodies of them by everyone from Beyond the Fringe to Russ Abbott. All second world war. Memoir after memoir. And yet with the single, powerful exception of the French classic La Grande Illusion, the prisoners of the Great War have gone largely unchronicled.
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Sunday 05 August 2012
Ah, summer days. And what could be more refreshing than an unadulterated glass of pure water. Eau de Sidcup, anyone? Thought not. So imagine the British public's surprise when a money-making scheme once dreamt up by Del Boy became reality. It was 2004 and Coca-Cola felt it was time to, um, tap into the bottled-water market. Sadly, it soon came to light that the other "real thing" contained nothing more than filtered tap water from a factory in Sidcup. Dasani was laughed out of UK shops, but the trend for paying for something that we can all get for free shows no signs of abating.
Sunday 29 July 2012
Simon King, 45
Friday 27 July 2012
Bullish comments from "Super Mario" may have seen the Footsie gush higher yesterday, but not everyone managed to stay afloat. Pennon was one of the nine blue-chip stocks to finish in the red after a bucket of cold water was poured over the utility's takeover hopes.
Thursday 26 July 2012
London on full schmooze alert as foreign investors arrive and face the Big Pitch
Thursday 12 July 2012
Much of the UK is likely to see a mostly dry St Swithin's Day - but that does not mean the weather is set fair for the coming weeks, forecasters warn.
Tuesday 10 July 2012
Notebook: The idea that we might be alone in the universe with just seven billion other people for company is clearly too horrifying
Monday 09 July 2012
Ofcom is investigating Channel 5's Big Brother after viewers complained over three separate incidents.
Monday 09 July 2012
The final four water companies with hosepipe bans have announced they are lifting them with immediate effect.
Thursday 05 July 2012
The Government must set clear targets for increasing the number of homes with water meters as part of efforts to better manage England's water supplies, MPs urged today.
Friday 29 June 2012
This April to June has been the wettest on record across England and Wales, the Environment Agency said today.
Friday 29 June 2012
Controversial “fracking” for shale gas could go ahead in the UK if it is well regulated, as the risks of water contamination and damaging earthquakes are very low, experts said today.
Friday 22 June 2012
Households struggling to pay their water bills are to receive help through new social tariffs, according to the Government.
Thursday 21 June 2012
Are punters prepared to risk their hard-earned cash on Ithaca Energy again? There were plenty of burnt fingers in the Square Mile last month after the North Sea explorer called an end to bid talks with a number of suitors having failed to agree a deal, but yesterday takeover hopes were being stoked up once more.
Wednesday 20 June 2012
The rain-soaked hills of Scotland could one day supply water to households in South-east England after the Government confirmed it would discuss an offer from the Scottish Government to redirect excess rainwater to the drought-prone English.
Friday 15 June 2012
There is no word in the English language with the emotional impact of "plague". It conveys death on a biblical scale, populations in flight and a world frozen in fear. Yet Yersinia pestis, its cause, is a modest bacterium. It may once have ravaged Europe but today it does not figure among the true global killers.
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