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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Thursday 14 June 2012
Britain's rain misery is set to return today with downpours and strong winds lashing the country at the end of the week.
Wednesday 13 June 2012
Three of the UK's biggest water companies are lifting hosepipe bans, imposed to deal with drought, following weeks of heavy rain.
Continued Central line disruption fuels Olympic fears as commuters face severe delays on journey home
Thursday 07 June 2012
Continued disruption to Tube services today, that will see commuters face massive delays on their journey home, has fuelled fears that the 150-year-old system is unequal to the extra demand expected during the Olympics.
Thursday 07 June 2012
The UK's biggest water company has said it could lift its hosepipe ban sooner than expected after wet weather reduced the risk of drought.
Monday 28 May 2012
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Sunday 27 May 2012
I didn't watch The Eurovision Song Contest. Actually, I'm not sure I've ever seen it, but I'm certain that it's not for me. For once, I agree with the government of Iran when it berated its little neighbour, Azerbaijan, for hosting this most peculiar of musical institutions. I did catch an airing of the Engelbert Humperdinck video, and that was enough to put me right off my breakfast. If the Iranians hear it, then I'm pretty sure they will invade immediately. In the subsequent interview, The Hump was being harassed by the loathsome Jedward, but he put up with them in a remarkably patient manner. As if the lobotomy twins weren't enough, The Hump was then asked to comment on the human rights situation in Azerbaijan. He played the "I'm only a lowly singer" card: he had been asked to come and sing a song and that's what he was going to do. The interviewer didn't even bother to question Jedward on their political views. As terrible as the regime's behaviour might be, I for one would turn a blind eye if Jedward were to be detained without trial for a prolonged period of time after their performance was over.
Friday 25 May 2012
Wednesday 23 May 2012
Robot "fish" developed to improve pollution monitoring took to the water yesterday at the start of sea trials.
Tuesday 15 May 2012
Water providers came under increased pressure from the industry watchdog today to ensure drought-stricken areas are helped by regions with more plentiful supplies.
Friday 11 May 2012
The hosepipe bans have not been lifted just yet, but river levels are returning to normal
Tuesday 01 May 2012
A hosepipe ban for 20 million people in south and east England in the face of widespread drought has been followed by the wettest April on record.
Friday 27 April 2012
Parts of Britain might be in the middle of a drought, but some areas of England and Wales are braced for the possibility of flash floods this weekend as the deluge continues at the end of a week of heavy rain.
Friday 27 April 2012
Much of England and Wales will experience further downpours today while strong winds of up to 60mph are set to batter parts of the UK over the weekend.
Wednesday 25 April 2012
Controversial "fracking" for shale gas should only take place at least 600 metres down from aquifers used for water supplies, scientists said today.
Friday 20 April 2012
This week's heavy rain has not alleviated the drought gripping swathes of the country, the Environment Agency said today.
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