Going bush to escape winter’s cabin fever
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Going bush to escape winter’s cabin fever

MURRAY WILSON/STUFFNestled among the bush, Murray Wilson and his mates made a home for the night to ward off the cold. It comes along every winter, when daylight is in short supply and I become smothered in the season’s claustrophobic embrace. I’m talking about winter’s bedfellow, cabin fever, aptly described as “being stuck in confined quarters for… […]

Love Actually: Where are they now
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Love Actually: Where are they now

Strolling down California streets in bell bottoms, sunglasses and a sloppy t-shirt this week, actor Thomas Brodie-Sangster couldn’t have looked further away from the wholesome, loved-up schoolboy he played in Love Actually.The then cherub-faced 12-year-old won hearts in the 2003 rom com as Sam, Daniel’s (Liam Neeson) stepson, who had fallen completely in love with… […]

Elliott’s Ravenhill can swoop to land Kerry National
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Elliott’s Ravenhill can swoop to land Kerry National

Gordon Elliott. Photo: Sportsfile As lucrative pots go over jumps at this time of the year, they don’t get any bigger than the Guinness Kerry National (4.15) and today’s Listowel Harvest Festival showpiece has attracted a stellar cast led by the enigmatic but brilliant Yorkhill. One of three runners for Willie Mullins alongside Some Neck… […]

Girl, 16, can’t get provisional driving licence because of birth certificate mistake
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Girl, 16, can’t get provisional driving licence because of birth certificate mistake

We will use your email address only for the purpose of sending you newsletters. Please see ourPrivacy Noticefor details of your data protection rightsCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA 16-year-old girl has been unable to get a provisional driving licence because of mistakes on her birth certificate. Rebecca Spillane from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, says she… […]

The Communist Plot to Assassinate George Orwell
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The Communist Plot to Assassinate George Orwell

When George Orwell returned to Barcelona for the third time, on June 20th, 1937, he discovered that the Spanish secret police were after him. He had been forced to return to the front in order to have his discharge papers countersigned and, in his absence, the Communists had initiated a purge of their perceived enemies. Orwell was on the list.… […]

Yorkhill leads Mullins’ hopes in Kerry National
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Yorkhill leads Mullins’ hopes in Kerry National

The enigmatic Yorkhill is one of three runners for Willie Mullins in the Guinness Kerry National at Listowel. The champion trainer claimed back-to-back renewals of the prestigious three-mile handicap with Euro Leader and Bothar Na in 2005 and 2006, but has not managed to add to his tally since in a race that now carries… […]