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February 2018: Land of the Prince Bishops

County Durham is not perhaps well-known as a tourist destination, that very fact surely making it worth visiting, but it does enjoy a wealth of ...More
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Beth Tweddle

On the same day that Beth Tweddle won gold for her floor routine in the World Gymnastics Championships in London, adding to the uneven bars gold she took in 2006 in Aarhus, Jenson Button won the F1 World Championship in Rio. He probably earned more for his drive than Beth will make in a lifetime, but money in sport is not everything: with her brilliant floor routine she showed daring, grace, and joy. It was for her the culmination of training and sheer hard work that began 17 years previously in a sport not often in the TV limelight. Her 95lb frame did things the rest of us wouldn’t even dream of attempting, and every inch of her diminutive 5’ 3” stature is heroic.

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I had lunch with a chess champion the other day. I knew he was a chess champion because it took him 20 minutes to pass the salt. - Eric Sykes
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On this day:
Last Invasion of Mainland Britain - 1797, Dolly the Sheep Cloned - 1997, Securitas Depot Robbery - Britains largest - 2006
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