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November 2018: The National Forest

It may be stating the obvious, but the best reason for visiting the National Forest in October is what New Englanders call leaf-peeping. Stuck in ...More
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Darren Clarke

Darren Clarke’s victory in The Open was special in so many ways. He played golf with a smile on his face, able to enjoy a joke with the crowds and a chat with Dustin Johnson who seemed genuinely pleased to see the Irishman win. With a cig on half the time, and dressed in what looked strangely like sweat pants, Clarke seemed like an ordinary bloke doing something truly extraordinary, showing heroic nerve when more lauded rivals buckled. And his victor’s speech was the finest in living memory, sincere, remembering all those who had contributed to the event, gracefully bringing both the wife he lost five years ago and his newfound love into his thoughts - and looking forward to a wee drink.

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