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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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Gary Speed

Wales Manager and football legend Gary Speed took his own life early on Sunday. The shock throughout the football world – players, managers, and fans alike – has been almost palpable. Whatever internal or external demons drove him to that tragic end, in the fullness of time it will be as a very fine player and a gentleman of the game that he will be remembered. Yesterday on the BBC fans rang in with stories of his courtesy and total lack of arrogance; those inside the sport talked of his dedication and the professionalism that allowed him to play until nearly 40; of how he never forgot a journalist’s name or that of a fan met just once before; of his ability to inspire. Football could ill afford to lose such a figure.

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You will find in politics that you are much exposed to the attribution of false motive. Never complain and never explain - Stanley Baldwin
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Battle of Bramham Moor - 1408, Treaty of Westminster signed - 1674, First Man Utd Match at Old Trafford - 1910, 1st episode of Eastenders - 1985, Cocker's Contempt for Jackson at Brits - 1996
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