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February 2019: Islay

The Queen of the Hebrides takes some getting to but the effort is repaid a hundred-fold, and if you are hitting the island in the ...More
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Henry Cooper

With Henry Cooper’s death a chapter of British sporting history has ended. Fighting in an age when there was one world heavyweight champion rather than enough to form a jury, and with great (and far bigger) boxers like Ali about, he never won the world title his awesome left merited. Our ’Enry was more than a fighter: after his ring career finished he showed great humour as a captain on Question of Sport; his sharp analysis of other pugilists was always fair; and he was loved enough to win Sports Personality of the Year twice. A knighthood in 2000 capped a full and eventful life in which, however, that one milestone moment stood out: knocking down Cassius Clay. A memorable hero.

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He is the best physician who is the most ingenious inspirer of hope. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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Liberation of Orkneys & Shetlands - 1472
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