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May 2018: The Somerset Levels

The Somerset Levels are one of Britain’s less well-known jewels. Delineated by the Mendips to the north, Bridgwater Bay to the west, and the Quantocks ...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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Battle of St Albans - Wars of the Roses starts - 1455, James I’s Bargain Baronets - 1611, Littleport’s Bread or Blood Riot Begins - 1816, Britains worst Rail Disaster - 1915, Burgess and Maclean Defect - 1951, Abbeystead Disaster - 1984, Murder of Lee Rigby - 2013
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