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December 2018: A West Country Christmas – Dorset in December

Thomas Hardy’s celebration of Christmas in Dorset in his early novel Under the Greenwood Tree is perhaps second only to A Christmas Carol (a version ...More
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Howard Webb

Hero status is normally accorded to those playing the game, not the ref. But Howard Webb’s contribution to football – and by extension that of his fellow officials - was recognized in the New Year’s Honours with a well-deserved MBE, though sainthood for navigating the continual cheating and bleating on the pitch would have been equally appropriate. His fairness in the World Cup Final was underlined by subsequent complaints from both teams; a lesser man in charge and the match might have ended early via the seven player rule. Without the referee the organised game we love would be impossible, so we salute Mr Webb for performing an increasingly difficult but indispensible role heroically without the superpowers enjoyed by managers able to see (opposition) off-sides from 60m away diagonally.

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What passions cannot music raise or quell? - John Dryden
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Henry VI Crowned as Henri II in Paris - 1431, Oliver Cromwell becomes 'lord protector' - 1653, The 'Bill of Rights' established - 1689, Boston tea party - 1773, Battle of the Bulge Begins - 1944
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