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Saturday 20.August 1982
Arrived in Guayaquil – rough air trip from Quito; even the air hostesses were screaming – White faced pilot smiles sheepishly at us as he prepares for return flight. – Had a few drinks around the city and back early to hotel - Old BBC film of a Chippnedale, childrens’ cirus on hotel TV.- early to bed.
Ukraine is planning to fire rockets to break up rain clouds if bad weather threatens to upset football matches during next month's Euro 2012 tournament, a government official said.
"Our [missile] batteries are being prepared for dispersing rain clouds," said the official, who declined to be identified.
Grey divorce, silver divorce, senior divorce. Whatever the label, the phenomenon of older couples separating is on the rise, and Ireland is no exception.
Recent headlines tell the tale. England football legend Peter Shilton(62) was said to have been heartbroken at the breakup of his 40-year marriage to wife, Sue.
Anne Robinson(67), former presenter of BBC's The Weakest Link, divorced her husband John after 27 years of marriage, stating they "simply grew apart".
MPs back Welsh Cavalry campaign
MPs and AMs yesterday saddled up to show their backing for the campaign to save the Welsh Cavalry.
The Daily Post has reported the growing concern over the future of the Queen's Dragoon Guards (QDG) – with a looming review of the British Army that could see cuts of 20,000 troops.
Welsh Cavalry veterans and Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith have launched the campaign to fight for the famous old regiment – one of only three remaining with cap badges in Wales.
Last week, I had a few rare days off work in the middle of the week so I decided to get out of the city and head down the central Chilean coastline. The trip wasn’t all fun and games though, I had to stop by a couple of government offices and meet with a few local business people and property owners that I’d been meaning to see for several weeks. In the end, the days were quite productive and I managed to catch quite a few ten foot waves while I was at it.
The Tiny Town of Puertecillo
On a remote island in Vanuatu, Tessa Chrisp is won over by the locals' modest way of life and extraordinary warmth and humour.
This leg of my journey involves a turbulent ride over rugged roads, if you can call them roads, sitting on a wood plank wedged between passenger bags and a spare tyre that keeps subtly sliding my way. It's 4.30am and so dark that I can't quite see the faces of the eight or so other passengers also riding on the back of the Toyota ute.
The war poet, Wilfred Owen, died fighting alongside soldiers from the Manchester Regiment in November 1918 – just days before the Armistice.When not engaged in this last pointless battle at Ors, near Cambrai, Owen was squeezed, several men deep, in the basement of a forester’s house.This small cellar which would have ‘housed’ some 30 soldiers, was where he wrote his last letter to his mother, highlighting the camaraderie of the ‘brothers in arms’: “Of this I am certain, you could not be visited by a band of friends half so fine as surround me here,&
if your choice is to live you should do something more than to survive.... to live you have to do whatever that makes you happy, even if you could die by doing it. Just watch some of the worlds best Free Solo Climbers doing their thing.
Amazing footage of Volvo Ocean Race competitor Team Telefónica being slammed by two monster waves as they blast through the Southern Ocean in over 40 knots of wind on Leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajaí in Brazil . The crew experience life at the extreme as they hang on to whatever they can grab a hold of in a near capsize.