Mohamed Morsi, who is reported to have died aged 67, became Egypt’s first civilian head of state in June 2012 and the first Islamist to lead the Arab world’s most populous nation; but elation soon turned to anger when he assumed powers as great as those exercised by the ousted president Hosni Mubarak, and he lasted only one year in power before being ousted by the military the following July. Morsi was sworn in in July 2012 after winning – by a small margin – a free election that gave Egyptians their first real choice of a leader, so it was said, in 7,000 years. It was a triumph for the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist movement which had been banned since the overthrow of the monarchy in 1952.... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week … [Read more...] about Mohamed Morsi, ousted president of Egypt – obituary
One of Newmarket's best loved characters, former jockey, Willie Snaith, died early this morning at West Suffolk Hospital. He was 91. The Pocket Hercules as he was dubbed during his racing days had been ill for some time.His son, John, said: "Dad loved every minute of his life and he loved people, whether you had £10 million in your pocket or a pound to dad you were all the same. His friendship was unconditional."Born in Gateshead Willie served his time as an apprentice jockey in Newmarket with Sam Armstrong.He married Silvia, the daughter of trainer R A Jones and the couple spent more than 60 years together. Silvia died nine years ago.Such was his enduring popularity in Newmarket Willie had a road named after him and in 2015 was called upon to open the town's new branch of Tesco, a task he performed with his usual relish.He leaves two sons John and Derek and a daughter Helen.A full obituary and tribute will appear in the Journal on Thursday. … [Read more...] about Former jockey Willie Snaith dies aged 91
John Whitworth, who has died aged 73, wrote poetry that was both popular and proficient. The late Les Murray described him as a “master of metrical whigmaleerie” and his poems as “as smart and full of fun as a pair of glazed tap shoes”. The poetry he left us in 11 collections is vigorous, accessible, and often characterised by a delightful silliness. But a darker and more serious vein often runs beneath the apparently light-hearted surface tone as he explored more disturbing territory. The power of ritual incantation shines through one of his most popular poems, “The Examiners”, which begins: Where the house is cold and empty and the garden’s overgrown, To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for free … [Read more...] about John Whitworth, lively and accessible poet – obituary
PUBLISHED: 14:00 20 May 2019 | UPDATED: 14:26 20 May 2019 Rowan Mantell John Wilson and Jason Coe Coe family Ahead of the cathedral memorial service for John Wilson, Jason Coe remembers the day he went fishing with the Norfolk television star. Jason Coe's 21st birthday present - a day fishing with John WilsonA memorial service for John Wilson, once voted "the greatest angler of all time," is being held at Norwich Cathedral on May 24. The fisherman, famous for the television series he presented, died aged 75, in November, and is mourned not only by friends and family, but also by many who loved his programmes and read his books. Jason Coe met John just once, 20 years ago, but has vivid memories of a perfect day fishing at John's Great Witchingham home. Jason's parents, Krystyna and Neil Coe had won the fishing day at a Children in Need auction - to give to Jason as a 21st birthday present. "I can still remember the excitement now," said Jason. "At the time … [Read more...] about What are your memories of angler John Wilson?
PUBLISHED: 20:29 15 May 2019 | UPDATED: 17:32 16 May 2019 Steve Russell George in Scotland in 2010 for a niece's wedding Picture: COURTESY FRANCES JOBSON Archant He was involved with Norwich Shopmobility and the Boudicca Way trail, and checking that shops and restaurants had decent access George rowing at Flatford when he was 10 or 11 Picture: COURTESY FRANCES JOBSONMost of us still reach for easy stereotypes, don't we? We see someone in a wheelchair and think disability defines them. We rarely talk to them and discover, perhaps, they once had a different kind of life. It probably doesn't even cross our minds that being "disabled" isn't the end of the road.Which is why we all ought to know about George Saunders.Before the very rare condition Guillain-Barré Syndrome put him in a wheelchair, George had graduated in maths and physics; worked in Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan; and narrowly escaped a bomb explosion at the railway station in Rangoon … [Read more...] about Did you know Norwich disability campaigner George Saunders?