Virgilio has the best chance of winning the 2018 Grand National. At least that's if history is anything to go by. On Saturday, April 14, both racing aficionados and fair weather punters are likely to have a flutter on the world's most famous steeplechase at Liverpool's Aintree course. But with as many as 40 runners to choose from, picking a winner isn't easy. That's where we come in... A little bit of research can go a long way when you're deciding where to stake your hard-earned cash. Take a look through the history books, going all the way back to the first Grand National in 1839, and you'll find that, statistically, the winning horse is likely tick certain boxes. We've teamed up with our friends at betting aggregator GrandNational.org.uk , who have discovered that the triumphant runner is most likely to... Be nine-years-old Have a handicap of 10st 7lbs Have a starting price of 19/1 Be ridden by a jockey called John or Tommy Be trained by a man called Tom Have an owner called John … [Read more...] about The horse most likely to win the Grand National is 100/1 outsider, says history
A Virginia judge handed down an unusual sentence last year after five teenagers defaced a historic black schoolhouse with swastikas and the words “white power” and “black power”. Instead of spending time in community service, judge Avelina Jacob decided, the youths should read a book. But not just any book. They had to choose from a list of ones covering some of history’s most divisive and tragic periods. Read more What books did Oscar Wilde read in prison? Our teenagers have the lowest literacy rates in the OECD Obama is building a library and grappling again with Chicago politics 10 of the world's most beautiful libraries open to the public 'No libraries or streetlights left by 2020 if austerity doesn't stop' The horrors of the Holocaust awaited them in Night by Elie Wiesel. The racism of the Jim Crow South was there in Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The brutal hysteria of persecution could be explored in The Crucible by … [Read more...] about Teenagers who vandalised historic black schoolhouse with swastikas sentenced to read history books on divisive issues
Gold Coast, Australia, April 6, 2018 (AFP) - - South Africa's Chad le Clos moved a step closer to becoming the most successful athlete in Commonwealth Games history by sweeping to gold in the men's 50m butterfly on Friday. England's Olympic champion Adam Peaty limbered up for the defence of his Commonwealth 100m breaststroke crown by setting a Games record of 58.59 in the semi-finals, despite rain at Gold Coast's outdoor venue. Four-time world champion le Clos took full advantage of title-holder Ben Proud's absence to win in 23.37 seconds. He is now just five medals behind shooters Mick Gault and Philip Adams, who lead the all-time Commonwealth Games tally with 18. Le Clos finished a distant second behind world champion Proud in Thursday's heats but the Englishman was disqualified for a false start, gifting the South African an opportunity he gleefully seized. Dylan Carter took silver for Trinidad and Tobago, three-tenths back, with fellow South African Ryan Coetzee claiming bronze in … [Read more...] about History-chaser le Clos powers to butterfly gold
EXCITEMENT always mounts for the Euromillions jackpot, which was set at a massive £154 million a few months back - the second biggest prize in the competition's history. For those wanting to buy a ticket, here's all you need to know about how much they cost and just what the biggest jackpot ever is. How much is a Euromillions ticket? Currently, Euromillions tickets are priced at £2.50 and include the UK Millionaire Maker, which claims to create four new UK millionaires every week. Many will consider this a bargain considering the prizes up for grabs - there are multiple Euromillions events designed for the UK only each year, which can result in multiple £1 million winners, with some also winning a luxury lifestyle experience such as a 5 star stay in a top location. To play Euromillions, you just have to select 5 numbers from 1-50 and two Lucky Star numbers from 1-12. Or you can pick Lucky Dip for a random selection. What is the biggest jackpot in the history of … [Read more...] about How much does a Euromillions ticket cost, what is the biggest jackpot in its history and what are the most commonly drawn numbers?
PUBLISHED: 11:22 06 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:23 06 April 2018 A previous heritage walk through Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass Archant A season of guided heritage walks is getting underway in Great Yarmouth with two special walks on Sunday and on next Tuesday. Every year, Great Yarmouth Borough Council runs a programme of walks to historic buildings and other places of interest, led by volunteer heritage guides. Caister-on-Sea, 2000 Years of History, is new for 2018 and is a chance to discover how Caister became a heroic lifeboat community from Roman beginnings. The walk is on Sunday at 11am, starting at Holy Trinity Church and progressing through the village to Caister Lifeboat Station. Tickets £6.50 for adults and £4.50 for children. The Pirates, Witches & Thieves of Olde Yarmouth, is on Tuesday at 7pm. It is a “costumed walk” in which some of the infamous characters of Yarmouth’s history will tell its darker stories. Tickets £7.50 for … [Read more...] about Fancy learning about Caister’s lifesaving history and Great Yarmouth’s ghoulish past?