Talking to council officers and studying the Cycle Enfield plans, it seems many of the claims made in a postcard from the Save Our Green Lanes campaign don’t stack up. It’s not true that “cyclists would have priority over ALL other road users”; that “local people wouldn’t be able to park in Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill to use their local shops, restaurants etc”; or that “businesses wouldn’t be able to receive deliveries”. But even if much of what is written seems misleading, it is accessible and easily digestible – and, going up against a 17-page council consultation document, it seems to be winning local hearts and minds. … [Read more...] about Bike lane blues: why don’t businesses want a £30m cycle-friendly upgrade?
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In Nepal in 2016 we visited a hospital for children with horrific burns, many as a result of falling into open cooking fires in camps for people displaced by a recent, devastating earthquake. I pride myself on being a professional, but I would challenge anyone to witness, as we did, a little girl screaming in pain, swathed in bandages after suffering 80 per cent burns over her little body, and remain unaffected. … [Read more...] about Harry often told me he just wanted to walk away from it all: REBECCA ENGLISH has accompanied the Prince around the world for 15 years. Now she gives an insight into his generosity, warmth… and the day she saw his personality change
“They’re ready to go but we just felt we’d maybe give them another one or two games to get them 100% right. We’ll go from there,” Montemurro said this week. “We are trying to rotate and look at load management, not just for this week but an accumulation going into February and March. The beauty of the squad that we’ve got is that whatever starting XI we put out there, we believe that it’s going to be very competitive and represent the club in the right way.” … [Read more...] about Numbers game: Arsenal hope to see off Chelsea WSL challenge despite smaller squad
Probably not since Nadal did the same to David Ferrer to win the French Open in 2013 has a grand slam final looked so lopsided. Nadal was being marched towards the gallows without even the benefit of a hood. As they embarked on the final stretch, the crowd indulged in the ultimate false empathy: overcheering Nadal’s occasional successes. He still punched the air, muscles rippling, but surely sensed the end was not far away. … [Read more...] about Majestic Novak Djokovic overwhelms Rafael Nadal with ‘mind-blowing tennis’
First set: Djokovic 5-5 Federer* (*denotes server): Federer is serving to stay in the first set and an excellent return from Djokovic catches him flat-footed by the baseline. 0-15. Then, at 15-all, he displays a level of touch at the net not always associated with him, disguising a forehand volley to make it 15-30. He can spy a first-lead lead approaching him in the distance - but he lets Federer off the hook by losing the next two points with sloppy backhands into the net. What a let-off; Federer had no right winning either of those two points, so he then shows his gratitude by thrashing a forehand volley wide to make it deuce. Again, Djokovic is closing in. But Federer slams the door in his face, earning the advantage by pulling a gasping Djokovic all over the baseline, before holding with an unreturned serve. … [Read more...] about Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer to win Wimbledon final – as it happened