The Romans had the right idea. Why take the long and winding road when one straight as an arrow will have you there in half the time? When it comes to road trips, the beeliners might not offer the same exhilaration as an ever-changing mountain pass, but they do offer an opportunity to relax and put your feet up (metaphorically, not literally. We don't condone dangerous driving). While the Romans all-but invented the straight road, few of the world’s longest are in and around their old territory. Here we round up the stretches of tarmac that barely require a touch of the steering wheel. The longest straight road in Britain That would be the A15 between Scampton and the M180, lasting for about 18 miles with barely a wobble through the Lincolnshire countryside. Exotic. The longest straight road in Europe The Corso Francia pierces Turin like a lance, jutting out to the west of the Italian city, but is only 7.3 miles. The road was built at the nod of Vittorio Amedeo II of Savoy in … [Read more...] about The direct route: where is the world’s longest straight road?
Long and winding road
This week is all about celebrating and empowering women. Woman’s Action Network Dorset (WAND) is bringing its their fourth Dorset Women’s Week following on from the success of the last three years. This year it runs until Saturday, March 10 and there will be a host of events and activities being held throughout the week either specifically for women or to celebrate women. The week culminates in its thirteenth Dorset Women’s Day on which is being held from 10am until 3.30pm at the Dorford Centre in Dorchester. Dorset Women’s Week and Dorset Women’s Day celebrate International Woman’s Day, held on Thursday, March 8. The theme for this year is again is Empowering Women, but this year it is extra special as WAND celebrates 100 years of women’s suffrage. WAND has two patrons, Harriet Walter, actor and writer and Tracey West, author, broadcaster and poet. Tracey said: "'Suffrage’ is the right to vote in public affairs and … [Read more...] about This week is all about celebrating and empowering women
With a wry laugh, former Mansun frontman Paul Draper reveals it was a mere quirk of fate that saved his long-awaited solo album from complete oblivion. According to the Liverpool-born singer, the demos earmarked for Spooky Action had frustratingly gathered dust within the depths of his West London studios, seemingly destined for classic ‘lost album’ status. But after finally summoning the courage to revisit these half-realised songs following a successful spell as a producer, it emerged his sound engineer Ben had accidentally taken the album’s fledgling recordings home thinking they were blank DVDs ripe for recording over. “It’s just lucky we had those demos on DVD-R’s that were not a rewritable format, otherwise they would have ended up as Ben’s recording of Arsenal on Match of the Day. If anyone wants to ask him any more about that, he’s now in my band as our guitarist,” says Paul on the curious course of events. While … [Read more...] about ADVER CHAT: Paul Draper on his new album and tour
It isn’t too often that the long and winding road north to Dingwall can be navigated smoothly, but it was one-way traffic in the main for Rangers as they cruised their way to three points in the Highlands to reclaim second spot in the Premiership. The wheels threatened to come off a little as Ross County made a better fist of the second half, but a Daniel Candeias goal midway through a first half that Rangers entirely dominated, and a late Jason Cummings goal, his first for the club, rounded off a satisfying day’s work for Graeme Murty and his men. The visitors were better than the hosts by the length of the A9 in that opening period, but that slight bump in the road late on came as David Ngog converted a penalty in the last minute of normal time after Russell Martin was judged to have handled in the area. It would have been unfair on Rangers though had they travelled back to Glasgow with anything but a full complement of points. Of course, no one at Ibrox should be … [Read more...] about Ross County 1 Rangers 2: Rangers navigate late bump in road to claim deserved win
0 Have your say A Highland double sounds like a stiff drink. For on-loan Rangers midfielder Sean Goss, the trip to Dingwall today and the follow-up of Wednesday’s Scottish Cup tie in Fraserburgh won’t serve up small-scale, remote environments that will test his constitution or commitment after revelling in the intoxicating, grandiose atmosphere he experienced when making his Ibrox debut in the midweek victory over Aberdeen. That encounter was the 22-year-old’s first senior start of the season following a difficult year at Queens Park Rangers when he only made three appearances. He moved to London from Manchester United reserves in January 2016, but after being on the books of Exeter City as a youth he feels he can cope with any game, any long journey.“I’ve played in all the tiny stadiums when I was at Exeter,” said Goss, who will be further north than he has ever been when facing up to Ross County this afternoon, and a smidgen even further … [Read more...] about Sean Goss’ long and winding road to Rangers via Manchester United