Exploring the landscape, culture and temples of Cambodia was a moving experience for a CancerCare fundraiser. Georgie Whittle, a therapy assessor for CancerCare in Lancaster, completed an eye-opening 80km trek and raised £4,000 to help people affected by cancer in north Lancashire and south Cumbria. Georgie, 60, who lives with her husband Paul in Halton in the Lune Valley, is also a hypnotherapist at CancerCare’s Slynedales centre in Lancaster.She said the gap between the “haves” and “have nots” in Cambodia was shocking at times and made her appreciate how lucky she was in her own life.The experiences Georgie had on the trek from the town of Siem Reap to Angkor Wat temple complex gave her great respect for the people of Cambodia who had relatively little in terms of material things and yet they were happy, smiling and friendly.Georgie also experienced a personal sense of achievement having trained hard for the trek and raising a substantial sum for … [Read more...] about Eye-opening Cambodia trek raises £4,000 for Lancaster charity CancerCare
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It’s a stunning and enormous property portfolio worth billions - and it ranges from lavish palaces to a disused reservoir near St Albans. But just what land does the Queen actually own? The answer is surprising, as it goes well beyond the royal places you would expect, such as Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Sandringham estate. Land owned by the Queen includes everything from a stretch of the M6 motorway in Lancashire and a rugby club in Norfolk to public toilets in central London and a retail park in South Tyneside. And the 92-year-old monarch holds property in several ways. There is private property belonging to the Queen herself and the land she owns in right of her Crown. What she actually owns herself include Sandringham and Balmoral estates. Other Royal Palaces and the Royal Parks are owned by the Crown, as is a large quantity of land known as the Crown Estate. The Crown Estate belongs to the reigning monarch during their reign. However, it is not their private … [Read more...] about Queen’s entire billion-pound property portfolio revealed
PUBLISHED: 12:19 20 January 2019 Steve Russell Great days. The camera, you might say, loved Sidi Picture: SCOTT FAMILY COLLECTION Archant What a night! November, 1954, and dancer Sidonie Darrell is on stage with a galaxy of stars: Bob Hope and Noël Coward, Norman Wisdom, Max Bygraves, Joan Sims, Frankie Howerd and Peter Sellers. Sidi, right, with Norman Wisdom Picture: SCOTT FAMILY COLLECTIONIt’s the Royal Variety Performance, before the Queen and The Duke Of Edinburgh. Sidi isn’t even 21 years old.Household names featured prominently in her career, which ranged from classical ballet and West End musicals to TV work and appearances in Sunday Night at the Palladium, but Sidi was never starry-eyed. These were talented folk, all doing a professional job.Later she adopted and adored Suffolk – enjoying a long association with Southwold Summer Theatre, teaching ballet to probably three generations, serving as ladies’ captain … [Read more...] about Tributes: Did you know Southwold dancer and actress Sidi Scott?
Murders, rapists, paedophiles and international drug smugglers were among the criminals jailed across Merseyside this year. In many cases, their victims showed tremendous courage in facing their tormentors in court or fighting back against the thugs who targeted them. Officers have spent months and in some cases years working tirelessly to bring these callous criminals to justice for their horrific crimes. Below are all the details about 500 of the men and women put behind bars in 2018. January Ryan Lacey Doorman Lacey was caught up in a mass brawl after a contingent of Eintracht Frankfurt fans travelled to Liverpool to “participate in violence”, on November 22, 2017. After trying to defend a colleague, Lacey was filmed “body-slamming” a local man, Damion Tucker, who was mistaken for one of the German group, before stamping on the head of Jan Richter-Gemer. Mr Richter-Gemer, 25, spent weeks in Aintree Hospital where he required intensive treatment for multiple … [Read more...] about 500 people locked up in Merseyside in 2018
Whatever happens in the world, you can guarantee a Wirralian will be involved somewhere along the line. Here are 80 famous faces who have made a name for themselves in their own field, from actors and singers to politicians, sports stars, authors and artists. While James Bond star Daniel Craig and TV’s Paul O’Grady probably come to mind straight away, did you know Eric Idle, Amelia Warner, Paul Heaton and Dominic Purcell all have a link to Wirral? Shirley Ballas has been known in the dance world for years but joining the judging panel in Strictly Come Dancing made her a household name. Admittedly some of our picks have a more tenuous link to the peninsula than others - but we think Wirral has a claim to all of them. It’s not an exhaustive list and it’s in no particular order, but have a read through and see if any surprise you - and let us know if there are any others we should have included. 80. Michael Sheen He's known as one of Wales’ most famous star … [Read more...] about 80 famous people Wirral has given to the world