Mark Mason 13 July 2019 9:00 AM 13 July 2019 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp The first one was too straight. In the absence of a speed limit, early motorists on the M1 used the long sections without bends as racetracks. The record was set in April 1964 by two drivers testing their AC Cobra for Le Mans: they reached 185 mph. The following year new express trains appeared on the track next to the motorway, and some drivers tried to keep up with them. So the 70 mph limit was introduced. Subsequent motorways were built with curves even where they didn’t need them, purely to discourage speeding. As if driving itself wasn’t risky enough, some users of the new M1 stopped for picnics on the hard shoulder, with one family even doing so on the central reservation. And when crashes happened, AA men would alert other motorists by tipping petrol on to rags, lighting them and throwing them into the road. ‘When the rags had been … [Read more...] about The motorway that contains 2.5 million Mills & Boon novels
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Clodagh McKenna on new Channel 4 show Beat the Chef BelfastTelegraph.co.uk It's late afternoon in beautifully bucolic Hampshire, and from her office in the grounds of Highclere Castle - where they film Downton Abbey - Clodagh McKenna has just spent an industrious few hours tending to her culinary empire. She's had meetings about her new Channel 4 show, Beat the Chef, which will see her pit her skills against members of the public, written up her Evening Standard column, and now she settles in for our interview. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/food-drink/clodagh-mckenna-on-new-channel-4-show-beat-the-chef-38199875.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article38220357.ece/90372/AUTOCROP/h342/bt_2105KS19_458.jpg Email It's late afternoon in beautifully bucolic Hampshire, and from her office in the grounds of Highclere Castle - where they film Downton Abbey - Clodagh McKenna has just spent an industrious few hours tending to her culinary empire. She's had meetings … [Read more...] about Clodagh McKenna on new Channel 4 show Beat the Chef
Shaun McKinnon Arizona Republic Published 10:32 PM EDT May 24, 2019 GRASS VALLEY, Calif. Lou Conter is telling the story of the night his patrol bomber was shot down seven miles off the coast of New Guinea, dumping the seaplane's 10-man crew into the Pacific Ocean. The crew was not alone in the water. "We had 10 or 12 sharks around us all the time," Conter says. "I told the men, 'If a shark comes close, hit it in the nose with your fist as hard as you can.'" The men stayed afloat until another plane saw the burning wreckage and tossed out a life raft. The exhausted crew dragged ashore an hour later and hid in the jungle, fearful they would be captured by Japanese soldiers. The next night, an American PT boat retrieved all 10 men. As Conter told it, the story wasn't about punching sharks, or skulking in the jungle or chasing shadows to the waiting rescue boat. Conter was talking about survival, about coming back alive. His time in the war started that way. He was 20 when he … [Read more...] about USS Arizona: The men who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor
Your day off has finally come around and you couldn't be happier. But what to do? If you don't want to waste the day lying in bed or slouched in front of the television, why not get out and about to see what Surrey has to offer? Whether you fancy a day by yourself to recharge your batteries or an afternoon socialising with friends, there are plenty of options to suit your mood. From relaxing spa days and indulgent afternoon teas, to countryside walks and sightseeing hot spots, Surrey Live has come up with a few suggestions. Read More Brilliant and beautiful Surrey 1. The Savill Garden, Englefield Green This natural haven of beautifully designed gardens and woodland can be enjoyed by everyone, from dedicated horticulturists to those who just want to spend a relaxing day out with family or friends. It is located next to Virginia Water lake and there is a car park on site. Tickets: Free entry, just turn up. Address: Wick Lane, TW20 0UJ 2. Clandon Park, Guildford Follow the progress to … [Read more...] about 70 wonderful ways to spend a day off in Surrey
PUBLISHED: 18:01 06 April 2019 | UPDATED: 18:01 06 April 2019 Judy Rimmer Rob Lowe and Andrew McCarthy in Class (1983). Photo: Orion Pictures/IMDB Orion Pictures/IMDB The Brat Pack was born 35 years ago, with the release of Sixteen Candles. Were you a fan? Here’s a look at their impact and where they are now. Sixteen Candles (1984). Photo: Universal Pictures/IMDBAlthough the Brat Pack burst on to our screens in 1984 with John Hughes’s Sixteen Candles, the term was coined the following year, by a journalist on New York magazine. It might have had a sneering note at the start, but it quickly caught on, and will forever be associated with the stars of the 1980s movies which defined teenage angst, such as The Breakfast Club and St Elmo’s Fire. Over the years, many different actors have been associated with the Brat Pack, including superstar Tom Cruise, as well as other names like Phoebe Cates, Matthew Broderick and Kevin Bacon. But these … [Read more...] about Were you a fan of the Brat Pack in the 1980s?