Kent By William McLennan BBC News 12 January 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-46823699 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Three days before Jack Shepherd was due to stand trial for manslaughter by gross negligence, police … [Read more...] about Can a fugitive remain on the run forever?
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The Hill family of Strood has fished the River Medway for centuries, earning a living catching shrimps, Dover soles, smelts and dredging for oysters. As pollution and other changes reduced catches to a level at which no family could survive, the ancient industry came to an end. Today freemen of the River Medway still trawl the River, but these days it’s a hobby rather than a commercial activity. Last of the Hill family to make a living at it was Harry Hill, who packed up in 1938. In recent editions we have been telling the story through the words of his youngest daughter Phyllis Nicholson, who was 86 when she wrote her reminiscences. She has now died. She tells of the impact of the Second World War on her early married life, with a husband also called Harry. I was able to rent a house a few streets away from where I was living at 94 Grove Road, so that Harry and I started married life on our own. When he went back off leave (he served in the RAF) and I was left on my own - Dad … [Read more...] about The last of the family to catch shrimps on the river
Adrian Dunbar hopes his new TV thriller set in small-town Ireland will become an international hit, writes Ed PowerIN A FORMER medical centre 20 miles from Dublin and overlooking a postcard pretty stretch of the Royal Canal, Adrian Dunbar sits at a desk, outlining the gristly particulars of a recent suicide.Opposite a hunched young man inquires as to the details of the death. The body had bruises — suggesting, to the questioner, that this was more than an open-and-shut case.No, says Dunbar’s character smoothly. Sometimes people claw at themselves as they die. He declines to hand over the case file. As the local doctor such a refusal is entirely his prerogative. The information, he explains haughtily, stays with him.Thus begins a pivotal scene in Blood, the new psychological thriller from Virgin Media (previously TV3). It’s a claustrophobic murder- mystery in the tradition of Broadchurch and Scandi dramas such as The Killing, set in a fictional small town in the … [Read more...] about There will be Blood: New thriller hopes to put small-town Ireland on the international stage
In the weeks that followed, Salmond defended the 79 Group in the pages of the newspapers. But when it emerged that the group’s executive, which included Salmond, MacAskill and Maxwell, was planning to establish a Scottish Socialist Society outside of the SNP, the party moved to expel them along with five others. Roseanna Cunningham only avoided expulsion by declaring she was not a member of the interim committee of the Scottish Socialist Society, while Margo MacDonald pre-empted action against her by resigning from the party – admittedly, before she was pushed. The historian, academic and longstanding party member Owen Dudley Edwards wrote of the expulsions that the SNP had just “committed intellectual suicide”. And while young Blackford, who was a member of the 79 Group but not on the executive committee, escaped being kicked out, he resigned anyway and flounced off to join the Labour Party. It was a short-lived experiment. And one which, he tells me, he almost … [Read more...] about Exclusive interview: Ian Blackford on the journey from young rebel to SNP Westminster leader
My leaflets spoke to the romantic and the civil servant in me Howard Jacobson I was too half-hearted a child ever to be a real collector. I’d trade a cigarette packet for an autograph and the autograph for a stamp and the stamp for a marble and then lose the marble. Only when it got competitive, as when I tried to build up a bigger list of books than my friend Gabriel – titles of books we’d read, then titles of books we owned, then titles of books we’d seen in bookshop windows, and finally, bizarrely, titles of books we’d simply heard of – did I feel anything of what I supposed a collector was meant to feel. But then an auntie took me on a coach trip to Furness Abbey, followed by a train trip to Knaresborough Castle, and there at last, among the mossy stones and echoes of sieges and devotion, I discovered the true avidity to acquire. Not the ruins themselves, obviously – though I wouldn’t have minded having what … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightA few of my favourite things: David Shrigley, Suzanne Moore and more on their extensive, eclectic collections