As Game of Thrones is drawing to a close – the TV show will wrap up with this year's eighth series – fans needing their Westeros fix will soon be crying to the skies, "Just when is The Winds of Winter coming out?!" Unfortunately, notorious lazy-bones George RR Martin has still refused to name a date for when the much delayed sixth novel in the A Song of Ice and Fire series (on which the HBO show is based) will be released. This has left millions of fans gnawing at their mouths in exasperation, while attempting to assemble clues from the scraps Martin has tossed their way in the last few years. Here's everything we know so far about the mystery book... When is The Winds of Winter coming out, and why has it taken so long to get here? George RR Martin has, to be fair, never been the most prolific of authors, with his last novel, 2011's A Dance of Dragons, taking six years to write. But a big part of the frustration over The Winds of Winter has been the … [Read more...] about When will George RR Martin’s book The Winds of Winter arrive, and what will it mean for Game of Thrones?
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The Brexit negotiations will be all but done in Brussels by Sunday lunchtime, according to a schedule published by the European council. The extraordinary Brexit summit called by Donald Tusk has allotted Theresa May an hour in mid-morning to chat with the 27 EU heads of state and government, before it is all wrapped up with a photo opportunity at midday. The withdrawal agreement – covering citizens rights, the £39bnn divorce bill and the backstop solution to the Irish border problem – has been nailed down after all. And no one in Brussels has any inclination to reopen the text. However, given the past record of these negotiations, few in Brussels would rule out a dramatic twist. Negotiations are continuing on the politically – but not legally – binding political declaration on the future relationship that will accompany what will become a withdrawal treaty. May is seeing Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels for tea on Wednesday afternoon to look over that … [Read more...] about Brussels Brexit talks: what are the sticking points between UK and EU?
PUBLISHED: 16:41 07 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:47 07 July 2018 Karen Bethell Dancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street Photo: KAREN BETHELL Archant The streets of Sheringham were filled with the sound of tapping clogs and clashing sticks, as nearly 50 morris sides from all over the country danced their way into the record books at Sheringham’s 25th annual Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Dancers make their way down Church Street to the Guinness World Record arena in High Street Photo: KAREN BETHELL More than 200 took part in a mass dance in a fenced-off area of the town centre, smashing the previous, 144-person Guinness World Record set in Preston, Lancashire, in 2015 for the largest number of morris dancers performing the same dance, at the same time. The feat saw a team of adjudicators, stewards and counters make sure the attempt met Guinness standards, with a local photographer also making a video which will be sent off … [Read more...] about More than 200 dance their way into the record books at annual morris and folk festival
Belgium's golden generation produced unquestionably its finest display with a magnificent first-half performance as they dumped Brazil out of the World Cup. The Red Devils hadn't lost in 23 matches, since falling to a friendly defeat to Spain in September 2016, but were far from convincing in their last 16 win over Japan, when they fell 2-0 down before coming back to win. In contrast, the five-time world champions had sauntered into the quarter-finals with four wins from four and having barely moved much past third gear. But the tournament favourites had no answer to a superb opening 45 minutes from Roberto Martinez's side and were unable to recover, falling to a 2-1 defeat. Brazil had the first opportunity of the game and should have taken the lead through veteran centre-half Thiago Silva. Neymar's in-swinging corner evaded heads at the near post and took the Paris Saint-Germain defender by surprise as it bounced up off his knee, allowing a grateful Thibaut Courtois to make the save. … [Read more...] about 6 talking points as World Cup favourites Brazil dumped out by Belgium
ENGLAND'S Wags failed to inspire the Three Lions to victory as they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Belgium. Rebekah Vardy and Co were out in force as Gareth Southgate's side secured a last 16 showdown with Colombia. The players' wives and girlfriends will be sticking about for the next match in Russia, which will take place on Tuesday evening. Charlotte Trippier was cheering on the Three Lions alongside Jordan Pickford's partner Megan Davison and Kyle Walker's girlfriend Annie Kilner. Ashley Young's childhood sweetheart Nicky Pike held her baby as she cheered on her man at the Kaliningrad Stadium. Vardy's wife even dug out her England kit with the number 11 and a team hat for the match. But Rebekah, who posted an image of the England footie wives and girlfriends going for dinner, has said she's not a fan of the 'Wag' label. She said: "We're not defined by what our husbands do. We're individuals." Rebekah is in Russia with her two children shared with Jamie, and two from a previous … [Read more...] about World Cup 2018: England Wags fail to inspire Three Lions to victory as Belgium defeat books tie with Colombia