West Indies v England, second Test: live scoreboard ENG 187; WI 272/6 Day two of the second Test rolled back the years to when the Caribbean Sea was the Spanish Main. Joe Root’s men were pirates - armed with Dukes balls if not cutlasses - striving to board a ship laden with gold bullion, if the Wisden Trophy can be so-called. As in all the most serious fights - and not only this Test but the series was at stake here - it was the veterans who led the way up the rope-ladders and on to the galleon to launch the hand-to-hand fighting. Stuart Broad led, as a cricketer scorned, and was followed not only by Ben Stokes with a dagger between his teeth but Moeen Ali, almost a veteran now, who did his share of parrying, cutting and thrusting. West Indies, however, held the upper hand by the close, standing 85 runs ahead with four wickets left in their first innings. The home side have batted most carefully, far from flamboyantly, thus limiting the damage that could be done by … [Read more...] about England’s buccaneering raiding party repelled by sturdy West Indies resistance
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“WE’LL get a villa”, I babbled excitedly to my husband. “We’ll get a villa for two weeks, we’ll hire a car, we’ll have pool parties, barbecues and long leisurely lunches...” Billie Faiers is a bride gone wild at booze-fuelled pool party on Ibiza hen do And then I stopped. As usual, I hadn’t thought this through at all. We were planning to return to Ibiza after a magical child-free weekend last year for my 40th birthday. But this time there was a catch - we were to take our two and five-year-old daughters and see if we could have as much fun with them as we did without. And what makes a happy family? A lot of the time - it’s a happy mummy. Did mummy really want to be cooking, doing big shops, clearing up the villa, making beds, washing up and driving? And would it actually be really nice if someone else occasionally entertained my children while I helped myself to food and drink someone else had prepared? Absolutely yes. So it … [Read more...] about Discover family fun, activities for the kids, beaches and pools in Ibiza on a fun summer holiday
Child-friendlyMajorca, Spain The largest of Spain's Balearic Islands, with an appealing climate and short flight time, Majorca is an obvious choice for families with younger children. Throw in the soft sandy beaches, particularly Alcudia, Puerto Pollensa and Cala Bona, sheltered coves and limestone mountains, and fine Roman and Moorish remains, and this becomes an all-ages' favourite. Visit the Moorish Almudaina royal palace and 13th Century Santa Maria Cathedral, and the stone-built villages of Pollenca and Fornalutx. Try tumbet, a delicious local dish of fried aubergines, potatoes, red peppers and tomatoes, along with ensaimada, a pastry made with pork lard (sorry vegetarians!). Stay at one of TUI's three Family Life resorts. The four-star Mallorca Mar is right on the seafront, with rooms that include kitchenettes and a balcony or terrace. www.tuiholidays.ie Cantabria, Spain Northern Spain is still relatively low-key as a holiday destination. Which is just the way the Cantabrians … [Read more...] about 50 best holidays for 2019: Get your trips started here!
It was June 1978 when Hilary received her final letter from her brother John. “He used to write to me on his travels,” she tells me, 40 years later. “They were getting the boat ready and he was going on his final trip before coming home.” John Dawson Dewhirst was 26 years old, and had spent the year after graduating from his degree (a bachelor of education with English from Loughborough University, which he’d attended on a scholarship) travelling round southeast Asia. He’d always been adventurous, says Hilary, “and outdoorsy. He loved writing – poetry, fictional stuff – he had a very unusual, quirky style.” He was known by friends to be sensitive, gentle and thoughtful. Much later, family members would find out that he was described by the person who ordered his murder as “a polite young man”. John set out to Japan and worked briefly as a teacher, and then a contract employee – “a headline … [Read more...] about From Newcastle and New Zealand to the Killing Fields of Cambodia
Maureen Kenyon Treasure Coast Newspapers Published 12:07 p.m. UTC Jul 16, 2018 When you think of Florida, what comes to mind? Is it the miles and miles of coastline? University of Florida football? Florida State football? How about rocket launches? Do you think of alligators in the Everglades? Or do you dream about swimming with a sea cow? Luckily, because of the Sunshine State's near-perfect weather, it's easy to plan adventures around all of those things, in winter and summer. (If summer's too hot, don't worry. We've got a few ideas for you.) The following list contains some of the quintessential adventures and places — excluding the house that Mickey built because that's kind of a given — that every Floridian, as well as every winter resident, should experience at least once. It's a Sunshine State bucket list of sorts. It's narrowed to 20 but there are a lot more places to visit and many more ideas out there. Which places or … [Read more...] about Florida bucket list: 20 things you have to do in the Sunshine State