Two hundred years ago, a Cork City sugar merchant attempted to take hordes of poor Irish families to a fresh life in a land of plenty, in South Africa. But things didn’t quite work out as planned, explains
Were Queen Elizabeth II to break her Scottish holiday and call a press conference on a Balmoral patio, corgis quartering the ground at her feet, to encourage Britain’s politicians to pause and very carefully consider the consequences of a no-deal Brexit, she would be dismissed as a project-fear agent, an EU collaborator and, worst of all, Remoaner.
The Transport Minister says it is vital that lessons are learned from the deaths of five people during separate coast guard missions as a new oversight plan for search and rescue (SAR) operations in Ireland was published.
My ducks, as Nicky English might have said, are drowning. The first three days have gone depressingly badly. I’ve had one or two placed horses here and there but not a single winner, not even anything that ran sufficiently well to lose by a nose or a short head. I cannot hit the woodwork, never mind put the ball over the bar.
It’s hard to recall a more open Cheltenham Gold Cup than the one that will unfold before our eyes at 3.30pm this afternoon. Of the 16 set to go to post in the Magners-sponsored Cheltenham Festival highlight, only four can be dismissed with real confidence – it really is that open.
There may now be more funerals than birthdays but at 85, Michael Caine is enjoying every moment, as Hannah Stephenson discovers Welcoming me into his penthouse flat overlooking London’s Chelsea Harbour, Michael Caine is clearly relishing life in his 80s.