Review: New Luton Town FC book has a happy ending!

Luton Town fans may be familiar with three books written by journalist Rob Hadgraft covering the turbulent recent history of the football club he’s supported for 40 years, writes Geoff Cox. Staring Into The Abyss, Through The Trap Door and The Dark Side Of The Moon were all terrific reads as they focused on the dreadful events that have befallen the Hatters.But now he’s finally produced a book with a happy ending!Luton Town: The Non-League Years is a detailed account Read more [...]

Converted dovecote, old sea fort, Victorian engine house … Is a quirky home …

By Laura Latham Published: 08:26 GMT, 30 August 2014 | Updated: 12:57 GMT, 30 August 2014 View comments A unique property commands attention, which means you may find passers-by pointing cameras or chatting furtively as they stare at your home. There will be admiring glances and one or two raised eyebrows - so get used to it. The Perchard family has lived happily in a four-storey Read more [...]

TORQUAY UNITED: Transfer-listed striker Karl Hawley leaves the club after his …

Comments (0) KARL Hawley has left Torquay United after an agreement was reached to terminate the remainder of the striker's contract. The former Scunthorpe, Carlisle and Preston forward moved to United in the summer of 2013 and made 30 appearances for the Gulls, scoring three times. He has not figured in the plans of manager Chris Hargreaves this season and a parting of ways was deemed in the best interests of both parties. Read more [...]

Northampton National Lift Tower could become abseiling centre

30 August 2014 Last updated at 09:45 The National Lift Tower, originally known as the Express Lift Tower, was designed by Maurice Walton A Grade II listed former lift tower could become a permanent centre for charity abseils if plans are approved. The tower, once lampooned by broadcaster Terry Wogan as the "Northampton lighthouse", was built for Express Lifts in the early 1980s and used for research Read more [...]

Better houses for brothers in alms

Its occupants were once called ‘inmates’ and although they do not own their homes, they are not tenants, but residents. They don’t pay rent either, but rather a “maintenance contribution” set at a lower level than recommended by a visiting allowance officer.Such are the characteristics of living in the Bell’s Almshouses in Kingerby, whose rules when they were built in 1675 included having no visitors after 10pm, or on a Sunday, as the Alms Person had to Read more [...]

Merle & Wood Associates list 48.77m Odessa for sale

By Merijn de Waard Built by Christensen in 2009, the 48.77 metre Odessa has recently been listed for sale with Merle Wood Associates. ​ She boasts interior designs by Cristina Bernardeau, who has created a mix of warm, vertical grain walnut joinery, wide-plank walnut hardwood floors, and neutral marbles, with textiles and furnishings by Armani Casa. She accommodates up to 13 guests over 6 luxurious staterooms, as well as 10 crew in total. At just under 500 gross tons, operating costs Read more [...]

Contested school plan given the green light

Kenilworth’s only Grade II* listed building’ will be transformed into a housing development after fears over space and status were pushed aside. Plans to turn the currently empty Abbotsford School into a house and build five new houses in the grounds have been contested for months after objections from residents and councillors.But plans for the currently empty school have now been given the green light and the transformation of the historic building can go ahead. Read more [...]

Manatees may soon lose endangered species status after US review

As they do whenever they visit Florida, Greg Groff and his young daughter stopped by the manatee pool at Miami Seaquarium, where the speed bump-shaped marine mammals placidly swim in circles. They noted the pink scars and disfigured tail on one manatee, damage from a boat propeller that left it unable to survive in the wild. Florida’s manatees need even more stringent protections than their listing on the federal endangered species list, Groff said, adding that boaters should Read more [...]

Serious concerns after sex offences and harassment listed as ‘no crimes’

West Midlands Police has been ordered to review the way it records some of its crimes after investigators discovered that sex offence and harassment cases were wrongly listed as ‘no crimes.’A report by Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabularies (HMIC) made five recommendations to the force following an inspection earlier this year.The areas that were singled out included ‘no crime’ decisions from the forces Public Protection Departments (PPUs) which investigate rape cases, sex assaults, Read more [...]