If the worst comes to the worst, put up your own fenceThe arrival of Ophelia last week, and Brian this weekend, is a reminder that it’s worth checking how secure your garden fence posts and panels are. “It’s unlikely that your home insurance covers storm damage to your garden fence, classed as a ‘semi-permanent structure,’” says Malcolm Tarling, of the Association of British Insurers. As any damage to fences from high winds won’t have been either your or your neighbour’s fault, who should pay to repair it is a legal and ethical minefield. “There isn’t actually a duty to put up a fence on your boundary, although there might be something in your property documents requiring you to,” says Ben Barrison, partner in property litigation at the law firm Forsters. To avoid falling out over a…
Just weeks after hurricanes Irma and Maria wreaked havoc across the northeastern Caribbean, the most badly affected islands are bouncing back faster than anticipated. Despite predictions that it could take them years to recover, some islands say they expect to be open to holidaymakers in time for Christmas. The hardest-hit island, Dominica, has no prospect of being ready for conventional visits so soon — but instead has announced plans for an imaginative “voluntourism” scheme, inviting those with useful skills to come and combine a holiday with the relief effort. Anguilla, which was raked by 185mph winds that damaged an estimated 85% of structures on the island, is leading the way, having declared itself open for business on Tuesday. “The island has made a remarkable and…
Trend-casters tell us the future is all about personalisation and special editions, so here is an Everhot 110+ in the firm’s latest limited-edition colour, Fern Green. If you don’t like Fern Green, the 110+ comes in 13 other colours: Black, Graphite, White, Cream, Green, Sage, Blue, Burgundy, Aubergine, Teal, Dove Grey, Tangerine and Dusky Pink. Hand-built in Gloucestershire, Everhot heat-storage ranges are known for their frugal electricity consumption. The company is carbon-negative, too — making all its stoves, whatever the hue, reassuringly green. £8,425; everhot.co.ukInspired by 17th-century embroideries in the V&A, Celia Birtwell…
GKN is examining a radical break-up plan that could create two FTSE 100 companies — splitting its aerospace and automotive businesses. The industrial titan, which makes wing tips for Airbus and powertrains for car giants including Mercedes and Jaguar Land Rover, is in the early stages of considering the plan. A split has long been mooted by analysts but the promotion of two senior executives has accelerated thinking. Aerospace executive Kevin Cummings was last month named as successor to GKN chief executive Nigel Stein. A split would unpick a merger struck in 1902 when Guest, Keen & Co staged a hostile takeover of Nettlefolds to create GKN.
At least once a week, I have a face-off with the same jogger on London Bridge. He’s not the guy who allegedly shoved a woman in front of a bus on Putney Bridge, but he will shout, “Move!” when I hold my line. He’s incompatible and, more important, he’s not doing himself much good. When you run on hard surfaces, up to six times your bodyweight is returned, up through knackered knees to your knackered hips. What he needs to do, what all joggers should do, is go off-road.
There has been a huge explosion in sales of anything to do with the rural idyll. According to eBay, sales of chicken coops are soaring, as are those of beehives and greenhouses. Key to these sales are Millennials, with a quarter of chicken coop purchases made by 25- to 44-year-olds. It marks out Corbyn as someone who understands that domestic contentment, often through proximity to nature, is central to wellbeing. Having left London for rural East…
Yotam Ottolenghi will be in Brighton to talk about Sweet KEN MCKAY/ITV/REX/SHUTTERSTOCKOur choice of the best recent booksThe Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris (Allen Lane £16.99): how Joseph Lister’s antiseptic theories revolutionised hospitalsAli by Jonathan Eig (Simon & Schuster £25): biography reveals the truth about the late boxer’s sexual appetites and treatment of his wivesThe Nachman Storiesby Leonard Michaels (Daunt £9.99): subtle and superbly crafted short stories; a real discoveryRome: A History in Seven Sackings by Matthew Kneale (Atlantic £20): an ingenious and colourful look at the Eternal City through its invasionsEventsBrighton & Hove Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh talk about their new book of desserts, Sweet, at Brighton Metropole, King’s Road, October 23, 7pm, £12. Visit eventbrite.co.uk for more detailsLondon Claire Tomalin discusses her memoir, A Life of My Own, with…
October 21, 2017 22:52 UTC
Victim’s mother paid tribute saying he had aspired to become an architect and that his death has left ‘a hole, a void, a pain’Two teenagers have been charged with murder after a 15-year-old boy, described by his family as artistic and talented, was stabbed to death in Manchester. Two boys, aged 16 and 17, have been charged with murder, Greater Manchester police said on Saturday. Kyron was stabbed shortly after 7.10pm on Tuesday on Worsley Avenue in Moston, north Manchester. His mother paid tribute to him, in a poem released through police, saying he had aspired to become an architect. Your deepest ambition to become an architect you told.”She added that his death had left “a hole, a void, a pain”.
October 21, 2017 19:52 UTC
It was sold on Saturday in an auction of Titanic memorabilia at Henry Aldridge & Son in Devizes, Wiltshire, where the bidding went far beyond the estimated value of £80,000 to exceed the previous record for a Titanic letter of £119,000. In the letter Holverson described the ship’s luxurious surroundings. If all goes well we will arrive in New York on Wednesday A.M.”Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said: “I’m delighted with the new world record for the Titanic letter. The letter is the last-known letter written on board by a victim. Two years ago a letter written on 14 April 1912 by a passenger, Esther Hart, and her seven-year-old daughter, Eva, who survived the sinking, sold for a record £119,000.
October 21, 2017 19:40 UTC
The firefight is said to be one of the deadliest for Egyptian security forces in recent yearsAt least 54 police, including 20 officers and 34 conscripts, were killed when a raid on a militant hideout south-west of Cairo was ambushed, according to officials. The ensuing firefight was one of the deadliest for Egyptian security forces in recent years. The firefight began when security forces acting on intelligence moved against a militants’ hideout in the area. Backed by armored personnel carriers and led by senior counter-terrorism officers, the police contingent drew fire and rocket-propelled grenades, according to the officials. The death toll could increase, they added.
October 21, 2017 19:30 UTC
More than 2,000 trees, including 120 local heritage varieties, have been planted on land donated by the Duchy of Cornwall. “There is a great interest now in growing heritage varieties. The tree is one of more than 60 “lost” varieties which have been found growing near the Welsh border. “They are finding, protecting and naming hundreds of apple varieties,” says Oram. Community orchards are becoming very important to places, and people are rightly proud of them.
October 21, 2017 18:56 UTC
Leicester romped to a seven-try win – Telusa Veainu scoring a hat-trick and Jonny May two – but for all their fireworks out wide, Genge was the standout performer in a victory that ignites the team’s European campaign. Indeed, after he limped off midway through the second half, Castres rallied with three tries – all by David Smith – to pinch an unlikely bonus point. The first try began in Leicester’s half with Genge bullocking into anyone willing to stand in his way. May gathered and scored his eighth Tigers try in as many matches – met with a nod of approval from Eddie Jones on the big screen, perhaps more for Genge’s input that May’s. May streaked under the posts for his second try a couple of minutes into the second half and Veainu had his hat-trick when finishing off a move started with Ford’s dart up the middle and delightful long pass to Kalamafoni.
October 21, 2017 18:33 UTC
Lucy Masoud blames tragedy on austerity and says decision makers don’t care about social housing tenantsMPs should be “dragged” from parliament to see Grenfell Tower’s shell as a reminder of how their decisions caused the disaster, a firefighter has said. Lucy Masoud, who worked on the recovery operation after the fire that killed around 80 people, blamed the tragedy on government austerity measures and a contempt for social housing tenants. “Had that building not been a social housing building, we know there wouldn’t have been so many failures. Everyone who lives in social housing needs action, not this chaos| Dawn Foster Read moreHe told the room: “During the fire, something amazing happened. “We have to fight for decent social housing, we have to fight for a properly funded fire service, but above all we have to fight for justice for Grenfell.”
October 21, 2017 17:37 UTC