Britain’s nuclear move

Britain is running out of energy – specifically, electricity generation capacity. As coal-fired power plants are closed down to avoid adding to the ca(...)

Hinkley Point nuclear power station is seen behind rocks on a beach in Bridgwater, southwest England. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

A deal to build Britain’s first new nuclear plant in a generation is due to be announced today. The government has been in negotiations with French-ow(...)

Words We Use: whittles

Once upon a time, and not so long ago either, you could hear the old women of Wexford’s towns speak of their whittles. A whittle was a cape, a mantel,(...)

The Royal Crescent in Bath. Photographs: Getty
Avon calling

The twin river cities of Bristol and Bath may be just 12 minutes apart by train yet they seem centuries apart. Bristol appears young – it hides its(...)

Cholera-plagued London was forced during Victorian times finally to tackle the flood of sewage that daily polluted the Thames. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA

Somerset House on London’s Victoria Embankment has a wonderful terrace, supported by a series of bridges underneath, along with an arch once built to (...)

Protesters in Minehead in Britain during a candlelit vigil event against the badger cull organised by Somerset Badger Patrol. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

The first pilot badger control operations in Britain have begun in west Gloucestershire and west Somerset, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) said toda(...)

Words We Use: Cess

Cess is an interesting little word, used in Scotland, Ireland, and many counties in England from the border to Sussex and Somerset. It means a rate, t(...)

Andrea Jones photographing the gardens at Ballyfin House, Co Laois. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Flick through the pages of any glossy British or American gardening magazine and you’ll almost certainly come across the work of award-winning photogr(...)

Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford, Winston Marshall and Ted Dwane of Mumford & Sons perform on the Pyramid Stage during the final day of the 2013 Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm. Photograph:  Ian Gavan/Getty Images.

For the past five days, it has been home to some 135,000 ticket holders. But from today, the clean up operation of Glastonbury Festival 2013 begins.Fe(...)

Liam Gallagher performs with his band Beady Eye during the Glastonbury music festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset, this morning. Photograph: Reuters/Olivia Harris

Former Oasis front man Liam Gallagher kicked off three days of music at the Glastonbury festival, cheered on by mud-splattered revellers glad to see t(...)

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