Paul Majendie

Game, set and grunt

Martina Navratilova thinks it is cheating, Serena Williams doesn't know she's doing it and there is a Portuguese teenager who cries out in agony.

Quarter of world’s Anglicans boycott conference

A quarter of the world's Anglican bishops boycotted on Wednesday a once-in-a- decade gathering of church leaders in a row over gay clergy.

Shell-shocked Britain has four in second round

One week, Chris Eaton was playing on the glamourless futures circuit in Uzbekistan, the next he was winning his first round match at Wimbledon.

Gordon Brown faces first electoral test

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, his popularity plunging and his reputation for economic competence under fire, faced his first electoral test on Thursday since taking over from Tony Blair in June. The local council seats up for grabs in England and Wales, alongside a high-profile clash to pick the next mayor of London, were last contested in 2004.

Tippling ministers sometimes trip on UK budget day

To deliver the longest British budget speech of all time, William Gladstone imbibed a throat-soothing mixture of sherry and beaten egg to help him through a marathon that lasted four hours and 45 minutes. enjamin Disraeli reached for brandy and water to deliver the shortest budget -- he took just 45 minutes to plot the path for the nation's finances.

Quake shakes Britain, no deaths reported

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5,2 shook parts of Britain on Wednesday but officials said there were no reports of anyone being killed or serious damage. The quake struck about an hour after midnight and many people in the capital London and other areas said they had been woken up by the tremors.

UK’s former spy boss: We did not kill Diana

Britain's former spy chief on Wednesday took the rare step of going public to deny that the security services murdered Princess Diana. The Secret Intelligence Service normally neither confirms nor denies stories about its operations in the shadowy world of espionage glamorised in the James Bond movies.

Daniel Day-Lewis scoops best actor Bafta

Daniel Day-Lewis gave his Oscar chances a welcome boost on Sunday by landing a best actor Bafta at the British Academy Film Awards for his searing portrayal of a driven oil prospector in There Will be Blood. French actress Marion Cotillard sprung the surprise of the night by scooping the best actress award for her role as singer Edith Piaf in La Vie En Rose.

Engine problems blamed for Heathrow crash-landing

Investigators said on Friday that the engines of a British Airways Boeing 777 failed to respond to demands for more thrust shortly before it crash-landed at London's Heathrow International Airport on Thursday. Thirteen people were injured when British Airways flight 83 from Beijing came down well short of the southern runway.

George Bush gets pipped to Foot in Mouth award

Former England soccer manager Steve McClaren fought off tough competition from United States President George Bush to win a dreaded Foot in Mouth award on Tuesday from the Plain English campaign. He was hailed for a supreme example of gobbledegook in talking about star player Wayne Rooney: ''He is inexperienced but he's experienced in terms of what he's been through.''

Rugby fever grips SA, England

As a wax model of English rugby star Jonny Wilkinson joined the statue of national hero Horatio Nelson in London's Trafalgar Square, attention in both England and South Africa was on Friday focused on the looming Rugby World Cup final between the two nations.

Diana ‘pregnancy’ may never be proved, inquest told

It may never be known if Princess Diana was pregnant when she died with her lover, Dodi al-Fayed, in a high-speed Paris car crash, the inquest into their deaths was told on Wednesday. Dodi's father, Harrods luxury storeowner Mohamed al-Fayed, says the couple were killed in 1997 by Britain's security services on the orders of Queen Elizabeth's husband, Diana's former father-in-law.

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