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The True Story of Dunkirk, As Told Through the Heroism of the “Medway Queen”

The crew of the Medway Queen was taking on an unusually large load of supplies for their next mission. The cook’s assistant remarked, “Enough grub has been put aboard us to feed a ruddy army,” writes Walter Lord in The Miracle of Dunkirk. As it turned out, that was precisely the idea. Little did the crew know, but the Medway Queen was about to be sent across the English Channel on one of the most daring rescue missions of World War II: Operation Dynamo, better known as the evacuation of…

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Flash flood sweeps through Coverack in Cornwall

Media playback is unsupported on your device Flash flooding has seen torrents of water sweep through a Cornish village. Residents in Coverack, on the Lizard Peninsula, have reported roads being blocked and hailstones the size of 50 pence pieces smashing windows. Heavy rainfall hit at about 15:00 BST and the coastguard airlifted two people trapped in a house. Four people remained in the building. Emergency services have asked people to avoid the area and not attempt to drive through any flood water. Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said its crews…

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Transfer rumours and paper review – Monday, July 17: Van Dijk may force through Liverpool switch, Chelsea preparing Aguero bid, Arsenal join race for Morata?

Transfer rumours and paper review Monday, July 17, 2017 talkSPORT.com bring you all the latest headlines and top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers… Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk is considering handing in a transfer request in an effort to force through a move to Liverpool. (The Sun) Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is also keen on signing the Dutch centre-back this summer. (Daily Express) The Gunners are also ready to join the hunt for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata – if Alexis Sanchez quits the club. (The Sun) Chelsea are preparing…

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HS2: Route through Sheffield to be announced by ministers

The final route of the Manchester and Leeds branch of HS2 will be announced later, including a decision over its path through Sheffield. Contracts worth £6.6bn will also be awarded for work on the first stretch of the new high speed rail line between London and Birmingham. The transport secretary said HS2 would “drive economic growth and productivity in the North and Midlands”. But critics say the project will damage the environment and is too expensive. The first trains are not expected to run until 2026. The decision over its…

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘I’ve come through elbows and shins to get here’ – Conor McGregor not nervous for Floyd Mayweather fight

Conor McGregor Friday, July 14, 2017 Conor McGregor has told talkSPORT he is not nervous to face Floyd Mayweather when the pair clash in the 180 Million Dollar Dance in August. The UFC Lightweight champion has opted to change sports to take up the challenge of Mayweather, who is going for his 50th win in a career which has seen the 40-year-old never lose a bout. Both fighters are to be extremely financially rewarded for the fight, though it has been criticised in some quarters for just how much of…

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Take a Stroll Through Jane Austen's England With This Interactive Map

Beloved 19th–century author Jane Austen’s satire of Georgian Britain’s high teas and grand balls is so slyly entrancing, naïve readers might mistake that world for her own. Born in 1775 into the “pseudo-gentry,” an educated but landless lower class, Austen, whose literary oeuvre includes Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park, Persuasion, Lady Susan and Emma, only peeped high society through better-off relatives and friends. “The experience of observing, rather than joining in, is what gave her insight into the lives of the rich,” says Lucy Worsley,…

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See Canada Through Fresh Eyes on a First Nations Tour

Growing up on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, I found it easy to mock visitors from abroad. “This place,” they’d whisper. “I can go swimming in the morning, skiing in the afternoon, then kayak home for dinner.” The views, the landscape, the wildlife — that was the refrain. Even in the cities, the scenery dominates. On any clear afternoon, look up from the streets of downtown Vancouver and you’ll see the snowcapped North Shore mountains glowing pink, an ostentatious show of natural beauty so commonplace that most residents barely take notice….

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