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12 delightful steam train journeys and miniature railways to enjoy near Birmingham

Henry Gregson gave it his best shot Brackley Festival of Motorcycling Take one quiet Northamptonshire town. Close its long, sloping high street and add barriers to make a circuit of two straights joined by a pair of hairpin bends. Add RealClassic reporter Richard Jones and his camera Sammy Miller Run Classic bike riders travelled from as far afield as Belgium to join in this year"s Sammy Miller Run, bringing a welcome splash of continental colour to join the British bikes British Singles In Scotland, Part 2 Before Stuart Urquhart and Dave, his travelling companion, can continue their travels around Scotland on Brit singles, they must first convince their classic motorcycles to function Founder"s Day Every year, the Taverner"s section of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club celebrate the club"s beginnings with Founder"s Day, a giant jumble, gymkhana and grand day out. Richard Jones also tracked down some more standard British classic bikes alongside some international exotica

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We also have some great tips for making fantastic roast potatoes and gravy and getting the right red or white wine to go with the food, as well as creating the perfect pudding and using the leftovers to make some delicious dishes. If the turkey is not fully thawed, harmful bacteria could survive the cooking process and ruin the big day for you and everyone else. Defrost the turkey in the fridge, keeping it separate from other items.

If the bird is too big for the fridge, then use the garage or shed, putting it out of reach of animals. Take the turkey out of its packaging, put it on a large plate and cover. Make sure it is on a plate or tray that"s big enough to collect all the juices and stop them dripping on to other food - the bottom of the fridge is a good place to prevent any dripping.

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Where speed cameras caught the most drivers 1. A in Kidderminster 2. A northbound in Studley, near Redditch 41, 3. A1 at Barrowby Thorns in Lincolnshire 35, 4. A28 at Pin Hill in Canterbury, Kent 23, 6. A45 westbound near Coventry 22, 7.

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But did you know there are steam trains and miniature railways all over the Midlands? Over the winter, opening times depend on weather conditions and staff availability. You can travel in one of these beautiful, steam-pulled carriages from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth, stopping off at Bewdley, Arley, Highley and Hampton Loade. There are also lovely refreshment points along the way. Severn Valley Railway The Chasewater Railway, Brownhills This volunteer-run charity in Chasewater Country Park , Brownhills West boasts a museum, heritage centre, narrow gauge line, model railway and traditional tea room and gift shop.

Passenger steam and diesel trains run on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays throughout the year, most Saturdays and certain weekdays throughout the summer. A round trip to Chasetown, with intermediate stations at Norton Lakeside and Chasewater Heaths, takes about 45 minutes. Shakespeare Express, Birmingham to Stratford Ride The Shakespeare Line in an authentically restored carriage pulled by a steam engine between Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon, a line full of culture, history and natural beauty.

On the return route, via Claverdon and Lapworth, the steam train often works up to its top permitted speed of 60 to 75mph! Also open during selected days in the summer. Weather permitting trains will be running Easter Sunday from 11am until 4pm and Saturday April 29 and Sunday April The track is open on selected weekends until October.

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Granted 10th December The chevrons are from the arms of the Clare Earls of Gloucester. The first horseshoe is derived from the old arms of the City of Gloucester, the second is from the arms of the Allen family, and the third is from the arms of the Cripps family.

Services at the main British Railways station were similarly halted on 5 June

Stansted Airport was closed for several hours while there were long delays at Bristol, Birmingham, and Luton Airports while snow was removed from the runways. The floor of Ryde Tunnel twin single track bores was raised in to reduce the risk of flooding but the resultant reduced headroom means that modern efficient rolling stock need more than the available headroom. The floor could be lowered again and modern powerful pumps could prevent flooding.

An extension from Shanklin to Ventnor through a yard long tunnel could be cost effective if modern stock was used. The railway has around services per day, most moving at 90 mph, and the foot crossing has been deemed to be a major potential danger spot since the children may not be able to judge the speed of approaching trains.

EAST CROYDON The experimental installation of a double row of small blue lights along the edge of platforms 1 and 2 has been deemed a success and the lights are to be fitted along all platforms at the station.

See Article History Alternative Titles: Like hunting , fishing originated as a means of providing food for survival. Fishing as a sport, however, is of considerable antiquity. An Egyptian angling scene from about bce shows figures fishing with rod and line and with nets. A Chinese account from about the 4th century bce refers to fishing with a silk line, a hook made from a needle, and a bamboo rod, with cooked rice as bait. References to fishing are also found in ancient Greek, Assyrian, Roman, and Jewish writings.

Every now and then, perhaps as an intellectual counter balance to the sporting side of Dorset life, his grandfather would take him off to have tea with Thomas Hardy.

And as it turned out there was plenty of time for Christmas shopping during this last month, because there was precious little fishing to be done. December opened with a few days in which the main Wye was much too high, but a grayling day was certainly possible on some of the tributaries. Next came heavy rain which put all our rivers without exception into flood, then equally heavy snowfall and a severe cold snap which seemed to disrupt life in the Welsh Marches more than any other part of the country - Shawbury Airfield in Shropshire recorded minus 13 degrees one night with a northern wind blowing.

All this precipitation was followed by warmer weather, but the steady thaw kept all our rivers running full for quite a while. It was a brief but welcome respite and quite a warm day, despite continuous drizzle. More rain fell during Christmas night and the river quickly rose again. After Boxing Day, more snow, more rain, then a gradual thaw which kept the rivers running fuller than ever; there were no more fishing chances during On the 1st of December PA from Bridgnorth was unlucky enough to lose a rod with reel and line somewhere below the bridge at Lyepole.

As I recall, the Lugg was already going quite hard then, but I"m sure this should turn up sooner or later. The rod was a 7ft 6 inch Snowbee and PA can be reached on It was a relatively warm day, the gauge at Cilmery was on 0. I was interested to read that 8 of them were taken on the dry fly. However, now that we have reached December, can we all agree that grayling reported are assumed to be caught on the nymph, unless I state otherwise?

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Within the trees, depicted green with golden tusks and hooves, is the famous Bromsgrove Boar, used as an emblem by the Bromsgrove UDC, and the subject of medieval myth when the town stood in a forest.

The connecting rod represents modern industry - particularly the motor industry and the great forging works in the town and the sickle is represents ancient industry - this in Bromsgrove town was the manufacture of nails, but scythes and sickles were manufactured in the west of the District, the water-powered industry being centred upon Belbroughton.


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