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July 2019: Blackpool and the Lancashire Coast

It’s illumination time in Blackpool. Lancashire in October is not likely to be your choice for a sunshine break, but that is not why ...More
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Fabrice Muamba

There is of course nothing heroic and everything tragic about Fabrice Muamba’s metamorphosis from athlete to invalid, the gifted young footballer’s life suddenly threatened by his cardiac arrest on the White Hart Lane pitch. But the innate will that allowed him – thanks too to the attentions of medical personnel – to survive that lengthy crisis demonstrates heroic personal qualities. He will need the same strength of character once recovered to face a life that may not include playing football. Muamba demonstrated such resilience and indeed gifts in his early life, arriving here aged 11 with little or no English but leaving school with 10 GCSEs and three A-levels, gained while on Arsenal’s books. If he has to forsake his sporting career he will surely be a yet more admirable hero if he can build another life using those intellectual skills. Either way we wish him well.

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Any relic of the dead is precious, if they were valued living. - Emily Bronte
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Stirling Castle Falls to Edward I - 1304, Euston opens as 1st London Station - 1837, FA Cup is formed - 1871, Botham’s Greatest Ashes Day - 1981
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