The Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) has been saving lives at sea since 1824. For almost 200 years, volunteers have ventured out into often perilous conditions to rescue people.
Going into stormy conditions is a thankless task, and they often go without the recognition they deserve. The recent reports of these volunteers receiving abuse for rescuing migrants making the perilous journey across the English Channel is a hideous reminder of the sometimes horrific attitude of humans.
Volunteers of one RNLI station reported that they had verbal abuse aimed at them when returning from rescuing migrants from the sea. As well…
International tournaments come thick and fast these days. Qualifying campaigns lead to a sense of national sides playing on a far more regular basis.
Just over five years ago, Roy Hodgson’s England were dumped out of Euro 2016 by Iceland. The tournament newbies came from behind to complete a relatively comfortable victory over a poor England side.
The last 16 defeat followed a group stage exit of the 2014 World Cup, a quarter final exit at Euro 2012 and a demolition at the hands of Germany in 2010. …
July 11th 2021 is a day which will be forever tinged in sadness for England fans. It started for me sitting in a pub, over three hours before kick off, nervously counting down the minutes. It ended, shortly after 11pm, waiting for a lift in an empty Farmfoods car park.
When Bukayo Saka took the final kick of Euro 2020, it brought to an end a tournament that none of us would forget in a hurry.
The 19 year old Arsenal attacker was brought off the bench to give an extra spark to an English attack that was being blunted…
It has taken over half a century, but the England men’s football team has finally reached a major championship final.
The ups and downs of the semi-final clash with Denmark had everything that an adrenaline charged fixture should have. Denmark took the lead with an absolutely stunning free kick scored by Mikkel Damsgaard. In days gone by, a goal of this stature would cause an England side to lay down and die. However, this squad is like no other in the last few decades.
Under Gareth Southgate, England don’t know when to quit. A beautifully worked move resulted in Simon…
Defeat in Amsterdam on Saturday was bitterly disappointing for everyone associated with Welsh football.
Wales were lethargic and second best all across the pitch and Denmark put the Welsh Dragons to the sword. It was a far cry from the adventures of 2016, but even the last 16 departure goes to show how the Welsh have come on the international football scene in the last two decades.
Around 20 years ago, Wales finished second from bottom with just one win from 10 matches in their 2002 World Cup qualifying group.
Gary Speed, Ryan Giggs and Robert Earnshaw were amongst the…
England’s cricketing summer got off to a disappointing start as they stumbled to a 1–0 series defeat to New Zealand.
It was England’s first series defeat on home soil since 2014 and New Zealand’s first in England in over 20 years. The manner of the defeat, with the India series looming and an Ashes winter on the horizon, should be of great concern to the England hierarchy.
Lightweight batting performances let the hosts down, but it’s important not to take anything away from the New Zealand performances. Debutante Devon Conway shone in the first test at Lords. …
Today, a European Championships like no other gets under way. Euro 2020 was going to be unique before the coronavirus pandemic swept across the world, given that it was to be played across Europe.
However, the impact of coronavirus means that we will see a 2020 tournament, marketed as Euro 2020, in 2021 in emptier stadiums than we would have hoped. It will look strange, but I dare say that for Europeans, this is the most anticipated football tournament in years.
Moving towards normality has been important during 2021. Getting excited for a major international football tournament is another step…
The north west coast of Wales is lined with towns and villages tucked into rolling fields and hills. Some have their own beach to brag about, others are nestled within nature, having just as much to offer.
One town has a little bit of both to show off and, on a sunny day, there are few places you’d rather be.
Barmouth, or Abermaw in Welsh, hugs the coastline on the north side of the Mawddach Estuary. …
The phrase ‘staycation’ has become a term used on almost a daily basis in 2021. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has forced many people to look closer to home.
The UK is brimming with thriving seaside towns, and Wales has its fair share. Aberystwyth is one of these, and it is underrated.
Located slap bang in the middle of the west coast, Aberystwyth is a bit of a jewel on the Cambrian coast line.
Taking in the iconic Welsh scenery begins on the journey to the town. The A487 goes down a large stretch of the west coast and…
By the summer of 1918, the First World War was approaching its grinding conclusion. The German Spring Offensive had begun to run out of steam.
The advantage of extra German soldiers being brought over from the Eastern Front following the surrender of Russia was lost by June, and the United States Marine corps would be thrown into their first full engagement of the war.
Initial altercations between the sides were short and sharp as the Germans came up against US and French troops by the Marne River.
The Germans made their way through Belleau Wood and confronted 2nd Division Marines…
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