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2008-08-29 18:00:23

A NORTH Wales AM has called for better educational schemes following a 60% rise in grassland fires in Wales in the last 12 months. Shadow Assembly environment Minister Darren Millar said the figures highlighted a "worrying increase". "Fires such as these endanger life, threaten property and wildlife, and destroy our beautiful landscape," he said. "I am pleased that the number of fires is lower than its high point in 2003 but still concerned that more blazes of this kind have been...

2008-08-27 06:00:33

By Martin Slack The collaboration, called UK Flow, includes world champion boxers Johnny Nelson and Junior Witter and has the support of Sheffield Central MP Richard Caborn, pop stars Girls Aloud and players from the England football and rugby squads.The group hopes to raise money for a number of knife crime charities across the country with the song, which was the idea of actor Stephen Nicholas, who starred in Sky's football drama Dream Team.Mr Nicholas, 30, said: "We just want to raise...

2008-08-09 09:00:33

You used to be the female voice of Spitting Image, is that right? Yeah, that was great fun. I was working with Steve Coogan, Rory Bremner and all the big comics of the day. I did the Queen mostly, but lots of the other female puppets as well. And do you do impressions in this show? Yeah, I do mixed genres. Last night I did Marge Simpson singing Macy Gray, and I also do Anne Widdecombe singing Dido. Anne Widdecombe's got this sort of break in her voice where she suddenly goes up an...

2008-08-07 12:01:01

A UNIQUE exhibition of photographs of Northern Ireland personalities opens at Londonderry's Millennium Forum tomorrow. The photographs by John Harrison - including the one, above, of Martin McGuinness, his mother and grandchildren - were specially commissioned by Help the Aged in Northern Ireland to celebrate the importance, diversity and strength of intergenerational relationships. Participants include the former First Minister Ian Paisley, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness,...

2008-08-04 12:01:17

ON THE back-burner. Serious consequences arise from the collapse of the GBP12bn deal which would have involved the French state- owned energy giant EDF taking over British Energy (BE). On the political front, the failure of the proposed takeover is an embarrassment for Gordon Brown. The Prime Minister has opted for a massive nuclear investment programme to meet Britian's future energy needs. An EDF takeover of BE was seen as the vanguard to deliver that programme. The timescale for, and the...

2008-08-04 00:00:14

By Amol Rajan VIOLENT SCENES in the latest Batman movie have prompted a record number of objections about its 12A certification. In The Dark Knight's first week of release, which coincides with the school holidays, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) received 70 complaints. The film's bloody content has surprised some cinema-goers with its gritty realism, compared to previous Batman films' cartoon style. The late Heath Ledger, playing Batman's wicked adversary The Joker,...

2008-08-02 18:00:18

THE UK's nuclear power strategy was mired in uncertainty yesterday after a takeover of generator British Energy collapsed at the 11th hour. The pounds 12bn swoop by state-owned EDF of France had been seen as a key step towards the proposed construction of new nuclear power plants in the UK. But EDF's hopes of unveiling a takeover deal early yesterday were dashed when two of British Energy's biggest City shareholders reportedly called for a higher price tag to reflect rising energy...

2008-08-02 09:00:23

By ROSS LYDALL THE UK government's aim of turning Britain into the world's "number one location" for new nuclear power stations hit a major stumbling block yesterday as the sale of British Energy collapsed. The attempted takeover of British Energy, which owns eight nuclear power stations, including Hunterston B and Torness in Scotland, failed at the 11th hour after major shareholders rejected a bid from the French state energy firm EDF. Critics fear this will leave the government...

2008-07-31 09:01:25

By GEOFFREY BULMER IT IS remarkable that the National Health Service has survived for 60 years. For most of the time it has been underfunded, and now enough is spent on it so it can deliver an excellent service. There is, I am afraid, a serious problem of how it is managed. There is a shortfall in how it is held accountable to local communities. Margaret Thatcher was not prepared to fund it properly, and during her time there were two Griffiths Reports on how to manage the finances...

2008-07-30 09:01:19

UK-based nuclear power generator British Energy's takeover by French energy giant EDF could be deferred until the end of the first week of August 2008, reported the International Herald Tribune, quoting industry sources. The proposed GBP12 billion takeover of British Energy by EDF was expected to occur in the last week of July 2008, but last moment negotiations are still being held by the involved parties, the news source said. It is widely anticipated that the official announcement of...


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barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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