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2008-07-08 00:00:22

Plans to merge two secondary schools in the north of Sheffield could be called off after the new Liberal Democrat council suggested an alternative solution to the Government. Sheffield Council has proposed instead to build a new school on the Myers Grove site in Stannington and refurbish Wisewood School at a cost of up to Pounds 25m. Saying that this is the preferred solution for residents, who have criticised the planned merger since it was first suggested 18 months ago, the council...

2006-10-21 18:00:21

By JIM MCBETH THE smiles and convivial air say it all. They are obviously all close friends or family, dressed in their best clothes and fine jewellery for a quiet get-together. It's the Bronze Age and the first Scots to introduce the social ritual of having people round for drinks are ready to party. Meet the ancestors the weekend wouldn't be the same without them. We take for granted the conviviality of Scottish culture, but it was defined 4,000 years ago by a mysterious race that,...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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