‘The end of a way of life..’

We are the last mine, the last men to work underground in an industry that has been the backbone of the country for untold generations and it would be wrong not to mark such an important day.  It’s unlikely that the pits will ever open again: for the memory of all those whose lives have been touched by mining, we owe it to them to do the right thing. – Miner Gavin Williams (Yorkshire Post)

Miners at Kellingley Colliery in Yorkshire completed their final shift at the pit today, bringing to an end production at Britain’s last deep coal mine.



David Cameron made his case for EU reform to Europe’s leaders in Brussels.

Arlene Foster, whose personal story like a lot of Ulster politicians is quite remarkable, became leader of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party and First Minister in waiting. She is only the party’s third leader since it was set up by Ian Paisley 40 years ago.



Yesterday I cared about what had happened to Jose Mourinho, who might replace him, and – especially – whether it increased the chances of Chelski being relegated.

Today, I honestly don’t.

This is one of the best pieces of writing about football I’ve read in a long time. And I wish I hadn’t. I didn’t know James well and hadn’t seen him for maybe 20 years, but I enjoyed playing with him and remember him as a genuinely nice man.



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