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15 August 2007

Song from 82-year-old after Carrauntoohil rescue

An 82-year-old pensioner serenaded rescuers who plucked her from Ireland’s highest mountain.Kerry Mountain Rescue Team went to the aid of the woman on Carrauntoohil, after she was reported missing with a 16-year-old family friend.

11 August 2007

Griff Rhys Jones's Mountain: back for more?

So, what did we think of BBC1’s big venture into the mountains?En route for the Cuillins: Griff Rhys Jones in the first episode of MountainBBC/IWC Media The mainstream press is awash with nitpicking crits of Griff Rhys Jones’s irritating cackle, the fact it was obvious the production team had beaten him to the Suileag bothy (tyre tracks and a smoking chimney) and his interview with a laird long-gone.Mountain graced the screens last night and, frankly, Scotland stole the show.

31 July 2007

New suspected disease outbreak is 11 miles outside existing zone

Government scientists are investigating a suspected new outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease outside the 10km zone around the original cases.Late last night, Chief Veterinary Officer Debby Reynolds confirmed her staff had set up a control zone around the premises at the centre of the new scare, while clinical tests take place.

10 August 2007

Farmers call for footpath shutdown

The Government is facing a growing clamour from some farmers to close down the countryside following the confirmation of a second case of foot-and-mouth disease.Walkers in Teesdale, County Durham, have been confronted by signs warning that footpaths are closed, due to the outbreaks in Surrey, more than 300 miles away.

07 August 2007

Footpath closures begin as second disease outbreak announced

Government scientists have identified a second outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease within the protection zone already in place.

07 August 2007

TGO strike off as talks resume

Journalists working for The Great Outdoors magazine have suspended strike action after managers agreed to reopen talks.Members of the National Union of Journalists working for Newsquest in Glasgow, publishers of the magazine, had walked out on Friday morning.

04 August 2007

Bad weather knocks back Snowdon project

Strangely, workers building the new Snowdon mountain-top café have encountered high winds which have put the construction schedule back by two weeks.An impression of how Hafod Eryri will look We know you’ll find it hard to believe, but weather on the 1,067m summit of Wales’s highest peak has been a bit harsher than at valley level.

02 August 2007

TV feast for mountain lovers as comedian hits the heights

Britain’s mountains hit the small screen again soon with a series devoted to the wild uplands.Griff Rhys-Jones will present the BBC series Mountain BBC/IWC MediaComedian and actor Griff Rhys-Jones will present Mountain, which the BBC says is part of its Ultimate Outdoors season.

19 July 2007

Griff back in Highlands for tomorrow's Mountain

Griff Rhys Jones returns to Scotland tomorrow for the third programme in the Mountain series.Fresh from his ascent of two-thirds of Napes Needle and an out-of-Lakes excursion into the Howgills, Griff tries to keep up with members of Lochaber Athletics Club as they train for the annual Ben Nevis race.Griff Rhys Jones during the run up Britain's highest mountain Ben Nevis with a group training for the annual Ben Race    BBC/IWC MediaWe’re also promised a look at the former comedian tackling a more challenging Nevis route and a foray into the Cairn Gorm plateau to sample a night in a snow hole.

11 August 2007

Black Isle couple to appeal access ruling

A couple who were told to allow bikers and horse riders access to their Black Isle wood are to appeal against the court decision.Graham and Margot Tuley took over Feddonhill Wood from its previous owners, the Forestry Commission.

11 August 2007

Griff heads for the Lakes in second Mountain show

Set the recorders: the second programme in the Mountain series airs tomorrow, with presenter Griff Rhys Jones in the Lake District, in his new guise as all-conquering action hero.Griff Rhys Jones climbs Napes Needle BBC/IWC Media After his Cuillins adventure and conquering of Ben Hope and Suilven, Griff ropes up and tackles the more challenging Napes Needle, on the side of Great Gable.Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, dubbed the original ‘adrenalin junkie’ inspires the former Not the Nine O’Clock News comedian’s visit to Broad Stand, scene of many a fatal accident on Scafell.

04 August 2007

Tom Weir pilot programme to start filming

She tried to persuade television executives to make a programme about one of Scotland’s larger-than-life outdoor characters.They didn’t listen, so Edinburgh-based actress Vicki Balnaves is going one better: she’s making her own documentary.

07 August 2007

Walkers found safe after night on Cairngrorms mountain

Two women walkers were found safe after a night in storm conditions on a mountain in the Cairngorms.A massive rescue operation was launched after the pair made a 999 call to rescue services about 9.25 last night.

07 August 2007

Pirbright lab could be foot-and-mouth source

Scientists analysing the virus responsible for the Surrey foot-and-mouth disease outbreak have revealed it may have come from their own site.The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) this evening issued a statement saying the strain is used at the Pirbright laboratory of the Institute of Animal Health (IAH) and a pharmaceutical company Merial Animal Health Ltd, which shares the site.

05 August 2007

Ramblers: 'no need to close the countryside'

Britain’s footpaths must remain open despite the confirmed outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in England.That’s the message from the Ramblers’ Association, which says that there should be no repeat of the blanket closures of the 2001 outbreak.

04 August 2007

Dispute escalates at TGO publishers

Journalists on one of Britain’s best known outdoors magazines are embroiled in an increasingly bitter dispute.Managers at USA-owned Newsquest, which has The Great Outdoors – TGO among its publications, faced a walk-out by 200 staff at its Glasgow offices, home of TGO, after it asked for £3m-worth of cuts and imposed compulsory redundancies.Now it has suspended a workplace representative of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) after he refused a meeting with two managers unless he was accompanied by a colleague.

31 July 2007

Life sentences for bombers who trained in Lakeland

The four men who took part in a Lake District training camp before attempting a bombing campaign in London were sentenced to life imprisonment today.They will all be pensioners before they are considered for release; the judge told them they would serve a minimum of 40 years.

11 July 2007


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