Last night’s episode of Doctor Who, The Bells of Saint John, was always going to be about how Clara Oswald becomes the 11th Doctor’s new companion. Fans of the BBC show, which turns 50 in November, have known for a long time Clara, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman, would replace Amy Pond, played by Karen Gillan.
Pride and euphoria swept through Switzerland last week when a gargantuan drilling machine emerged through the rocks deep under the Alps to join the two ends of the world’s longest railroad tunnel. The 35-mile Gotthard Base Tunnel is an extraordinary engineering achievement: over 12 years, 2,600 workers battled dust, noise and heat beneath up to 1.5 miles of mountain to remove 23 million tons of rock the equivalent of moving five Grand Pyramids of Cheops
The echoes of the cries of joy could be heard throughout the Yemeni capital on Sunday morning.
Residents of Yemen’s capital Sana’a awoke on Tuesday to a dawn chorus of bird song and machine-gun fire. An uneasy truce between rebel tribesmen and loyalist troops had prevailed over the weekend
Warm air rises. The earth is an elegant machine, and this is one of its simple and tireless engines, recycling the oceans into life-giving rains, wafting rainbow-striped hot-air balloons into clear skies, putting the dance in the flame of a birthday candle.
Updated: May 23, 2011. 3:30 p.m
Sportsmen and sportswomen are skilled entertainers, and there’s nothing wrong with that; they bring us joy, and by their derring-do fashion a time machine that takes us back to times when we were younger and more innocent and lived for play, not work. But every so often a sports personality comes along who does more than entertain, and the Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros, who has died, aged just 54, after a long battle with cancer, was one of them
What are you doing when you aren’t doing anything at all?
For tall, burly Pat Benedict, 44, the day begins as early as it did for farmers in Mesopotamia in 8000 B.C. He rises before dawn to pull on boots, blue jeans and work shirt.
“With the unions behind us, we could shut down the city, or the country for that matter, if we needed to, to get our way.” — Genovese soldier Vincent Cafaro, in 1988 Senate testimony Peter Savino, an associate of the Genovese crime family, was a man with a mission and a machine gun. As he drove down Scott Avenue in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was furious with PECO Corp., a window manufacturer