This year marks the 60th anniversary of the closure of one of Kent's most popular tourist attractions. We take a look at the story of Maidstone Zoo.No-one still alive will remember visiting the first Maidstone Zoo, but judging by our postbag, there are still plenty of people around with fond memories of the second.Both zoos were run by Sir Garrard Tyrwitt-Drake.He lived at Cobtree Manor House at Sandling, famous as the model for Dickens' Manor Farm of Dingley Dell in the novel Pickwick Papers.Born in 1881, as a child Tyrwitt-Drake kept an extensive range of leghorn chickens and he maintained an interest in poultry all his life, at one stage becoming president of the National Poultry Club.At 18, he went to work on a cattle ranch in Argentina, from where he brought home his first wild animal – a puma. When he inherited the estate in 1908 from his father, he was able to greatly increase his collection of wild animals. The estate included three farms, Cobtree, Sandling and Tyland, … [Read more...] about The story of Maidstone Zoo
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PUBLISHED: 20:00 15 February 2019 Andrew Clarke Freddie Mercury, lead singer with the rock group Queen pictured at Live Aid. Photo: PA Wire This month it’s 60 years since Buddy Holly died in a plane crash aged just 22. Our arts editor takes a look back at other stars we lost before their time, from Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain to Whitney Houston. Buddy Holly (aircrash)February 3, 1959 was the day the music died – according to singer-songwriter Don MacLean – this was the day that rock ‘n’ roll superstar Buddy Holly died in an air-crash alongside fellow singers Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson.Bespectacled Buddy Holly had swiftly developed a love for rock ‘n’ roll after opening for Elvis Presley on tour dates in Texas during 1955. His style swiftly changed from country to rock and he became a prolific songwriter, penning such all-time classics as That’ll Be The Day, Peggy-Sue, … [Read more...] about How old were these stars when they died?
Dear Abby Jeanne Phillips Published 8:23 PM EST Jan 7, 2019 Dear Abby: I am a 19-year-old college student (female) who needs advice regarding something I’m trying to figure out. An ex-boyfriend I’m good friends with recently introduced me to his new girlfriend, and I took a more-than-friendly liking to her at first meeting. My feelings about her confused me at first. Then I began thinking about my past and realized I’m attracted to men and women. I always thought I was simply curious, but now I’m sure it’s more than that. My family and friends are liberal and open-minded. I know they’ll love me no matter what, but I’m confused about how I feel. While I have dated only men so far, I’d be more than willing to call a woman a partner, as well. How do I come to terms with this personal revelation while I’m still exploring it? Bi-confused in New Jersey Dear Bi-confused: The logical way to come to terms with the revelation would be … [Read more...] about Dear Abby: Teen surprised to learn of attraction to women
0 Have your say Our writers profile 10 rising young stars from our sporting landscape who have the potential and talent to make a big splash in the year ahead. Basketball: Sean Nealon-LinoFor several years, the giants of Scottish hoops have ensured Caledonia has punched above its weight in Great Britain’s team. With long-time captain Kieron Achara recently following ex-NBAer Robert Archibald into international retirement, only Glasgow Rocks’ Gareth Murray remains as a stalwart. At 34, he is much nearer a career end than beginning.A void, you suspect, inevitably beckons. Yet Nealon-Lino is deemed most likely to emerge from the pack to join a next generation which has now been compelled to focus on navigating its way towards the Paris 2024 Olympics. Impressing in sporadic cameos at the Commonwealth Games, where Scotland surprised some by coming fourth, the GB under-20 cap quickly decamped to the United States and a sports scholarship at Fresno State … [Read more...] about Ten Scottish sports stars to watch in 2019
In the second of a series of interviews with women aiming for a breakthrough year, Esmee Hawkey tells Oliver Brown why she wants to be a racing driver in Formula One. Esmee Hawkey is out to confound preconceptions of female racing drivers, even when she is having her hair cut. “My hairdresser asked me the other day, ‘Is Formula One only for men?’” she says. “I had to explain to her, ‘No, women are entitled to race with them. There just hasn’t been one yet. They either haven’t been good enough or haven’t had the budget to get there.’” This chastening reality could, belatedly, be about to change. Hawkey, at 20, is one of five young British women longlisted for this year’s W Series, an inaugural female-only championship that seeks to correct the deep-seated gender imbalance in motorsport. At a training camp later this month in Melk, Austria, a cohort of 55 will be trimmed down to the 18 who take to the grid for the … [Read more...] about Esmee Hawkey eyes her big break in motorsport: ‘My plan is to be a professional racing driver’