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Harbert’s News from Dumpton

Maurice Woods was one of the most distinguished journalists of his era. After serving his apprenticeship on local newspapers, he was recruited to the Manchester Guardian, only to be lured back to Norfolk to become London editor of the Eastern Daily Press. During his 15 years there he served as chairman of the Parliamentary Press Gallery, and of the British section of the European Association of European Journalists. He enjoyed a reputation that saw him awarded the European Prize for Journalism.

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OCAÑA

This is the story of Luis Ocaña, the champion cyclist whose entire career constantly veered between heroism and tragedy, always missing out the middle way. Born into abject poverty during Spain’s ‘years of hunger’ and brought up in France, throughout his adult life he suffered from the effects of his childhood malnutrition and the perpetual question of self-identity – the common lot of the exile – Spanish or French or neither one nor the other? Enigmatic and contradictory, Ocaña was driven by a fierce pride, and an all-or-nothing scorn for caution and careful calculation which made him one of the most dramatically exciting riders ever.

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A Corinthian Endeavour – The Story of the National Hill Climb Championship

Every year on the last weekend of October the death knell of the cycling season is sounded by the National Hill Climb Championship. It’s been won by luminaries like Brian Robinson, Chris Boardman and Malcolm Elliott, and yet the story of the championship is one of ordinary people doing extraordinary things, of amateur cyclists prevailing against the professionals. It’s a tale of obsession, pain and asceticism – the key elements in the fight against the insidious grasp of gravity.

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