The plug plant is a fantastic way to save money on your garden beds and borders, as well as hanging baskets and tubs, but what varieties are best? Which is the easiest to grow? And where can you buy them online for the value for money?
Babyplants.co.uk have some information to help you through the essentials you need to know before embarking on your plug plant gardening adventure.
Now if you are thinking about planting your hanging baskets up with plug plants this year, you may be feeling a little bit cautious. Some people have had bad experiences with their plants dying in the first frost, so we have created a simple Caring for Your Plug Plants guide, so you can keep your new plants safe through the spring, where they will flower into wonderful colour by the summertime.
Before You Buy
Work out how many plug plants you may need for your hanging basket, sometimes is can be quite a lot (especially if your basket is 42′ or more), so always better to buy 4-6 more plants than you need. You will want to work out some nice colour combinations for your displays, so mixing classics like reds and purples, or sticking to a more conservative white and cream, can help add style to your hanging baskets.
—> We recommend using Upright Fuchsias in the centre of your hanging baskets, as these create a fantastic centre point, with plenty of upright flowers, and a lovely scent. http://babyplants.co.uk/fuchsia-plug-plants/upright-fuchsias
And if you want to really stand out from the crowd, try and alternative plug plant, such as the Cuphea Tiny Mice, which has really beautiful red and purple flowers. It is an upright grower, producing bushy leaves, and is fantastic for tubs and borders. It isn’t as well known by most gardeners, so you can really add something special to your garden this spring.
These can be found in the others category: http://babyplants.co.uk/other-plug-plants
When Your Plug Plants Arrive
When your plug plants arrive, check the soil for moisture. If they feel even slightly damp, then do not water them, it is always better to have a slightly dry plant, than a slightly wet one, as this can discolour the leaves, and cause the plant to die. Place your plants in a warm area with plenty of sunlight, and regularly water them until the end of May, or when the last frost is forecast.
You can find a full selection of our plug plants range right here: babyplants.co.uk/plug-plants
Alex Parker, Craig Appleby and Luke Walters admitted endangering three aircraft
Three men who used laser pens to dazzle pilots coming in to land at East Midlands Airport have been jailed.
Alex Parker, 19, Craig Appleby, 20, and 21-year old Luke Walters, all from Loughborough in Leicestershire, admitted endangering three aircraft.
In one case the pilots’ vision was so badly affected they covered the cockpit and landed on instruments alone.
Parker was jailed for seven months while Appleby and Walters were given five-month sentences.
The trio were caught red-handed at East Midlands Airport in February last year after pilots of three planes and Air Traffic Control tower staff all reported being dazzled by a green laser.
Pilots of an Atlantic Airlines plane, returning from Switzerland, took the decision to land on instruments alone because of the laser.
Police demonstrated how blinding a laser pen can be for a pilot
A Monarch flight from Lanzarote and a Swift Air plane from Spain also reported the laser.
Judge Simon Hammonds, in sentencing the trio at Leicester Crown Court, said their actions endangered the lives of passengers and crew and he hoped the jail term would be a deterrent.
He said residents in the area would remember the Kegworth air disaster.
Speaking before he was sentenced on Wednesday, Appleby said he did not realise how dangerous it was.
“Now I know what dangers it can cause, it’s horrible,” he said.
The Civil Aviation Authority said there were 70 reports of laser use at East Midlands Airport last year
“I’m very sorry it happened, it will never happen again. I wasn’t aware of what we were doing.”
Captain Martin Dudley, chief pilot at Monarch Airlines, said: “The real danger is flash blindness. A laser encounter comes unexpectedly and it’s extremely bright,” he said.
“That flash blindness stays with the pilot for a while.”
Parker said he did not shine the laser but admitted owning it. Appleby and Walters admitted using the device.
Hussain Hussain was convicted of killing Antoin Akpom after a trial at Stafford Crown Court
A teenager who murdered a football coach on a Leicester street has been jailed for life.
Hussain Hussain, 19, stabbed Antoin Akpom, 20, with a kitchen knife after a confrontation in Kent Street last year.
Mr Justice Griffith-Williams said the killing was the result of gang-related violence and told the Somali refugee he must serve at least 15 years.
The jury at Stafford Crown Court failed to reach a verdict on a second 19-year-old, Abdul Hakim, who denied murder.
A decision on whether Mr Hakim will face a retrial will be made in the next two weeks.
The trial had earlier been told that Hussain, of no fixed address, stabbed father-of-one Mr Akpom with the 10-inch blade because he “feared for his life”.
Antoin Akpom was a coach and former player at Leicester Nirvana FC
The jury saw CCTV footage from the Kent Street area of the city showing Mr Akpom getting out of a car to confront Hussain.
Mr Akpom could be seen running towards a gym before returning, followed by a group of up to nine people.
In sentencing Hussain, the judge said the stabbing was “offending arising out of postcode gang rivalry in which you were steeped”.
And he added, whatever the failures of Mr Akpom, there was a “good positive side to him” and nothing could justify taking his life.
Mr Akpom’s mother, Cheryl Armatrading, read a victim impact statement to the court and described how her son’s murder had devastated the family.
She said: “The devastation of Antoin’s death is beyond comparison to anything that we, as a family, has ever experienced.
“This has resulted in stress, sleepness nights, fear, anxiousness and feeling insecure.
“I feel pain like never before. It feels like I’ve been torn to shreds and my insides all knotted.
“Antoin’s fiancee, Amber, has lost the financial support and sense of security of Antoin.
“There has been an even greater impact on his one-year-old son who will never be able to share those loving moments, guidance and counselling his father would have given him.”
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Tom Youngs has credited retiring fellow hooker and Leicester Tigers team-mate George Chuter for his successful elevation onto the international stage.
Youngs, 27, is one of a rare breed to have switched from centre to front row and is an England squad regular.
Veteran Chuter, 37, called time on his career on Monday
as the first player to make 250 Premiership appearances.
“George helped me out the whole time, encouraged me and was fantastic,” Youngs told
BBC Radio Leicester.
“He’s been a huge influence on my step up to hooker and he’s an absolute legend of the game.
“I could always turn to him if things weren’t going well in training with my throwing.
“He just gave me little pointers and was absolutely superb. He’s always gone out of his way to help me and that shows what kind of guy he is.”
Chuter made 292 first-team appearances at Leicester, during which time he figured in seven Premiership and four Heineken Cup finals and was
rewarded a benefit year this season.
The Greenwich-born player also played more than 100 times for Saracens prior to his move to Welford Road and won 24 England caps in total, scoring one try.
Youngs added: “He has been an exceptional player and with 13 years at the club, what an achievement, he deserves everything he gets.
“If I can be like how he has been towards me when I was coming through, I would be delighted.”
Victory over London Wasps last time out
leaves Leicester third in the table with three games of the regular season to go.
Realistically, the Tigers need to win all three remaining matches to have any chance of snatching second spot from Northampton and guarantee them a home semi-final.
Friday’s opponents Harlequins are also likely to need maximum points from their final three games
if they want to secure a place in the play-off places.
It means plenty is riding on
Good Friday’s clash between the two sides
at the Twickenham Stoop.
“With them beating us at our place just before Christmas, it makes it even more exciting,” said Youngs.
“It’s a big one and you want to go into the next two tough games [at Sale and at home to Saracens].”
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Image of a transect across the northern section of the Antarctic Peninsula – the different colors indicate varying levels of radar reflection (Photo: ESA)
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ESA’s Sentinel-1A satellite has returned its first images of Earth from space in its second week of achieving orbit. The satellite, having been launched on Apr. 3. has only recently undergone a complicated maneuver to extend its 10 m (32 ft) solar wings and 12 m (39 ft) radar imaging array.
There are due to be six constellations of two Sentinel satellites designed to image the Earth, in part to observe climate change as a part of the Copernicus program. The satellite is not yet positioned in its operational orbit, nor is it fully calibrated to supply true data to the mission. However, the images taken on Apr. 12 are a truly stunning example of the observational capabilities of the cutting-edge satellite.
“We are in very early days of the satellite’s life in orbit and ground segment operations” states Volker Liebig, Director of ESA’s Earth Observation Programmes. He continues, “these images certainly demonstrate the calibre of data this advanced radar mission will bring from its different imaging modes, and how it will provide essential data for Copernicus services to benefit us all.”
The first image (above) features Brussels, the seat of the European Commission tasked with administering the Copernicus program. The image, captured nine days after launch, was taken using the satellite’s Strip Map mode, which captures a swath measuring 80 km (50 miles). This shot displays the dense urban area of Brussels as a lighter colored patch, contrasting with the darker vegetation surrounding the city.
The Sentinel-1A satellite’s ability to see through cloud cover even at night with the use of radar imaging, may prove to be vital in monitoring flood areas and transmitting topographical data to emergency services, allowing them to plan and expedite rescue efforts. This feature is showcased in the photo below, displaying a radar image of an area of Namibia heavily flooded by water emanating from the Zambezi river. The photo was captured using the Sentinel’s main Interferometric Wide Swath mode which images a width of 250 km (155 miles) in dual polarization.
Over the next three months, the satellite will run through its commissioning phase, during which it will achieve operational orbit and be calibrated to begin what will be the most ambitious and largest Earth observation mission ever undertaken.
The video below demonstrates the maneuver undertaken by the Sentinel-1A satellite in order to unfurl its solar panels and radar imaging array.
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Jonathan Edwards will lead the delegation to Newcastle Civic Centre, before the relay team moves on to Walker Activity Dome
Triple jumper Jonathan Edwards and boxer Anthony Ogogo are among the baton-bearers for the England leg of the Commonwealth Games build up.
The Queen’s Baton Relay is the curtain-raiser to the Glasgow games.
They will be joined by the current 400m Commonwealth Games record holder Iwan Thomas and Millie Knight, Britain’s youngest winter Paralympian.
The baton will have been to 68 nations and territories before arriving in England on 31 May.
Edwards will be carrying the baton in Newcastle, while Ogogo will be in Suffolk and Thomas in Southampton.
Professional cricketer Shiv Thakor, 20, from Leicester, said he was delighted to be one of the city’s baton-bearers.
“I hope that local people turn out in numbers on June 10 to welcome the baton and show the world that we’re getting behind the Commonwealth Games,” he added.
As well as recognised sports stars, baton-bearers have been chosen for their contribution to sport in the local community.
Diveability founder Annie Clewlow, 57, will bear the baton in Southampton, after co-ordinating a diving programme to ensure every child in the city experiences a free diving session and creating the only disability diving programme in the world.
Basketball coach Tracie Colbron, 32, from Westbury-on-Trym, has been named as a baton-bearer in Bristol after she was honoured as the children’s coach of the year for the West of England in 2013.
Doaa Shayea, who has spina bifida, hopes to compete in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.
In Plymouth, wheelchair athlete Doaa Shayea, 15, will carry the baton. She is ranked in the UK top 10 in the senior age group for all four of her events and is seen as a role model for people with a disability.
The baton contains a message from the Queen to the Commonwealth that will be read out at the opening ceremony of the Glasgow Games.
Dame Kelly Holmes, president of Commonwealth Games England, said the baton-bearer would play a crucial part when the relay arrives in England.
“I’m encouraging everyone to get involved when the Queen’s Baton Relay comes to your city – find out what event is taking place and if you can be there then please go and cheer on your baton-bearers and be part of the Team England send-off to Glasgow,” she said.
The England relay will begin in Manchester and take in cities including Birmingham, Oxford and Hull before concluding in Northumberland.
Its journey through England is the final leg before it arrives in Scotland ahead of the Games, which start on 23 July.
The baton will have visited 70 Commonwealth nations and territories ahead of the opening ceremony
The relay was launched by the Queen, in her role as head of the Commonwealth, at Buckingham Palace last year.
The first Queen’s Baton Relay took place before the Cardiff games in 1958.
The Haymarket Theatre closed in 2007 after ongoing funding problems
Leicester’s disused Haymarket Theatre which closed in 2006 could reopen as a “hub for creative industries”.
City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said a charitable trust was interested in the former theatre as a training centre for the performing arts.
The charity has been given three months to put together a business proposal.
Leicester City Council does not own the building, but it does hold a 60-year lease which is costing it £180,000 a year in rent and service costs.
Sir Peter said the interested charity was “a local company with some senior figures from TV and theatre production behind them”.
“It is looking to use it very creatively as a place for training, preparing performing arts and a place for performance itself,” he said.
He said the theatre was taken apart when it closed but it was “capable of being put back together, which is going to cost a lot of money”.
“But this charitable trust is able to do quite a lot of the work themselves and also has access to other sources of funding,” he said.
Sir Peter added: “Doing anything other than a theatre-type activity would require beyond what anybody could invest in it.”
In 2011, plans to convert the once-popular Haymarket Theatre into a £6.5m youth centre were abandoned.
The Haymarket closed after ongoing funding problems and was replaced by the £61m Curve arts centre, which opened in November 2008.
Plans to convert the Haymarket Theatre into a youth centre were axed
Reading v Leicester Reading 1 Pearce 16′ Leicester 1 Drinkwater 33′ FT 90 +6 HT 1-1
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Danny Drinkwater’s equaliser earned Leicester a point as Reading moved into the play-off places on goal difference.
Defender Alex Pearce headed the Royals in front from Jordan Obita’s free-kick after 15 minutes.
But Drinkwater drove in an equaliser from 20 yards to pull Leicester,
already promoted to the Premier League,
level after half an hour.
After half-time, Pavel Pogrebnyak’s header hit the post for the hosts, who had Mikele Leigertwood sent off.
The Foxes are now seven points clear of second-placed Burnley with four matches remaining, while Reading, winless in seven at home and with one win in five, are level on 64 points with Brighton and Ipswich below them.
They took a step towards ending their miserable home form when Pearce rose above Wes Morgan to score with a powerful header from Obita’s ball in from the right.
Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel pulled off a fine save from Jobi McAnuff’s close-range effort following a cross from the impressive Garath McCleary and Dean Hammond was fortunate not to concede a penalty for handball.
But as Reading failed to clear a corner, Hammond laid off for Drinkwater to hit a powerful shot into the bottom corner.
Schmeichel did well once again when he pushed away an effort from McCleary after the Royals winger had got in behind Morgan.
After the break Pogrebnyak’s header came back off the woodwork from McCleary’s ball from the right.
Leicester’s Morgan also went close with a header from a deep cross from Riyad Mahrez before substitute Leigertwood was shown a second yellow card for a lunge at Mahrez with four minutes left.
Reading manager Nigel Adkins:
“It’s a very important point that puts us back in the play-offs with four games to go.
“It will be nail-biting and it’s going to go all the way. We’re in there battling and we still have a chance.
“It was a clear penalty [for Hammond's handball] that the referee’s not given. But we’ve played a team who will be worthy champions and who are going to be in the Premier League next season. We wanted passion and hunger and we got that.”
Leicester manager Nigel Pearson:
“We were a bit sloppy mentally but I have to balance looking at a performance like that at this stage of the season.
“The players are still putting the effort in. We had chances to win it but with the problems Reading caused us in the first half it would be miserly for me to be too greedy.
“We had to work hard for a point but it’s a point in the right direction. The players will deserve the title if they get it.”
Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6) Reading 21 McCarthy 02 Gunter 18 Bridge 35 Hector 15 Morrison 05 Pearce 23 Williams (Leigertwood – 61′ Dismissed after an earlier booking ) 37 Obita (Robson-Kanu – 74′ ) 07 Pogrebnyak 12 McCleary (Drenthe – 84′ ) 11 McAnuff Substitutes 01 Federici 03 Kelly 08 Leigertwood 09 Le Fondre 10 Drenthe 17 Gorkss 19 Robson-Kanu Leicester City 01 Schmeichel 02 de Laet Booked 15 Schlupp 07 Hammond (King – 73′ ) 27 Wasilewski 05 Morgan 26 Mahrez 04 Drinkwater 09 Vardy (Wood – 65′ ) 35 Nugent (Taylor-Fletcher – 80′ ) 11 Dyer Substitutes 03 Konchesky 10 King 18 Moore 22 Taylor-Fletcher 24 Knockaert 25 Logan 39 Wood Ref: Simon Hooper Att: 20,072
Live Text Commentary Full time Full Time Match ends, Reading 1, Leicester City 1. 90:00 +5:40 Full time Full Time Second Half ends, Reading 1, Leicester City 1. 90:00 +5:17 Corner, Reading. Conceded by Wes Morgan. 90:00 +3:32 Hand ball by Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City). 90:00 +1:49 Attempt missed. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Gary Taylor-Fletcher. 89:28 Attempt blocked. Chris Wood (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andy King. 86:00 Dismissal Dismissal Second yellow card to Mikele Leigertwood (Reading) for a bad foul. 85:56 Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing. 85:56 Foul by Mikele Leigertwood (Reading). 83:35 Delay over. They are ready to continue. 83:30 Substitution Substitution Substitution, Reading. Royston Drenthe replaces Garath McCleary. 82:28 Delay in match Garath McCleary (Reading) because of an injury. 80:52 Offside, Leicester City. Andy King tries a through ball, but Chris Wood is caught offside. 79:43 Substitution Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Gary Taylor-Fletcher replaces David Nugent. 79:24 Andy King (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 79:24 Foul by Jobi McAnuff (Reading). 74:29 Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Alex Pearce. 73:50 Substitution Substitution Substitution, Reading. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Jordan Obita. 73:20 Booking Booking Mikele Leigertwood (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 73:09 Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing. 73:09 Foul by Mikele Leigertwood (Reading). 72:02 Substitution Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Andy King replaces Dean Hammond. 71:30 Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Sean Morrison. 70:48 Attempt blocked. Dean Hammond (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Wood. 68:08 Attempt blocked. Jordan Obita (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mikele Leigertwood. 68:06 Attempt blocked. Mikele Leigertwood (Reading) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Pearce with a headed pass. 67:35 Booking Booking Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for hand ball. 67:29 Hand ball by Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City). 67:19 Foul by Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City). 67:19 Jordan Obita (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing. 66:24 Attempt missed. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a cross. 65:51 David Nugent (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 65:51 Foul by Mikele Leigertwood (Reading). 65:13 Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Reading) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jobi McAnuff with a cross following a corner. 65:00 Substitution Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Chris Wood replaces Jamie Vardy. 64:39 Corner, Reading. Conceded by Dean Hammond. 64:37 Attempt blocked. Jordan Obita (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Garath McCleary. 63:46 Foul by Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City). 63:46 Jordan Obita (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing. 61:07 Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City). 61:07 Jobi McAnuff (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 60:45 Substitution Substitution Substitution, Reading. Mikele Leigertwood replaces Daniel Williams. 60:11 Attempt blocked. David Nugent (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater. 59:09 Hand ball by Daniel Williams (Reading). 58:15 Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing. 58:15 Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading). 55:13 Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Pavel Pogrebnyak. 55:12 Attempt blocked. Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. 55:09 Attempt blocked. Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 54:32 Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Alex Pearce. 54:31 Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer with a cross. 53:38 Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City). 53:38 Daniel Williams (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing. 53:27 Attempt saved. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Nugent. 51:57 Corner, Reading. Conceded by Wes Morgan. 50:46 Wes Morgan (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 50:46 Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading). 50:30 Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 50:30 Foul by Wayne Bridge (Reading). 49:07 Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) hits the right post with a header from very close range. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross. 48:32 Foul by Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City). 48:32 Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing. 47:45 Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City). 47:45 Michael Hector (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 46:37 Attempt missed. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez. 45:00 Second Half begins Reading 1, Leicester City 1. 45:00 +1:11 Half time Half Time First Half ends, Reading 1, Leicester City 1. 45:00 +0:03 Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Williams with a through ball following a fast break. 44:02 Attempt blocked. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 43:25 Offside, Reading. Chris Gunter tries a through ball, but Garath McCleary is caught offside. 41:28 Attempt missed. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a cross following a corner. 41:06 Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Jobi McAnuff. 39:39 Attempt saved. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Obita. 38:44 Foul by Dean Hammond (Leicester City). 38:44 Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 38:03 Corner, Reading. Conceded by Dean Hammond. 35:36 Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jordan Obita. 34:43 Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City). 34:43 Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 32:40 Goal scored Goal! Goal! Reading 1, Leicester City 1. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dean Hammond. 32:37 Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer. 31:25 Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp. 29:09 Attempt saved. Jobi McAnuff (Reading) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Garath McCleary. 28:22 Dean Hammond (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 28:22 Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading). 27:48 Foul by Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City). 27:48 Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 26:40 Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Chris Gunter. 24:22 Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jeffrey Schlupp. 23:31 Corner, Reading. Conceded by Wes Morgan. 22:52 Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City). 22:52 Daniel Williams (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing. 22:33 Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp. 21:38 Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Jamie Vardy with a headed pass. 20:16 Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ritchie de Laet. 18:49 Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 18:49 Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading). 15:26 Goal scored Goal! Goal! Reading 1, Leicester City 0. Alex Pearce (Reading) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross following a set piece situation. 14:53 Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City). 14:53 Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 13:16 Attempt missed. Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by David Nugent following a corner. 12:44 Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Sean Morrison. 9:57 Offside, Leicester City. Lloyd Dyer tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside. 8:42 Offside, Leicester City. Jeffrey Schlupp tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside. 6:16 Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading). 6:16 Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 3:30 Sean Morrison (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 3:30 Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City). 2:31 Attempt missed. Chris Gunter (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. 2:27 Attempt blocked. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross. 0:59 Attempt blocked. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jobi McAnuff. 0:36 Hand ball by Dean Hammond (Leicester City). 0:00 First Half begins. 0:00 Lineups are announced and players are warming up. More Live Text Live data and text provided by our data suppliers
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You no longer need a mountain or sheer cliff face to enjoy the thrill and challenge of technical climbing. Rock gyms have sprouted up across cities and suburbs around the world, providing a climbing option for those that don’t have access to mountains. These gyms don’t usually look anything like real rock, but a German company has a plan to construct climbing “mountains” out of an artificial material that it says looks and feels like the real thing.
For decades, climbing gyms have given folks in the flatlands a way to scratch their climbing itch. While they are a nice alternative, brightly colored handholds mounted to wood walls and towers don’t exactly create a realistic simulation of actual rock and mountains. For that, climbers still need to venture outside the city to real, natural features.
Climb Up!-Kletterwelt wants to offer Berlin-area residents a closer alternative. The company built its first “forest adventure park” outside of the German capital in 2006 and now has two other locations. These courses are essentially high ropes tree courses, combining challenges like rope ladders, bridges and zip lines. The parks are family oriented and available to everyone, including those that are completely inexperienced. Climb Up says that the three parks attract more than 100,000 visitors each year, helping to spark a new breed of adventure forest park tourism.
Now Climb Up is setting its sights on a more ambitious facility that it refers to as a “mountain and climbing world.” The Berlin-Brandenburg region doesn’t have any mountains of its own, so the company plans to build them using new modeling and construction techniques. It says this feat has never been done before.
Understandably, Climb Up doesn’t go into a detailed explanation of its materials or patent-pending construction techniques, saying simply that the synthetic rock material will look and feel authentic. It plans to plant multiple boulders, peaks, faces and ridges on an area the size of a soccer field, adjacent to its Strausberg forest park. The rock features will be connected into a “mountain range” with bridges, ropes, buckets and zip lines, creating a full-blown adventure park for children and adults.
Climb Up’s rock-like structure eliminates the need for those colored holds, allowing climbers to muscle their way to the top by grabbing and stepping on crevices, ledges and protrusions, just like they would on real rock. Based on the initial photos and videos, it also appears that the company will add via ferrata-style metal rungs as an easier way up. To add to the authenticity, it plans to include summit crosses and log books at the top of the climbing routes.
The use of integrated safety cables bolted to the climbing surfaces and via ferrata clip harnesses eliminates the need for a belayer, allowing people to climb without a partner and without rope skills. Climb Up also plans to include non-climbing “ridge walks,” in which guests can clip in and walk along the “rocky” ridge line.
In addition to climbing on boulder faces and tops, visitors will be able to explore the insides of the artificial mountains. These features will simulate caving, and plans call for a few cave areas designated for BBQing and overnight stays. That part is reminiscent of the CaveSim we covered a few years ago, but without the electronic monitoring.
Climb Up has been working on the mountain park project since 2008, designing renderings and scale models. Last year, it added a full-sized, 16-ft (5 m) model boulder (pictured at the top of the article) to its forest park. More than 10,000 visitors have already climbed the feature.
We would think that an established company with a track record and demonstrated market would able to line up funding through traditional avenues, especially with an idea that could reach well beyond a single location. Instead, Climb Up turned to Indiegogo on March 31 in an effort to raise €750,000 (US$1 million) to pursue development of the park. There are some of the usual T-shirt and hat pledge levels, and a €60 pledge earns you a climbing pass at the new park, assuming it gets built. A €1500 earns a lifelong climbing pass to all Climb Up’s parks. Note that it is a flexible funding campaign, which means that Climb Up collects the money pledged whether or not it reaches the full €750K goal. At just over €1,700, it’s off to a slow start.
The video below provides a closer look at the project.
Source: Climb Up!-Kletterwelt
Michael Piggin told the court he collected weapons because it was “cool”
A teenager accused of planning a “Columbine-style” massacre has denied wanting to be a martyr.
Michael Piggin, 18, is accused of planning attacks on a mosque, school and cinema in Loughborough.
He denies two counts of terrorism but admitted hoarding weapons because he thought it was “cool”.
The jury at the Old Bailey heard he made a neo-Nazi salute but said he “didn’t have a problem with Muslims in general”.
Asked about a series of racist comments at school, Mr Piggin described it as “banter”.
But the court heard he made a neo-Nazi salute and shouted EDL outside Loughborough mosque, a building that was top of his list of potential targets.
The jury has been show pictures of Michael Piggin’s bedroom which contained several air rifles, a crossbow and a swastika flag
The jury also heard about a series of notes he had written about “judgement day getting closer” and “going to a better place after death”.
Max Hill QC, prosecuting, asked the teenager if he wanted to become a martyr.
He replied: “No, deep down I knew it wouldn’t happen.”
Previously, the jury was shown a video of Mr Piggin spraying, “No more mosques!” on the wall of a leisure centre, while another video showed him lighting a rag stuffed into a bottle full of fuel and throwing it against the wall.
He told the court it was “simply for entertainment”.
Mr Piggin, of Beaumont Road, Shelthorpe, admits three charges of possessing explosives but denies possessing articles for a purpose connected with terrorism and having a document containing information likely to be useful for committing or preparing an act of terrorism.
The trial continues.
Brothers Carl (left) and Nick Hewitt
Known as Nick, he was a schoolboy from Leicester, who travelled on a coach organised by the Heart of England Liverpool Supporters’ Club with older brother, Carl Darren Hewitt, who also died.
This is the full statement to the inquests read by Mr Jonathan Hough, a legal representative, on behalf of his mother, Brenda Hewitt:
I, Brenda Hewitt, make this statement to assist the coroner with a background statement about my sons, Carl and Nicholas Hewitt. I state as follows:
Carl was born on 21 May, 1971 at home, and Nicholas Michael Hewitt was born on 5 March, 1973 in hospital. Both attended Manor Junior School and then Beauchamp College in Oadby, Leicester.
Carl attended Southfields College, where he was training to be a cabinet maker, and also attended work release with his trainer. He was due to receive the best in class award.
Nick was still at school and due to take his exams later in the year. He was interested in becoming an electrical engineer. Their goals were taken away before they even started.
Carl had a quieter, more serious personality than his brother. He was very caring towards Nick and would stick up for him at all times. Nick loved life and was always ready for fun at home or out.
They both liked nothing more than playing football with friends at the back of the house in all weathers.
When they were younger they were usually out together. As they got older, they established their own set of friends.
We had lived in our family home for 20 years by 15 April, 1989. We all enjoyed the usual family things, such as swimming, ten pin bowling, pictures and going to the local park.
Carl and Nick loved all their extended family, and family pets, including the family dog that we had for 14 years. In 1989, Carl had just passed his driving test, and they loved going out with cousins for short drives to ice-skating.
The memories of Carl and Nick are too many to list. In particular, there are happy memories of family caravan holidays and Christmas, which Nick loved. Just being a normal happy family.
The boys loved football and were both season ticket holders. The match in 1989 was the same venue as the year before.
They travelled to the match on the supporters’ bus. When I was made aware of the events of the day, there was a very long wait to hear any news.
The supporters’ bus left the stadium with those on board who were able to exit the ground. They left the ground with two young boys missing.
As my Mum said, ‘Always together. Together always’.