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he lead his side to a narrow 3—2 win over newly promoted bolton wanderers in today's only fixture on the opening weekend of the championship season. leeds kalvin phillips scored twice before half—time — it was 3—1 at the break. bolton did get another goal back but it wasn't enough to prevent a first win for the new leeds boss. in the scottish premiership, graham dorrans scored twice as rangers began their league campaign with a 2—1 victory over motherwell. rangers had a perfect start when dorrans‘ drive deflected in off ben heneghan in the fourth minute to give them the lead. the home side levelled five minutes before the break, defender heneghan making amends by getting on the end of craig tanner's cross. rangers were awarded a penalty early in the second half after louis moult elbowed fabio cardoso in the box. dorrans stepped up to clinch the victory for rangers. the netherlands have won the women's european championships beating denmark 4—2 in the final in enschede. there were four goals in the first
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half which finished level at 2—2. but the hosts, in front of a big crowd of over 28,000, turned on the style in the second half. vivianne miedema scored twice for the netherlands to seal the win and lift the troiphy for the first time. south korea's ik kim is the new women's british open champion — holding off a spirited challenge from england'sjodie ewart shadoff to win her maiden major title. ewart shadoff equalled the kingsbarns course record with a stunning final round 64 that included eight birdies. she finished on 16 under par. 0ut front, though, kim remained composed to clinch the title by two shots. it means four of the last five majors have been won by golfers from south korea.
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britain's alfie hewett was beaten in the men's singles final of the british open wheelchair tennis championships. after beating compatriot gordon reid in the semis yesterday hewett was beaten in straight sets by argentina's gustavo fernandez. disappointment for alfie hewett. that is it from sportsday. next it is time for meet the author. victoria hislop has been having a long love affair with greece and her bestselling novels have led her army of readers from island to island and into the greek experience. in ca rtes postales, she takes a new step. you see the pictures, from the mysterious postcards that begin to arrive one by one for ellie from she knows not by whom at the start. and it is the story of a journey
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of discovery to greece and its past, its culture, its whole history that unravels the secrets of the cards. welcome. this is a novel about postcards, or at least it begins with the arrival of postcards. and we actually see them on the page! now, what made you decide to do that? i wanted to give my readers real, live images of greece. when i'm researching i always take a lot of photographs myself, so when i'm back in england writing i'm surrounded by them. you put them on your wall? your desk? put them on the wall! i print them out in a very old fashioned way. you're in greece? i am in greece! i thought why can't i share images
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of greece with the people who read my books. why not? the idea for the story... did it come from this notion you wanted to show pictures? yes. in other words it was that way round, rather than the other? absolutely. it was the starting point. and then the idea of postcards as a linking thing, thejourney of this poor broken—hearted man around the country... sending these postcards back, that sort of grew organically out of it. in effect it is a mystery story in part, it's also a story about loss and inability to manage emotions i suppose. you talk about this man, wandering in a sense aimlessly? he is. and very few people ever have the opportunity to go on this aimless... in a sense it's aimless but he needs to recover himself. in that case, why is he so interesting to us? why do we care about him?
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i'm glad you do! if you didn't you wouldn't finish the book! no. for me i wanted to write about a man experiencing these emotions, because i think a lot of books i read written by women tend more to explore the woman who's been dumped and y'know. .. how she survives that. and i think certainly my hope is that as he moves through the months of this journey, we see a change in him. i suppose that's the cliche of writing a novel. it's a journey revealed to us very slowly. yes. it's an emotionaljourney, realjourney, and the girl receiving the postcards he's sending, she begins to follow behind him. piece things together. from a great distance. yes. always an alluring thing. i'm writing about greece
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and i always wonder if i put this man in, let's say, harrogate town centre to start this journey to recover his sense of worth... whether he eventually would. maybe i should do it! but greece, to me... the landscape that you find in greece, the people that meet and befriend you, there's always something to be felt and be learned. there have been many novels over the years, going back to lawrence durrell and famous captain corelli and so on. it's happened before. but there is something that draws people in to the history and the culture and customs of greece? yes. and actually, for me, the 20th century history of greece is so fascinating, complex and full of drama. it provides me with endless ideas. the book i've just started to write. and tragedy, of course.
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much tragedy. every ten or 15 years in greece there's something fairly spectacular that happens, whether it's occupation, civil war or an earthquake. economic collapse. last but not least! and all of these things have a huge effect on the human history of a place. how a family manages to survive all these catastrophic things that take place there. yes. it is a story about resilience, in a way? it is. the greeks do survive. right now, you think how do people really manage on 400, 500 euros a month? what's your answer to that? one of the big factors is the importance of the family. you're very rarely living i,000km away from your grandma
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or your aunts. the old networks are still there? absolutely. and the sadness about what's happening now in the 21st century is that so many young people are moving out of greece to find work, find a life. so i hope that they will go back eventually, and most of the young people who i meet, who are greek, at university, or have careers here, actually dream about going back to greece, that everything will get better. it's a great tribute in a way to the power of the place? i think so. it still offers so much that doesn't actually get damaged by the economy. what's it given you over the years? great question. more or less all my inspiration. i can't really step off the plane before i'm thinking of an idea for a story. so, very much inspiration. and why do you think that is? is it the richness of the...
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the texture of the place? i think, yes. this vein of history i feel that i've never really explored, this even in my own country. i think i know more about the history of greece in the 20th century than britain. and the pictures are yours? they're taken by a photographer who i travelled with. taken on your own travels? simultaneously with the travels. which was actually a very exciting way to work. most were images, sites, that were totally unexpected. for example, there's a ritual that happens every year on the 6th of january, a race to find a cross that's been thrown into the sea by a priest. and the day that happened, i knew nothing about it. so we travelled to somewhere on the west coast of greece and that morning the bells were chiming from 6am till ten. so i went down into the town to explore, saw the waterfront and people gathered...
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the very first week of january, about 30 young men in their speedos, quite a cold day! "what is this! ?" then learned all about this tradition, swimming out for the cross on the day of the epiphany. so all those photos were unexpected, the story was unexpected, the mystery i imagined was not something i'd planned. but when it came along it seemed perfectly natural? absolutely. all the stories, more or less, i wrote the beginnings of them in the car as we travelled from one place to another. it just came? very much so. a source of inspiration, to travel! which is how a story
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should come about! victoria hislop, author of cartes postales, thank you very much. thank you. good evening. it has been a mixed picture in the weekend. 23 in the south—east, but further north and west, low pressure has been dominating, that stays with us as we head through the night and into monday. towards the south and south—east, mainly clear and dry, further north we have the weather front bringing rain across parts of the south west, south wales and the midlands, and to the north of that from northern england, scotland and northern ireland, clear spells and scattered showers, we have the weather front in central parts of the country and that could bring rain in parts of the south west of england and a few showers in east
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anglia, but further north across the country, sunshine and further scattered showers for scotland and northern ireland, shouldn't be too heavy, temperatures around 17—18, and a few showers in the file north, but improvements for the likes of yorkshire and wales —— for north. they should have some sunshine on monday. 0utbreaks they should have some sunshine on monday. 0utbrea ks of they should have some sunshine on monday. outbreaks of rain at times, in the south—west, and the chance of scattered showers further east. at the world championships at the london stadium, more cloud late in the afternoon and that could bring a passing shower but mainly it will be a dry story. still dry across the far south, a decent story, but further north the weather front will move further north, returning rangers central wales, through the midlands in parts of northern england, on tuesday morning —— returning rain for central rails. we have the area of low pressure
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pushing its way north to the east of the uk and that will impact our weather and that could mean a few heavy showers for the far south—east on tuesday and then we have the slow—moving weather front with rainfall parts of northern england and wales and the south—west of england and for scotland and northern ireland, deja vu, another day of sunshine and showers. heavy showers around on wednesday especially southern and central and eastern parts of the country, dryer in the north—west and then we most of us have a dry day on thursday, so it is rather unsubtle, feeling cool and breezy at times. —— and settled. this is bbc news. the headlines at 8.00pm. the government orders a review into the cost of energy but critics say it's too little too late. the search for two men who are missing following a fishing trip in the english channel has been called off. one man has died, and another rescued. a mixed reception forjustin gatlin as he is awarded his gold medal
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