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Touring in England - 2001

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The Adventures of Robin Hood.... and us!  by Luke Gillian
06/08/01 13:05:40

After the marvellous Ashes Victory, we took a tour of Nottingham and all things Robin Hood.  The tales and legends of Robin Hood and his merry band of outlaws that include Friar Tuck and Little John, date back to the 13th century.  Sherwood Forest then covered one fifth Nottinghamshire.  This Royal Forest had the fiercest of Laws yet due to the density and enormity of the woodland provided safe refuge for those such as Robin Hood escaping the long arm.  It was in the forest that outlaws found food, shelter and companionship with others prepared to run the gauntlet of the King's foresters.  Robin Hood's Statue stands surrounded by the remnants of the medieval Nottingham, first settled by the Snotingas, invaders from the north of Germany, in the 6th or 7th century AD.  William the Conqueror built the first Nottingham Castle -where Robin's nemesis The Sheriff of Nottingham resided- west if the old burh -trading centre-, in 1068 and became the chief Royal Fortress in the Midlands.  The Castle is now a museum and gallery displaying an array of hands on stuff, bizarre 'Modern Art' and splendid views of Nottingham from the rooftop -but only if you meet George who will take you on a personal tour to the top!

Merry men.... and women

Fourth Test, Headingley, Day 5
by Luke Gillian, 21/08/01 23:28:15
It was never on the cards. England were outplayed for 4-days yet following a sporting declaration by Adam Gilchrist after lengthy losses of play, they were given the chance to win the fourth test.  [ this story]

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