• Don't let your pet get podgy this christmas

    Christmas is traditionally a time of over-indulgence for everyone - but don't over-indulge your pets! Between 25 and 35 per cent of British pets are estimated to be overweight and, as with humans, the main cause is over-eating and too little exercise.


    SO, you want to get things cheaper? Well there is a way. With Christmas only four days away and the last-minute rush on the high street to buy presents getting ever more frantic by the hour, more and more people are turning to the Internet as the solution


    AN extraordinary news story - an anti-road protest by a small number of people on a Hampshire hillside echoed around the world and seemingly forever changed government thinking. The epic M3 campaign at Twyford Down, which started ten years ago, was a

  • UK sailors take part in Demi-cle Open 6.50

    Over 40 'Mini' boats are expected in Locmiquelic (Bay of Lorient, South Brittany) for the 5th year of the Demi-cle Open 6.50 next July. After the success of the Open 6.50 in Ireland last year, the mid-July race will revert to its traditional dimension

  • In Port

    Today's Principal Arrivals: Tinka, cargo, 02130, 205: Don Juan, vehicle, 0630, 202; Nagato Reefer, refrigerat, 0700, 104; Jo Spirit, tank, 0900, 106/7; Autotransporter, ro-ro, 1700, 201 link: Bunga Raya Satu, container, 1800, 204; Hual Tropicana, ro-ro

  • Phew what a pong!

    A MYSTERY stench which has got right up Hampshire resident's noses could come from France. The smell, dubbed "Le Pong", could have crossed the English Channel from our continental neighbours according to environmental health experts. It has been described

  • Axe is poised over contact lens jobs

    HUNDREDS of workers at a Chandler's Ford contact lens company are facing the prospect of being thrown on the dole queue, the Daily Echo can reveal. Workers at Ocular Sciences' Chandler's Ford factory were yesterday called to a mass meeting to be told

  • Christmas gift for Heartbeat

    CHILDREN at a Hampshire school have given a generous Christmas gift to charity. Pupils at St Anthony Primary School in Fareham have been busy holding table-top sales, raffles and competitions to raise money for Wessex Heartbeat. A cheque for £1,225 was

  • There's no room at this inn for festive tat

    DRINKERS at a Southampton pub have been told to chuck out the kitsch and get traditional this Christmas - or face a fine. The Cowherds on Southampton Common has banished cheap modern Christmas gimmicks in favour of traditional festive decorations. Anyone

  • Ancestors shared our love of gold

    AN exciting discovery of 1,300-year-old artefacts is evidence that our ancestors were just as interested in buying jewellery as we are these days. Archaeologists in Southampton have discovered that eye-catching adornments were fashioned out of gold in

  • Bridge equals Shearer record

    WAYNE Bridge is due to equal a new Premiership record at Elland Road today. Assuming he lines up against Leeds it will be his 108th consecutive league game, equalling the tally of former Saints Alan Shearer during his Blackburn days. It is an even greater

  • Deck the halls

    With the festive season now in full swing, it's time to hunt around your garden for some greenery and berries to make a Christmas wreath, either to hang on your front door or as a centrepiece table decoration. Holly and ivy are the obvious choices and

  • Foul-mouthed parents too rude for refs

    A REFEREE abandoned a Tyro League under-13 cup tie after a touchline row with parents and officials. The game between Albion Boys and St Francis Knights in the Dalton's Cup was waved off six minutes into the second half with St Francis leading 3-0. St

  • BASKETBALL - Stars owner forced into drastic action

    SOLENT Stars are taking drastic action to lay the ghost of last Saturday's abysmal 105-72 home defeat by Reading Rockets. The performance was dubbed "embarrassing" by red-faced club captain Mark Jackson - and he was not the only one to go home disappointed

  • CYCLING - Hughes set to take advantage of Cox absence?

    WINTER turns to summer next week is the hope of cycling optimists as enthusiastic time trialists prepare to compete in one of three 10 mile races taking place in different locations across the country. Two take place tomorrow, with Border CA attracting

  • SWIMMING - Full Speedo ahead for City swimmers

    City of Southampton swimming club are celebrating promotion to the Speedo Premier League after winning the finals night at Reading by just two points. Head coach Alan Ayles enthused: "It was a superb performance by the team and, although extremely difficult

  • SQUASH - King's valiant battle against England No 1

    WINCHESTER squash ace Susie King excelled at a recent grand prix event in Birmingham. Playing in the under-17's category she stormed through the first round, defeating Anna Pearse. In the second round she came up against Danielle Dawson, ranked number

  • Spoilsport crooks wreck Christmas tree

    A CHRISTMAS tree put up for a special village celebration on the edge of the New Forest has been wrecked by vandals. The tree and decorations cost the Blackfield and Langley Traders Association £75 and were the centre piece of its Christmas fayre and

  • Stocking up with homeless in mind

    TWO New Forest councillors are doing some Christmas shopping with a difference. Ringwood members Michael Thierry and Danny Cracknell are collecting bags of food, clothes and toiletries for homeless people in Southampton and three other cities. New Forest

  • Panto visit was just the ticket

    SEASONAL cheer was brought to the Piam Brown children's ward at Southampton General Hospital when Dawson Chant and Willy from panto Cinderella came to visit. Dawson, who plays Baron Hardup in the panto, and his puppet Willy, came to the ward to present

  • Court blocks thrombosis flight claim

    A BID by a retired Hampshire man to claim thousands of pounds in compensation after suffering so-called 'economy class syndrome' has been blocked by the High Court. John Coggins, of Old Street, Fareham, claims to have contracted the potentially-deadly

  • Postal staff deliver Yuletide cheer

    THERE was a very special delivery for youngsters stuck in hospital this Christmas, thanks to the kind-hearted staff at Royal Mail in Shirley. A team of seven postmen and women, led by Father Christmas, paid a visit to Southampton General Hospital's children's

  • Turkey with a twist

    This fantastic recipe was created by executive head chef Steve Hurst from Allertons Restaurant at the De Vere Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton make interesting use of turkey leftovers. Escalope of turkey with red wine 'mash' & onion marmalade Ingredients


    Southampton extended their unbeaten run to five matches thanks to Fabrice Fernandes's free kick in the 89th minute at Elland Road this afternoon. Harry Kewell's 73rd-minute strike looked to have earned victory for Leeds, who had won only two of their

  • Strachan: Why I'm concerned about Saints

    SAINTS manager Gordon Strachan believes the strength of his squad will be tested to the full over Christmas. Injury and illness deprived Saints of five key players against Newcastle last weekend and Strachan fears his squad could be further reduced over