• Yes, we do have a mortgage...

    Why is it that some ads on the TV grate so much. The one that gets me going at the moment is the one about some loan company. It features someone on the phone to the company asking about a loan, being all very chummy with lots of intruptions by the kids

  • Cheyne puts boot into Farnborough

    Ali Cheyne's precise penalty kicking fired King Edward VI into the last 32 of the nationwide English Schools RFU Daily Mail Cup for the first time, writes Mike VimPAny. The lanky winger improved two tries and potted two penalties as the Southampton school

  • Andy’s handy for Winchester

    Winchester showed the character, commitment and ability missing in previous weeks to crush Gosport & Fareham 39-10 at Nuns Road last Saturday - half back Andy Ashwin orchestrating the carnage. Simon Rogers soon had Winchester on the board. Simon Farrington

  • Plenty of fight in Eastleigh

    Starting with five players out of position and a large number of absentees through injury, Eastleigh put up a plucky performance in losing 17-3 at Farnborough. Eastleigh gave as good as they got in the first 20 minutes, making good ground with efficient

  • Leon Cupra – 153mph for less than £20,000

    SEAT has revealed the UK price for what is arguably the most eagerly awaited hot hatch of 2007 - the new Leon Cupra. At just £19,595 on the road for 240PS worth of energetic performance, it is set to create quite a stir when it arrives in the UK next

  • Picador has a better display

    THERE'S a new look for Picador Vauxhall in Portsmouth Road, Sholing. The dealership has just undergone a major refurbishment throughout, combining some practical updates and cosmetic enhancements. The petrol forecourt has made way for a greatly extended

  • Bonnie and Hyde solution

    NORMAN Hyde has specialised in bits for Bonnies' for more than 30 years and his latest development is a range of touring accessories for post-1999 Bonnevilles. The Bonneville GT range is designed to re-create the grand tourers of the Sixties as well

  • Going to The Club Thursday?

    DESPITE being organised by Bursledon Suzuki dealer Rob Willsher, The Club is open to all makes and riders of all standards. Social activities, bike riding and good times are the basis of The Club rather than who has the biggest bike or can ride fastest

  • Mission to talk about epilepsy

    A FALL down the stairs at the age of three that resulted in a skull fracture led to a terrible legacy for Jill Knight. The little girl developed epilepsy that manifested itself in absences or petit mal attacks and night time fits in adulthood. "These

  • The ultimate gift

    LAST YEAR, almost 500 people died while waiting for a life-saving transplant. The Daily Echo is launching its Save a Life campaign in association with UK Transplant to get more people to sign up to the organ donor register. Across Hampshire, there are

  • Donor Facts

    More women (54 per cent) than men (46 per cent) have signed up to the organ donor register. Thirty per cent of people joining the register are aged between 16 and 25. Twenty five per cent are aged between 26 and 35, while eight per cent are 65 or over

  • Charity needs TXT help

    A HAMPSHIRE charity is looking for people to pick up the phone and go text message crazy as they look for votes to win a share of £4.2m lottery cash in a television fundraising appeal. The Rainbow Centre in Fareham will be featured in today's People's

  • Controversy over £40m revamp of hated city edifice

    A CONTROVERSIAL makeover of one of Winchester's most hated buildings is now looking inevitable. Hampshire county councillors have approved a scheme to revamp Ashburton Court, pictured, at a cost of some £40m. The council wants to remove the top storey

  • D-day for park-and-ride plan

    A CRUCIAL decision on the next park-and-ride site near Winchester was set to be made today. Hampshire County Council is to confirm that it wishes to build an 850-space car park at Itchen Farm, on the site of the Tarmac compound used during the building

  • Workshop for young musicians

    BUDDING French horn musicians are being given the chance to take part in free workshops in Hampshire with an expert coach. Hampshire County Council's Music Service is holding a French horn day on Sunday at Thornden School in Chandler's Ford. There will

  • Chance to win Montagu claret

    A CHRISTMAS fair in aid of the Countryside Education Trust will be held at Palace House, Beaulieu, on Friday. Hosted by Lady Montagu the four-hour event, which begins at 10am, will feature stalls selling festive foods, handmade jewellery, bath and beauty

  • Pupils on track to education success

    A HAMPSHIRE primary school where children enjoy lessons has been described as "good" by inspectors. The inspection team from the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) praised Otterbourne CE Primary for its good teaching. They also complimented

  • Fire breaks out at house suspected as a cannabis factory

    A FIRE swept through a house in Southampton - just minutes before it was due to be raided by police. Officers from Southampton's drug investigation and intelligence team were on their way to the property as part of one of three simultaneous cannabis

  • Massive cash vote for locals

    CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THE QUESTIONNAIRE SOUTHAMPTON people are being offered the chance to decide how millions of pounds is spent in the city. They can take a share in a new computer company - predicted to earn tens of millions of pounds

  • I suffered at hands of bullies, says Craig

    HE has sold 16 million records, performed sell-out concerts worldwide and counts P Diddy, Missy Elliott and Bono among his fans. But just a decade ago Southampton singing sensation Craig David led a life overshadowed by school bullies who regularly tormented

  • Farewell to woman who had 102 grandchildren

    IT WAS A fitting tribute to one of Southampton's much-loved community figures. Hundreds of people followed the funeral cortege of Gushalia Kaur Roath who passed away after a long illness. The grandmother of 102 was the matriarchal head of one of the

  • Street racers will not go away

    THE police action against street racing in Hedge End is the biggest joke I've heard this year. Truth is that they only caught spectators that came to watch. The racers were tipped about the police convoy at 8.30pm and left. Why do and police spend huge

  • Back call for tests on primates

    ABOUT 10,000 non-human primates are used in laboratories across Europe each year, with more than a third of them undergoing procedures' in Britain. Most will be deliberately poisoned with an overdose of chemicals or drugs by pharmaceutical companies.

  • Don't let them axe free bus passes

    I EXPECT, like me, readers of the Daily Echo are concerned at the news of the bus companies are wanting more money to operate the concessionary bus fares scheme, which provides free travel for those over 60. The scheme, introduced by the Labour government

  • Dock Movements

    Today's principal Southampton arrivals Autoline, roro, 0130, 203; Greta, cargo, 0130, 102/3; Saga Ruby, passenger, 0600, 38/9; Boudicca, passenger, 0700, 106; Mignon, vehicle, 1030, 34/35; Helsinki Express, container, am, 204; Altership, cargo, am,

  • Don't kill disabled babies at birth

    THE national papers are full of the issues surrounding disabled babies and what to do about funding their care and whether it would be better to kill them at birth. I have listened to many stories of grief and sorrow regarding handicaps, abortion, murder

  • Hunting attendance

    RECENT claims by hunts that they are receiving increased support should be taken with a pinch of salt. It is based on a survey carried out by a group that promotes hunting: indeed, evidence from hunt monitors around the country is that on normal hunting

  • Big names set for Meon Valley

    SOME of the biggest names in European golf could be competing at Meon Valley Hotel & Country Club if ongoing negotiations prove fruitful. Owners Marriott International have given the green light to a £5m-plus investment programme at the club, which

  • Thousands sign up for bus campaign

    MORE than 5,000 concerned Daily Echo readers have backed our campaign to protect the rights of Hampshire pensioners to free bus travel. Completed copies of our petition, urging the government to ensure an appeal from bus operators does not jeopardise

  • You are too old at 65, BBC tells listeners

    A STAR radio presenter believes BBC Radio Solent should ditch its controversial new policy aimed at younger listeners. Peter White, 59, whose show at the station has been axed, described an internal memo leaked to the Daily Echo as insulting and degrading

  • Success on cards for magic Miles

    STAND aside Harry Potter there is a new kid on the magical block. Miles Thornton, 10, a pupil at Bitterne Park Junior School is on his way to becoming a master of magic. Mini-magician Miles has been made the youngest ever member of Southampton based

  • BBC windfall for Salisbury

    SALISBURY City have been given the go-ahead to stage their mouth-watering FA Cup second round tie with Nottingham Forest at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium. And the cock-a-hoop Wiltshire club can look forward to a major cash bonanza with news that the

  • Walcott's 'lethal mix'

    Stand-in coach Sammy Lee described Theo Walcott's talents as a "lethal mix" as he prepares England Under-21s for their friendly against Holland in Alkmaar tonight. Walcott, the 17-year-old former Saints starlet, is expected to feature in an experimental

  • Burley out to improve goals flow

    SAINTS boss George Burley admits he is looking at "little variations" in a bid to solve the club's striking problems. Statistics show that the average number of goals scored by a team finishing in the play-offs in the last five years is 70. Saints

  • Pietersen livens up tour draw

    England's three-day tour match with New South Wales finished in an inevitable draw but Kevin Pietersen marked the final day at the Sydney Cricket Ground with the first century of their Ashes tour. The Hampshire batsman, who resumed on 80, gave the

  • Pietersen puts heat on Aussies

    KEVIN Pietersen today won a potentially major psychological battle with Australia ahead of the Ashes. The Hampshire star cracked England's first century on tour Down Under - 122 off 171 balls against a strong New South Wales XI in Sydney. That was

  • Teen rushed to hospital after city centre accident

    A TEENAGER was rushed to hospital suffering serious head injuries yesterday evening after being hit by a car transporter on a busy Southampton dual carriageway. The youth, thought to be male, was hit as he crossed Kingsway at a pedestrian crossing near

  • More than 5,000 back our campaign to save bus passes

    MORE than 5,000 concerned Daily Echo readers have backed our campaign to protect the rights of Hampshire pensioners to free bus travel. Completed copies of our petition urging the government to ensure an appeal from bus operators does not jeopardise

  • Shop worker tied up and beaten unconscious

    A SHOP assistant was punched unconscious and then tied up while robbers raided the Southampton convenience store where he worked. The 21-year-old victim was putting papers outside the back door at the Co-op store at Shirley Road when he was thumped in

  • Powerboat thrills go under the hammer for Children In Need

    HAMPSHIRE heroine Shelley Jory, pictured, will be auctioning a powerboat racing experience on BBC Radio 2 tomorrow in aid of the Children in Need appeal. The prize includes a day's training with British powerboat champions Shelley and Libby Keir and

  • Dockworkers support ABP's U-turn

    DOCKWORKERS' unions in Southampton have welcomed port operator ABP's decision to ditch plans to sell land at Town Quay. However opposition leaders at Southampton City Council have voiced their concerns over the move saying the city was now in a period

  • South West Trains unveil winter timetables

    BOSSES at South West Trains have announced their new winter timetable, which comes into effect on December 10. The alterations to the timetable are as follows: Between Mondays and Fridays the 06.12 between London Waterloo and Wareham will also call at