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  • After a rain-sodden morning, the thick, bulging clouds separate and the hot sun bursts through.

    Country diary: Fermyn Wood, Northamptonshire

  • So why would it be better to be in a rain-sodden London park, huddling under plastic canopies while queuing up for small food samples on a paper plate that you have to pay good money for?

    Breaking Down Dining Barriers

  • By the time I encountered it, at the age of 12 or 13 I recall picking it out of a rotating bookstand, near the door of a bookshop in the Lake District, during one of those rain-sodden childhood holidays, I was already familiar with Clarke as the sober-minded chronicler of near future space exploration.

    The stars of modern SF pick the best science fiction

  • I once spent a week watching TV in rain-sodden Cuba and was wholly hoodwinked that the Cuban military were the world's elite fighting force and that Fidel Castro was, if anything, growing younger.

    TV Greats: Our Favourites From The North – Grace Dent's TV OD

  • By contrast, in the pre-TV rights era, football really did look evil – an endless rain-sodden baton charge inside a stadium made of asbestos and old dustbin lids – but was quite constructive in a community-knitting, culturally resonant, elevating the working-class hero kind of way.

    It's time to admit football is pure evil | Barney Ronay

  • Ireland have lost all four previous World Cup meetings with the Wallabies and they have beaten them only twice in the past 15 meetings – both of those were in rain-sodden November internationals at the end of the Australians' season.

    Rugby World Cup 2011: Ireland hope for improvement against Australia

  • I run out at noon to get some lunch for everyone; on my way back I stop to look at the rain-sodden golf course in front.

    The Memory Palace

  • Bank holidays, with their promise of crowded motorways and rain-sodden tourist attractions, are a source of perverse national pride.

    This sceptred isle | Editorial

  • Valencia started at a high tempo despite the rain-sodden pitch and the forward Jonas breached the Belgian defence when he headed home in the 10th minute.

    Valencia 7-0 Genk | Champions League Group E match report

  • It is early days yet but Newcastle United have defied the Geordie doom-mongers and started the season with an unbeaten sequence of seven matches, the latest an extra-time victory over a resilient Nottingham Forest in the third round of the Carling Cup at a rain-sodden City Ground.

    Nottingham Forest 3-4 Newcastle United | Carling Cup match report


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