Tennis: When Hoad was king of the castle

If 2020 had gone to plan, the UK would currently be in the middle of the Wimbledon tennis fortnight, with Serbia’s Novak Djokovic probably still in the running to defend his title and secure a sixth championship crown. But this year is not a normal year, Wimbledon was cancelled due to an alleged pandemic sweeping…

Inside the world of Stanley Kubrick

Six days after screening the final cut of his last movie, Eyes Wide Shut, for family and stars of the film, one of the movie industry’s most acclaimed directors died in his sleep after suffering a heart attack. It was 20 years ago today that the curtain came down on the career of Stanley Kubrick,…

Hedy Lamarr: Ecstasy and invention

MGM called her “the most beautiful woman in the world” but there was a lot more to the Austrian sex bomb who depicted the film world’s first female orgasm than mere good looks… Hedy Lamarr also had an incredible mind, making a major contribution to the later development of wifi, GPS and Bluetooth. The striking…

The Greatest: Muhammad Ali

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, simply the greatest… known as Ali. Former world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali would have turned 77 today… but just under 30 months since he passed away on 3 June 2016 it’s not his skill in the ring that’s so greatly missed… it’s all the other qualities…