Syd Barrett: Pink Floyd’s lost prophet

It’s 14 years ago today that the original creative force behind legendary British progressive rock band Pink Floyd passed away, his life cut short by an excessive lifestyle that saw only glimpses of his immense talent appear to the world. Syd Barrett, who joined the world on 6 January 1946, provided 10 of the 11…

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…

Rugby Union: When Piennar made World Cup history

Last week, on 24 June, it was the 25th anniversary of the 1995 Rugby World Cup final when Francois Piennar inspired a nation by leading South Africa to their first World Cup triumph on home soil, earning great praise for his leadership from South African president Nelson Mandela. The 1995 Rugby World Cup was the…

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…

Regis inspired a generation

A year ago today one of the greatest inspirations to a generation of black athletes passed away… he was only 59, but his impact on the world of football in Britain will be remembered for far longer than that. The third black player to line up for England after Nottingham Forest defender Viv Anderson and…

Rod Taylor

It’s a pretty safe bet that most people, even many Australians, can count the number of male actors from the world’s smallest continent who have made it big in Hollywood on two hands. So it’d come as no surprise that on the 89th anniversary of his birth not many people are talking about one of…

Cook looks down from the stars

On the 24th anniversary of his death today, it’s weird to think that comedian Peter Cook is looking down on us from above… but in a way he actually is. Out in the asteroid belt, somewhere between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, among the numerous irregularly shaped bodies such as Ceres, Vesta, Pallas and…