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Hollow warning from Byrd met with silence at the Pentagon - On Thursday last week two anniversaries relating to American polar explorer Richard Byrd occurred. Firstly it was the 64th anniversary of his death in Boston in 1957, aged 68, and secondly it was the 74th anniversary of the day he was debriefed at the Pentagon following his participation in Operation Highjump, when South American newspaper…
Stephen Hawking: Man who cast light on black holes - Regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists to have lived, Stephen Hawking revolutionised the way we look at the cosmos and inspired a generation through his book, A Brief History of Time, which explored the origins and structure of the universe from the Big Bang to black holes. On this day, 14 March,…
A Byrd’s eye view of the Antarctic continent - If you browsed through a copy of America’s Social Register you’d find it hard to discover a figure more entwined with the establishment than Richard Evelyn Byrd, a naval officer born in Winchester, Virginia, on 25 October 1888. The son of Esther Bolling and Richard Evelyn Byrd Sr, Byrd was a descendant of one of…
Dave Allen: The Irish funnyman with mischief in his smile - I don’t need a calculator, abacus or two hands to add up how many comedians I’ve watched live during my lifetime… I can count to five quite comfortably without the help of those devices. Four from the list have been in Cardiff during the last decade and include a very miffed Micky Flanagan at St…
Bobby Fischer: How the king’s gambit played out - Not since the intense rivalry between the Americans and Soviets during the Cold War has chess enjoyed such prominence in popular culture. During the periods of house arrest endured by the Netflix-watching world over the past 12 months, The Queen’s Gambit has catapulted the game back into the limelight, with the character of prodigy Beth…

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