Journeys of discovery to our subterranean world

Documentary series such as Ancient Aliens have kept me going through the “plandemic” of the past year, which has forced me to re-examine many of my perceptions of the world and the truths I was taught at school. The incredible monuments created by some of the world’s ancient civilisations defy all logic, but if they…

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…

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…