France 2023: Can Les Bleus make their mark?

Only five nations have qualified for the Rugby World Cup final since it was first held in New Zealand 33 years ago, when the All Blacks lifted the trophy with a 29-9 victory against France. Since that time those five countries have fought out the finals, but only one is conspicuous for never having claimed…

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…

Science: How Curie changed the world

Not only was she the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, but when awarded the honour again she became the first person to achieve it for a second time… also becoming the only woman to win it in two different fields. Known for her research into radioactivity and the discovery of polonium and radium,…

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…

Moscovium: Element to unlock anti-gravity craft?

By the time I finished secondary school in the UK, seaborgium had become the latest element to be added to the periodic table. A synthetic element with the symbol Sg and atomic number 106, seaborgium was first produced in 1974 when a few of its atoms were created in laboratories in the Soviet Union and…