Chris Maume

Chris Maume is radio columnist for the Independent on Sunday and obituaries editor of the Independent.

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Never mind sharp-elbow parenting, David Laws. True equality of opportunity would mean the abolition of private education

The Schools Minister thinks we need pushy parents and more scholarships. But a few poor bright sparks mingling with posh kids is not going to bring about a fairer society

Maria, centre, and two of her sisters performing with the family

Maria Agatha Franziska Gobertina von Trapp

Singer and missionary who was immortalised as Louisa in the stage show and film ‘The Sound of Music’

Days like these: 16 February 1957

In the postwar years BBC TV, in  line with government policy, had operated the “Toddlers’ Truce”, a television-free hour between  6pm and 7pm designed to let parents get the children into bed. The BBC were happy – it saved them money – but the advent of commercial television brought pressure from the ITV companies, who saw it as lost advertising revenue. The Postmaster-General, Charles Hill, weighed in, criticising the Truce  as BBC paternalism. On Saturday  16 February 1957, it disappeared:  the BBC’s first transmission was  Six-Five Special.

Shirley Temple: Child star who helped the US through the Depression and went to on serve two stints as an ambassador

America needed Shirley Temple. In the grip of the Depression, the dimpled, curly-haired child star sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into audiences' hearts. "As long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right," President Roosevelt declared. "When the spirit of the people is lower than at any other time during this Depression, it is a splendid thing that for just 15 cents, an American can go to a movie and look at the smiling face of a baby and forget his troubles."

Steven Gerrard to bring fine dining to Southport? It's about time, too

He’s not the only footballer in the catering business, but he might be the most upmarket. Compare, for instance, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs's 'Football Cafe' project

Albrecht conducts the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in Prague in 1996

Gerd Albrecht: Conductor who became a champion of new music but found himself under fire in the Czech Republic

Gerd Albrecht was a German conductor who led orchestras in the Czech Republic, Japan and Denmark and worked to bring music to children. He was a champion in particular of contemporary music, notably the works of Krzysztof Penderecki and Gyorgy Ligeti.

Schell as the defence lawyer Hans Rolfe in the 1961 film ‘Judgment at Nuremberg’

Maximilian Schell: Actor who specialised in roles exploring Nazi era and its legacy and won an Oscar for ‘Judgment in Nuremberg’

The winner of the 1961 Academy Award for best actor passed away aged 83

Duccini, right, at the 75th anniversary celebrations of 'The Wizard of Oz'

Ruth Duccini: Actress who became the second-last survivor of the 124 Munchkins in the 1939 classic 'The Wizard of Oz'

Ruth Duccini was the last of the original female Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz. Uncredited, Duccini, who was four feet tall, played one of 124 Munchkin townspeople in the 1939 classic. There is now only one surviving Munchkin, Jerry Maren.

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