Chris Maume is radio columnist for the Independent on Sunday and obituaries editor of the Independent.
09 January 2014 06:30 PM
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Henri Rechatin: Tightrope walker who traversed Niagara Falls and once spent six months 66 feet above a supermarket
07 January 2014 12:00 AM
Henri Rechatin was a celebrated French tightrope walker and chair-balancer who was known professionally as Henry's and was often compared to The Great Blondin. Over a long career he balanced high above the Alps, Niagara Falls and for months over a supermarket in his home town of Saint-Etienne.
27 December 2013 07:02 PM
Leading session drummer who played with Jackson, Houston, Wonder, Clapton, Collins, Midler and Jarreau
22 December 2013 07:19 PM
Giant of British sports broadcasting whose sheer professionalism kept him at the top for four decades
20 December 2013 06:52 PM
He is the most popular TV actor of his generation. So why has the man behind Del Boy and Frost never tested his talents in Hollywood?
12 December 2013 03:35 PM
The award recognises impact, not ethics. But in the Pope's case, we have a voice reminding us of tenderness, mercy and compassion
Private Edward Heffron: Private with Easy Company whose wartime exploits were recorded in the HBO series 'Band of Brothers'
11 December 2013 12:00 AM
Edward "Babe" Heffron was a soldier whose Second World War service as a member of the US Army's famed Easy Company was recounted in the book and TV miniseries Band of Brothers. Heffron and his comrades fought some of the war's fiercest battles. A paratrooper in Company E, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, Heffron took part in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium and helped liberate the Kaufering concentration camp in Landsberg. He received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
05 December 2013 02:49 PM
Will there even be state pensions by the time my children grow up?
04 December 2013 09:30 PM
The coach of Chalfont St Peter's under-10s football team was relieved of his duties after he sent an email to parents that said: "I am only interested in winning"
Murvin Junior Smith: Singer whose song 'Police and Thieves' struck a chord both in his native Jamaica and in 1970s London
04 December 2013 12:00 AM
Jamaica in the 1970s was a nation in turmoil. The economy was in decline, gangs roamed the streets at the behest of politicians and the murder rate soared. The song "Police and Thieves" caught the mood perfectly; sung by Junior Murvin and produced by Lee "Scratch" Perry, it was certainly Murvin's finest moment, and arguably Perry's, too. It was a bigger hit in the UK than in Jamaica when it was released in 1976, and its standing as an unofficial theme song of the Notting Hill Carnival – which was also plagued by violence in the late '70s – was helped by the Clash's spiky cover version the following year.
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