Chris Maume is radio columnist for the Independent on Sunday and obituaries editor of the Independent.
29 November 2013 07:00 PM
The memoir is the staple diet in sports publishing, and this has been a particularly full-on year for them. The more honest the better, of course, and there's none more so than Mike Tyson's Undisputed Truth: My Autobiography (Harpersport, £20). It's full of staggering stories: fighting high on coke and dope – which didn't stop him winning a fight in 38 seconds; wearing what he calls a "whizzer", or fake penis filled with clean urine, to foil the drug-testers; badly beating up fans who asked for autographs… Tyson is in full-on confessional mode and I can't recall a more self-excoriating autobiography, but it makes for grimly compelling reading.
28 November 2013 05:31 PM
I was a vegetarian for two decades, but couldn't hold out against temptation
24 November 2013 06:06 PM
Legendary ‘heel’ who won gold at the Empire Games and went on to contest more than 13,000 bouts
21 November 2013 12:52 PM
If he was still snorting coke now, I’d worry
17 November 2013 12:00 AM
17 November 1947
In October 1947 the “Hollywood Ten” – all screenwriters and directors – were cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about their supposed Communist affiliations. Some in the Screen Actors Guild, like Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Danny Kaye and Gene Kelly, supported them, but on 17 November the guild – whose president was Ronald Reagan (not known for his liberal sympathies – though he was still a Democrat at the time) – instituted an anti-Communist loyalty oath. The witch hunt began in earnest and eight days later the infamous Blacklist came into force. It would be 10 years before sanity was restored.
14 November 2013 01:57 PM
Her reasons for not wearing one on-screen are eminently reasonable
20 October 2013 06:13 PM
Singer revered throughout the Arab world
15 October 2013 05:55 PM
There's a place for street slang, but it's not in school
15 October 2013 12:00 AM
Wilfried Martens led nine Belgian governments and the European Union's Christian Democrat group. Regarded as a somewhat grey figure, he was attacked by Margaret Thatcher in her memoirs as weak, thanks in part to the occasion when a minor official from one of Belgium's coalition minority parties, working at a ministry one weekend, apparently refused to sell ammunition to Britain during the Falklands conflict. But elsewhere the Iron Lady expressed her admiration for Martens, and with his wily sense of realpolitik and the art of compromise he survived as prime minister for 12 years, from 1979 to 1991, a year longer than Thatcher herself, with only a brief break in the early 1980s.
18 September 2013 12:00 AM
Chin Peng, who has died of cancer at the age of 88, was Malaysia's best-known former communist guerrilla, who led a bloody insurgency against British rule in Malaysia in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and had lived in exile ever since. He was the last of a breed of Asian anti-colonialist figures that included Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh, Indonesia's Sukarno, Myanmar's Aung San and Cambodia's King Norodom Sihanouk, who died last year. Chin Peng's dubious distinction was that unlike others he didn't win his war.
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