Chris Maume is radio columnist for the Independent on Sunday and obituaries editor of the Independent.
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.
Paul Walker obituary: Co-star of the 'Fast & Furious' franchise which turned the world of illegal car racing into a huge box-office success
03 December 2013 12:00 AM
Paul Walker was one of the actors who helped make the Fast & Furious film franchise so successful, with its heady mixture of petrol and testosterone. He died in a car crash along with his friend Roger Rodas when Rodas' Porsche Carrera GT, in which Walker was a passenger, crashed into a tree in the Santa Clarita valley in California. He was in the area to attend a charity event at a racing car shop to benefit victims of the recent typhoon in the Philippines, under the auspices of his organisation Reach Out Worldwide, which he formed in 2010 to help those struck by natural disasters.
01 December 2013 07:16 PM
Televangelist who built up a ‘prosperity gospel’ empire but faced criticisms over his extravagant lifestyle
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
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
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Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
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