Sir Chris Chataway, the former world-record runner, acted as pacemaker to help Roger Bannister break the four-minute mile barrier. And he achieved so much more
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Monday 05 April 2010
Monday 05 April 2010
Saturday 03 April 2010
Sunday 21 March 2010
South Africans gathered in Sharpeville today, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the massacre that brought the country's black rights movement to the world's attention.
Saturday 13 March 2010
John Prevett: Actuary who played a crucial role in winning compensation for the victims of thalidomide
Thursday 11 March 2010
For more than 40 years John Prevett was known as the Labour councillor who struggled to tinge the voters of the deeply blue Surrey commuter belt with a modest red hue. But Prevett was also the man whose actuarial skills tipped the balance in the battle for humane compensation for the victims of thalidomide.
Sunday 28 February 2010
We've had plenty of vintage music from Mali, Nigeria and the Congo in recent years but very little from South Africa, so this CD is an exciting prospect for music lovers.
Monday 22 February 2010
Sunday 21 February 2010
When men write about historical events, they tend to feed their readers facts and figures, but Mary Renault (1905-1983) was interested in the passions of the past. Her historical fiction was highly romantic, and herein lies the key to her virtual disappearance from today's bookshelves.
Thursday 11 February 2010
Thursday 14 January 2010
Tuesday 12 January 2010
Thursday 07 January 2010
In one sense, at 4ft 9ins, there isn't a lot of Precious McKenzie. But it's a case of the old saying – there is more than meets the eye.
Friday 01 January 2010
The story of the ending of white racial supremacy in South Africa has for its cast men and women in political, church, cultural and other such groups whose members mostly ended in prison or exile in the 40-year struggle. Was there another case, like that of Dennis Brutus, of an individual who built up on his own personal initiative and toil a process which brought the evils of apartheid to a world-wide constituency and bit by bit won its war against the perpetrators of apartheid and their complacent, blinkered allies in many countries? Was there a man who actually forced the South African government to yield, at a high price to himself and at the cost of much suffering?
Tuesday 29 December 2009
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
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