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Friday 19 February 2010
Ancient Rome was, without a trace of shame, a slave society. Captives from her innumerable wars were auctioned as chattels, and were seen as no more than "talking instruments". By the first century BC, slaves may have accounted for one third of the population of Italy, some two million souls.
Friday 15 January 2010
Friday 27 November 2009
Wednesday 28 October 2009
The Shining has been declared the scariest horror film every made by top film website Totalscifionline.com.
Friday 25 September 2009
Sunday 20 September 2009
It's onwards and upwards for the Evening Standard, which continues to sign up big names. The BBC's workaholic ex-sports editor, Mihir Bose, right, is a new addition, and there is talk of former Spectator editor Matthew d'Ancona becoming a columnist. There was a time when Danks was regularly teased by the Standard's Londoner's Diary, but those days may now be over.
Wednesday 09 September 2009
Friday 21 August 2009
Ed McMahon: Sidekick on ‘Tonight’ for 30 years famous for his cry of ‘Heeeeeere’s Johnny!’
Monday 29 June 2009
A second banana is not merely a straight man, though being a straight man is part of the job. For 30 years, as Johnny Carson’s foil on The Tonight Show, Ed McMahon, who has died aged 86, defined second banana, and, with Carson, remade the talk-show format.
Jack Good: Cryptographer whose work with Alan Turing at Bletchley Park was crucial to the War effort
Thursday 14 May 2009
In the 1960s Jack Good, known in the United States as an academic working in statistics and mathematics, used to drive around the campus of Virginia Tech University in a car which sported the personalised number plate 007 IJG. It was his oblique way of referring to what for decades he could not speak about – his important wartime role as a codebreaker at Bletchley Park, where he and colleagues did work which is credited with shortening the war.
Friday 30 January 2009
First released in 1975, and now showing at the BFI, this is Kubrick's most beautiful movie, and his most touching.
Exclusive: Young people ‘want UK to stay in Europe’: Four in 10 adults aged 18 to 24 are ‘firmly in favour’ of membership, poll shows
Fox News presenter tells viewers it is a 'fact' that both Jesus and Santa Claus are white
You can STILL be jailed for being a republican, government confirms, and it remains illegal to even 'imagine' overthrowing the Queen
Kiss and yell: Italian protester charged with sexual assault after kissing riot police officer
Fighting back: the woman giving a voice (and 49,999 others) to the victims of sexism - by giving an airing to their horror stories
PM denies two child limit for benefits is part of Tory welfare policy
- 1 America's 'virgin births'? One in 200 mothers 'became pregnant without having sex'
- 2 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 4 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber announces he's 'retiring from music'
- 5 Children evacuated from swimming pool after prosthetic leg mistaken for paedophile