Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay: The Anti-Poll Tax Campaign

October 11, 2013 7:14 pm0 comments
Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay: The Anti-Poll Tax Campaign

In a new ten part series of articles, CHRIS ROBINSON traces the story behind the grassroots struggle against the poll tax – how it was organised, how it defeated this hated policy, and how the movement was instrumental in the downfall of Margaret Thatcher. ‘The lessons we learned yesterday, can be put into practice […]

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Mona Lisa – The Secret Behind A Masterpiece

October 10, 2013 4:10 pm0 comments
Mona Lisa – The Secret Behind A Masterpiece

Let us take you on a trip back in time and get you lost in the mysticism of the history of art. The year is 1503. Leonardo da Vinci has just begun his famous painting – Mona Lisa or, as many of you may know it, La Gioconda. According to […]

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The 27 Club: What Would They Have Done?

September 25, 2013 9:56 am6 comments
The 27 Club: What Would They Have Done?

Like any highly-exclusive members only club, those who want in have to fit a particularly strict criteria – in this case, it involves talent, fame, sex, excess and death. Many musical enigmas have been inducted into the legendarily infamous ’27 Club’ over the past five decades, including the likes of […]

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‘Tell Them About the Dream’: US Civil Rights Campaign

September 13, 2013 11:28 am1 comment
‘Tell Them About the Dream’: US Civil Rights Campaign

“If you’re black, you better not show up on the street, ‘less you wanna draw the heat” (Bob Dylan, ‘Hurricane’) And sometimes you might ‘draw the heat’ using public transport, as Rosa Parks found out on a cold winter’s evening in Montgomery, Alabama back in 1955. Alabama, like all the other former […]

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Frost Bites the Dust

September 4, 2013 4:28 pm2 comments
Frost Bites the Dust

It was with some shock and surprise that, while I was at work on Sunday (1st Sept), news came over the radio that legendary broadcaster David Frost had died. He had figured a lot in my televisual life. Growing up as a kid, television was my life. Frost, or ‘Frostie’ […]

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Africa vs Asia – The beginning of the end?

September 3, 2013 12:00 pm1 comment
Africa vs Asia – The beginning of the end?

When one thinks of the plight of elephants in the world today, what comes to mind is the merciless killings of the African elephant for ivory. Think again. A much worse threat of extinction is happening to the Asian Elephant. These magnificent animals are often overlooked compared with their African […]

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Syria: What Is to be Done?

September 1, 2013 6:13 pm6 comments
Syria: What Is to be Done?

Nobody can deny the horrendous nature of events that have befallen the people of Syria in the last period during its increasingly bloody civil war. The latest outrage – the appalling, ghastly use of chemical weapons – has been relayed around the world. The disgusting spectacle of men, women and […]

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Gangster To Gangsta: A Godfather-Free History Of Gangster Films

August 23, 2013 2:41 pm0 comments
Gangster To Gangsta: A Godfather-Free History Of Gangster Films

After the pressure of a world war in 1917-18, America had been prosperous. They had been on the winning side of the war, and the country’s morale was at an all-time high. Money seemed to flow freely as people celebrated freedom itself, creating the ‘roaring twenties’. The American Dream seemed attainable for all, […]

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