On this day…in 1942

On this day, Thailand, a Japanese puppet state, declares war on the Allies. When war broke out in Europe in September 1939, Thailand declared its neutrality, much to the distress of France and England. Both European nations had colonies surrounding Thailand and hoped Thailand would support the Allied effort and prevent Japanese encroachment on their … [Read the full story]

Sheens Covers all Bases for Opener

Australia coach, Tim Sheens, believes he has ‘covered every scenario’ with his selection for the Rugby League World Cup opener against England on Saturday. Sheens had plenty to consider with such a strong squad at his disposal. He has chosen Brent Tate rather than Michael Jennings to replace the injured Justin Hodges, while Robbie Farah … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1797

The first parachute jump of note is made by André-Jacques Garnerin from a hydrogen balloon 3,200 feet above Paris. Leonardo da Vinci conceived the idea of the parachute in his writings, and the Frenchman Louis-Sebastien Lenorm and fashioned a kind of parachute out of two umbrellas and jumped from a tree in 1783, but André-Jacques … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1931

David Cornwell, later known as spy novelist John le Carre, is born on this day in Poole, England. Le Carre’s father was a charming, dishonest con man who ran up millions of dollars in debt, snookered friends and family on phantom deals, and spent time in jail for embezzlement. Charismatic and delightful company, Ron Cornwell … [Read the full story]

Test of endurance to win back the urn

Australia’s 3½-month tour of duty and discovery in England ends on Monday, but for many in Michael Clarke’s team, and the people managing it, the test of endurance is just beginning. Of the ODI squad that has stayed in England throughout the sodden five-match series, five players – Clarke, Shane Watson, James Faulkner, Phillip Hughes … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1756

The Seven Years War, a global conflict known in America as the French and Indian War, officially begins when England declares war on France…however, fighting and skirmishes between England and France had been going on in North America for years. In the early 1750s, French expansion into the Ohio River valley repeatedly brought France into … [Read the full story]

Brad Pitt would ‘make a great me’

Mark E. Smith of The Fall has suggested that Brad Pitt should play him in a film of his life. Smith was asked about actor Sam Riley’s portrayal of him in the 2002 film 24 Hour Party People with the frontman stating he is not a fan of musical biopics in general. “It’s those film … [Read the full story]

England give their best performance in years

Chris Robshaw ended the most demanding week of his rugby career by becoming only the sixth England captain to lead his country to a win over New Zealand. England’s 38-21 win over the world champions was as emphatic as the scoreline suggests and while Robshaw left the Twickenham field just seven days ago with the … [Read the full story]

Australians seem to breed the best jockeys

I have been very upset by the comments received from Aussie racing fans about my racing column. I have many years experience of racing around the world. The best racing in the world is in England. The majesty of Ascot, the enormous size of Goodwood, the bitter cold of Catterick (where there are more cows … [Read the full story]

Beckham isn’t hanging his boots up yet

David Beckham doesn’t look set to be set to swapping soccer for the sofa anytime soon. The 37-year-old sportsman had reportedly been offered the chance to front his very own sports-based talk show, with US-based company Time Warner Cable said to be ‘desperate’ to secure him as their star attraction. And the Los Angeles Galaxy … [Read the full story]

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