On this day…in 1618

Sir Walter Raleigh was an English explorer, soldier and writer who was imprisoned in the Tower of London and eventually put to death after being accused of treason by James I. Before serving in the Huguenot army in France he studied at Oxford, and became a favorite of Queen Elizabeth after serving in her army … [Read the full story]

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has a ‘new friend’

Her passionate affairs with English rock stars including Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton helped build her reputation as a man-eating party girl. But now that she is France’s First Lady and an expectant mother, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy might notice a few eyebrows being raised at the identity of her latest ‘close friend’. He is Pete Doherty, … [Read the full story]

Clive James fights leukaemia

Clive James has been secretly fighting leukaemia for more than a year. Clive, 71, was diagnosed with the killer disease in January 2010. He bravely kept his illness to himself until journalist friend Luke Slattery guessed he wasn’t well and wrote to him. In 2010 Clive was hauled in to hospital for kidney failure…and was … [Read the full story]