The story of the first talking picture and the complicated legacy of its star.
The seawater on Maikhao beach was beginning to froth. Like a fresh pint of beer, the bubbles in the ocean formed a white, cream-like foam on the top of the surface. Tilly Smith was ten years old at the time. She was on a Christmas holiday with her parents – for once, Christmas day wasContinue reading “Knowledge is Power: The Tilly Smith Story”
The Catholique cimetière in Saint-Loubès, France, is the resting place of Max Linder – the world’s first movie star. Linder’s on-screen persona was one of a clumsy, bumbling, rich socialite – whose performances were loved by not only the French audience but everyone during the silent-film era. Before World War One, Linder was by farContinue reading “A History of Celebrity Culture, and Why it Needs to Die”
When the first coughs could be heard emanating from the markets of Wuhan in December, I would be willing to bet most people thought nothing of it. It’s December- all kinds of coughs, colds, and cases of flu are going around – no need to panic. However, those coughs would soon progress into a deep,Continue reading “A Hero’s Story: Dr. Li Wenliang”
Perhaps no other decade has shaped our current lives in Britain as much as the 1980s. It was the era where the United Kingdom truly became divided – those living in London led completely different lives to those living in Yorkshire. Young men fresh out of university were scarcely seen without their mobile phones andContinue reading “There’s No Such Thing as Society: The Summer of 1989”
Yep, you read that right – one of the worst puns you’ve probably ever seen in your life. Well, I like it. So I’m keeping it on there, and nobody is going to convince me otherwise. Anyway, if you’ve ever visited Los Angeles or watched any high school-movie, you’ll be familiar with one of theContinue reading “Hallowed Be Thy Waves: The Surprising Spirituality Known as Surfing”
The Golden State of America boasts one of the most incredible and iconic landscapes in the world. Its rolling hills, white Spanish Mission-style houses, and endless sunshine make California one of the most desirable places on the planet. Not to mention its ties to the entertainment industry and the plethora of famous residents who liveContinue reading “Dark Side of Paradise: The Homeless College Students of California”