The Mysterious Death Of Edgar Allan Poe.

October 7, 1849 Edgar Allen Poe, the patron-saint of Gothic prose, dies. A far-cry from the talented, eloquent writer we all all know him to be – Poe dies a haggard, frail shell of a man. Four days before, he had been seen at Ryan’s Tavern in Balitmore, crashing into furniture in an apparently-drunken stuporContinue reading “The Mysterious Death Of Edgar Allan Poe.”

Knowledge is Power: The Tilly Smith Story

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 Man Who Saved the World

Stanislav Petrov was a Russian military officer whose career parallelled with the peak of the Cold War. There was major beef unfolding between the USSR and the United States – both sides were involved in a perpetual dick-measuring contest to see who was the true dominant force in the world. By 1983, things were gettingContinue reading “The Man Who Saved the World”

”Follow Your Passion” is Terrible Advice

I was stood on stage at graduation last summer and a man dressed in a gown and mortarboard looked at me square in the eye. ”You’ve done the hard work, now it’s time you follow your passion”. I nodded, thanked him, and pretended I knew what that was. You see, I had heard the phraseContinue reading “”Follow Your Passion” is Terrible Advice”

Are Smartphones Ruining Our Lives?

Back in 2008, I received my first ever phone – the LG Chocolate. I was amazed – it was slick, small, streamlined, sophisticated, had a camera, and could even go on the Internet. I mean, the Internet browser was painfully slow, sure. However, the pure novelty of being able to go online without a computerContinue reading “Are Smartphones Ruining Our Lives?”

Joseph James DeAngelo – Serial Killer, Serial Coward.

Joseph James DeAngelo has pleaded guilty to the crimes that terrorised a state, and left an entire generation scarred for life. It’s a cathartic conclusion to a long and winding road – one that seemed dead-end for years. People had given up hope at one point in time. His arrest, and plea, have finally beganContinue reading “Joseph James DeAngelo – Serial Killer, Serial Coward.”

Carlos Kaiser: Football Fraud

When thinking of the many geniuses in football who have graced us with their presence over the years, I bet the following names come to mind: Diego Maradona Pelé Lionel Messi Ronaldo (the Brazilian) Ronaldinho Alfredo Di Stefano George Best Cristiano Ronaldo You could make a case for any of these players being the greatestContinue reading “Carlos Kaiser: Football Fraud”

Forgiveness Is Power

The Lion by the Ant Was Slain Richard I was one of the most beloved English monarchs ever. Nicknamed Lionheart, his status as a respected leader and brave military general earned him numerous accolades during his brief lifetime. Over 820 years after his death, he is still considered an icon in British and French history. TheContinue reading “Forgiveness Is Power”

A History of Celebrity Culture, and Why it Needs to Die

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”