Fela Anikulapo Kuti, born in Abeokuta, Nigeria in 1938, was a singer-composer, trumpet, sax and keyboard player, bandleader, and politician. Kuti was one of Africa’s most controversial musicians and throughout his life he continued to fight for the rights of the common man (and woman) despite vilification, harassment, and even imprisonment by the government of… [Continue Reading]
ON JUNE 22, 1948, Sam King, along with 492 West Indian passengers arrived on the docks of Tilbury, Essex on the SS Empire Windrush. Filled with plucky spirit and buoyed by optimism and anticipation for their new lives in a country they had proudly served during the war, the passengers, most of them ex-servicemen, were the first… [Continue Reading]
Reggae vocalist John Holt, who sang the original version of Blondie’s hit The Tide is High, has died aged 69. His manager Copeland Forbes told the Jamaica Observer he died in a London hospital on Sunday. The cause of death has yet to be confirmed. Holt rose to fame in the 1960s as the lead… [Continue Reading]
THE death of a devoted Carlisle United fan whose courage in the face of adversity impressed everyone who knew him has triggered a flood of tributes. Paul Floyd, 49, was known to hundreds of fellow fans for his lively online banter about the team he loved. But what many did not know was that the former… [Continue Reading]
Human rights campaigner and early member of Amnesty International Helen Bamber has died, the Helen Bamber Foundation has announced. Leading figures from the charity world and film stars Colin Firth and Emma Thompson, have paid tribute to the “human rights icon”. Ms Bamber was a psychotherapist who began helping victims of torture and atrocities aged… [Continue Reading]
A graduate who stood in Waterloo Station and advertised his skills to commuters is now one step closer to landing his dream job. Alfred Ajani, 22, received widespread praise after ditching online application forms and handing out his CV to businessmen and women passing through the busy London terminal. His radical approach to job-hunting has… [Continue Reading]
After their daughter lost her fight with cancer, Dean and Caroline Orchard knew they had to face the devastating task of sorting through her belongings. What they didn’t know was that they would discover something that would make them feel closer to 13-year-old Athena than ever. On the back of her bedroom mirror, the little… [Continue Reading]
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