Achtung, achtung

It's a face that only a mother could love, or if like me you're a Man United fan who saw him play, or better still an England fan on that Saturday of 31st July 1966 when he became immortal.

For the uninitiated, I should explain that the toothless wonder on the left is Nobby Stiles who these days they'd call a ‘holding midfielder’, loosely translated a player who kicks other players and keeps the passes simple. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Strange brew: It seems to have been the summer of faddy food and drink and it continued this week with the sky blue latte on sale in Australia. It costs £4.60 a glass and smells of seaweed, but the algae powder that gives it its colour is supposed to do you a power of good.

Crumbs: But if you thought that was a bit steep for a coffee, think about the £1,500 pastry that has gone on sale in the UK. The ‘Luxury Zebra Cro’ (above) contains cristal rosé champagne caviar, Iranian saffron-infused butter croissant dough, French delicacy Normandy butter, powdered Nutella and the world’s most expensive Amedei Porcelana Chocolate. Read more ›››

Helen Duncan was a spiritualist of the fake variety, but is best remembered as the last woman in Britain to be imprisoned under the Witchcraft Act of 1735.

Duncan was born Helen MacFarlane in Perthshire, Scotland, in 1897. Despite her Presbyterian church background, she shocked her school friends with her hysterical behaviour and dire prophecies. Read more ›››

The Times Diary column is inviting new definitions of foreign phrases and there have been some great suggestions. Such as: coup de grâce = lawnmower; pas de deux = father of twins; hors de combat = belligerent prostitute and; plus ça change = good currency rate.

Or there is par excellence = good at golf; literati = Italian dustmen; espirit de corps = embalming fluid and; commis chef = the person who cooks Jeremy Corbyn's falafel. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Women on top: This may be premature, but Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy is a timely reminder that 21 years ago the t-shirt on the left was withdrawn by Wal-Mart because it was ‘offensive’ to some shoppers and against the company's ‘family values’. A few years earlier shareholders had applied pressure to appoint a woman to its board of directors. That woman was none other than Hillary Rodham Clinton. Read more ›››

‘Ils pensent qu'il a terminé – il a maintenant.’ I'm fairly confident these were not the words used by the French Kenneth Wolstenholme as Geoff Hurst scored the fourth goal in England's 1966 victory in the World Cup final, but I like to think they were.

It's rather scary to be part of history rather than a student, even if it was only as a spectator, but as the country looks back at 1966 and all that, I figured I should add my own recollections. Read more ›››

If the record of Noel Chevasse is impressive for his double Victoria Cross, even more so to my mind is that of William Coltman, the most decorated serviceman of the First World War.

Coltman was born in a village on the outskirts of Burton-on-Trent in 1891. Despite being a deeply religious man and a member of the Plymouth Brethren, he joined the North Staffordshire Regiment as a rifleman. Read more ›››

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