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THE YOUNGEST SUPPORTER

That ardent devotee of Watford Football Club Elton John tells me his three month old son Zachary already has a complete Watford outfit thanks to club manager Malky Mackay and, he says, he can’t wait to take the lad to his first game. “I want hm to grow up supporting Watford as I’ve...

A TRIBUTE TO MUHAMMAD ALI (AND MICKY BRENNAN)

For more than a decade I was a boxing writer, covering nearly all of Mike Tyson’s fights for the Daily Telegraph, along with the title fights of Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, and  Lennox Lewis’s ascension to the world heavyweight title. During that time I became good ...

DOGS’ LIVES

Quite a contrast between the lives of these two dogs sleeping in doorways and scavenging for food in Cartagena and these California dogs who have toys to play with, sleep on living room couches and have chicken cooked for them every evening. The only common denominator is that when they’re awa...

COLOMBIAN PRESIDENT REVEALS PLANS FOR A NEW CITY

 While in Cartagena I landed an interview with Colombia’s President, Juan Manuel Santos, who attended the London School of Economics, speaks fluent English and is familiar with the Daily Telegraph, the newspaper I work for.   The successor to President Uribe, President Santos took office in ...

WELL, I SUPPOSE THERE ARE A LOT WORSE PLACES

Many times when stuck in a traffic jam of cars heading for the beach parking lots or circling the downtown area vainly in search of a vacant meter because all the public parking structures are full, I have despaired of life in Santa Monica. The tranquil little city I knew when I first moved here has...

BOTERO—–THE BIG PICTURE

Beauty, they say, is in the eye of the beholder but even so, to me one of the great art world mysteries is many people’s fascination for the works of Ferdinand Botero, the Colombian-born artist who likes his women big, bigger and HUGE. A classic example is the giant woman who reclines in the P...

OOPS! HUCKABEE DOES IT AGAIN!

  It seems as if potential Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has put his foot in his mouth yet again.   This time Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas who continues to insist that President Obama grew up in Kenya, has set his sights on the Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman ...

A DANGEROUS PROFESSION

During my (admittedly long ago) days as a foreign correspondent my colleagues and I kept as low a profile as possible, preferring not to disclose our profession to possible hostile forces. How things have changed! In strife-torn Colombia I noticed that foreign correspondents not only wear special ja...

Toront -3: Colin Firth, Javier Bardem…

9 am: An interview with Andrew Garfield Andrew has recently starred in the British film, Never Let Me Go, alongside Carry Mulligan and Kira Knightly. This young, solemn and articul......

Toronto -2 Ben Affleck, Ed Norton and 127 hours

8 am. Following a breakfast at Four Seasons hotel, the stars of the new Ben Affleck's film “The Town,” marched one by one to talk about it. There was Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner Rebecca ......

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