When dreams took wings: The final flight of Amelia Earhart

On 2 July 1937, Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, took off from Lae, Papua New Guinea for Howland Island, some 2,556 statute miles away in the Pacific Ocean.  They were on the last legs of their attempt to make a world flight. T...
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"Sun and Steel": The suicide of Yukio Mishima

In 1956, Yukio Mihsima had achieved his lifelong ambition to become a writer. He had to overcome various obstacles to do so, not the least of which was his father’s strenuous objections. Two years later, he would marry and eventually have t...
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"It's only a gangster movie": The making of "The Godfather"

In 1971, Francis Ford Coppola, the director, often clashed with Gordon Willis, the director of photography, during the shooting of the movie,“The Godfather”. During one such clash, the veteran actor, Marlon Brando, was present and he...
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"Tell me a story": The story of the storyteller Enid Blyton

What kind of mother was Enid Blyton? When the Chinese New Year celebrations commence on 3 February this year, Chinese families worldwide will be having their annual family reunions. Perhaps this would be an appropriate time for us to look at r...
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How to make your first million? Play "Dumb and Dumber"

How about writing yourself a multimillion check?   In 1983, a depressed Canadian comic actor was struggling to make ends meet. He had been trying hard to make a name for himself for the past six years to no avail. He was so unhappy wit...
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