How the star-studded relationship between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp fell apart amid claims of violence and abuse Johnny Depp's high-profile libel claim against the publisher of The Sun is over allegations he was violent towards his ex-wife Amber Heard during their relationship - claims the Hollywood star vehemently denies. … [Read more...] about Inside Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s ill-fated trip to Australia: How Hollywood’s most volatile marriage spiralled into a ‘three-day hostage situation’ on the Gold Coast leaving the actor hospitalised after being ‘hit with a flying vodka bottle’
Big game hunter
On 1 July 1940, when Baker was 15 years old, the secretary of state for air in Britain issued the “Destruction of Peregrine Falcons Order”. Adult and juvenile birds were to be shot, eyasses killed in the nests, eggs smashed and eyries disrupted. The order was made under wartime emergency defence regulations: peregrines were deemed too great a threat to the carrier pigeons that RAF bomber crews routinely took with them on flights. If a plane ditched at sea and a location could not be radioed through, the pigeons would be released with a leg tag to report their position. Falcons were dispensable, airmen were not – and so the falcons died. During the six years that the destruction order was in force, around 600 peregrines were shot, and unnumbered eyasses and eggs were destroyed. In certain counties – especially in southern England – peregrines were almost exterminated. By the time the order was lifted in 1946, the number of nesting pairs in England had been … [Read more...] about Violent spring: The nature book that predicted the future
Simon Dennis: inheritance recipient, £300,000+ When Mum died of breast cancer I was only eight. It was difficult for us. Life insurance paid for childminders and a housekeeper as Dad was working full-time. It also helped pay for me to go to university. In January 2000, after I had graduated, I got a call from the police. A solemn voice explained that an officer was going to come and meet me. It turned out a friend of my dad’s hadn’t heard from him for a while, unexpectedly – I was away, my brother, too – so he called 999. They eventually broke the door down and found him on the floor. … [Read more...] about Pennies from heaven: what’s it like to suddenly become rich?
They encouraged him to get help. He had counselling at the student health service, and in his third year, referred himself to the adult problem gambling clinic in London, where he had about a dozen CBT sessions. “Although we felt it helped to some extent, it didn’t stop him,” Martin says. They eventually paid for private hypnotherapy at a Harley Street clinic. “After about the fourth session, he gambled on the way home. And he said to us, ‘You may as well save your money, it’s not doing any good.’ He just couldn’t stop.” … [Read more...] about ‘My son was shaking, trying not to go online’: how the gambling industry got its claws into children
Jimmy Connors For longevity, determination and sheer will to win, I would put Jimmy Connors at the top. Nowadays players go on for ever, but the playing career was much shorter in Connors’ era. He competed and won at the highest level for 10 years, claiming his second Wimbledon title eight years after his first – by which time he had been written off as past it. To top it off, he won all of his grand slam titles – two at Wimbledon, five at the US Open and one at the Australian Open – with the same tiny T2000 racket that might have been revolutionary in 1968, but had long since past its sell-by date. … [Read more...] about The greatest male tennis player of the last 50 years: the fans’ verdict