George Michael

A true British icon, singer-songwriter and genuinely nice guy, George Michael sold more than 115 million records worldwide before his sudden death at the age of 53 in 2016. After rising to fame as part of the award-winning pop group Wham, George announced that he was gay in 1998, although women all over the world continued to adore the music genius. George's philanthropic nature had always been at the forefront of everything he did and in 1984, he joined forces with other pop stars to form...
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1966 World Cup

Football's biggest trophy, the FIFA World Cup 2018, will be held in Russia from 14th June to 15th July - and with England currently top of qualifying group 'F', it looks like they'll be one of the 32 finalists lining up for the championship. England achieved an emphatic 4-0 win against Malta on 1st September, followed by a 2-1 win against Slovakia on 4th September to remain top of their group. Whether they can win the prized trophy next year - emulating England's only success in the compet...
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Gordon Ramsey

Gordon Ramsay is one of the most famous chefs in the world, not only because of his upmarket restaurants and popular TV programmes such as Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares but also because of his fiery temper and often choice language. Anyone who has fallen foul of Gordon's temper has soon regretted it! People watching his TV shows and marvelling at his skills in turning around struggling restaurants and hotels may be surprised to learn that Gordon almost had a totally different career - he was...
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Desert Orchid

Desert Orchid was a much-loved English racehorse who became an icon - he was voted the fifth best National Hunt racehorse in history, thanks to his determination and front-running style which saw him famously win the 1989 Cheltenham Gold Cup. The grey racehorse - whose pet name was Dessie - won a total of 34 races during his long career, including four victories in the prestigious King George VI Steeple Chase. Continue Reading

Ferrari

Car manufacturer Ferrari produces some of the world's most prestigious and easily-recognisable vehicles with fine smooth lines, typical bright red colour and possibly the most iconic emblem in the motor industry, the legendary prancing horse. Born in Modena, Italy in 1898, the luxury car's founder Enzo Ferrari was a former motor racing driver who drove for Alfa Romeo in 1924 and went on to set up the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix team in 1929. He devoted his life to designing and producing s...
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Homes Under the Hammer

Homes Under the Hammer is the BBC's most successful ever show in the 10am slot, with a 30% share of the morning television market. Since May 2003, the renovation and auction series features not only homes but also commercial and industrial properties which are bought at auction - they often require substantial improvements. The simple format has remained unchanged throughout the show's 14-years, as the purchased properties are refurbished and then revisited by the presenters to check how t...
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The O2

The O2 Arena is one of London's premier venues for massive live stage performances. It's bigger than New York's Madison Square Garden and the Manchester Evening News Arena - accommodating 20,000 people - and has become the best-selling arena in the world, attracting more than two million visitors each year.   Design The O2 was originally built at a cost of more than £800 million as part of the UK's millennium celebrations. The impressive white Millennium Dome op...
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Smeg

Based in Guastalla, northern Italy, the global home appliance manufacturer Smeg is renowned for its iconic range of high end domestic appliances. Recognised as being tasteful and traditional in style, their products complement the home's ambience and style. The company bases its success on attention to detail, with the design and materials aimed at ensuring the appliances take centre stage in the home rather than blending into the background. This is achieved through the internal design st...
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Chanel

Chanel is a global phenomenon: a brand with origins in early 20th century France that is arguably the world's most famous fashion and fragrance house, retaining its classic sophistication while remaining on trend with its new innovations. The Chanel brand is synonymous with timeless, sophisticated designs - such as the little black dress and trademark classic suit - and of course famous fragrances, including the iconic Chanel No 5 associated with glamorous celebrities like Marilyn Monroe. ...
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The Orient Express

The long-distance passenger train, the Orient Express, is a name associated with luxury travel, intrigue and opulence - largely thanks to being featured in one of legendary author Agatha Christie's most famous crime novels, Murder on the Orient Express. The original Orient Express was created in 1883 by Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits, providing a long-distance passenger service. It had several routes, although the two cities most commonly associated with the train are Constantino...
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