Amazon has grown from a tiny startup operating from a second-hand computer, in founder Jeff Bezos' garage, to a global retail giant with estimated total assets of $131.31 billion. Owning big names such as Zappos, IMDB, LOVEFiLM and Woot, the company accounts for around one-third of all eCommerce sales in the United States and boasts more than 180,000 employees. It also owns the publishing arm, Amazon Publishing, as well as its own TV and film studio, Amazon Studios. Furthermore, the com...Continue Reading
The countdown to Black Friday 2018 has begun, as retailers and consumers gear up to the annual mega-sale pencilled in for 23rd November. The concept began in the United States, when Black Friday was traditionally the day after Thanksgiving - an annual celebration at the end of November. The event has become a market sensation since 2005 and has spread to the UK. It has become the busiest shopping day of the year, on both sides of the Atlantic. Retailers online and in high stre...Continue Reading
The famous British singer, Dame Vera Lynn, known as the "Force's Sweetheart", released one of the best-known wartime anthems of all time, We'll Meet Again, in 1939. Now 101 years old, the veteran star, whose concerts boosted the morale of troops during the Second World War, is still a firm believer in the emotional value of music. As an ambassador for BBC Music Day, which took place on 28th September, she spoke of the "powerful and unique ability" of music to "console and comfort" us. D...Continue Reading
Sven Mandel / CC-BY-SA-3.0The British pop band, Right Said Fred, enjoyed a surprise hit with their debut single, I'm Too Sexy for My Shirt, in 1991 - even though their booking agent sacked them on hearing it because he hated it so much! The band started out in 1989 as a duo, compris...
American singer and songwriter John Denver was a folk music icon who became one of the most popular acoustic artists of the 1970s. Selling more than 33 million records across the world, he released around 300 songs, having written some 200 of them himself. He became one of the United States' most beloved artists of the decade, in part thanks to his wholesome image - as a country boy at heart, he sang about the joy he found in nature and his dislike of city life. Achieving four platinum ...Continue Reading
Iconic British rock band Dire Straits enjoyed sales of more than one million records, becoming one of the world's biggest stadium artists and spending more than 1,100 weeks on the UK albums chart. Formed in 1977, they provided an alternative to punk with their stripped-down sound, demonstrating roots that had emerged from pub rock. Their album, Brothers in Arms, released in 1985, is the eighth best-selling album in the history of the charts, according to the Guinness Book of World Records....Continue Reading
The Avengers was one of the cult television series of the 1960s, starring Patrick Macnee as suave secret agent John Steed, who was accompanied in his crime-fighting endeavours by a succession of glamorous assistants. Produced by ABC Television, it ran for six seasons and 161 episodes, spanning eight years, from 7th January 1961 until 21st May 1969. The series was initially filmed in black and white, but after 25 episodes, it was finally filmed in colour. It became so popular that it was...Continue Reading
© Trinity Mirror / Mirrorpix / Alamy Stock Photo Singer/songwriter Kirsty MacColl was one of Britain's brightest stars of the new wave scene in the 1980s. The Croydon-...Continue Reading