It was 50 years ago today… The #Beatles live on the Ed Sullivan Show – an annotated graphic

Are there any two words in the English language more exciting than ‘The Beatles’? No. 50 years ago today, in February 1964, The Beatles landed at New York’s JFK airport to wave for the first time at thousands of screaming American fans, before going on to charm the pants off the assembled American media scrum awaiting their arrival with curiosity. Two days later, The Beatles played live on the Ed Sullivan show. Bingo bango, game over. The Beatles had won. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading It was 50 years ago today… The #Beatles live on the Ed Sullivan Show – an annotated graphic

#Sochi #Olympics already the most expensive Games in history – an annotated graphic

Perhaps unsurprisingly, in an era of global belt-tightening and all-round cash-strappiness, the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics finds itself overshadowed by gossip and rumour about the excessive cost of putting on these Games. From what is known about the declared expense of building stadia, hotels, Ice Domes, a media centre and such like – not to mention railroads, gas pipelines and a suspiciously over-zealous security system – the negative vibe of the worldwide chatter seems largely justified. Frankly, it’s a joke. In 2007, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said that hosting the Games would cost $12 billion. That’s a … Continue reading #Sochi #Olympics already the most expensive Games in history – an annotated graphic