Who was Sir Francis Drake and did he sail around the world in The Golden Hind?

But what else is he known for and what was the Golden Hind? Here's the lowdown… Who was Sir Francis Drake? Sir Francis Drake was born in Tavistock, Devon and was an English sea captain, privateer, slave trader and explorer in the Elizabethan era. In 1567, Drake made one of the first English slaving voyages as part of a fleet […]

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Sir Alastair Cook: From captain to knightwatchman

Mere months after walking away from the grind of international cricket, Alastair Cook's record-breaking efforts in an England shirt have been recognised with a knighthood. Not the most stylish of batsmen but unquestionably among the most efficient, the left-handed opener's 12,472 runs in 161 Tests places him among an elite international list. Urned it: Alastair Cook after winning the 2013 […]

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Millionaire aristocrat Sir Benjamin Slade, 72, brands British women 'fussy' on Italian TV as he continues desperate bid to find a young wife he can 'breed' with

Sir Benjamin Slade, a millionaire from Somerset, also claimed that all men want to sleep with Italian women but he didn't want any applicants from "the jungle". The wealthy landowner, who has been married twice before, hit the headlines earlier this year for his stunt to find a wife who can provide him with sons. The millionaire descendent of King […]

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Harry Redknapp on why Sir Alex Ferguson would happily watch horse racing with him 15 minutes before kick off

Redknapp, 71, has emerged as a popular figure on ITV's I'm a Celeb 2018. And in the latest instalment of story time with the ex-Tottenham boss, he revealed his admiration for Sir Alex Ferguson – while revealing their pre-match ritual whenever they came up against each other. He said: “Every manager after every game came in your office. Fergie was always […]

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Who is Sir Simon McDonald? Head of the Diplomatic Service and long-serving civil servant at the FCO

Although headed by the Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, much of the Foreign Office's work is conducted by its Permanent Under Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service Sir Simon McDonald. Who is Sir Simon McDonald? Sir Simon McDonald is the Permanent Under Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Sir Simon joined the British […]

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Sir Elton John is star of this year’s John Lewis Christmas advert

Step into Christmas! Sir Elton John is revealed as star of this year’s John Lewis festive advert as retailer breaks with tradition to tell tear-jerking story of how he rose to stardom after unwrapping his first piano John Lewis has taken its 2018 Christmas campaign in a new direction by choosing a big star at its heart Your Song is […]

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David Natzler is retiring next year after bullying scandal

Parliament’s most senior official Sir David Natzler announces he is retiring next year after Westminster was rocked by bullying and sex harassment scandals Speaker John Bercow announced Sir David’s retirement in March next year  It comes in the wake of Dame Laura Cox’s damning report into harassment Mr Bercow has come under massive pressure to step down over the findings  e-mail View comments Parliament’s […]

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Sir Ian McKellen reveals he and Judi Dench SAT on the Queen’s throne

Sir Ian McKellen reveals he and Judi Dench SAT on the Queen’s throne as he jokes ‘Buckingham Palace brings out the worst in you’ He’s an iconic star of stage and screen, and was handed a knighthood in 1991. And Ian McKellen joked that ‘Buckingham Palace brings out the worst in you’ in an interview set to air on Friday’s Graham […]

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Sir David Attenborough, 92, ditches the BBC and moves to Netflix

Sir David Attenborough, 92, ditches the BBC and moves to Netflix for a blockbuster series to highlight the harm humans pose to the planet Sir David narrates eight-part Netflix show Our Planet which premieres next April 92-year-old Sir David has worked with the BBC for more than 60 years and narrated blockbuster nature shows including Blue Planet and Planet Earth […]

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