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Mick O'Hare

Deadly passion, terrible joy: The 1957 Mille Miglia

The story of the fateful real-life race that inspired Michael Mann’s Ferrari movie

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A Spanish gardener in Yorkshire

Today, the man who fled the Spanish civil war for Cleckheaton would’ve been deemed part of an ‘invasion’

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My first day outside of Britain

Back in 1975, the experience of travelling abroad broadened my mind – a foreign concept for Mark Francois

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Last flight of the Concorde

It was the Franco-British aircraft that flew too close to the sun. But could supersonic travel now make a surprise comeback?

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How the communists converted to rugby union

Links with British industry and French universities – through ‘rugger diplomacy’ – helped to turn Romania into a surprising hotbed of the sport

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The women smashing motorsport’s glass ceiling

An all-female team’s battle to win the Le Mans 24-hour race and shake up a stale, male world

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The seagull in space: The cosmic betrayal of Valentina Tereshkova

When the Soviet cosmonaut made her pioneering flight 60 years ago, she was supposed to usher in an era of Soviet “Gagarins in skirts”. What happened?

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‘We felt unstoppable. Then the tanks arrived’

The June 1953 uprising by east Germans has become a footnote to history – but not for the few surviving eyewitnesses

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The Sicilian race against danger

The Targa Florio road race pitted drivers against every imaginable danger.. including stray dogs

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The ‘queen of consciousness’ on 80 years of LSD

Does the psychedelic drug have real benefits, and should it be legalised for medical use? A colleague of acid’s inventor speaks…

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Many trippy returns: LSD turns 80

Is the drug that fuelled sixties counterculture due for a comeback?

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Skating on thin ice

The Elfstedentocht event has been part of Dutch folklore for more than 100 years. But, thanks to climate change, it could well be over for good

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Whatever happened to the Europeans who backed Brexit?

For one reason or another, they celebrated the referendum result. Nearly seven years on, have they changed their minds?

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Chaos and the beautiful game

If a butterfly flaps its wings in Sumatra, who wins the World Cup in Qatar? Examining chaos theory in football

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Rugby league's resistance man

After fighting the Nazis in the second world war, Paul Barrière fought to save his outlawed sport

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The man who reinvented the wheel

Who really was 'The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo'?

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Portraits of a Spain unknown

On Washington DC’s grand 16th Street, an outdoor photography exhibition has brought a fragment of Europe to the new world

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Enduring injustice: the man wrongly blamed for motorsport's worst day

Pierre Levegh’s name is forever linked with a dreadful day almost seven decades ago. As the 70th anniversary approaches, maybe his feat deserves to step out from the shadow of the catastrophe

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The English export winning over Europe

Migration and livestreaming are helping the traditionally English game gain a foothold in mainland Europe at long last

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Goya and the grandad: The art theft that gripped Britain

How the battle over free TV licences for pensioners led to a daring heist in 1961 by an OAP. Possibly...

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Imperial Idiocy: Could ‘Brexit opportunities’ include turning our back on the metric system?

The madness of bringing back measurements no-one understands and most of the world does not use

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The forbidden game: Why there’s a French team with a name that evokes Spain in English rugby league

Catalans Dragons return to action with their eyes on going one step further than last season

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The strange story of the European flag

For many, it inspires cooperation and hope... for others annoyance. But what does the European flag actually stand for?

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The Disaster of Annual: The battle that still haunts Spain

Amid the bloodshed of the 20th century, it remains all but forgotten. But what became known as the Disaster of Annual, 100 years ago this summer, shaped Spain’s traumatic century.

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When cold war broke out in the Olympic swimming pool

Looking back at one of the most notorious episodes in the Games' history, when sport and politics combined in ferocious violence

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The war tour: When the British Lions got a lift from the Royal Navy

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When Fidel Castro kidnapped Juan Manuel Fangio

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The man the Soviet Union left in space

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PR is not the panacea to our dated voting system

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CAMRA - Europe's most successful consumer organisation

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The race to the North Pole and a controversy that has yet to thaw

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Lech Walesa and the making of modern Poland

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