" But this I know; the writer who possesses the creative gift owns something of which he is not always master—something that at times strangely wills and works for itself.... If the result be attractive, the World will praise you, who little deserve praise; if it be repulsive, the same World will blame you, who almost as little deserve blame. "
Charlotte Bronte

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Battle of Mogadishu Begins

In 1992, US armed forces, together with the UN, undertook a joint operation to restore order in Somalia, a country wracked by civil war and severe famine. When US special operations forces attempted to arrest members of Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid's militia organization, their helicopters were shot down and an urban battle ensued. Eighteen US servicemen and between 3,000 and 5,000 Somalis died in the fighting. What terrorist allegedly trained some of Aidid's men?



F for Fake

F for Fake (1974) is the last major film completed by Orson Welles. It is a brilliantly edited investigation of the nature of authorship and authenticity, incorporating the story of professional art forger Elmyr de Hory, Clifford Irving's fabricated biography of Howard Hughes, and Welles's personal reflections on his infamous broadcast of The War of the Worlds. Early in the film, Welles vows that everything seen in the next hour will be true. What happens exactly one hour later?

Born on a day like today


Stevie Ray Vaughan

Vaughan was one of America's most influential electric blues guitarists. His unique sound was created with the use of heavy strings, and his style drew frequent comparisons to that of Jimi Hendrix. Vaughan's 1989 album In Step won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album, and in 2003, Rolling Stone magazine named him the seventh greatest guitarist of all time. His career was tragically cut short when he died in a helicopter crash in 1990. What was Vaughan's "first wife"?

Last updated on Saturday, 3rd October 2009

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