How much sunken treasure is still out there?

The idea that there are wrecks full of treasure, sitting on the ocean floor waiting to be salvaged, might seem fanciful, but it’s entirely true. And it is estimated that there is around $60 billion of unclaimed treasure still out there. UNESCO has said that there are as many as three million shipwrecks at the…

Travel: Lisbon

Europe’s most westerly capital city often gets overshadowed by Madrid and Barcelona, the twin giants of its Spanish neighbour, but Lisbon is one of the best short-break cities in the continent. Cheaper, less crowded and with a food scene that is fast becoming home of some of the best value for money dining anywhere, the…

Are there really more people alive now, than have ever lived?

This “fact” was repeated in many places recently when the world’s population reached the seven billion mark. It was a significant moment and some sought to emphasise the population explosion by repeating this startling piece of information. For the statement to be true, however, there would obviously need to be fewer than seven billion people…

Are 11,416 sharks being killed every hour?

It seems staggering, but based on the most recent figures from Marine Policy, who say 100million sharks are being killed every year, it would appear that this daily rate of slaughter is indeed the case. The recent Marine Policy report stated that the exact number of sharks killed could actually be anywhere between 63 million…

Pele: What I’ve Learned

At the 1958 World Cup our opponents didn’t really know much about us as there was very little television back then. My goal in the quarter-final is quite famous, but I spoke to my friends at the time and they had only heard the goal on the radio. People wanted to see it but TV was…

Homeland – the best drama this year

United States Special Forces raid a terrorist safe house in Iraq and, by chance, discover a Marine sniper who had gone missing eight years ago. American POW, Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), has been tortured but seemingly not broken, and he returns home an instant American hero. At the same time, CIA analyst Carrie Mathison (Claire…