Peter Cook – the British comedy legend on gambling and gambolling

When Peter Cook died unexpectedly in 1995 – as some observed, the first unfunny thing the man had ever done – the outpouring of grief spanned all the world’s oceans and continents. In Hollywood, never his happiest hunting ground, the great and good rushed to pay tribute t...

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Peter Cook – the British comedy legend on gambling and gam...

When Peter Cook died unexpectedly in 1995 – as some observed, the first unfunny thing the man had ever done – the outpouring of grief spanned all the world’s oceans and continents. In Hollywood, never his happiest hunting ground, the great and good rushed to pay tribute to Peter at a memorial service. Among those in attendance was Richard Benjamin, among many things the director of My Favourite Year. Upon taking the dais, Benjamin was quick to point out that he’d never met Peter Cook and was unfamiliar with much of his work. In spite of this, the star of Goodbye Columbus and Catch-22 said he felt compelled to attend the service since what he knew o...

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The History Of eSports: Infographic

From the early days of Space Invaders contests to the billion-dollar betting industry of today.

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The History Of eSports: Infographic

From the early days of Space Invaders contests to the billion-dollar betting industry of today, eSports has come a very long way in next to no time. As with so many technological phenomena, it was birthed by academics, in this case a bunch of SpaceWars enthusiasts at Stanford University. And, following another familiar pattern on the tech front, it was South-East Asia – in particular South Korea – that took a fairly primitive thing and streamlined it in such a way as to make eSports both respectable and profitable. With a future that seems to promise Olympic recognition and tens of billions in annual revenues, eSports is in the rudest possible health. Countless competi...

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