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A young gladiator shall rise again

Gladiator: Fight for Freedom Simon Scarrow Published by Puffin Books ISBN 978 0 141 33363 2

Monday, 27 June, 2011, 12:00am

Channel hop

What would we do without television? If we had lived in Roman times, we may very well have popped down to the amphitheatre to watch people fight each other, or ferocious beasts, to the death.

26 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Horrible Histories: Ruthless Romans

The developers of Horrible Histories: Ruthless Romans have found the right balance between education and entertainment.

26 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Speed stunts

With roaring engines and stunning motorcycle stunts, the Garcia Thrill Riders put on an exciting show for the crowd at East Point City on New Year's Eve. The performers, a family of three - father Leo, mother Getti and son Maximus Garcia - added to the mall's festive atmosphere.

2 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Gladiator girls steal show

While some corporate parties adopt a strict door policy, others are more welcoming and Citigroup is one of them. 'We've had so many people come in, we have to wait for people to come out before we could let more people in,' says Sashi Rana, Asia Pacific senior project manager of conference and event planning.

1 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Crowe, PM among well-wishers

The esteem in which Shane Dye is held in Australia was reflected when he received a personal note from Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, wishing him a speedy recovery.

He was also buoyed by a hand-written letter from actor Russell Crowe who, like Dye, is a New Zealander who made it big on the world stage.

30 Jun 2006 - 12:00am


Do you know what an epic is? You're just 80 pages away from finding out. The dictionary defines an epic as being a literary or dramatic composition that resembles an extended narrative poem which celebrates heroic feats. Peter Gram's story Gladiator has all the key components required in an epic.

17 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Modern-day gladiators battle to revive spectacle of ancient Rome

Actors Russell Crowe and Joachin Phoenix might not be the guests of Italy 2003, but some gladiators are. A dozen of them have arrived in Hong Kong, disembarking from the plane wearing togas and baffling immigration officers who might not have expected them.

12 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

At the box office

The top 10 films at North American cinemas 1 (1) US$27.0M Mission: Impossible 2. Tom Cruise stars, John Woo directs and the action comes thick and fast.

2 (*) US$25.6M Big Momma's House. Martin Lawrence plays Malcolm Turner, an FBI agent who goes undercover as an XXX-sized mother-in-law.

8 Jun 2000 - 12:00am

Trivia file

Gladiator: British director Ridley Scott has hit box-office gold once again with his fabulous Roman epic. Although being out-grossed by some of the big earners over the US Memorial Day weekend - including blockbusters Mission: Impossible 2, Dinosaur and Shanghai Noon - the film still dragged in ticket sales estimated at US$17.3 million (HK$134.8 million).

31 May 2000 - 12:00am

Fight night

We are going to hear much about Roman gladiators in the coming months when Ridley Scott's latest epic hits our cinemas. But tonight's Gladiator (Pearl, 9.35pm) of the same name has nothing to do with it.

This, in contrast, is about the type of depraved gladiatorial battles that go on across the modern world, at street level and in sordid, sweaty sports rings.

20 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Solid gold

Bird's nest soup is a pleasant enough dish but I am not sure it is really worth all the effort.

As tonight's documentary White Gold (World, 8pm) shows, collecting the raw materials is such a delicate craft that it has become a restricted occupation, tightly controlled and handed down from generation to generation.

12 Mar 1998 - 12:00am