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Actor George Takei aka Captain Sulu from the original Star Trek television series is the subject of a new biopic, “To Be Takei.”

The movie traces his life from an American born child imprisoned on his native soil with his family in Japanese internment camps to his acting career and Star Trek fame. And continues through to his current pursuits as a LGBT activist and social media mastermind.

Photo by Ann Summa.

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More incredible match ups by photographer Peter Macdiarmid where comparisons have been made from World War 1 with modern day 2014.
Throughout 2014 the First World War’s Centenary will be remembered.

*** WWI ARCHIVE *** BOURNEMOUTH - 1917: Indian soldiers who were wounded fighting at Flanders recuperating at Bournemouth in England, Bournemouth, England, circa 1917. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)
***MODERN DAY*** LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 15: Visitors walk on West Beach on July 15, 2014 in Bournemouth, England.(Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

*** WWI ARCHIVE *** LONDON - 1917: A ‘male’ MKIV tank at the Lord Mayor’s show in November 1917 in London. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
***MODERN DAY*** LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 17: Early morning light at the Bank of England on July 17, 2014 in The City of London, England. Throughout 2014 the First World War’s Centenary will be remembered. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

*** WWI ARCHIVE *** BRIGHTON - circa 1915: Injured Indian soldiers of the British Army at the Brighton Pavilion, converted into a military hospital around 1915 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
***MODERN DAY*** LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 14: In the Music Room at the Royal Pavilion on July 14, 2014 in Brighton, England. Throughout 2014 the First World War’s Centenary will be remembered. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy enjoys herself at a picnic in the 1960s.

On this day 85 years ago Jackie Kennedy Onassis was born.

NEW YORK CITY - OCTOBER 7: Jacqueline Onassis sighted on October 7, 1971 on Madison Avenue in New York City. Photo by Ron Galella

CLICK HERE to watch Ron Galella talking about his favourite subject.

West Indian Arrivals

West Indian immigrants arrive at Victoria Station, London, after their journey from Southampton Docks. Original Publication: Picture Post - 8405 - Thirty Thousand Colour Problems - pub. 1956

Photo by Haywood Magee

Louis Armstrong On Stage

American jazz trumpeter and bandleader Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong (1900 - 1971), shouts after clarinettist Edmund Hall’s solo, on stage during the band’s British tour, May 19, 1956.

Photo by Haywood Magee

"Weird" Al Yankovic has hit number one in album sales for the first time in his 30 year career.

Fashion Archive: Cropped Tops

Model Jeanette Harding, showing her midriff in a short white sweater and wearing a Maltese cross by Paul Stephens, 21st May 1968.

A woman modelling a winter coat with houndstooth trim and matching hat, Rome, circa 1957.
Photo by Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche

HELEN MIRREN photographed in 1995 by TERRY O’NEILL

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