Donald Trump, with lengthy tie, attends Annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald, BGC and GFI at BGC Partners, INC on September 12, 2016 in New York City. File photograph: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald

Coverage of big, swinging ties drowned out by inconsequential political reportage

With more and more people now owning a pod coffee machine, “craft coffee” has now appeared on the radar.

It can’t be long before offering a guest a Nespresso will be tantamount to offering him/her a bottle of Smithwicks or a glass of (...)

Something got torn in the natural order when actors and singers decided, on the back of a successful film or album, that they would now solve  global problems. Photograph:  Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for WSJ

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at the forefront of celebrities taking on intractable global problems

U2: Happy birthday

The band have been together for four decades, but have you been paying attention to their exploits? Test your Bono-ology and knowl(...)

 The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr, Adam Clayton and Bono  at a signing of their  book “U2 by U2”, in London, 2006. Photograph:   MJ Kim/Getty Images

Auditions for the ‘Larry Mullen Band’ were held on September 25th, 1976, in the drummer’s kitchen

Peig Sayers: Though Brian Boyd studied her book, he speaks better Spanish, Italian and Portuguese than he does Irish

Though I read ‘Peig’, appreciate Red Lemonade and say ‘fillum’, national identity means nothing to me

Lol Tolhurst and Robert Smith of the Cure. Photograph: Fin Costello/Redferns

Former member Lol Tolhurst’s account soars when talking about the Cure’s early days

On a purely nutritional level alone Starbucks should be banished. A cup of black coffee contains 2 calories; some of Starbucks’ coffees contain over 500 calories a cup. Photograph: Alan Betson

....and they can take their Frappuccinos with them

The clickity-clicks speak for themselves: first-person accounts of alcoholism, mental health issues and serious physical illness attract eyeballs the way a 2,000 word think piece on a geo-political matter rarely do.

Is it a race to the bottom or just giving people what they want?

Anyone for a hygge: try a little cosiness

It’s turning your home into ‘nest’ – lock your phone away in a sustainably harvested wood box, invite your friends around and ba(...)

Apple CEO Tim Cook - a close personal friend of Brian Boyd

Ireland is in a spot of bother with Apple but it could all be sorted out with a good chat, says Brian Boyd

Law unto himself: Francis Cosby, known euphemistically as an “enforcer”,  butchered the native Irish

Stradbally’s first lord of the manor was given his Irish property by Queen Elizabeth I as a reward for his enthusiastic suppressio(...)

For the average twenty or thirtysomething, Electric Picnic comes in at a minimum of €500 for the weekend.  Photo : Haydn West/PA

The music festival hasn’t even started and already I feel like I’ve been to it 10 times this week alone

‘Just as with the Brexit vote, the BBC should be analysing these figures by socio-economic class and level of education and passing patronising judgment on same.’ Photograph: BBC

Brian Boyd: I’d rather throw myself on top of a funeral pyre than watch Mrs Brown’s Boys. But the programme wasn’t commissioned wi(...)

Mick Wall has done his research for this biography, delivering a rounded portrait of the Paisley Park star, but it falls short o(...)

‘Dr Lisa Bardack, Clinton’s personal doctor, wrote a two-page medical report which concluded that the 69-year-old candidate is in “excellent physical health”.’  Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP

‘If we continue down this health probe road, we are faced with the appalling vista of a Donald Trump live colonoscopy on our TV sc(...)

‘What are Michael Phelps’s staggering 22 Olympic gold medals if not a single powerful anecdote for the quack therapy of cupping?’ Photograph: EPA/Zsolt Czegledi

Gwyneth Paltrow has consciously uncoupled from her Goop lifestyle publication

Pace yourself: if you’re over 40 and work 60 hours a week your cognitive ability could be worse than that of someone who doesn’t work at all, according to the study. Photograph: Alistair Berg/Digital Vision/Getty

An Australian study suggests a three-day week is best once you’re past your 30s. It’s not that simple, say Irish experts

James Morrissey, owner of the Late Late Bar New York

As traditional Irish hostelries in US decline, Nu Irish Bars are gaining momentum

Rat pack: Bob Geldof and the band in the late 1970s. Photograph: Ian Dickson/Redferns

They were the shows that never happened. Now, nearly 40 years after Bob Geldof’s band were meant to play at Leopardstown, the grou(...)

Vanderlei de Lima of Brazil (left) is grabbed by Irish ex-priest Neil Horan during the men’s Olympic marathon at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

Ireland must honour promises made to Vanderlei de Lima after 2004 Olympics

John Lennon’s Austin Princess Limousine Hearse is expected to realise more than $400,000 at Sotheby’s

Rock musicians know what to buy, but even U2 can make a mistake on values

Bono sprays the audience with water  at the SSE Arena, Belfast  last November.   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Songs of Experience could be released as soon as September or October

Channel 4’s Naked Attraction:  160 people have  complained but thousands called in asking how to apply to be on the show.

That we now live our lives through camera phones and Instagram filters means the human body has never before been so centre stage.(...)

I don’t want to hear about their night in Temple Bar, how dreamy Connemara is and nothing whatsoever about their time in the Guinness Storehouse or the Titanic exhibition. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

What we have to endure from ill-informed foreigners is tantamount to a hate crime in today’s language

World changers: Einstein, Newton and Archimedes made breakthroughs while doing nothing. Photo: Apic/Getty

It says something about the supersaturated, always-connected world we live in that some of us find the idea of doing nothing distr(...)

 Bob Geldof,  who criticised revellers for wearing Primark clothes as he unleashed an expletive-filled tirade at at Brentwood Festival on Sunday. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The bad man used ‘F-word’ at a rock festival and people needed counselling

The Picnic to Discuss Brexit: Generation Snowflake went to London’s Green Park to express their anger at Brexit. They forgot only 36 per cent of them bothered to vote. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty

For all their daft Pollyanna nonsense, at least they realise that people really do matter

The shocking pallor of my exposed milk bottle white skin first prompted a mother to give out to her young child for pointing at me.

'Those people who have seen me naked avert their eyes for fear of snow blindness'

A scene from  the Scandi-noir TV series The Bridge

Entire magazine articles have been given over to tracking down the interior design wonders from Borgen

Paul Klebnikov: This week the US Department of State (Paul was a New Yorker of Russian lineage) called for an end to “the culture of impunity” seemingly afforded those responsible for his death. File photograph: Misha Japaridze/AP

A few days after he wrote about the 100 wealthiest people in Russia someone in a Lada with tinted windows shot Paul Klebnikov dead(...)

Kanye’s real deal or lookalikes? George W Bush, Anna Wintour, Donald Trump, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, Ray J, Amber Rose, Caitlyn Jenner and Bill Cosby with the star in the video

Everyone from Donald Trump and Bill Cosby to Taylor Swift and Rihanna seems to share a bed in the hip hop star’s controversial vid(...)

Hae Min Lee: the murder victim in the Serial case. Her family has remained silent.

In the enduring success of the most listened to podcast, Hae Min Lee’s voice has been lost

Iceland simply became an Ireland tribute act, and because tribute acts have the advantage of being cheaper and less high maintenance than the Prima Donnas they are copying, they’re riding this for all it’s worth. Iceland are even better than the real thing. EPA/ROBERT GHEMENT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

The sooner we come to terms with the reality that we are no longer the small European island everyone is talking about the better (...)

Declan Lynch. Photograph: Julien Behal

A gambler’s morality tale has a similar emotional pull to the best of John le Carré

The fact that festivals have entered the mainstream and taken such a hold over our summer discourse and media coverage is down to their transgressive past. Photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

Brian Boyd: If you must go to a music festival . . . please keep it to yourself

From Italia '90 to Euro 2016, finding the music to match the football footage is an art

Revolver: The Beatles made the leap from She Loves You to Tomorrow Never Knows in three short years

1966 was the year of Revolver, Blonde on Blonde and Pet Sounds – and, from The Kinks and The Byrds, the first concept and psyched(...)

World domination: Paul McCartney and the other Beatles in the late 1960s. Photograph: Bips/Getty Images

Philip Norman’s doorstopper biography of the ‘cute Beatle’ is thrillingly thorough stuff

Donal Trump  tweeted an infographic about crime which had it that 81 per cent of white murder victims were killed by black people. The source of this figure was given in the tweet as “the Crime Statistics Bureau – San Francisco” - which turned out not to exist. File photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

A liar cares about truth - he must, to conceal it from his audience. The bullshitter is indifferent

Five go on a gluten-free picnic: Joanna Lumley says it’s Enid Blyton’s “moral exactitude that is so appealing”

Baby boomers will be able to wallow again in the uncomplicated world of their childhood reading – now with added irony

Reginald D Hunter: “I’m duty-bound to say what I think”

The comedian, who has taken flak for use of the N-word and other explosive material, is worried about freedom of expression

“Whereas we have legally enshrined the right of people not to be judged on race, gender, sexuality, faith, age and disability, can we really legislate against what is known as ‘lookism’ – the last great ‘ism’ of our times?”

Studies show physical appearance has a lot to do with our financial and societal value

When a fan turned music journalist goes on tour with The Rolling Stones, access all areas fuels a forensically observed insider (...)

President Michael D Higgins’s wife Sabina said on Wednesday it was an “outrage” against women that in the case of “foetal abnormality” a person should be “made carry” the baby. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

It is purely convention that President’s spouse does not speak publicly on politics

Nicholas Bowens (9) and Graham Bowens (12) from Kildare: this year’s Happy Heart public appeal is on Thursday, May 5th, and Friday, May 6th

The Irish Heart Foundation’s Happy Heart appeal needs you – please help make genetic heart disease less traumatic for kids

When the late singer was heading for Ireland in 2011 he agreed to talk to Brian Boyd. It wasn’t a run-of-the-mill encounter

Latest superinjunction in the UK highlights double standards when it comes to keeping private lives private

Kesha’s legal plight has become an issue of how the legal system in general views and treats allegations of rape of physical and verbal harassment against women

The singer-songwriter is in a legal battle over her contract with Sony Music’s Kemosabe label

Cody Mitschelin (14) gained viral fame after mowing lawns in order to take his girlfriend out for a pizza.

He just wanted to buy his girlfriend a pizza. Then the internet had to go and spoil it all

Maria Sharapova: Admitted failing a drugs test. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

The failure to make the sport transparently clean has done near irreparable damage

Madonna performs in concert at the Rod Laver Arena  in Melbourne, Australia. Photograph: Graham Denholm/Getty Images

Outrage over Madonna gig is latest example of the egotism of the professionally offended

Donald Trump is topping polls, even though he repels many people. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty

Just when you thought Old White Men had had their day, they are heading for the top

Missing home? Not feeling your Irishness? Here come Luke Kelly, Christy Moore and The Blades to the rescue

Maria Sharapova promoting Tag Heuer watches: Of the estimated $30 million that Sharapova earns each year, about $23 million comes from sponsorship and endorsement deals

She is a bigger hitter for her sponsorship deals than for her tennis. After her drug-test failure and apology, what next for the h(...)

Neil Young, who sent Donald Trump a cease and desist letter after the Trump campaign used Rockin’ in the Free World at its rallies. Photograph:  David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

A recent Rolling Stone poll called out the US presidential candidates on their favourite music – who knew Hillary Clinton was into(...)

 Beyonce performs during hafl time at  Super Bowl 50: Her performance was an unprecedented moment in popular music culture. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

She has become a weather vane for our times - complete with all the miserable stupidity which that entails

Alan and Gerry Keery run the Cereal Killer Cafe in Shoreditch. Anti-gentrification protesters told them to get out.

Whether Dublin rises up in protest against the presence of a Cereal Cafe among its streets broad and narrow remains to be seen. (...)

Ancient grains, whether from Tutankhamun’s tomb or Noah’s Ark, have transfixed US consumers

Final bow: Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston and Matt LeBlanc at the end of the final Friends, in 2004

Monica, Joey, Phoebe, Rachel, Ross and Chandler starred in sitcom that never grew up

Which classic Bowie song from his unique and glittering catalogue was your favourite?

David Bowie  died on Januray 10th surrounded by family according to his social media accounts.  Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

As Johnny Marr once said: ‘There are musicians who are influenced by him that don’t realise it’

US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. What ‘Serial’ have is extensive and recent long-form, open-ended interviews with Bergdahl which go into the very specific reasons why he deserted his post. Photograph: US Army/Reuters

What gets lost amid ceaseless chatter about Serial and its peers is fact that families will be visiting graveyards this Christmas (...)

Marc Carroll: “I actually did wonder if it was worth making another record – would anyone care or listen to it?”

The Dubliner counts Bob Dylan and Neil Young among his fans and gets rave reviews for his music, but you’ll never hear him on ra(...)

Adele with presenter Nick Grimshaw at BBC Radio 1 where she was promoting her new single Hello from the album, 25. photograph: @R1breakfast/BBC/PA Wire

Multitudes on social media confess to having contacted their old flames after hearing power ballad

Bono performing in U2’s “iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE” tour, September 2015. Photograph: Paul Bergen/AFP/Getty Images

In a fast car in Italy, the U2 singer takes a ride through the band’s Dublin roots

 U2 in concert at Turin’s Pala Alpitour Arena, Italy, as the band kicks off the European leg of their Innocence and Experience tour,  Saturday, September 5th, 2015. Photograph: Danny North/U2/PA Wire

Band to perform two gigs in Belfast’s SSE Arena and four in Dublin’s 3Arena

A centrepiece of the performance is the band calling on the British governement to make public the files on the Dublin/Monaghan bombings of 1974. Photograph: Alessandro Di Marco

‘We are coming home ... we just had to make it happen,’ Bono tells Brian Boyd in Turin

U2 open their European tour at Turin Pala Alpitour on Friday. Photograph: Danny North

Management unable to confirm end-of-year dates or venue as European leg of tour begins

Come scream with me: Harry Styles of One Direction. Photograph: Mat Hayward/Getty

Five years into their stratospheric career Harry Styles and the rest of the band are a money-minting jukebox. Their coming ‘hiatus(...)

Yuccies – cherish ‘craft’ beer and ‘artisanal’ food, like ‘authentic’ holiday destinations – are hipster versions of yuppies: th(...)

Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand during his Men’s Singles match against Alejandro Falla of Colombia on day one of the 2015 French Open at Roland Garros. Photograph:  Julian Finney/Getty Images

A British 30-something has written a ‘bewildering’ account of his 10-year-plus obsession with tennis giant Roger Federer

 Brian Boyd in hospital after his heart attack.

You’d think someone who plays tennis, cycles, swims and is in the same shape as his 17-year-old self would be the last person to b(...)

U2 frontman Bono flings water at the crowd during the band’s first concert of their new world tour in Vancouver. Photograph: Jonathan Hayward/AP

The 360 shows were the highest-grossing tour of all time. The Irish band’s new one, Innocence + Experience, is a series of intimat(...)

“Something about typing leads to mindless processing. And something about ink and paper prompts students to go beyond recording new information, to process and reframe it.”

Laptop-use in classrooms should be viewed with a healthy dose of caution, and they may be doing more harm than good

Terse: Taylor Swift criticised the Princeton Review, a firm that helps US students prepare for exams, for misquoting one of her lyrics in a test paper. Photograph: Kevin Mazur/Wireimage/Getty

Celebrities Taylor Swift and Kelsey Grammer have become champions of good English. But even being a ‘cool grammarian’ has its ru(...)

Connected: ‘I’ve been living in Moscow most of my adult life. I work in the shopping centre retail business and co-own the Nobu restaurant here. When I’m not in a suit I’m performing live or recording’
Not Eminem. Just Emin

Billionaire Azerbaijani pop star Emin, already big in Russia, has set his sights on Ireland

‘Dramatically taut and Pinteresque in intent, Hostages has no Scandi-grey skies, no crumpled men staring into lakes and no beautiful lamps. But it is in Hebrew so has subtitles. Triple Chardonnays all round. L’Chaim!Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer stars in the TV show Hostages.’  Photograph:  VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images

'Hostages' occupies the BBC4 Saturday 9pm slot and is dramatically taut and Pinteresque in intent

Presenter Laura Whitmore at the IFTA Awards in 2014. Whitmore had to contend with a number of technical glitches during the ceremony, including viewers being unable to hear her. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

National Lottery not the only organisation to be let down by technology

 ‘Kim Kardashian, who once took 1,200 selfies in the space of a two-week holiday, is now the subject of academic research into the meaning and evolution of the selfie shot.’ Photograph:  Cindy Ord/Getty Images

‘Kim Kardashian, who once took 1,200 selfies in the space of a two week holiday, is now the subject of academic research into the (...)

At 21, this Irish comedian already has a triple lock on old-school triple entendres

‘That “Serial” has spilled all over social media is at one and at the same time a testament to the show’s journalistic brilliance and a salutary reminder of the bizarre nature of fandom.’ Photograph: Getty Images

‘Such has been the cultural ubiquity of the weekly murder mystery podcast that the show has crossed over into the weird world of (...)

Actor/director Steven Berkoff: ‘If there’s anything that the establishment can’t bear, it’s someone who stands out. You could say the same thing about any radical person, starting from Jesus Christ.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A selection of the best, oddest and most memorable musings by some of the world’s artistic greats, as told to Irish Times writers (...)

Convicted: Adnan Syed. Photograph: serialpodcast.org

Listeners have been gripped by Sarah Koenig’s investigation of the conviction of Adnan Syed for the killing of his ex-girlfriend H(...)

One more time: Midge Ure and Bob Geldof. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ will probably top the charts next month, with proceeds going to help fight Ebola. But what are the (...)

Photograph: Danny E Martindale/Getty

The controversial website is moving to Dublin. Asking it to go elsewhere wouldn’t stop online abuse

The Spotted Pig in New York’s West Village. The restaurant  has a strict no-bookings policy and has many celebrity fans such as Sarah Jessica Parker, U2 and Matt Damon

This starry joint may be a celeb favourite but they’ll find no special favour...

Editor: Soila Sindiyo

There are specialist magazines for just about everything. This online one helps couples in crisis

Which would you prefer: Russell Brand banging on about drugs or Roy Keane banging on about headbutting his former team-mate Peter Schmeichel? Photograph: John Giles/PA WIre

We love the gossipy delights of a well-written autobiography, as Roy Keane’s new one, ‘The Second Half’, has shown this week

He’s mad and bad and it’s dangerous at his shows. Eric Davis tells Brian Boyd the secrets of Red Bastard’s success

Walter O’Brien, the son of a Wexford farmer, says he has an IQ of 196. The Irishman’s life is now the subject of Scorpion, a prime-time TV drama in the US.  Photograph:  Lisette M. Azar/CBS via Getty Images

The high-tech escapades in the TV version of his life can sound run of the mill when you hear Walter O’Brien talk about his work, (...)

U2’s lead singer Bono U2 gestures to the audience after performing at an Apple event at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California, last week. Photograph: Reuters

Band exploring a new digital musical format to help musicians get paid for their work

(left to right) The Edge, Bono, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr of U2.  Fifteen back catalogue U2 albums have re-entered the Irish iTunes albums download charts.  File Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA

The band was paid €100 million by Apple to allow their new much to go out for free

Beach sequence: U2 on Sandymount Strand in 1978. Photograph: Sheila Rock/Rex

When U2 struggled with their new album they sought inspiration in 1970s Dublin, a place of hidden violence, home to a new-wave mus(...)

Billie Holliday singing Strange Fruit: There will never be a protest song as potent and affecting

Let’s take a quick look at the bleak future facing all forms of popular music

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