“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.”

The “chalk and talk” approach to education in Irish schools and colleges has long since disappeared. In any arena of learning you are greeted now by b(...)

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

A man walks into a bar and orders two cappuccini. The barman stares blankly at him. Someone who is already in the bar (that would be me) feels boun(...)

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

Who are you? My full name is Emin Agalarov. I’m 36, Muslim and Azerbaijani by birth, but I’ve been living in Moscow most of my adult life. I work in (...)

‘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

You could take old episodes of Glenroe, dub them into Danish and sell them to BBC4. The channel could broadcast them in their Saturday night “Scandi-n(...)

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

The National Lottery had to defer its weekly prize draw for the first time in its 28-year history on Wednesday because of a technical hitch. Thousands(...)

 ‘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

There comes a time in all our lives when we need to take an unequivocal stand on Kim Kardashian. The nugatory epiphenomenon of a narcissistic culture (...)

For the past 17 years, Vicar Street, the Dublin music venue, has had its share of sell-out shows for superstar acts, among them Bob Dylan, Neil You(...)

‘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

Have you got your “Team Adnan” badge yet? Go to zazzle.com and pick one up for just $4. You can wear it on your “Mail Kimp” T-shirt also available fro(...)

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

“Not many people realise this, but you don’t actually learn anything at art college any more; however, you do have to go there to find that out.” A(...)

Convicted: Adnan Syed. Photograph: serialpodcast.org

What were you doing on October 25th? Can you remember where you went, what you did and who you talked to? Can you give the exact times of everything y(...)