An English teacher called Mr Murray set me off on the road to journalism and to writing by reading out an essay of mine to our first-year cl(...)

How much do fathers matter when they are not living with the mothers of their children? They matter a great deal, and this is underscored by Watch (...)

Something about the wheelchair man, maybe about his audacity at being out crossing roads, seemed to have got the driver all het up

Waiting to cross a canal bridge in Dublin on a recent sunny day, I noticed a man in a four-wheel-drive who seemed agitated. He was seated quite hig(...)

Violence inflicted on their mothers by adult sons has been reported by organisations such as Women’s Aid for the past 20 years. But lately, violenc(...)

‘I was getting ready for a two-hour train journey when the Three Amigos, as I came to think of them, arrived.’ Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty

I was getting ready for a two-hour train journey when the Three Amigos, as I came to think of them, arrived. I had been planning to immerse myself (...)

Once upon a time, if you observed certain people in the banking world – I’m not talking here about well-known people – you might notice a swagger a(...)

Noticing two men wheeling baby buggies along the road the other morning, it struck me that 40 or 50 years ago this would have been a rare sight. Toda(...)

Couples dancing at a dance hall, circa 1937. Photograph: London Express/Getty Images

‘Leave room for the Holy Ghost.” These were the words with which one parish priest would separate dancing couples when, in his view, they had got t(...)

He sat at a coffee table behind me in a hotel in Manchester as I tried to read a newspaper in peace. He was telling his companions about his various i(...)

Depending on your age and on whether you’re Irish, men and women who were out and about in the 1920s were your great-grandparents or your great-great-(...)