Flights of fancy: winged ants. Illustration: Michael Viney

In all that heat last month, and near enough to the silly season, these islands conjured not a single insect “plague”. No kamikaze squadrons of water (...)

 Bruce Springsteen will perform his first gig in Cork tonight. Photograph Matt Kent/Getty Images

Thousands of fans, many of whom have queued overnight to get good vantage spots, are preparing to file into Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork for tonight’s sel(...)