Lutz Trenkner and his wife Ursula were jailed by the East German dictatorship in 1984 for consorting with enemies of the communist state – namely his older brother Ernst.  Photograph: Derek Scally 2:46

A key Stasi tactic was to use friends, colleagues and relatives to spy on each other. Experts say that people became St(...)

Simon Singh: ‘The number of the house in which the Simpsons live is 742 and for ages I couldn’t figure out what it meant.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

In the Simpsons episode “Marge and Homer Turn a Couple Play”, a big screen in Springfield’s baseball stadium asks the crowd to guess the capacity. (...)

Ashford Castle hotel resort which has been sold for €20 million.

Red Carnation Hotels, owner of 14 boutique hotels, plans to carry out a major refurbishment of the five-star hotel in Cong, Co Mayo, which was (...)

Rory McIlroy looking forward to Sawgrass. Chris Keane/Reuters

Rory McIlroy is hopeful he can put a poor finish at Quail Hollow behind him and take the positives into this week’s The Players’ Championship (...)