I love the magic, the promise and the muddy-fingered industry of planting flower bulbs in autumn. Not only does it feel like an expression of hope,(...)

Alba Lorca and Cristina Nunez

Embody the Void Samuel Beckett Theatre **   Simultaneous sensations of power and vulnerability motivate most performers. In (...)

Convent of St Teresa in Avila, Spain.

He was, he told us, the youngest guide in Toledo. There were about 60, he said. He, at 28, is the youngest. So proud he told us twice. A happy young m(...)

Fionnuala’s garden last summer, filled with plants grown from seed under cover earlier that year. Photograph: Richard Johnston

‘And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!” It’s at this time of the gardening year that I start to feel like that little boy in Maurice Sen(...)

Michele Ferrero, the late owner of the Italian confectioner that makes Nutella and other chocolate sweets. Photograph: STR/EPA

Michele Ferrero, Italy’s richest person and owner of the Ferrero Group, maker of Nutella spread and Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs, has died aged 89(...)

Danish chef Rene Redzepi, the co-owner of Noma restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark Photograph: EPA/Will Oliver

The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards were announced last night in London. Here is the full list of this year’s winners. You can read Catherine(...)

Alcoa  employees release molten aluminum into a vertical cast for cylindrical billets at ta  production plant in  South Carolina. Photographer: Stephen Morton/Bloomberg

Alcoa, the largest US aluminium producer, has agreed to pay $384 million to settle US allegations that one of its units bribed members of Bahrain’s ro(...)

Ambassador of Mexico, Carlos Garcia de Alba (right) pictured at the for the launch of November’s ‘A Taste of Mexico’ with the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Oisin Quinn (left) and mariachi Antonio Garcia-Lopez. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Mexico can be the gateway for Ireland to Latin America, according to Mexico’s ambassador to Ireland. Ambassador Carlos García de Alba, who is in Mexic(...)

Like many in Germany’s business community, Eric Schweitzer thinks Chancellor Angela Merkel’s outgoing government has performed well in these uncertain times for the euro zone and supports her policy of making EU solidarity through bailout loans conditional on solid state finances and reforms.

When German voters go to the polls on Sunday week, their neighbours’ economic problems will not be foremost in their minds. For Eric Schweitzer, the f(...)

Bayern’s Thomas Mueller heads past Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes during the Champions League semi-final. Photograph: Matthias Schrader

The Thursday morning headlines told the tale of two different football cities. “Jaaaaa!” cried Germany’s Bi(...)