Libertarian author and philosopher Ayn Rand in Manhattan in 1957. Photograph: New York Times/Getty Images

In the latest New York Times magazine Robert Draper profiled youngish libertarians – roughly speaking, people who combine free-market economics wit(...)

Jonny Evans of Manchester United fights for the ball with Robbie Keane of the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Rose Bowl  in Pasadena, California. Photograph: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

The Louis van Gaal show is up and running and in the brightest of lights after a 7-0 trouncing of Los Angeles Galaxy in front of an 86,432 crowd at th(...)

Portugal’s Joao Moutinho (left)  after he colliding with Ireland’s Kevin Doyle  in the second half of their international friendly  ahead of the 2014 World Cup in East Rutherford, New Jersey, last night. Photogrraph: Ray Stubblebine/Reuters

Portugal 5 - Republic of Ireland 1: No reprise of the mid-summer glories of 20 years ago as Ireland revisited a favourite old football haunt out in(...)

Madrid’s Plaza Mayor, a favourite with location with tourists, but visitor numbers to the city were down 22 per cent in August compared to the same month last year.
How Madrid lost its mojo

It sits, grey and unpainted, just outside central Madrid, on the city’s northeastern industrial outskirts. With one side of its semi-circular roof til(...)

Seseña was supposed to be the Manhattan of La Mancha but now apartment blocks lie empty and the foundations for others have been abruptly abandoned. Photographs: Mary Boland

About 40km south of Madrid, just off the motorway to Toledo, its towerblocks rise from the parched, yellow plain like a futuristic vision from a wild (...)

Religious art may be out of fashion in an increasingly secular society but almost all the greatest works of art in 2,000 years of western civilisation(...)

 Granny O’Grimm: Are grandparents naughty or nice? Photograph: Irish Film Board/PA Wire

The warmth and affection which young people have for their grandparents has always struck me as a positive thing in the world – but it was not (...)