Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the US’s national bird. He described the bald eagle as a “bird of bad moral character”. Photograph: Larry W Smith/ EPA

The US National Turkey Federation estimates that 46 million turkeys were eaten on Thanksgiving Day last Thursday. In a recent survey, it also(...)

Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne: will captain two teams of former greats in a Twenty20 game at the New York Mets’ Citifield. Photograph: Earl Wilson/The New York Times)

In Cork-born Joseph O’Neill’s celebrated novel Netherland, a Trinidadian dreamer named Chuck Ramkissoon aspires to building a world-class cricket stad(...)

Along with Margaret Thatcher, Vladimir Putin – neither of them sterling role models – both claimed to subsist on four hours sleep a night. To lesser mortals that qualifies as chronic sleep deprivation

For such a life-changing procedure, the narcotomy is never explained in great detail. Revolutionary, untested, highly experimental, it’s an invasiv(...)

 The sun rises behind the R&A Clubhouse on the par four, 18th hole ‘Tom Morris’ on the Old Course at St Andrews. Photograph:  David Cannon/Getty Images

If ever you pay a visit to the graveyard up the town, the golfing history of St Andrews meets you at every turn. In the grounds of the old cathedral, (...)

‘It seems to be easier to cut public sector pay than to take on pensioners.’ Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Benjamin Franklin famously said the only two things about which we can be certain are death and taxes. If he were alive today he might be tempted to a(...)

Sticky duck with walnut pesto. Photograph: Aidan Crawley
Dinner party delights

As one of the Founding Fathers used to say: “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Well, you know what, Mr Benjamin Franklin, this is as (...)

After the referendum defeat, Alex Salmond said it was time for a new leader who could now take the devolution process forward. Photograph: PA

For Scottish leader Alex Salmond, the journey started with tales from his granddad about repelling the English invaders in the 14th century. It ended (...)

Training time for the Limerick hurlers at the Gaelic Grounds. Críonna Tobin’s fascinarting presentation to the  GAA’s Games Development Conference at Croke Park appeared to prove that high intensity training produces better core fitness results than the more traditional endurance running. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” is a quote often associated with Roy Keane but ( like Father Ted only “borrowing” the parish money (...)

Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard believes the club’s season depends on keeping hold of Luis Suarez. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

On Saturday at Anfield, Steven Gerrard’s 15 years with Liverpool were honoured with a testimonial against Olympiakos, the team against whom he scored (...)

A short story can create a whole world in a few pages, and the first three in this intriguing collection of Italian stories do just that. Roberto Savi(...)