Former International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield has been awarded a gold medal of honorary patronage by the University Philosophical Society in Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Former International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield has received an honorary patronage from Trinity College Dublin. He was awarded a gold meda(...)

Smythson, a very British brand whose famous past fans include Katharine Hepburn, Sigmund Freud and Hardy Amies, has an Irish design director with s(...)

One more time: Midge Ure and Bob Geldof. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

For the past 30 years we’ve been reminded every December that there’s no need to be afraid, that at Christmas time we let in light and we banish shade(...)

An Enemy of the People: this new version is unfussily contemporary

An Enemy of the People Grand Opera House, Belfast ****   There are two remarkable feats of casting in Thomas Ostermeier’s inv(...)

David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

For the proto-punks and New Romantics-in-waiting, David Bowie’s 1972 appearance on Top of the Pops, performing Starman in full Ziggy Stardust regalia,(...)

It’s human nature to change your mind, but when that mind belongs to a musician, such changes can be viewed as whimsical, petulant, capricious or phar(...)

Top row: Rory Gallagher, Public Enemy and David Bowie; bottom row: John Coltrane, The Rolling Stones and Aretha Franklin. Photographs: Fin Costello/Redferns, Suzie Gibbons/Redferns, Richard E Aaron/Redferns, Gai Terrell/Redferns and Estate of Keith Morris/Redferns, all via Getty Images

Every minute of the day more than 100 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube. It’s an inventory that will include a huge swathe of this, that and th(...)

Berghain: commands respect and attention a decade on because it still delivers seminal moments

The front page of German newspaper Der Tagesspiegeln is not where you’d usually expect to find Sven Marquardt on a Sunday morning. But when the mos(...)

They’re indestructible: Spandau Ballet in 1980. Photograph: Virginia Turbett/Redferns

‘The fashion was the best thing about those days,” Martin Kemp says, reflecting on the 1980s. “There were no boundaries. One day you could get dres(...)

Zooey Deschanel in New Girl: the tipping point in twee’s recent starry rise?

What do Belle & Sebastian, Lena Dunham, Peanuts the cartoon, Portlandia, artisan pickles, food trucks, crocheted owls on Etsy, ukuleles, kitten(...)