Magazine founder Hugh Hefner has agreed to the changes including not publishing images of naked women. File photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Playboy is to stop publishing pictures of naked women, saying easy access to such images online means they are “passé”. The magazine famed for its bun(...)

Current school and university start times are damaging the learning and health of students, said researchers from the University of Oxford, Harvard Medical School and the University of Nevada. File photograph: Thinkstock/Getty Images

Teenagers aren’t lazy, just exhausted, according to a new study. Current school and university start times are damaging the learning and health of st(...)

Katrina & the Waves  lead singer Katrina Leskanich: BMG has acquired the rights to every song written by the English rock band.

Walking on Sunshine, the irritatingly catchy 1985 pop hit by Katrina & the Waves, has been acquired by BMG, the Bertelsmann-owned music company, f(...)

Jamie Heaslip: turning out for Leinster against Castres at the RDS. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan
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Shannonside Winter Music FestivalSpread across 15 different venues in Bunratty and Sixmilebridge, Co Clare, more than 150 musicians will be performing(...)

Try your hand at glamping in the Swiss Alps with White Pod Switzerland

Kinsale Campsites can be crowded but at Kinsale Glamping (glamorous camping) the yurt is in a world of its own, metres above the sea, and (...)

What were your cultural highlights of 2014? The Noble Call by Panti Bliss was a piece of unbelievably inspiring oratory. Serial, for fina(...)

Sister act: Dolly Parton’s sequinned dazzle achieves the same end in her world as Angela Merkel’s buttoned-down sobriety does in hers: it triggers emotional appeal. Photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty

After almost a decade in office Angela Merkel is both the most powerful and, perhaps, the most understated woman in the world. With a huge 96.7 per (...)

Graham Norton: “The only thing you can learn from celebrities is how best to deal with being a celebrity.” Photograph: Fergal Phillips

As a child in west Cork, Graham Norton would prepare stories for future chat show appearances. “I had fascinating anecdotes to tell,” he says. “I had (...)

A replica of Dolly Parton’s childhood Smoky Mountain home at Dollywood in North Carolina.

My husband and I would like to take our three children (nine, 11 & 13) to the Titanic Exhibition in Belfast during the mid-term break in Octobe(...)

Laura Kennedy: ‘I looked distinctly less intellectual. I was shocked by the fact that people treated me differently. Seeing a photo on Facebook, an ex emailed.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The late Maya Angelou declared that a woman’s hair is her glory. If she was right, then I’ve been wearing another woman’s glory all over Dublin. Wh(...)