The idea of becoming a journalist came from “watching Humphrey Bogart with a trilby on saying things like ‘hold the front page, sister’.” In retrospect he’s amazed at how easy it was.

Michael Parkinson has interviewed over 2,000 people. He recently had reason to review them all when compiling a DVD collection and he’ll be discussing(...)

Casablanca (1942)
Ten great movie bromances

FRIENDSHIP WEEK: From best mates to bromances - All week on irishtimes.com/life-and-style, we take a closer look at friendship Sometimes a buzz ph(...)

When your birthday falls on Christmas Day, you may be shortchanged in the presents (and cake) department. Photograph: Thinkstock

What’s it like being born on Christmas Day? As you feverishly open your presents, spare a thought for those poor, forgotten children who have to shar(...)

Illustration by PJ Lynch from his book The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower, or John Howland’s Good Fortune

A dragon is flaring his nostrils at me. A demonic little boy glares gleefully from the front carriage of a ghost train. A young man stretches his a(...)

Patrick O’Donoghue in the RTÉ series The Gleneagle. Photograph: RTÉ

In Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart’s Rick famously complains: “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” And of all t(...)

Vinny and Ms Mysterious found they shared a passion for the movies of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Photograph: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

Heading for the rendezvous at the entrance to the Bobbyjo Bistro in Fairyhouse, the few hairs on the back of Vinny Fitzpatrick’s neck stiffened, and a(...)

An oil painting of daffodils made by the late Ted Kennedy and  inspired by the Wordsworth poem

The late US Senator Edward Kennedy dabbled in art, and his paintings occasionally surface at auction. When he married for the second time in 1992, he (...)

Stephen Fry (57) and the man he recently married, Elliott Spencer (27). Photographs: Niki Nikolova/Filmmagic

Age-gap relationships are and always have been controversial, but if you are limiting the pool you choose a mate from by age, you could be losing o(...)

Colour bomber: Brian O’Doherty. Photograph: George Tatge

Brian O’Doherty is a curious man. He was a leading conceptual artist in 1960s New York, and his painting and sculpture are held by the Irish Museum of(...)

David Fincher: “There’s way too much risk in offending people now”. Photograph: Alberto E Rodriguez/Getty

David Fincher stops halfway into a biscuit. He looks deep in thought. “Enough bitching from me,” he says. “I’ve bitched so much. I’m embarrassed. R(...)