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It’s almost that time of year again: the time when we get together with loved ones, off-duty colleagues and friends we haven’t seen all year to ind(...)

“Of all the surprises I’ve had since temporarily moving here, the greatest has been the almost evangelical dedication of many Australians to buying fresh, local produce when it is in season.”

It’s almost mango season here in Australia. I know this because every second person I’ve spoken to in the last couple of weeks has told me so. A dribb(...)

Even Gordon Gekko would get lost with some of today’s business jargon

Do you know your CDOs from your CFDs? Would you be able to spot a black swan if it jumped up and bounced a dead cat off the floor? Or do you someti(...)

Harbouring thoughts of home: Sydney harbour on New Year’s Eve

Every six minutes somebody leaves Ireland for good. In the 12 months up to April this year, 90,000 people emigrated – about 240 every day of the year.(...)

We’ve all been there, sitting in an overheated conference room, halfway through your seventh consecutive meeting about some upcoming meeting, when it suddenly dawns on you that the whole thing is a giant Ponzi scheme. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

One of the few remaining advantages of my job – now that the bright future, the long lunches and the veneer of glamour have all been stripped away – i(...)

It is the last week of the federal election campaign in Australia, not that you’d ever know it. The lamp posts are free of posters; there are no canva(...)

Dear internet. Pick your dirty laundry up off the floor, wipe that scowl off your face and start behaving like a civilised network of users. It’s time(...)

Proof positive, if any were needed, that the moral panic about paedophilia has reached absurd levels came last week, when the writer, Will Self, was q(...)

The bright new dawn of the digital era is over. Social media is no longer a shining beacon for a new way of communicating; instead it has become a mur(...)

On behalf of the media I’d like to apologise. For quite some time we have been working on the assumption that whenever you heard the word “period” you(...)