There was a time in Ireland when ice-cream was a simple affair. People could chose from a vanilla cone – with a flake and sprinkles if their ship h(...)

Sepp Blatter has claimed the arrest of seven FIFA officials on US corruption indictments may have been an attempt to interfere with the congress where he was re-elected for a fifth term as president. Photograph: PA

The re-elected Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, has said he was “shocked” at the way US authorities targeted football’s world body and slammed what he ca(...)

The Grande Raccordo Anulare (GRA) is Italy’s most expensive public highway; a 50-km ring road that encircles the city of Rome. If you listen closel(...)

Lorenzo Richelmy in a scene from Netflix’s ’Marco Polo’. Photograph:  Phil Bray for Netflix.

The latest subscriber figures from Netflix blamed the price hike of $1 to $8.99 (€7) a month for its lower than expected number of new sign-ups in th(...)

Brothers Cameron (left) and Tyler Winklevoss talk to each other as they attend a New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) virtual currency hearing in New York in January. In a blog post, the Winklevoss brothers said they used bitcoins to buy tickets for a high-altitude voyage on billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic commercial spaceflight venture. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

You can’t spend bitcoins at Amazon. com or to pay your mortgage but, as the Winklevoss twins showed, you can use the digital currency to book a(...)

The letters of Italo Calvino? Surely not, we might think, given this writer’s famous guardedness and privacy, his distrust of the biographical, of the(...)

Flights between Dublin and San Francisco were discontinued in 2009 as Aer Lingus responded to the economic downturn by reducing its fleet. Photograph:  Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

Google, Apple and Facebook have persuaded Aer Lingus to reopen the San Francisco to Dublin route, according to sources in the US.The technology giants(...)