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Chill out time at Electric Picnic Festival, Stradbally Co.Laois.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

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The modern fondness for lists has given us many commendable wastes of time. Between online citadels built entirely on the foundations of numbered f(...)

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The Knife on stage at Primavera in Barcelona. Photograph: Burak Cingi/Redferns/Getty Images

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