Aw, go on: April Keith at a tea stand in Kurdistan; tea – drunk black and strong as tar, with plenty of sugar – is the foundation of Kurdish hospitality and a gesture Keith never turns down, as it leads to rare experiences: “I’ve sat on top of a mountain at a border outpost drinking tea with two peshmerga soldiers, rifles over their shoulders”

Four years ago I became an economic statistic when I lost my job. I used the opportunity to return to college, having dropped out at 19, and then to r(...)

Bono on stage in Croke Park at the opening of the band’s Vertigo tour concert series in 2005. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

By this time tomorrow, we’ll know who will be playing Croke Park next summer. The announcement due on Friday morning from promoters MCD about next yea(...)

Word ’smith: Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and Steve Tyler have a mindblowing theory about the colour pink. Photograph: Shizuo Kambayashi/AP

A new poll by a music streaming service has detailed the “weirdest ever song lyrics”. The funny thing is, there’s nothing weird about any of their (...)

 Pete Seeger photographed in Beacon, New York state, in August 2010. Photograph: Andrew Sullivan/The New York Times

Pete Seeger, who helped create the modern American folk music movement, co-wrote enduring songs such as If I Had a Hammer and became a leading voice f(...)

Paul O’Connell leads the Lions out against the Barbarians.

Remarkably, not only did the Lions emerge seemingly unscathed from Saturday’s 80-minute stint in the sauna that was the Hong Kong Stadium, but their l(...)