Sad Keanu: sometimes a celebrity becomes lodged in pop culture’s digestive tract

Since we all live in the “internet” now, we decided to examine those internet-native cultural activities, leisure pursuits and art forms upon which fu(...)

Nerd herd: we discuss our trophy spouses and workout regimens. Photograph: Jason Verschoor/E+/Getty

‘Driving home for Christmas, oh, I can’t wait to see those faces, I’m driving home for Christmas, yeah,” sings Chris Rea while doling out tasty licks (...)

The Jetsons promised us rocket cars, jet packs and robot butlers. Sadly these things did not happen. But there are plenty of other futuristic business(...)

Lives apart: turning the sod on the sustainable community project in Cloughjordan. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Once upon a time, if people didn’t like society they just started a new one. In the 19th century, utopian socialists such as Robert Owen, idealistic c(...)

Pop-up population: the vacant former HMV shop on Grafton Street, Dublin. Photograph: Virtual Shopfronts

Underneath the HMV sign on the front of the former music shop at the top of Grafton Street in Dublin is what looks like a functioning men’s clothing s(...)

Wherever he lays his hat: Patrick Freyne with his lunchtime pint – and camera, letter and rupiahs – at Mulligans. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

‘According to historians, there are loads of things we used to do in the old days that we don’t do any longer,” says my editor, reading from the inter(...)

Telling the story: an Iraqi Kurdish child at Isikveren refugee camp, on the Turkish border with Iraq, in 1991. Photograph: Nabil Ismail/AFP/Getty

THE SALVATION OF TORY ISLAND 1981-1984 Gerry Moriarty Charlie Haughey, then leader of the opposition, looked up at me from under hoode(...)

  Peter McCann, manager of The Merrion Hotel in  Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘I knew I wanted to be in charge of a five-star hotel from an early age,” says Peter McCann, the man in charge of the most high-profile five-star in t(...)

Paul Diver, owner of the Sandhouse Hotel in Rossnowlagh, Co Donegal, which he bought last year at a distressed property auction for €650,000. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Paul Diver, manager turned owner of the Sandhouse Hotel in Rossnowlagh, Co DonegalPaul Diver’s whole demeanour changes when talking about the time whe(...)

A young man in his mid-20s shows me a picture of Nzinga, the 17th century warrior queen of the Mbundu people. Then he pulls up some YouTube foo(...)

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