British chancellor George Osborne: questions are being asked about why the UK government is selling its 36.5 per cent stake in King’s Cross now, when it is only expected to raise £360 million. Photograph: Matthew Horwood/PA Wire

As if to prove there are still government employees working in August, the UK chancellor fired the starting gun on the sale of London’s King’s Cross p(...)

Screengrab taken from Russell Brand’s YouTube channel of Labour leader Ed Miliband’s meeting with the comedian. Photograph: Russell Brand/YouTube/PA Wire.

Britain “goes to the polls” today, and the media is “pumped up”, just like David Cameron claims to be. Later, the broadcasters will be expressing thei(...)

Scottish Labour Party leader Jim Murphy (left) is confronted by a protester on May 4th in Glasgow.Murphy vowed not to be ‘silenced by this form of aggressive nationalism. It’s anti-democratic.’ Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy has condemned “aggressive, violent” nationalists during a confrontation on Sunday at a Glasgow street rally, which t(...)

Al Gore addresses the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas

Former Vice President Al Gore opened proceedings at the SXSW Interactive event in Austin yesterday by calling on SXSW to channel its tech and online a(...)

“People say to me, ‘Do you ever get nervous?’ and I say, ‘If an album bombs, I’ll make another one.’ I’ve made enough sh*t records – and great records – to know that you ride it out”

It’s towards the end of the interview that it happens. We’ve been discussing the rumours of a mooted collaboration between Noel Gallagher and Blur (...)

‘America NPR is unquestionably more intellectually evolved that CNN or Fox.’ Above, Bill O’Reilly on Fox News

The Irish media is never slow to talk itself up. Self-criticism comes less naturally. Although the media landscape is more diverse and stratified t(...)

Funny ha ha: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Photograph: Art Streiber/NBC/Getty

Funnily enough, no one knows what makes us laugh. Oh, sure, you know what makes you laugh: a chicken crossing the road. Somebody slipping on a banana (...)

BJ Novak with his children’s book The Book with No Pictures. Photograph: David Becker/Getty Images

Steve Martin has done it. So has Madonna. Even John Lithgow and Whoopi Goldberg have had a go. Famous folk have frequently found a sideline in chil(...)

Olympic silver medalist Kenny Egan: now an elected city councillor for Fine Gael.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

An acquaintance burrowed into the GAA deeper than an All-Ireland winning tick assures me a prominent player will soon be revealed as a Dail election c(...)

On tap: John Carter from Drogheda, Co Louth, who was among the tens of thousands at the water protest in Dublin.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The revolution arrived at lunchtime, and if it didn’t quite manage to park the tanks on Leinster Lawn, it rolled them up within earshot of the corr(...)