Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood speaks to the media outside her party’s office in Treorchy, Wales, which is next door to a fish-and-chip shop. The surge of the Scottish nationalists has turned the spotlight on the difficulties their Welsh counterparts face in making a similar breakthrough. Photograph: Benjamin Wright/PA Wire

The door opens slightly and a middle-aged woman appears, wedging her slight frame against the wall so as to keep a barking dog at bay. She spots the P(...)

Miranda Aldhouse-Green: Celtic myths are  ‘magical tales containing talking animals, enchanted cauldrons, severed human heads that continued chatting after being cut off, semi-divine heroes, salmons of wisdom, and vengeful spirits who forged wars and went in for wholesale slaughter’.

My book, The Celtic Myths, came about as the result of a long journey, which began when I first went to my secondary school in London. I was a “late d(...)

Claire Molloy: “This game, England in a world cup semi-final, this is our dream. We now know we can beat New Zealand, so why not England as well?” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

It would be Claire Molloy who caught hypothermia. You might have seen the picture. A bitterly cold, wet and windy day in a town called Parabiagio, (...)

Paracetamol is widely used during pregnancy and has long been considered to be completely safe. Photograph: PA Wire

Women who take acetaminophen (paracetamol) during pregnancy may be putting their children at increased risk of developing behavioural problems,(...)

During the Stone Age, a group of men hammer at rock in order to manufacture flints. Photograph: Kean Collection/Getty Images

You’d be forgiven for thinking that spices came to Ireland with the arrival of Uncle Ben or Celtic Tiger foodies. However, it now appears that flav(...)

When Prof Ian Hargreaves answered his mobile while out walking his dog, to find a minister at the other end asking him to do a report on copyri(...)

It is the most widely used anti-depressant in history, has entered into our cultural lexicon and was perhaps the only pharmaceutical to ever be(...)