Tee-up in Taormina, Sicily
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  • January 26, 2015, 07:00

The Dom spread his hands and gave me the most Sicilian of shrugs. He then proceeded to make me several offers I found hard to refuse. First, he(...)

The Glasshouse at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Photograph: Chris Carmichael/NY Times
Weekend in Seattle
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  • January 12, 2015, 15:00

The sky is often grey, the residents tend to be muted (except when cheering their teams), calm waters lap the green cityscape, but beneath its mild(...)

1960: Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg in Rome’s  Trevi Fountain during the shooting of Federico Fellini’s film La Dolce Vita. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images/File photo

Anita Ekberg, the Swedish actress who gained global fame dancing in Rome’s Trevi Fountain in Federico Fellini’s film La Dolce Vita, has died aged 83.T(...)

June Blake’s exciting, contemporary garden in County Wicklow. Photographs: Richard  Johnston

‘New beginnings”, “a fresh start”, “a new leaf”; these are the words that rattle round our heads in the fledgling weeks of a brand new year. In the(...)

Goldie Hawn. Photograph from the book Paparazzo: The Elio Sorci Collection

The paparazzi get a bad press, with variations on the same story appearing in broadsheets every few months: a photographer hiding in the bushes; a (...)

Gebremedhin Woldegiorgis, senior potato researcher at the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, and Denis Griffen, potato breeder at Teagas, inspect potato plants at the Teagasc Research Centre in Oakpark, Carlow. photograph: dylan vaughan

The hills of Chencha in southern Ethiopia, over 2,700m above sea level, are not a place where you might expect the Irish potato to be thriving undergr(...)

People play a video game at the Square Enix booth at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.

Project Morpheus: Sony’s virtual reality project was on display - and playable - at this year’s E3, giving us a taste of what is to come further on do(...)

Italian Sr Cristina Scuccia smiles with  her prize after winning the Italian State RAI TV programme final  of The Voice of Italy in Milan, Italy, last night. Photograph: Matteo Bazzi/EPA

Did the Sicilian “singing nun”, Suor Cristina, win a TV talent contest because of the quality of her singing voice or the novelty effect of her Ursuli(...)

€199.99 When the PlayStation Vita launched in Japan at the end of 2011, there were high hopes that it would be a hit with consumers, echoing the PlayS(...)

Workers at the Paris Bakery in Dublin’s Moore Street last week during their sit-in protest, with  Paris Bakery owner Yannick Forel (centre). Photograph: Dave Meehan

A group of employees refusing to leave the Paris Bakery in Dublin in a dispute over unpaid wages say they hope the impasse can be resolved today foll(...)