Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras.  ‘Syriza did what so many other leftist political groups have failed to do, and that’s form a coalition.’  Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA.

Watching Greece assert itself, regardless of the outcome, is encouraging

“A society with a greedy generation, that doesn’t want to surround itself with children, that considers them above all worrisome, a weight, a risk, is a depressed society,” said the pope last week. Photograph: AP Photo/Andrew Medichini

Pope Francis said couples who don’t have children are ‘selfish’ and part of ‘greedy’ generation

Behind the scenes: Kate Hudson prepares to go onstage at the Dolby Theatre in 2014. by Christopher Polk/Getty
Backstage at the Oscars

Do you really end up having a laugh with George Clooney? Or becoming best friends with Jennifer Lawrence in the ladies’ loos? Mark(...)

‘You can find dozens of articles and news pieces online examining the “phenomenon” of vocal fry, but my personal favourite is the ABC News headline, “The debilitating speaking disorder afflicting North American women”.’

Vocal fry is a creak that sometimes happens at the end of a sentence or a statement when you’re talking

‘I’ve been attacked in the capital a few times, mostly gay-bashing incidents’

‘If you confront violence in a successful way, chances are the perpetrators will think twice before they attack someone again’

 ‘What’s slightly tricky to understand about Coláiste Eoin and Coláiste Íosagáin, secondary schools on the Stillorgan Road in Dublin, is that they are both linked and separate.’ Above, pupils arriving at Coláiste Eoin, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

‘If parents are genuinely perturbed by the idea of anti-homophobic bullying initiatives, then perhaps they too would benefit from (...)

The Gender Recognition Bill will allow transgender people to have their status recognised by the State for all purposes – including the right to marry or enter a civil partnership and the right to a new birth certificate.

While the Gender Recognition Bill is welcome, there are huge shortcomings

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