Laura Lippman: bestselling author who sparked the recent “no make-up selfie” phenomenon

Laura Lippman has been awarded every major prize in crime fiction. Since the publication of What the Dead Know each of her novels has hit the New Y(...)

In pensive mood: Michael Smurfit, from his autobiography A Life Worth Living

Two months after Michael Smurfit was born, on August 7th, 1936, his father John Jefferson Smurfit set up shop as a tailor. Born a Protes(...)

SXSW Film: Emjay Anthony and Jon Favreau  in  “Chef”
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The South By Southwest festival gets most attention for its musical and interactive components, but SXSW Film has been running in Austin since (...)

The deal to create ChiquitaFyffes, according to Fyffes chairman David McCann, came from “tentative discussions over many, many years” between the Irish company and its larger US rival Chiquita.

Not a banana split, but rather, a banana merger. The deal to create ChiquitaFyffes, according to Fyffes chairman David McCann, came from (...)

Participants of the Krewe of Zulu parade hand out painted coconuts to spectators; a reveller parades through the French Quarter. Photograph: Dan Anderson/EPA

After the feast comes the famine. It’s the day after Mardi Gras in New Orleans and the city is muted. They call it Trash Wednesday, as the move(...)

From March 30th, flights between Shannon and Boston will operate daily while flights to New York from Shannon will operate six times a week, the airline said. . Photograph: Alan Betson/Irish Times

Aer Lingus today commenced its new Shannon to Boston route, marking the return of year-round US services from its mid-western hub.The new route is par(...)

Father and son: the challenge is to reach the Homer dads out there and remind them their children won’t be young forever

Fathers are idiots, right? When we’re not passing out drunkenly on the couch like Homer Simpson, oblivious to our kids juggling burning scissors, we’r(...)

Controversial Franco-Cameroonian comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala holds a press conference at the Theatre de la Main d’Or in Paris last night.  Dieudonne addressed the media following court rulings which imposed a state-backed ban on his comedy act because of the show’s antisemitic content. Photograph: EPA

A French comedian said last night he had dropped a show banned for its anti-Semitic language, and was planning one that would cause no objections.On F(...)

A neighborhood playground in Washington DC.  Irish children in the US  are under pressure to blend in with their peers. Photograph: Getty Images

It was always going to happen; I just I didn’t expect it to happen so soon. There are few traces of little Amy Rose Carswell’s Dublin accent left afte(...)

Many groups are clambering onto the dangerously overcrowded new-school brass bandwagon, but these dudes from Oregon, Wisconsin have earned their pl(...)