Gerry Leonard (far right) with David Bowie and band: ‘The pinnacle of my career in New York.’

Heading out on my first ever visit to New York, I was told, “Don’t look up!”; thieves will know you are a tourist and push you in a doorway and mug yo(...)

Caught between our behavioural and aspirational selves, it can be hard to ignore the doughnuts

How would you go about designing or making something successful? For all the mantras about blue sky, out-of-the-box thinking, the most successful film(...)

Bob Marley   in Paris in 1980.  Photograph: AP

I can’t have much in common with the late, great reggae singer Bob Marley.  But listening to his No Woman, No Cry yet again recently, it occurred(...)

Glen Hansard salutes the crowd from Apollo House, which has been taken over by Home Sweet Home to shelter the homeless. Photographs: Cyril Byrne

The former owner of Apollo House says he supports the aims of Home Sweet Home, a group of housing activist who have occupied the vacant office buildi(...)

    All Black Dane Coles: “I take a lot of pride in my line-out throwing. As a hooker, you’ve got to nail your own set pieces.”  Photograph: Martin Hunter/Getty

Dane Coles’ ball skills are such that, as Joe Schmidt has noted, were the All Blacks hooker to have a “1” in front of the “2” emblazoned on the back o(...)

There has been a reported surge of volunteers signing up to serve as “poll watchers” for the US election.

Donald Trump’s claims of “large-scale” voter fraud have prompted officials across the political spectrum to warn about the dangers of vigilante poll m(...)

Carlinhos Cruz from Brazil. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Carlinhos Cruz didn’t speak a word of English when he arrived in Ireland five years ago. He had never lived abroad and had spent his entire life unde(...)

Summertime groove:  The Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff

It’s getting hot in here and we’re losing our inhibitions faster than we can lose our clothes. Summer has always benefited from a sultry soundtrack, (...)

Musician Adrian Crowley and his daughter Alice (6) at home in Northstrand, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The trials of parenthood have been well documented – the years of penury, the torturous sleep deprivation, the scatological mayhem. But an overlooked (...)

Benjamin Clementine: “The French gave me an awareness of my words, and the English gave me melody”

Benjamin Clementine keeps his Mercury Prize in a bag somewhere in London. Not by design, but through circumstance. “I travel a lot, so I tend to pu(...)