Neil Jordan: Last September, Variety described him a showrunner on Riviera.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Is it time to drag out the old saw about the ambitious starlet who was so stupid she slept with the writer? Too late. We’ve done it. Throughout Holly(...)

George Bernard Shaw: “Shavian” (to rhyme with “avian”)

Why are the people of Cork called “Corkonians”? Why not just “Corkians”, which would save time and energy? Or to further apply Occam’s Razor, why not (...)

David Hockney with his redesigned masthead for a one-off edition of the Sun newspaper. The artist gave qualified approval for Brexit: “The power has spread to the people because that’s what the iPhone has done.” Photograph: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

A giant David Hockney retrospective, which opened at Tate Britain on Thursday, is the fastest-selling exhibition in the gallery’s history, with 20,000(...)

The Reading Room at the London Library in St James’s Square, London, in 1954: the library is the world’s largest independent lending library. Photograph:  Monte Fresco jnr/Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

St James’s Square, between Pall Mall and Piccadilly, is the venue this weekend for a one-off literary festival, featuring some of the biggest names in(...)

US marines arrive at the Gulf of Tadjoura beach in Djibouti, during a military drill. Photograph: Simon Maina/AFP/Getty

Djibouti is the only place where the navies of the world’s great military and economic rivals, the US and China, are moored alongside each other. Si(...)

Xena: that she’s a lesbian won’t come as a huge surprise to fans who watched her bond with Gabrielle in fetish gear

Let’s ponder a story that doesn’t matter very much but that leads us towards one that matters a great deal. It has emerged that Xena Warrior Princess (...)

“With a pint of green chartreuse ain’t nothin’ seems right You buy the Sunday paper on a Saturday night” S o growled Tom Waits in Til The Money R(...)

‘Lismore Castle with Mrs Hammersley in the Foreground’ by Duncan Grant, which the Duchess of Devonshire had   hanging in her bedroom at Chatsworth Estate

A previously unknown painting of Lismore Castle, Co Waterford, that hung in the Duchess of Devonshire’s bedroom in England, has come to light and is (...)

St Mary’s Pro Cathedral: “As part of its celebration of 175 years of uninterrupted publication, a Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at 11am on Sunday,  June 7th, in St Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin at which readers and supporters of the Tablet will be welcome.” Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The rededication of St Mel’s Cathedral in Longford last month was the culmination of its massive five-year restoration project. It also provided an oc(...)

Jennifer Johnston’s How Many Miles to Babylon? – Nomad Theatre stage version including  Fergal McElherron and Sam Peter Corry – represented important attempts to re-examine the first World War and its legacy. Photograph: Colm Henry

War is ambivalent; for the powers that decide to wage it, it is as ancient as man, even older than Homer and is caused by expansionist greed and do(...)