James Bond

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Conor Pope in Val d’Isère: “I start barrelling down the final slope on my final day in the French Alps in a style and manner which –I presume – makes me look the spit of James Bond fleeing baddies and try to banish the unwelcome thoughts of crunching teeth.”

As the gentle swish of powdery snow is suddenly and alarmingly replaced by the hard crunch of skis sliding over compacted ice, it brings to mind the s(...)

The John Lewis Christmas ad for 2015 features Moz, a friendly monster. Photograph: John Lewis/YouTube

Some of the world’s top creative minds have been employed. Millions have been spent. The film has been months in the making and shrouded in secrecy. B(...)

Mark and Michelle cleaning an elephant at Maesa Elephant Camp

With a Sawadee ka and the Wai, (a slight bow with palms pressed together) I prime my son, Mark, for his first visit to Thailand. He stands 6ft 4in tal(...)

 Ineos ceo Jim Ratcliffe, worth £6 billion. Photograph: Ineos/PA

It’s tough enough for established automotive groups to produce profitable, world-class vehicles, so why would the boss of a chemicals company imagine (...)

Daughter of Don Cockburn Evelyn Cockburn (wearing red scarf) during the funeral of former RTÉ newsreader Don Cockburn at the Church of St Therese, Mount Merrion, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Long-serving RTÉ television news anchor Don Cockburnwas a deeply religious man who loved his family, community, radio and poetry and possibly invented(...)

Rocketts Castle, Co Waterford

The background to Rocketts Castle estate, near the model town of Portlaw in Waterford, reads like a rollercoaster novel with land grabs, lost fortunes(...)

Get stuck in: the not-so-ancient delicacy known as a doner kebab. Photograph: Rob Lawson

Let me take you back to the summer of 1982. Lexicon of Love by ABC was spreading gold lamé glee throughout otherwise miserable nations. And new, excit(...)

James Osborne at a Ryanair agm in 2008. Photograph: Frank Miller

James Osborne, who has died at the age of 68, was a corporate consultant and solicitor with connections at the very top level of Irish business and a (...)

Doug Liman: “The CIA have no choice but to get into bed with these drug traffickers. And that odd-couple relationship between characters like those played by Tom Cruise and Domhnall Gleeson is how the CIA works.”

Arthur L Liman, the former president of the Legal Aid Society of New York and the chief counsel for the US Senate’s investigation of the Iran-Contra A(...)

Director Kathryn Bigelow attending the European premiere of Detroit in London. Photograph: Ian West/ PA Wire

“Are you okay with the sofa,” Kathryn Bigelow says kindly. “I found that you sink right down in it. So I chose the chair.” By this stage it’s already(...)

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