Black Lives Matter demonstration in New York, which took place in the wake of Michael Brown’s shooting at the hands of a Missouri police officer. Photograph: Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Last year, I rang in the new year from the balcony of my home, which overlooks (well, if you stood on a chair and craned your neck at an unlikely a(...)

“I hope that soon I’m going to get back to the world of ‘normal’ dating.” Aoife Kavanagh, from Greystones, in Temple Bar, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

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Damien Hirst in front of one of his works. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

In the museum business – if you can look on it as a business for a moment – it is said that if you want a surefire winner of an exhibition, one tha(...)

David Greenglass, second  left, is led into the federal courthouse in New York by US deputy marshall Eugene Fitzgerald for sentencing as a spy in 1951. Photograph: AP

It was the most notorious spy case of the Cold War – the conviction and execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg for passing atomic secrets to the Sovi(...)

“I am realistic to my detriment,” Woody Allen says. “There is no God. There is no purpose to the universe. One day the sun will burn out. Earth wil(...)

Medium dry: Emma Stone and Colin Firth in Magic in the Moonlight

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Comedian Joan Rivers, who has died aged 81,  arrives for  a presentation of the Badgley Mischka Fall/Winter  collection during New York Fashion Week in 2012. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Files/Reuters.

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He looks guilty as sin: Eric Bana takes Sean Harris in for questioning

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You wait an aeon for a film with a talking racoon and then two come along at once. It is not saying much to confirm that nobody of any age is likely t(...)

Be warned. We are issuing a top-level quirk alert. This is not a drill. To be fair, the latest ho-hum French comedy from Agnes Jaoui and Jean-Pierre B(...)