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Among the strangest sights in Brussels is The Atomium. Constructed for the 1953 World Fair, it stands at 102 metres high.

It makes sense that most city-breakers will have a predisposed idea of what Brussels is like; there’s hardly a day goes by that the bureaucratic heart(...)

 The Hodges Figgis shop on Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Hodges Figgis closed down for four hours in 1995. It was to allow for the legal transfer of ownership from UK company Pentos to new owners Thorn EMI, (...)

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Armchairs Best in Class 1 This Arco seat by Spanish brand Masquespacio features tubular steel in a much more fun way that its very serious Bauhaus or(...)

Clunk click: wearing your seat belt will help protect you from turbulence during a flight. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Very few people would have survived being partially sucked out of an aircraft, as happened to a woman aboard a Southwest Airlines flight from New York(...)

New figures released by Clare County Council (Ennis HQ above) in response to a Freedom of Information request show  the local authority has spent €13,099 on a 7m “bespoke” table featuring the council coat of arms, and €17,994 on  chairs. FIle photograph: Google Street View

A €51,562 spend by a local authority on revamping its main meeting room – including an outlay of €31,093 on a “bespoke” table and 22 chairs – has been(...)

CIA director Mike Pompeo  travelled to the North Korean capital to meet Kim Jong-un in recent weeks. File photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Preparations are under way for a groundbreaking summit between the leaders of the United States and North Korea as the White House confirmed CIA direc(...)

Ganoderma applanatum or artists’ conk mushrooms.

The medicinal use of mushrooms in Asian culture is widely known, but what is less known is that some of the most potent Asian medicinal mushrooms grow(...)

Chefs Louise Bannon, Jess Murphy, Mhd Ahyam Orabi, Amer Marai, Ahmad Orabi and Christine Walsh working on the Far Fetched refugee fundraising dinner in Galway last October.

A food festival with a difference taking place next June will see restaurants and food businesses across Ireland open their doors to chefs and bakers (...)

Plastic waste  washed ashore  on Sanur beach in Bali, Indonesia,  April 12th. Photograph: Epa/Made Nagi

Scientists have engineered a biological enzyme which can rapidly digest some of the most common forms of polluting plastics that persist for hundreds (...)

Actor R Lee Ermey, at a premiere of “Willard,” at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood in 2003. File photograph:  Jim Ruymen/Reuters

American actor R Lee Ermey, known for playing Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in 1987 film Full Metal Jacket, has died at the age of 74. His manager said he(...)

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