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I loved the pin-up girl thing, but I was so boxed in. It’s nice to have shed that, especially as you get older – it’s unhealthy to stay the same.”

It’s apt that Imelda May rang in 2017 by unveiling her new shaggy-haired image on her good friend Jools Holland’s BBC show, Hootenanny. In the months (...)

The court heard allegations that Neil Dymott threatened to cut the cockerel’s head off. Photograph: Zainal Abd Halim/Reuters

A retired businessman has been given a restraining order despite being acquitted of a campaign of harassment against his neighbours in a dispute over (...)

West Indies’ Shai Hope reacts after winning the second international Test match against England. Photograph: Getty Images

Hope triumphed over expectation in an enthralling final day on the magical, capricious turf of Headingley. West Indies brilliantly cruised past their (...)

Jane Austen: impending bicentenary of her death will unleash a flood of commemorations

I did a double-take during the week when an email arrived inviting me to “celebrate the bicentennial of Jane Austen’s death at Hilton Park, Co Monagha(...)

Patricia Mountbatten and John Knatchbull arriving for their wedding at Romsey Abbey in Hampshire, England, in 1946. Photograph: Eddie Worth/Associated Press

Patricia Knatchbull, a grande dame of Britain’s titled elite, whose life embraced a fabled childhood between two world wars and deep personal tragedy (...)

Model, muse and writer Alexa Chung has launched her first own label clothing collection using Lismore Castle in Co Waterford as a venue for a promotio(...)

“There is a trust and genuine ethos of hard work here.” Harry Oulton at St John the Baptist Church, Clontarf. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Harry Oulton was born six years to the day after his grandfather’s death. It was June 16th, the date made famous by James Joyce’s depiction of Dublin (...)

Photograph: Paul Kelly/pkstudio3.com

Gareth, a Dublin-born architect, met Jess, an accountant from Hampshire, on PlentyOfFish.com in 2014 and, having bonded online over “a mutual love of (...)

Parliament Buildings, Stormont. An idea in circulation is ‘joint authority’, which the SDLP endorsed in recent weeks as an alternative to direct rule from London. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Last Friday, British prime minister Theresa May went to Glasgow to affirm fidelity to an idea that has seldom looked shakier. Rejectin(...)

Laura Jurd with her band Dinosaur

The first record in your collection is not generally something you feel inclined to advertise. It was probably some long-forgotten adolescent pop, the(...)

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