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The Xtra-Vision store on the corner of Baggot Street and Waterloo Road in Dublin: Try to explain to a child of the 21st century what a video library was and watch confusion cloud their faces. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Last week, in an idle moment, Pricewatch took to Twitter and asked about the shops which have closed that people missed the most. The response was en(...)

Santa was a problem that year but it didn’t spoil the fun. Photograph: iStock

It was the late 1940s in Limerick, big families, small wages, streets teeming with playing children, frosty evenings in makeshift “skates” on inclines(...)

Reusable fibre shopping bags in a plastic bag-free Woolworths supermarket in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Jill Gralow/Reuters

Australia’s biggest supermarket chains are scrambling to combat “bag rage” as frustrated shoppers vent their anger over the removal of single-use plas(...)

One of the last photographs   of  Martin Luther King as  he   was speaking to a mass rally on April 3th, 1968,  in Memphis. He was shot dead by a sniper  the following day

It was his third visit to Memphis in less than three weeks. On April 3rd, 1968, Martin Luther King jnr arrived in the southern city of Memphis ahead o(...)

Dealz is ultimately owned by South African-based Steinhoff. Photograph: Eric Luke

Dealz parent Steinhoff has lost more than $12 billion (€10.2bn) off its value since it revealed “accounting irregularities” and parted ways with its (...)

Dominic Chappell is being prosecuted for failing to comply with three notices the pensions regulator issued. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Britain’s Pensions Regulator is to prosecute Dominic Chappell for failing to provide information and documents requested during an investigation into (...)

The tower of the former Lucky Strike tobacco factory looms over Durham,  North Carolina, a reminder of the industry that thrived there for almost 200 years. Photograph: George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images

August is the time of escape from Washington, when thousands of workers and political types leave the swampy heat of the nation’s capital and escape t(...)

Ralph Steadman cartoon of Hunter Thompson, from the 2008 documentary Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S Thompson directed by Alex Gibney

One day in 1970 Ralph Steadman was out on a boat, covering the America’s Cup yacht race and feeling seasick. The illustrator’s companion on the water(...)

 Maureen McGearty, at home in Ballivor, Co Meath,  remembers when electricity came to her home. She is pictured with the original oil lamps which were used  in the house. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Back in the 1950s, John Fitzpatrick, who is now 82, went to work in Moneygall, Co Offaly as an engineering officer for the Rural Electrification Sche(...)

File photograph of the “old” Sindy and her new incarnation. Photograph: PA

The Sindy doll is back on sale in the UK after an almost 10-year absence and with a healthy new body shape. Sindy, who claimed 80 per cent of the fas(...)

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