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Dua Lipa: picked up four nominations. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Singers Anne-Marie, Dua Lipa, Jess Glynne and George Ezra are among the nominees for next month’s Brit Awards, Britain’s annual pop music honours, in (...)

Uffizi Gallery director Eike Schmidt holds onto a copy of  ‘Vase of Flowers’ by Dutch artist Jan van Huysum, at the gallery in Florence, Italy. Photograph: Uffizi Gallery press office via AP

The director of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, has urged Germany to return a Dutch masterpiece stolen by Nazi troops during the second World W(...)

Louise Bruton: “My tee-shirts, jumpers, jackets and coats regularly fall victim to being covered in bobbly bits of wool as the friction between the seat of my wheelchair and my arms, shoulders and back causes them to wear down.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

When you start using a wheelchair, there’s a number of things your doctors and nurses can’t tell you. The things you pick up from the lived-in experie(...)

John Dowling: “Adorable, always good-humoured and very, very intelligent”. Photograph: Pôle Universitaire Léonard de Vinci/PA

It is not unusual to hear praise for the dead. But the praise yesterday from students and colleagues of John Dowling, the 66-year-old Irish lecturer m(...)

Daniela Vindisova: “It feels good here. I have never felt like I’m in some kind of minority.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Daniela Vindisova was just 17 when she first left her home in eastern Slovakia to go to college in Bratislava. She speaks five languages and has live(...)

Armada table (Lot 101, €100,000-€200,000)

From the panoramic to the intimate, the exquisite to the outlandish, all aspects of the Irish country house are celebrated in Adam’s on-site sale at T(...)

Borgo Santo Pietro: charming loveliness

Ten years ago, we got hitched in the back garden but in the months leading up to the Big Day I got entirely freaked out about the cheesiness of a prop(...)

Florence feels like an interactive indie movie

Florence is a low-key game/interactive graphic novel aimed at twentysomethings. It follows the 25-year-old titular character, Florence Yeoh, as she go(...)

Florence attack: Marina Abramovic at the Palazzo Strozzi’s exhibition of her work. Photograph: Laura Lezza/Getty

Marina Abramovic is no stranger to controversial performances, but the artist found herself involved in an unscripted spectacle on Sunday when an aspi(...)

US supreme court nominee  Brett Kavanaugh:  Republicans and US president Donald Trump indicated  they would not ask the FBI to reopen a background investigation. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

The stand-off between Republicans and Democrats over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court continued on Wednesday as the woman at the cent(...)

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