Z Nation: putting the fun back into the undead

My favourite type of art is “things that are better than they ought to be”. I realised this a few years ago when watching Z Nation, a joyfully silly p(...)

Kazuo Odachi at his home in Tokyo. “Of course, death was a certainty if this happened, but at least we would take the enemy with us.”  Photograph:  Noriko Hayashi/The New York Times

For more than six decades, Kazuo Odachi had a secret: At the age of 17, he became a kamikaze pilot, one of thousands of young Japanese men tasked to g(...)

The Mazda MX-30 has a range of 200km on a single charge, or about 265km if you’re driving exclusively around town

It took us slightly less than a century to go from creating, and then loving, the car, from constantly upgrading its power and performance to realisin(...)

Chris Irving, Mio Irving, Naomi Irving and Philip Irving in Düsseldorf

Philip Irving is originally from Greystones, Co Wicklow. He graduated from UCD as a mechanical engineer and emigrated to Japan in 1989. He has been ba(...)

Dr Aidan MacCarthy, from Cork, of the RAF, who survived Dunkirk, the fall of Singapore, having his ship torpedoed and time in a POW camp, before being in Nagasaki on the day on the atomic bomb was dropped

In a room above MacCarthy’s bar in Castletownbere, Co Cork is a daily reminder that the world has survived worse travails than Covid-19. The ceremoni(...)

A virtual lantern show marks the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing,  in Hiroshima, Japan. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

In August 2010, when Hiroshima and Nagasaki marked the 65th anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bombs, the movement to rid the world of nu(...)

The sad annual commemoration yesterday of the atomic bomb attack 75 years ago on Hiroshima, and immediate deaths of over 140,000 people, was appropria(...)

 People socially distance as they queue to pray in remembrance during the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing, in Hiroshima on Thursday. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Bells tolled in Hiroshima on Thursday for the 75th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombing, with ceremonies downsized due to coronavirus and t(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron (left) is received by his Lebanese counterpart Michel Aoun (right), upon his arrival accompanying French aid to Lebanon. Photograph: Dalati Nohra/Handout/EPA

Sixteen employees at Beirut’s port have been detained over the explosion that killed at least 145 people and wounded thousands, according to reports. (...)

 Visitors walk past a photo showing the 1945 Hiroshima bombing aftermath, at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.  Photograph: Dai Kurokawa/ EPA

On Thursday, as she has done most days for 75 years, Keiko Ogura will reluctantly remember when Hiroshima was destroyed by a single atomic bomb. As a(...)

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