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Richard Harris in This Sporting Life (1963)

Casting Richard Harris as Frank Machin, the bitter, brutish, lovelorn malcontent in the 1963 film This Sporting Life not alone recognised his burgeoni(...)

F Scott Fitzgerald: his debut novel was published one hundred years ago today. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Published a hundred years ago today to immense and immediate acclaim, F Scott Fitzgerald’s debut novel This Side of Paradise – the book that launched (...)

British television presenter Caroline Flack at the BRIT Awards 2018 in London. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/ AFP/Getty

The reality TV presenter Caroline Flack, who has taken her own life aged 40, helped the ITV2 dating programme Love Island become a top-rating show tha(...)

 Mercury will delight astronomers across the world, and some robotic observatories in space, with its  dash across the disk of the sun. Photograph: NASA handout/AFP/Getty Images

The planet Mercury will move across the sun on Monday. A relatively rare event, (the next one will not happen until 2032), which will be visible from (...)

A replica of Captain Cook’s ship Endeavour at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney. The centuries-long hunt for the remains of the famed ship could be nearing an end. Photograph:  Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images

The Endeavour set off from England in 1768 and traversed a world that sailors’ maps had yet to document. The ship bounded through the Pacific Ocean, s(...)

Kelly’s Resort Hotel in Rosslare, Co Wexford

Profits at the four-star Kelly’s Resort Hotel in Rosslare increased by 12 per cent in 2016 as a “bit more confidence” returned to the economy, the com(...)

 American mariners Jennifer Appel (C) and Tasha Fuiava (R) answering questions during a media call with their dogs Zeus (bottom-L) and Valentine (bottom-R) in the captains cabin of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland. Photograph: Jonathan Clay/US Navy/AFP

The two women spent months adrift at sea and ended up thousands of miles from their destination. Now, new questions suggest that their story may have (...)

Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava met in late 2016, and within a week of knowing each other decided to take the trip together. Photograph: Koji Ueda/AP

Two women who were lost at sea for five months had an emergency beacon aboard their sailboat that was never activated, the US coast guard has said. S(...)

USS Ashland sailors rescue Zeus the dog from a  yacht in the Pacific Ocean. Photograph: Mass communication specialist 3rd class Jonathan Clay/US navy via AP

Two US sailors and their two dogs have been rescued by the US navy after more than five months lost at sea in the Pacific Ocean. The planned voyage f(...)

Schoolchildren in San José, Costa Rica, eat next to  a noticeboard warning against Zika  as part of a government campaign to prevent the spread of the aedes aegypti mosquitos . The words on the noticeboard read: “All against Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika”. Photograph:  Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters

A new study of 42 cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome in French Polynesia offers the strongest evidence to date that the Zika virus can trigger temporary(...)

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