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 Concert goers celebrate the New Year at Madison Square Garden  in New York City. PhotographBrad Barket/Getty Images

A 5,300kg Waterford Crystal ball took centre stage in New York overnight.Roughly a million revellers packed New York’s Times Square and rang in the n(...)

My wife’s latest scheme to suck all of the joy out of Christmas is called degifting? It’s basically a no-present amnesty you agree with your neares(...)

Neither musician is exactly a household name, but this collaboration of Paul Smith (Maximo Park) and Peter Brewis (Field Music) is intriguing.(...)

Break in Bruges: the best way to navigate Bruges is by taking a boat trip on the canals, which costs just €7.60 for half an hour with live – and lively – commentary. Photograph: Getty Images

War tourists have been coming to present-day Belgium since the Waterloo battlefield was sought out by curious British travellers in the aftermath o(...)

Gráinne Ní Shé with her husband Peter Carr and children  Fearghal, Dáithí and Bláithín in Perth, Western Australia

Why did you decide to emigrate?Myself and my husband Peter Carr bought a house in Galway in 2004 as we were starting a family, and thought we would be(...)

Australian Phillip Hughes has died at the age of 25 after being struck by a short ball during a Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG

As an opening batsman, the Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, who has died aged 25 after being struck by a ball while on 63 during a Sheffield Sh(...)

The strangely medieval-looking medlar, which can be used to make fragrant medlar jelly to serve as an accompaniment to game, pork or lamb

I don’t grow medlars (Mespilus germanica), but last week’s sight of Airfield Gardens’ gnarly old tree, its twisting branches heavily laden with these (...)

Jean de Villiers from South Africa celebrates scoring a try in  their Rugby Championship match against  Australia at the Newlands stadium in Cape Town. Photograph: Nic Bothma / EPA

South Africa 28 Australia 10South Africa captain Jean de Villiers hailed his team’s perfect game-plan after their 28-10 Rugby Championship victory ove(...)

 Ronald Raaymakers (left) has signed a short-term deal with Ulster. Photograph: Michael Thomas / Photosport / Inpho

Ulster have signed lock Ronald Raaymakers from Counties Manukau Steelers on a short-term contract.The 24-year-old Kiwi has been brought in as “fourth (...)

There was no official confirmation of the businessman’s move to end his relationship with Aer Lingus. The shape of yesterday’s share  sell-off in four blocks led others to speculate at least three buyers were in the market, with most pointing to international institutional investors. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Businessman Denis O’Brien has sold the remainder of his stake in Aer Lingus. Shares in the carrier jumped by almost 5 per cent yesterday, the single b(...)

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