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René Magritte’s Décalcomanie: Could we fix a lot of problems by reversing the usual logic and doing the exact opposite of what one might expect?

Readers with long memories may recall the brief, inglorious UK fuel shortage of a few months ago, which was mostly caused by the rush to refuel for fe(...)

Ten years ago poet and Fianna Fáil supporter Thomas McCarthy said the party was ‘not a political philosophy, as such’ but rather the combination of men, and it was largely men, of ‘certain social origins and frustrated private hopes’.

Ten years ago, just before Fianna Fáil’s decimation in the 2011 general election, poet Thomas McCarthy reflected in a column on the way in which Fiann(...)

 Bournemouth’s Arnaut Danjuma  scores his  side’s  goal during the Sky Bet Championship playoff semi-final, first leg against Brentford at the Vitality Stadium. Photograph:  Adam Davy/PA Wire

Bournemouth 1 Brentford 0 With the stakes high and the pressure on, enter Arnaut Danjuma, whose effortless finish capped a devastating counterattack(...)

UCC: It’s not every day that a university finds itself awarding a PhD to a student who has written one of the standard texts on their course.

It’s not every day that a university finds itself awarding a PhD to a student who has written one of the standard texts on their course but that’s exa(...)

Tottenham Hotspur’s  Harry Winks  vies for the ball with Bournemouth’s  Callum Wilson during the  Premier League  match  at the Vitality Stadium. Photograph: Neil Hall/ AFP via Getty Images

Bournemouth 0 Tottenham Hotspur 0 In the last few days José Mourinho has been irked by everything from the Football Association’s decision-makers to (...)

Miguel Almiron scores Newcastle United’s third goal during the  Premier League  match against  Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/Pool/AFP.

Bournemouth 1 Newcastle 4 By the end, it was bordering on unfair. This was a futile Bournemouth performance, one that screamed relegation and they ha(...)

Employers need not wait for governments to act on the issues thrown up by the Black Lives Matter protests. Photograph: Chris Creese/The New York Times

Denis Goldberg, recently deceased, was the youngest defendant at the infamous 1963 Rivonia Trial alongside Nelson Mandela and other ANC leaders. He se(...)

The choice between individual and collective action lies at the heart of disputes over the timing of the end to the coronavirus lockdown.   Photograph:  Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images

What motivates those groups, often a small but loud minority, clamouring for an end to the lockdown? Hawaiian shirt-wearing “boogaloo boys” preparing (...)

Cognitive scientist Bruce Hood: “Non-essential goals seem increasingly hollow” against the backdrop of Covid-19. Photograph: United Agents

The scaling back of economic activity in recent weeks has given us a glimpse of an alternative reality. Unpolluted skies, car-free streets and the dis(...)

Nobel Prize winner Robert Shiller and author of Narrative Economics: ‘A lot of what happens economically actually depends on the stories we tell each other and a lot of what people do is not really optimal for them.’ Photograph:  Taylor Hill/Getty Images

Economics is driven by the stories we tell each other, and those which become very popular have the power to drive economic events like stock market c(...)

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