Prince Harry  with Meghan Markle: crack cocaine for Britons who have given up hope of bettering their lot and see sitcom repeats on UK Gold as “rolling news”.   Photograph. Ian Vogler/Reuters

This week was a good week for fans of miniature royals, because the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, announced that they have conceived a(...)

Ed Sheeran is the type of man who croons sweet songs to a lady lover until she shouts “Jesus Ed, I’m trying to sleep.” Photograph: Reuters/Hannah McKay

There has been a lot of talk recently about masculinity and male role models so I have decided to use recent news headlines to examine all seven kinds(...)

Harry, who will be problematically dressing as Captain Jack Sparrow, and Meghan Markle. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Next month Prince Harry is marrying Meghan Markle and The Irish Times doesn’t even have a royal correspondent. This is a rum state of affairs for a so(...)

 Anthony McPartlin (left) and Declan Donnelly present the final night of the British queen’s 90th birthday celebrations at Windsor Castle. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty

The queen of England is 90 and UTV Ireland celebrate the occasion by showing a massive birthday party (Sunday, UTV Ireland) hosted by her cheeky roya(...)

Eye on Nature

Before Christmas Alan Titchmarsh, the TV gardening pundit, found the mushroom fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) in the lawn of Buckingham Palace. Commonly(...)