All they needed was love: the Beatles’ spirit spoke to us all
- June 27, 2017, 05:35
On June 25th, 1967, three weeks after the release of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Beatles heralded a great leap forward in communications(...)
How important is the latest leak of US intelligence files?
- March 8, 2017, 17:43
How to judge the importance of WikiLeaks’ latest dump of stolen US intelligence files? The whistleblowing site boasts of a trove greater in size than(...)
Sore head after the football? There may be a cure...
- Health & Family
- June 23, 2016, 07:00
Aldous Huxley once described chronic and inescapable sobriety as a most horrible affliction. I reckon Huxley must have had a stash of soma, the wonder(...)
‘My love affair with Ireland is random, but the flirting started in childhood’
- January 18, 2016, 12:00
It’s four o’clock on a Sunday afternoon and the Forty Foot is crowded. The tide is high, the water is choppy, a few kids swear as they jump from the r(...)
Was Aldous Huxley right about our brave new world?
- November 23, 2015, 06:00
A book appeared in 1930 with a fascinating, haunting idea: a pill that replaces all human concerns and inner conflict with a mood of serene conform(...)
Baiting the censor: 10 books they tried to suppress
- September 29, 2014, 01:00
The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka (1915) Gregor Samsa’s unusual transformation from human to giant bug didn’t go down well with the Fascists and was ba(...)