Baxter Dury: Ian Dury’s “mercurial” nature and how many examples of it shaped the relationship between him and Baxter forms the thrust of what can often be a disquieting book.

 One of the reasons Baxter Dury wrote Chaise Longue, his memoir about his upbringing and youthful experiences with his father, Ian Dury, was not (...)

Passengers pass signage displaying the way to a Covid-19 test centre in Terminal 5 at Heathrow airport in Britain. Photograph:  Getty Images

Britain has added Malta, the Balearic Islands, Madeira and some Caribbean islands to its “green” list of countries people can visit without having to (...)

Irish-Sierra Leonean artist and performer known as Loah  (Sallay Garnett) travelled across the world to trace her grandfather after making a DNA connection. File photograph: The Irish Times

Back when we had more spontaneous conversations, maybe at a party or on a train, people told me about secrets within their families. Whenever I said I(...)

Scottish band Mogwai have just released their 10th album As the Love Continues.

Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns, famously said that the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. The hugely influential Scottish band, Mo(...)

‘You have no authority here!’: Jackie Weaver during last week’s meeting. Photograph: Handforth Parish Council/PA Wire

Andrew Lloyd Webber has composed a song about Jackie Weaver, the heroine of the English parish-council meeting that went viral last week, inspired by (...)

 Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann: accuses musician Van Morrison of encouraging people not to take Covid-19 seriously. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann has accused Van Morrison of making dangerous comments about Covid-19 and giving succour to “conspir(...)

Michael Flatley and Ed Sheeran: both among Britain’s ten richest musicians. Photograph: PA Wire

Ed Sheeran has reportedly increased his wealth by £40 million (€45 million), staking a place in the top 10 of the UK’s annual music rich list. The 29(...)

Rebel Wilson with her Cats co-star James Corden at the Oscars: the pair  arrived in deliberately awful representations of their feline selves,  wrapping irony around their introduction to the visual effects prize.  Photograph: Getty Images

At the recent Bafta ceremony, Rebel Wilson drew laughs for her takedown of the season’s biggest cinematic catastrophe. “I made this dress by sewing tw(...)

Unnamed Question Time Audience Member invented the idea of a united Ireland live on BBC Question Time earlier this year

With another year over and a new one soon to begin, here are some noteworthy names that made news this year (inclusion here is not an endorsement exce(...)

Ben Elton: ‘You may not like it, but I don’t think there’s anybody like me.’ Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty

They say you shouldn’t meet your heroes – but my inner 13-year-old would never forgive me if I spurned a chat with Ben Elton. The Young Ones, Blackadd(...)

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