Basil Fawlty

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Chelsea’s new head coach Maurizio Sarri talks to the media during a press conference at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia on Friday. Photograph:  Paul Kane/Getty Images

When Claudio Ranieri first arrived in the Premier League, he caused a minor stir because of his inability to speak to the media in English. “Ranieri f(...)

Roscommon fans in good voice during the All-Ireland qualifier victory over Armagh at O’Moore Park.  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

So long, then, to the 2018 All-Ireland football qualifiers. If, as seems to be the idea, the Super-8s are going to work out as a place-holder until a (...)

Elle Darby reacts to being called out by the White Moose Café.

Almost three weeks into 2018, and we hadn’t yet had a controversy featuring the White Moose Café and its pugilistic publicity-hound of an owner, Paul (...)

Vince Vaughn: brooding brilliance

Is there any end to the mighty talents of director, producer, cinematographer, and sometime novelist Steven Craig Zahler? As with his terrific horror-(...)

It has that organic warmness and charm that just might be a hit with audiences

The Kardashians may be our modern-day Marie Antoinettes, but we povos are way ahead of them when it comes to a love of cake. The trailer for the new s(...)

Micheál Ó Domhnaill and Brian Tyers at Croke Park

An té nach bhfuil láidir ní folair dó a bheith glic. Final whistle, Breffni Park. Crowds scud onto the pitch as Cavan fall to Dublin in the first le(...)

 Donald Trump:   his Scottish demotion does highlight another problem with state honours – the tendency for recipients to disgrace them. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

Even if Feargal Quinn’s Bill for a state honours system is accepted by all parties, he should surely think again about the award’s title. Yes, Gr(...)

The Wonders was not named for the enquiry: I wonder if anything is going to happen in this film? But it could have been. That’s not to say that Ali(...)

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip pass the Brandenburg Gate during the British monarch’s visit to Berlin. Photograph: Stephanie Pilick/EPA

For decades, British visitors to Germany followed Basil Fawlty’s example and used every opportunity to not mention the war – by mentioning the war. Wh(...)

Brother Hubbard’s middle eastern breakfast plate.

Tis the season of goodwill to all men, right? Even those who have opened achingly hip cafes and hotels. So, no grousing about the two new brunch ve(...)