Shane MacGowan performing on stage with The Pogues in Greenwich in 2011. Photograph:  Matt Kent/Redferns

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Roland S Howard: an overlooked innovator

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Easygoing: Marty Morrissey celebrates with Clare hurlers Conor Ryan and Colin Ryan at September’s All-Ireland final replay. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

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We will fly them on the beaches . . .

Do you know what the German for rose is? It’s rose. Not half as interesting a Friday Fact as talkie-walkie being the French translation of “walkie-tal(...)