Bob Clampett’s  animations, emphasising gags, humour, and action, were popular with audiences, and other directors were encouraged to emulate him.

The golden age of American animation gave us many enduring cartoon characters, from Mickey Mouse to Bugs Bunny. In an era that spans from 1928 to 1972(...)

Conor McGregor at the World Cup with Russian president Vladimir Putin. Photograph: @thenotoriousmma/Instagram

This week, old-time prospector/dandy hybrid Conor McGregor published a picture of himself alongside former KGB agent and topless calendar model Vladim(...)

Students were asked about the Irish diaspora, 1840-1966. Photograph: iStockphoto

An engaging history paper challenged students to take a position and defend it, while there was a good choice of topics on the paper, according to tea(...)

Louise Brooks in “Pandora’s Box”: director GW Pabst wanted her for the role.

Watching the newly restored version of Pandora’s Box, one can’t help but suspect that Louise Brooks, who died in 1985, is some contemporary YouTube st(...)

Pep Guardiola: is on the cusp of winning a seventh league title in three countries. Photograph: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

Thursday morning, Manchester City: as he surveyed the shock and awe, the red mist and the critical hiss from the previous evening in Liverpool – plus (...)

Amy Johnson: in May 1930, she flew solo from England to Australia, the first woman to do so

Amy Johnson was born in 1903, the same year that the Wright Brothers made their first flight. It would seem that this was no mere coincidence. Johnson(...)

The new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley, walks past a statue of Charlie Chaplin before giving a press conference in Belfast on her first visit to the North. Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

“I am absolutely delighted to be in Belfast, ” were the first words uttered to the media by Karen Bradley on her first engagement in Northern Ireland (...)

Reefer Madness is among the classics available to watch on PublicDomainMovie.net

Netflix ain’t the only show in town. There are other places to find films and documentaries if you know where to look. One such hub is PublicDomainMov(...)

The Ring of Kerry route affords many wonderful views.

This one will take some work, so take a deep breath and mount up. Cycle into Killarney and go left just after the mini-roundabout. Follow this road fo(...)

Meeting Place statue on Liffey Street, Dublin, which is part of the Talking Statues initiative. Photograph: talkingstatuesdublin.ie

James Joyce is sometimes mistaken for Charlie Chaplin. Sometimes he’s mistaken for a spray-painted mime artist. Passers-by stop and wait for him to cl(...)

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