Clive James

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Germaine Greer: unignorable, still combative and leading the conversation. Photograph: BBC

Who said this: “An awful lot of husbands enact a diurnal crime on the body of their wives everyday”? And who said this, about 30 years later: “Most ra(...)

The Tartan Army get behind their team in  Argentina. Photograph: Allsport UK/Allsport

“My name is Ally MacLeod, and I am a born winner!” And we all know how this story pans out. Let’s cut the man some slack, though, for he wasn’t quite(...)

Stephen Fry being interviewed by Gay Byrne for the RTÉ programme ‘The Meaning of Life’. Photograph: RTÉ

The writer Clive James defined blasphemy as mocking the sincerely-held religious views of people. It’s a fair definition. And even though many would (...)

Sean O’Rourke: Loves to talk about sport in general and the GAA in particular, the only topics outside current affairs that seem to animate him.

Is Sean O’Rourke losing his edge? Three years ago he was the most formidable news anchor on the block, and his firm stewardship of News at One was vi(...)

Clive James said the imminence of his death had made him reflect on his life and he had concluded that he was an “unusually unwise young man until quite recently”. File photograph: Hazel Thompson/New York Times

Writer and broadcaster Clive James has said he is still haunted by his father’s death more than 70 years after it happened. In an interview broadcas(...)

Johnny Sexton would rather not be the public face of concussion, especially, as he pointed out, since when he’s been forced out of action it has been mostly due to other stuff. Photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

The agenda behind Eddie Jones’s comments about Johnny Sexton’s parents being worried for their son’s welfare was painfully obvious. Subtlety is clearl(...)

Blackstar: rather than finish with the resounding echo of a final statement, David Bowie was cut off midsentence

In the space of two days David Bowie’s album Blackstar accrued extraordinary weight, emerging first as the musician’s latest record and then, suddenly(...)

Don’t be afraid: On my last evening with my father, just before he was transferred to Blackrock Clinic, I spoke to him about pretty much anything except what was about to happen. Photograph: RTÉ

In his book Without Feathers Woody Allen has a line that has become one of his most famous quips: “It’s not that I’m afraid to die, I just don’t want (...)

Georgina Campbell photographed iwth her Bafta award  for her portrayal of a victim of domestic violence in Murdered by my Boyfriend. Photograph:   Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

Sherlock might have won a gong but Benedict Cumberbatch again missed out on a television Bafta for his much-loved portrayal of the master detective.In(...)

Swansong: Clive James’s appearance on The Book Show, on RTÉ, provided the radio moment of the week. Photograph: Hazel Thompson/New York Times

For all that it’s important to stay informed, tuning into the morning news is rarely conducive to a bright start to the day. When not depressing li(...)

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