The newspaper was invented to provide commuters with a physical and symbolic barrier between themselves and the embarrassing bus lunatic. Photograph: Bettmann Archive

It’s safe to get back on the bus in Northern Ireland. A campaign aimed at cracking the social cocoon that urban dwellers so savour is in its dying sta(...)

The latest CSO statistics  showed the number of fathers aged in their 20s in Ireland fell to 17 per cent in 2017, from 23 per cent a decade earlier. Photograph: iStock

People are becoming parents at ever-increasing ages, a trend that can have implications for the health of the pregnancy, the babies and the women who (...)

Schitt’s Creek: hidden comedy gem. Photograph: Netflix

In February 2015, Chris Elliott made his final appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman. As Letterman’s funniest and best-known collaborator, (...)

The PopMart stage, featuring giant mirrorball lemon on the right

A little after midnight on June 16th, 1997, two Irishmen walked into the US immigration pre-clearance facility at Edmonton International Airport in Ca(...)

Nicole Kidman. Photograph: Chris Delmas/AFP/Getty Images

Nicole Kidman, Steven Spielberg, David Letterman and Richard Branson have all claimed to be shy. Shy people are preoccupied with what others think of (...)

Infinite non-comedic possibilities: Ed Aczel

If I wait another 18 years, then the spiral-bound calendar that has spent the last 10 years on my desk will finally be correct again, the days of the (...)

Photographs: Netflix

Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall From April 5th Choreographer, singer, YouTuber, drag queen, actor, dancer, director, semi-finalist in Amer(...)

Veteran US talk show host David Letterman will return to television on January 12th in a new Netflix show where his first guest will be former president Barack Obama. File image: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters.

Veteran US talk show host David Letterman will return to television on January 12th in a new Netflix show where his first guest will be former preside(...)

Al Gore attends the UK premiere of  ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’ at  Somerset House in London earlier this month.  Photograph:  Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Just over 10 years ago, An Inconvenient Truth, featuring former US vice-president Al Gore, opened in cinemas. Jollied along by Gore’s now well-travell(...)

One month before Jimmy Fallon ruffled Donald Trump’s hair last year, cementing the NBC host’s reputation as a late-night softballer, the Hillary Clint(...)

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