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Quite well off: Jeremy Clarkson

Jeremy Clarkson being hoofed in the testes; Jeremy Clarkson getting his overly large tractor stuck in a mud pit he has dug himself; Jeremy Clarkson pu(...)

Salman Rushdie. ‘I’m not a geopolitical entity. I’m someone writing in a room.’ Photograph:  Sara Krulwich/New York Times

Poor Salman Rushdie. The one thing I am most keen to talk to him about is the one thing he absolutely, definitely does not want to discuss. “I really (...)

 It is to the French that we owe the use of apostrophes in English, but the word itself comes from ancient Greece

There is a case to be made that life is too short for worrying about the misuse of apostrophes. Even the late John Richards, a grammarian Don Quixote,(...)

Earlier this week in Dublin two Luke Kelly sculptures were doused in white paint. Photograph: Alan Betson

What do Luke Kelly and Edward Colston have in common? Kelly was a working class Dubliner, legendary singer, communist, folk hero. Colston was a mercha(...)

A statue of Father Junipero Serra  in front of the San Gabriel Mission in San Gabriel, California.   A statue of Serra in nearby Golden Gate Park was torn down by protesters last Friday. Photograph:  Frederic J. Brown/AFP/via Getty Images

A spate of attacks on statues linked to colonialism and slavery in the United States has caused alarm in Madrid, following the vandalising of several (...)

Spanish novelist Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP via Getty

Spanish novelist Carlos Ruiz Zafon, whose book The Shadow of the Wind sold more than 15 million copies, has died of cancer aged 55 in Los Angeles, his(...)

 US presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders  delivers a speech to defend his support for a sweeping “Medicare for All” healthcare plan at George Washington University in Washington, File Photograph: Erin Scott/Reuters

At the end of May 2017, Bernie Sanders made a trip to western Europe, where he spoke to sold out crowds in Berlin and at the Dalkey Book Festival. In (...)

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote: Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce star

A year and a half ago, we assembled in Cannes to confirm that Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote actually existed. Aware that the director(...)

Hide and Seek in the Devil's Garden by Michael Hutter which will be shown by Gallery X

The temporary installation of a work by street artist and illustrator Joe Caslin in the Courtyard gallery at the National Gallery creates a stunning c(...)

Doctor checking woman’s pulse rate while she is lying down. Photograph: Universal History Archive/ UIG via Getty Images

It was 1726, and Mary Toft had a problem. The English peasant explained to her doctor that she was pregnant, but there was a complication. There was n(...)

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