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’It wasn’t like this in primary school. Really, it wasn’t.  I used to have light-up shoes. I had a friend whose hair was cut up to her ears.’ Stockphoto: Getty

In “The Picture Of Dorian Gray, ” Oscar Wilde writes; “All influence is immoral”. This is so because ;”to influence a person is to give him one’s own (...)

Unnamed Question Time Audience Member invented the idea of a united Ireland live on BBC Question Time earlier this year

With another year over and a new one soon to begin, here are some noteworthy names that made news this year (inclusion here is not an endorsement exce(...)

Qing dynasty reclining opium chair, €1,000-€1,500, Adam’s

Adam’s Asian Art sale on Tuesday, November 5th will feature almost 200 lots from China, Japan, India, Nepal and Tibet. Included along with important (...)

Diamond aigrette hairpiece, which also becomes a pendant, Made by Elenton Jewellers c1910, available from JW Weldon €4,500.

Shagreen, the granular material often mistaken for leather, but actually the untanned skin of sharks and stingrays, has lent its subtle beauty to toil(...)

Thiago Silva remonstrates with the referee after a penalty is awarded to Manchester United. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Football still, it turns out, has the power to fight back. Money is a lot of things but it isn’t quite everything, not yet. Although before we get ca(...)

Best one: Volkswagen Up The Up is a car that’s ageing like George Clooney. For every year that passes, it just seems to get a little bit better. That(...)

East Waterford county coroner’s court in Dungarvan was told the aircraft’s engine had cut out due to carburettor icing. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An 84-year-old pilot was running out of options after the engine of his aircraft cut out due to ice in the carburettor and he failed to land the aircr(...)

 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, right, greets UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage during a campaign rally at the Mississippi Coliseum  in Jackson, Mississippi, last week. Photograph: Getty

Some say Britain doesn’t make or export things any more. But it did supply Donald Trump with a straight man. What a thrill to see new life breathed(...)

Akhil Sharma to aspiring authors: “Don’t do it! And if you are going to do it, take joy in the satisfactions that come from writing and don’t wait for the book to be done to be happy”. Photograph: Bill Miller

Born in India and raised in the US, Akhil Sharma is the author of An Obedient Father, for which he won the 2001 PEN/Hemingway Award and the 2001 Whit(...)

Marc Almond: ‘Journalists would ask about my sexuality, so I’d give some Bowie-esque answer about ambiguity’

There was a time when Thursday night Top of the Pops was a shared ritual. Living in a TV land that consisted of a handful of channels was a factor,(...)

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