Everything turns the most comforting colour of all: brown with brown hints of brown. Photograph: Eric Luke

There are good reasons to prefer one colour over another. Who looks good in magenta? One can justify favouring hard, waxy cheese to the damp, rancid s(...)

Ssinger and guitarist Kurt Cobain performing with Nirvana at the recording of  ‘MTV Unplugged in  Novemeber  1993. Photograph:  Frank Micelotta/Getty Images

The first public exhibition of some of Kurt Cobain’s personal items is be put on display this summer at the Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, Co Kil(...)

Sound of Music (1965)Julie Andrews

In 1965, New York’s critics were in agreement regarding the merits of Robert Wise’s The Sound of Music. Pauline Kael described the film as “the sugar-(...)

Edna O’Brien

The 2018 Hay Festival, in collaboration with The Pool, published this list of 100 books by women, including works by Iris Murdoch, Edna O’Brien, Maria(...)

The granddaddy of them all might be ‘National Velvet’ with Elizabeth Taylor as the English girl who yearns to ride in the Grand National

Here’s a theory. The best films with “horse” in their titles are founded on lies. The Wooden Horse (1950) doesn’t have any horses in it. A Man Called (...)

Katie Walsh celebrates with Relegate after winning at this year’s Cheltenham Festival. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Katie Walsh will have more pressing concerns than the weight of expectation on her shoulders at 5.15pm on Saturday. In particular, the 30 daunting fe(...)

Danny Byrne, Lord Mayor of Cootehill, at the St Patrick’s Day parade which he led out in the town.

Danny Byrne, Co Cavan Danny Byrne is Mayor of Cootehill, an honour given to him for his fund-raising efforts for the Cavan branch of the Parkinson’s (...)

Brigid of Kildare: a fearless negotiator who secured women’s property rights, and freed trafficked women

History is filled with stories of great deeds, the exploits of rebels, patriots and politicians, writers and artists, scientists and innovators. They (...)

A photo from Gem Diamonds of a 910-carat diamond discovered at the Letseng mine in Lesotho. Photograph: Gem Diamonds via The New York Times

High in the mountains of a small southern African kingdom, miners have unearthed one of the largest diamonds ever found, a glittering giant weighing (...)

Some windows of the Pirelli tower in Milan, Italy, are lighted to write the words ‘Stop Aids’, to commemorate the World Day of the Fight against Aids on December 1st. Photograph:  Marco Bertorello /AFP/Getty Images

It’s nearly 40 years since the world was shaken by the outbreak of a “plague” that started in the gay community in America and quickly became the most(...)

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