‘One of the things you learn during the beard-growing process is that all beards are different, and not through intention.’

I have opined – indeed, I wrote it once in this column – that I have little interest in growing a beard. Well, if you’re looking for consistency, you’(...)

Images of Josephine Baker are projected on the Pantheon monument during a ceremony dedicated to the American-born French dancer and singer in Paris on Tuesday night. Photograph:   Thibault Camus/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Josephine Baker (1906-1975) must have been the happiest woman in heaven on Tuesday night, when President Emmanuel Macron inducted her into the Panthéo(...)

Regular sexual activity can help lower cardiovascular risk in older men and women, research shows. Photograph: iStock

“Did the earth move for you” has become something of a television trope to assess the intensity of sexual pleasure that partners share during sex. The(...)

Marine Memory vessels, Bouke de Vries, 2016. Eighteenth-century Chinese porcelain marine archaeology storage vessels. Photograph: Bouke de Vries

Imagine a beloved object: a cup, a plate or a bowl. Perhaps your favourite auntie owned it, or was it found in another country and shipped safely home(...)

Mads Mikkelsen: He gets his kicks from Champagne

Drug education schemes have long struggled with the awkward reality that intoxication can be a blast. There is no draw in escaping grim reality to – a(...)

 France’s coach Didier Deschamps greets the fans after his team’s win against Germany at the Allianz Arena in Munich on Tuesday. Photograph: Matthias Schrader/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

If Didier Deschamps were to sit down and design the perfect cannon-fodder opponent for his French team, the result would look a lot like Joachim Löw’s(...)

Participants running next to Nunez del Cuvillo fighting bulls and steers during the 2019 San Fermin festival in Pamplona, northern Spain. File photograph: Jaime Reina/AFP via Getty Images

The mayor of the Spanish city of Pamplona on Monday cancelled the San Fermin festival, including its famous bull runs, for a second year because of t(...)

France’s regulations on dog-naming decree that all pure-breds registered in any given year must have names starting with the same letter. Photograph: Getty Images

Language aside, it’s amazing what you can learn while studying languages. I was brushing up on my French one night recently, for example, with an app (...)

Garth Brooks at Croke Park. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Sometimes you just have to agree with Garth Brooks. No, not when he shows up in boots and ruins your black-tie affair. When he thanks God for unanswer(...)

Illustration: Kotryna Zukauskaite/The New York Times

“Would you please please please please please please please stop talking.” – The girl, from Hills Like White Elephants (1927), by Ernest Hemingway I(...)

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