Hotel toiletries, one of the most common items taken from hotel rooms around the world. Photograph: Getty Images

A couple of years ago, in the Chinese city of Xi’an, I nearly ended up in jail for accidentally stealing a fancy bag from a hotel room. This bag was m(...)

The Bridges of Ross on the Loop Head Peninsula, Co Clare. Photograph: Alan Betson, The Irish Times

Last week we asked readers for a tourist attraction they had visited which had left them underwhelmed and unimpressed. We received hundreds of respons(...)

Blackstone’s credit business employs about 40 people in Dublin through a company called Blackstone/GSO Debt Funds Management Europe. Photograph: Munshi Ahmed/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Blackstone is set to lose its top Irish executive, Alan Kerr, who is leaving the firm five years after the US investment banking giant acquired a debt(...)

An early Amazon  distribution centre in Seattle: Dennis Johnson, an independent publisher, says that “Amazon has successfully fostered the idea that a book is a thing of minimal value– it’s a widget”

A recent article in the Financial Times (Tim Harford, July 29th, 2015) considers the cost of ‘free time’ in contemporary work-life. It got me think(...)