Forrest Gump

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Running for victory –  when a Park Run  isn’t even a race. Photograph: Alan Betson

It wasn’t long after dawn on the coldest day of the year when I found myself walking over frosty grass towards a large group of better prepared p(...)

Tom McGrath, owner of the Black Sheep pub, on a run in New York on August 3rd this year. Photograph: Monique Jaques/The New York Times

The Black Sheep pub in Midtown was crowded as usual on a recent Friday night, but there was a sense of urgency in the air. Regulars periodically put d(...)

Versatile: will we look back in 20 years at their references to ‘faggots’, ‘black bitches’ and ‘junkies’ and laugh?  No chance

When writing about culture, it’s important to place things in context. All art is so keenly trapped within its time and place, it often seems that 90 (...)

Naby Keita of Liverpool scores his team’s first goal during the Premier League win over Huddersfield Town. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images

When Liverpool scored after 15 seconds against Huddersfield Town on Friday night, one common reaction would have been to bemoan the lack of competitiv(...)

‘As I lay on the floor of my own sitting room, watching my husband’s feet walking quickly towards the door, I knew that was the end of my marriage’

I once heard a story about a couple in a restaurant who ate in total silence for over an hour. When coffee came, the husband whispered something to th(...)

Welcome to Marwen

You have to hand it to Robert Zemeckis. The veteran director has, for the last 20 years or so, been working hard to stretch the technical ambition of (...)

Director Robert Zemeckis. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Robert Zemeckis chuckles. “I’ve been asked that question by just about every journalist I’ve met.” Not for the first time– not even for the first tim(...)

When did everyone in Ireland start using the vowel “o” in a certain single-syllable version of the informal term for mother? Did I miss a meeting at w(...)

Daniel Stewart is training for The Eden Project Marathon, which takes place in Cornwall on October 14th.

My phone plucks strings from the bedside table. A harp melody weaves into my ears. Not the strongest alarm for 6am. But Classical is Clockwork Orange,(...)

John Bateson: has spent almost his entire 30-year career as a qualified accountant working for Dermot Desmond. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh

When considering the independence of directors at listed companies, it pays to remember the Forrest Gump theory of corporate governance: an Irish boar(...)

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