George Orwell

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 Modern blue cheeses have a fungus added to produce the veining. But historically, insect larvae were part of some cheese-making processes.

You might remember a British politician named Shailesh Vara, the Conservative MP for North West Cambridgeshire. Or maybe not. He briefly threatened t(...)

US actress Renee Zellweger poses with the award for a Leading Actress for her work on the film ‘Judy’ at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards. Photograph: by Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)

To no great astonishment, Sam Mendes’s 1917 won best film at the British Film and Television Academy Awards (Baftas) on Sunday night. Detailing a sold(...)

 FC Cologne players celebrate with their fans after the Bundesliga victory over Bayer Leverkusen. Photograph: Friedemann Vogel/EPA

FC Cologne are pulling out of a deal to run a football academy in China, with a member of the club council saying they should not support “such a tota(...)

Fintan O’Toole; Joan Freeman;  Prof Mary McAleese, Patrick Prendergast,  Prof Terry Hughes,  Mary Harney and  Michael Gazzaniga at the ceremony on Friday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Irish Times columnist Fintan O’Toole was conferred with an honorary degree from Trinity College Dublin on Friday. It was the first ceremony conducted(...)

TCD professor emeritus David Berman: ‘I was about six or seven when I had what is sometimes described as an “I am me” experience.’ Photograph: Dave Meehan

A few weeks ago, this column explored that ancient puzzle “How do you know you actually exist?”, one of the defining questions of philosophy. In doin(...)

Mr Justice Richard Humphreys has developed a reputation for imaginative rulings, often containing literary references

A High Court judge, in a ruling that referenced Greek philosophy and Japanese traditional theatre, has excoriated an attempt by the State to avoid pay(...)

Climate change activists in London. Photograph: Peter Summers/Getty

“The further society drifts from the truth the more it will hate people who speak it” – George Orwell A five-part series about our emotional (...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson has claimed that the EU was ‘pursuing a similar goal to Hitler in trying to create a powerful superstate’, and that the plucky English Brexiteers would ‘set the country free’. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

“To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric.” The German philosopher Theodor Adorno made this statement for the first time in 1949. It implies at lea(...)

Extinction Rebellion protesters in Birmingham where they intermittently blocked traffic using Bristol Road.  Photograph:  Jacob King/PA Wire

International financial markets believe recession may be coming. Germany’s economy is contracting, a no-deal Brexit could soon drag Ireland under, and(...)

George Orwell: ‘Marx discovered to be very lousy, ears full of nits, no doubt owing to the hot weather.’ Photograph: Photo 12/ Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Dipping into George Orwell’s Diaries for August 1939 this week, I was briefly confused by his apparent references to Karl Marx.   It wouldn’t be (...)

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