George Orwell

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Anne O'Neill: I was 50 on my last birthday. Photograph: Ciara O'Donnell

Last summer I had my 50th birthday. Fifty, which Victor Hugo called the youth of old age and is, according to George Orwell, the age at which everyone(...)

 The Good, the Bad and the Queen, Damon Albarn second from left

About a year before the European Union referendum in the UK, when I was looking around for something to write about, I fixed upon a strangely unsexy t(...)

Between January 1st, 2016, and December 31st, 2017, of 456 pelvic and acetabular referrals to Tallaght, 29 (6.4%) were cycling-related, a 90%  increase on 2016

George Orwell’s citations of emblematic Britishness in The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius (1941), include “old maids bicycling(...)

From left clockwise: Conor McGregor, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Elon Musk and Peter Casey. Photograph: Agencies

The inventor of Krispy Kreme Donuts When the Irish moved entirely to a Krispy Kreme diet, I said that it was short-sighted. As usual, the people of I(...)

A typically skilled performance from Andy Serkis

Andy Serkis almost certainly qualifies as a British National Treasure. He now belongs with John Major’s “warm beer, invincible green suburbs, dog love(...)

Peter Kay: Lancashire comedian has the old country on his mother’s side

The concept of “county lines” has been making a comeback in Britain recently, but not in a way that would please nostalgists. Far from marking a renew(...)

  George Orwell Photograph: AP

In his memoir Down and Out in Paris and London, George Orwell mentions an Italian hotel waiter who, he said, had “worked his way up literally from the(...)

They’ve got gay marriage, can’t they just get on with it now? This, and similar sentiments start to swirl around the edges of a certain kind of conver(...)

Knowing my considerable infatuation with the place, not a few people have suggested that a restoration project is calling out to me: why not restore “Reeky Bog House” and turn it into a holiday home?

The Flanagan ancestral seat – the place where my father and his numerous brothers and sisters were born and raised until the whole family was moved ea(...)

Eventually the structural restoration works required involved a steel frame embedded in a concrete floor tied into the walls with specially designed bolts.

In the infamous “Room 101” of George Orwell’s 1984, the unlucky occupant is exposed to their greatest fears. Burial alive? Impalement? Rats? In my c(...)

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