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Mission to Mars: Donald Trump in a meeting with (far left) Tesla founder and chief Elon Musk. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Image of the week: Mission to Mars The man second from right is the president of the US, apparently – so they say – while the man on the far left is (...)

A phrase you see a lot online these days is the opening lyric to Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, “Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?” It is not(...)

A candle in front of a painting of  David Bowie in Brixton, London, after his death was announced. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

In the wake of David Bowie’s death, the impulse to treat Blackstar like a puzzle to be solved was understandable yet seemed to defeat the point of his(...)

Mark Smith as King Lear in ‘Reason in Madness’. Photograph: Vincent Lillis

Mark Smith is about to take his first steps on to the stage at Draíocht, Blanchardstown, where he is rehearsing Reason in Madness, a new adaptation of(...)

Frustrated, gentle reader, by the obscurantism of, or perhaps bewildered by, the dazzling erudition of your favourite newspaper’s columnists? Take hea(...)

Fans at the end of the France v Republic of Ireland Euro 2016  match: Irish fans, from  North and South, will be awarded the Medal of the City of Paris for their behaviour. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

The behaviour of Irish football fans in France, now officially award-winning, is a blank canvas onto which people can paint their favourite prejudices(...)

Philip Green before the British parliament’s business select committee on the collapse of British Home Stores which he used own. Photograph: Reuters

Sir Philip Green, in some ways, is my ideal man. Last Wednesday British MPs cross-examined Sir Philip for nearly six hours over the sale of BHS, the (...)

In 1853, in response to the unprecedented wave of immigration that saw 3 million arrive in the US in the previous decade, the Know Nothing Party emerged as a force in US political life

As usual, chef Jamie Oliver was firing on all cylinders on one of his cookery programmes during the week. Having pulled plump leeks from an English co(...)

‘Big Brother’ presenter Emma Willis and ‘Big Brother’s Bit On The Side’ host  Rylan Clark-Neal

TV3 has won the Irish broadcast rights to Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother in a three-year exclusive agreement with Endemol Shine Group. The d(...)

David Bowie albums in the window of Sister Ray Records in Soho, after the rock star died following an 18-month battle with cancer. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

For an artist as wide-ranging as David Bowie, it’s not so much a question of who he has influenced, it’s rather who he hasn’t. Direct lines include th(...)

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