You wouldn’t mistake Erik Nelson for a layabout. A hugely chatty, endlessly friendly man in the senior stages of middle age, he has been a producer and director of documentaries since the 1980s.

“How do things ever start?” Erik Nelson muses. “I had a crazy idea: what colour footage of World War II airplanes exists in the archives. I have been (...)

RIP: Dolores O’Riordan, Aretha Franklin, Myrtle Allen and Stephen Hawking. Photographs: Tim Roney/Getty, Fred A Sabine/NBC via Getty, Eric Luke and Santi Visalli/Getty

Ireland Dolores O’Riordan in 2007. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien January 15th Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan February 9th Form(...)

President Michael D Higgins studies an installation titled Inner Labyrinths by artist Caoimhe O’Dwyer during the preview of the NCAD Graduate Show 2016 on Thomas Street, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Michael D Higgins has always been our President. I remember him being President when I was a boy and my mother remembers him as President when she was(...)

‘T’Kuvma is overseeing the funeral of his murdered chum. The speed of the funeral proceedings make me feel he might be one of the Offaly T’Kuvmas.’

Once upon a time Star Trek’s lead character was Kennedyesque internationalist and man-of-appetites James T Kirk, who wished to seek out new worlds and(...)

Sue, the passive aggressive pig in Vodafone’s ad

Ikea In this advertisement we see scenes from a couple’s life sound-tracked to the strains of You and Me by Penny and the Quarters. Then we cut to (...)