Britain’s new prime minister Boris Johnson being clapped into 10 Downing Street by staff in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/AFP/Getty Images

Shortly before 4pm on Wednesday, Boris Johnson marched up to the podium outside 10 Downing Street and promised to “change the record” after three year(...)

Boris Johnson during the launch of his campaign to become leader of the Conservative Party. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

If, as expected, Boris Johnson succeeds in his gallop towards Downing Street, his elevation will present a heightened foreign policy challenge for the(...)

Gillian Anderson: said to be taking on the role of Margaret Thtacher. Photograph:  Stephane Cardinale/Corbis/Getty Images)

Gillian Anderson is to follow in the footsteps of Meryl Streep, Patricia Hodge and Jennifer Saunders by taking on the role of Margaret Thatcher, accor(...)

New Zealand landscape. In 1971 Wellington and the EEC agreed a special arrangement for New Zealand’s butter, cheese and lamb sectors, which were all vital to the national economy.

Brexiteers might not deem it a parallel befitting their wildly inflated sense of national self-importance, but the UK’s best hope is that Brexit turns(...)

 Cristiano Ronaldo:   he scored 450 goals in 438 appearances for Real Madrid.  Photograph: Getty Images

On the day back in 2009 when Real Madrid unveiled their new world record signing Cristiano Ronaldo, an estimated 80,000 turned up at the Bernabeu Stad(...)

Peter Carrington: he served as secretary general of Nato from 1984 to 1988.  Photograph: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty

Lord Peter Carrington Born: June 6th, 1919 Died: July 9th, 2018 Peter Carrington, who has died aged 99, was the last surviving member of Sir Winsto(...)

Portrait of Seán Lemass in Leinster House.

Harold MacMillan and the United Kingdom’s EEC membership “I do not think that either MacMillan or any member of the British government ever fully und(...)

An instinctual understanding of art: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Hugh Lane in Citizen Lane

There’s a wonderful tableau in the new Irish historical film Citizen Lane depicting Hugh Lane’s wildly ambitious vision for Dublin: architect Edwin La(...)

Spike Lee will be back at Cannes with his inelegantly titled dark comedy ‘BlacKkKlansman’

Nobody much questions that the Cannes film festival is at some sort of crossroads. The debate hangs around the extent to which the management intended(...)

Tahilla Cove Tahilla Sneem Co Kerry

An 11 acre plot of land near Sneem in Co Kerry was purchased in the 1930’s by Horace Roye, the English photographer whose nude portraits scandalised L(...)

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