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‘Where’s the nearest buffet?’ Holliday Grainger and Tom Burke in Strike: Lethal White

As regular readers of this column will know, there’s nothing I like better than a television protagonist with a random noun or verb as a surname that (...)

Donald Trump: an uncharacteristic outburst of humility. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Sharing your name with a famous person presents certain challenges. Just ask any Sinead O’Connor. Imagine endless strangers asking when you stopped sh(...)

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and  Emma Watson in  a scene from the first Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Photograph: Reuters/Warner Bros

In 1985, following riots in Brixton and Tottenham in London, the publishing house Collins decided that one novel on its forthcoming schedule was just (...)

19th century garnet set gifted by Lord Byron to Mary Ann Chaworth in 1803 achieved €5,200 (€800–€1,200) at Adam’s At Home sale.

Whyte’s Eclectic Collector Sale July 25th and 26th Ninety per cent of lots sold with a gross sale of just under €1m. 1916 Proclamation of the Irish R(...)

Désirée Finnegan, Screen Ireland chief executive: “When the pandemic hit, we had to stop and reconfigure everything that we were doing.”

Désirée Finnegan was seven months into her role as chief executive of Screen Ireland when every Irish cinema shut down and every mid-shoot film and te(...)

The  statue of Oliver Cromwell at the Houses of Parliament in London. Photograph: EPA/NEIL HALL

Oxford’s vice-chancellor has invoked the name of Oliver Cromwell in an attempt to retain the controversial Cecil Rhodes statue at the college. Prof (...)

Britain’s health secretary Matt Hancock: “The prime minister talked to Daniel Rashford, he considered it and made his decision – I think it’s terrific.” Photograph:  Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street/AFP via Getty Images

UK health secretary Matt Hancock has said he may have had “Harry Potter on the mind” when he mistakenly praised “Daniel Rashford” for his work on free(...)

British author JK Rowling has again been accused of being transphobic  after taking issue with a headline on an online article discussing ‘people who menstruate’. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

JK Rowling has said she was partly motivated to speak out about transgender issues because of her experience of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Th(...)

British actor Daniel Radcliffe: ‘I feel compelled to say something at this moment’. File photograph: Hannah McKay/ EPA

The Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has spoken out over JK Rowling’s recent comments about the transgender community and said he hopes they will no(...)

Caroline Calloway in one of the photographs of herself she has tweeted. Photograph: Twitter/@carolinecaloway

It is hard to imagine Caroline Calloway being of any time before the internet – like picturing a present-day Joan of Arc. She laughs when I tell her s(...)

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