Homer Simpson

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Landmark capital infrastructure projects like the National Children’s Hospital have become mired in controversy. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

To paraphrase Homer Simpson, capital spending seems to be both the cause and the solution to all of Ireland’s economic problems. If you were to take (...)

John Swartzwelder on The Simpsons: ‘I’ve always thought season three was our best individual season.’  File photograph: Rex Features

The reclusive Simpsons writer John Swartzwelder, who is credited with creating some of the most popular episodes in the show’s 31-year history, has gi(...)

The video, which lasts for just under two minutes, features the Taoiseach seated on what might be a bar stool in what looks like heaven’s waiting room answering questions.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

If the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar or his handlers hoped the video just released – or dropped – on Twitter in which he answers what he says are the most fr(...)

Men need to step up to the plate and do their fair share of housework. Photograph: Getty Images

We need to talk about housework. To be honest, I’d rather not. In common, I suspect, with the vast majority of the population (with the exception of (...)

Brie Larson as Captain Marvel. Her call for more diversity in the media sparked a backlash among social media loudmouths. Photograph: Marvel Studios 2019

‘The internet? Is that thing still around?” It’s been 20 years since Homer Simpson said those words, but, even then, we were expected to snort at his(...)

Last-minute Christmas shopping. Photograph: iStock/Getty

ADULTS Dents Aviemore touch-screen gloves The gloves Among the most traditional of Christmas gifts, but what we like about Dents Avie(...)

Ally McCoist and Alan Brazil on talkSPORT.

Exchange of the Week That’d be the one between Alan Brazil and Ally McCoist on talkSPORT radio when they discussed the less than fabulous performance(...)

As Technotronic urged me to ‘Pump Up The Jam’ I considered jumping off the machine and going back to the park

Having grown wearily sick of swearing miserably at the Baltic weather as I put on my gear ahead of yet another run through the frozen wastelands of th(...)

Personal mugs  offer a measure of personal control and identity in largely anonymous open plan offices. Photograph: iStock

Every few weeks, someone at the Financial Times sends an email to the entire newsroom asking if anyone has seen a much-loved missing mug. Last month (...)

Homer Simpson: “The key to parenting is don’t overthink it. Because overthinking leads to . . . What were we talking about?”

The Oxford English Dictionary recently added more than 1,100 new words to its online edition. In an alarming sign of the times, more than 100 of these(...)

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