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 “Getting back to ‘So’, and my speculation about whether Seamus Heaney or Mark Zuckerberg was to blame for the phenomenon, perhaps I should also have included Julie Andrews on the list of suspects.” Photograph: 20th Century Fox/Getty Images

Following my lament (Diary, Thursday) about interviewees starting all their sentences with “So”, a number of readers have made heartfelt pleas that I (...)

Susie Yang explores the subject of privilege through the character of Ivy Lin

“Maybe there were no new stories, only your story. But what did the real story even matter, when most people judged you based on the shallowest surfac(...)

Thomas Charlton (1702–1792) used his will to improve the chances of others. His bequest provided a kind of seed-funding for start-ups, except that all the start-ups were weddings

As mentioned in John Connell’s The Running Book, which I reviewed elsewhere in this paper recently, Co Longford may once have been home to the real-li(...)

‘It is testament to how little I know about the property market that I had never before heard of Japanese Knotweed.’ Photograph: iStock

Our first lesson learned looking for a new home: if it looks too good to be true, it’s too good to be true Ignorance is bliss. To a certain extent th(...)

Jane Austen’s house in Hampshire where the she spent the last years of her life.  The author was a whizz at saying no. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Last weekend I went to see the house in Hampshire where Jane Austen spent the last years of her life and learnt something unexpected about the great a(...)

Achill Island on a John Hinde postcard. Not so long ago the implied assumption that an annual holiday must take place abroad would be  baffling to an Irish person.

You can safely bet that any plea for linguistic pedantry – insisting on the original meaning of “staycation” for instance – will bring forth Professor(...)

  British milliner Anthony Peto in  his elegant Victorian terraced house in Sandymount which featured in RTÉ’s Home of the Year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

You have to take your hat off to Anthony Peto. Since moving to Ireland four years ago, the British milliner has seriously landed on his feet. His hat (...)

Sarah and Tomás Kenny in Kenny’s Bookshop, which reopened to the public   on Monday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The first customers began to walk into Kenny’s Bookshop a few minutes after it opened its doors on Monday for the first time in three months. It has b(...)

 Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar Jones in Normal People. ‘Watching the series we find ourselves shocked, not at the sex scenes, but at all those breaches of social distancing rules: the packed student parties, the groups hanging around together.’ Photograph: Enda Bowe/Element Pictures

It is a nice irony that the must-watch TV series of the lockdown period is the screen adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Normal People – which is precisely (...)

There are just 16 episodes of Dinnerladies.

You will be coming down with suggestions as to which hip series and zippy films are currently available to the broadband user. When stressfully isolat(...)

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