Within a few days, I had many, many lists. They were proliferating as rampantly as Starbucks outlets in an upwardly-mobile urban environment. File photograph: iStockPhoto

As part of my vague aspirations towards self-improvement – which fall short of doing things that might extend my life, like giving up wine, or revisit(...)

The funeral of Micheál Roarty  in Dunlewey,  Co  Donegal. Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA Wire

A pair of bollards lit up green marked the entrance to Gortahork on Wednesday evening. “Slow. Wake Ahead,” laminated signs read. Big men in hi-vis ja(...)

After almost a decade in direct provision Ellie Kisyombe feels she’s still a nobody in Ireland, with no say about her life. There are two versio(...)

#Metoo backlash: Men and women have never been equal at work. Stock Photograph: Getty

The executives at Davos, the global gathering that is the equivalent of the Burning Man festival for stinkingly rich Masters of the Universe, are worr(...)

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For as long back as he can remember, Dylan would go to bed at night and pray that he would wake up a boy. “I had no idea. I would have classified him (...)

Russell Brand: “I’m very  focused on the mystical connotations of Mabel’s beauty and grace. Not so good on the nappies.” Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

I didn’t give my children any breakfast this morning. I didn’t pack a lunch, wash a face or drive anyone to school. Instead, I just channelled Russell(...)

 William and Kate with   Meghan and  Harry  on Christmas Day in Sandringham. Photograph: Stephen Pond/ Getty Images

If you’ve been keeping up with your news of the British royals recently – as opposed to doing something useful while you wait for January to pass, lik(...)

The Apple watch: ‘Even though this relationship doesn’t seem to be doing either of us any good, I can’t quite give her up.’ Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

It was my colleague Samuel who convinced me I needed a fitness tracker. We were desk neighbours at a job I had a few years ago in Silicon Valley and, (...)

Rob Delaney with his two-year-old son, Henry, who died last January. Photograph: Rob Delaney/Facebook

The actor Rob Delaney has been speaking about his family’s grief at their first Christmas without his two-year-old son, Henry, who died last January. (...)

Only people on Instagram  use their coffee tables for storing books. For everyone else, they’re a place to put remote controls, piles of laundry and feet

The Coca Cola Christmas truck came to town a couple of weeks ago. I was dimly aware of its presence, due to the some 1,537 people who told me it was c(...)

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