John Keats

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Nguyen Thi Phong and Pham Van Thin, mother and father of Pham Thi Tra My, who is believed to be among the 39 people found dead in a container truck in southeastern England, in their home in Can Loc district, Ha Tinh province, Vietnam. Photograph: EPA/STR

While 39 people were dying in a trailer in Essex, the fruit was rotting on the trees in Kent. Sixteen million apples have been left as a windfall for (...)

Graham, by Patricia Piccinini (Australia): what would a human, “perfectly” enhanced to survive a car crash look like?

Watching TV a while ago, my brother remarked how none of the adverts would make him buy anything. My brother is a problem for advertisers: he is one o(...)

“Because apricots have a sweet-and-sour quality, they marry well with both savoury and sweet food stuffs.” Photograph: iStock 
Fruit for thought

We bade farewell to autumn this week.“Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,” wrote the English poet John Keats in his paean to autumn in 1819. Keat(...)

The ease of access and entry of walking is part of the lure, and it’s an open season sport too

Just when it felt like this annual lauding of sport season couldn’t get any more tedious or forlorn, suddenly something is so humbly recognised that i(...)

  La belle dame sans merci, by Arthur Hughes (detail)

It’s news to me, but according to a US almanac called School of the Seasons, November 30th in Ireland is a day when, traditionally, the dead go dancin(...)

John Keats’ death mask

When we speak now of a writer being “slaughtered by the critics”, it’s usually just a colourful metaphor for negative reviews, but in the case of John(...)

A cyclist passes along the Grand Canal, in Portobello, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

On a lucky, crisp autumn day last year, I took my two nephews – brothers aged four and six – to the park. We collected acorns, stones, red and yellow(...)

Aileen Ward:  April 1st, 1919-May 31st, 2016. Above, at the 1999 National Book Awards 50th Anniversary Gala in New York City. Photograph: Mark Peterson/Corbis via Getty Images

Aileen Ward, a scholar whose sympathetic, insightful biography of the Romantic poet John Keats won the National Book Award in the US in 1964, has died(...)

Seamus Heaney. Photographer: Jack McManus

Lisa Hannigan Singer Anahorish, soft gradient, of consonant, vowel-meadow. I was really stuck for ages last year and took to reading Se(...)

In a word....

“Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;Conspiring with him how to load and blessWith fruit the vines tha(...)

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