John Keats

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‘I suspect Keats doesn’t feature much in the latest collection of essays from the Journal for Flann O’Brien Studies: entitled “Gallows Humour”.’ Above, Flann O’Brien. Photograph: The Irish Times

A reader of yesterday’s column has taken me to that always unpleasant venue, Task, over my use of the phrase “main protagonist”.  Since the conte(...)

Fintan O’Toole: ‘The pandemic will have huge effects on what we will be reading and seeing and listening to decades from now.’ File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy/The Irish Times

I like to imagine that in a parallel universe, there is a discreet brass plate on the door of a fine Georgian house in Dublin, perhaps in Merrion Squa(...)

Virginia Morrow (née Burns). If a best-selling book from decades earlier can be believed, she had once watched her own funeral.

Twenty-five years ago this weekend, there died in Denver, Colorado, a woman named Virginia Morrow (née Burns). But according to at least one obituary,(...)

This time in April used to be marked by a Roman festival celebrating wine.  Photograph: Getty Images

Born 400 years ago on April 24th, John Graunt was a man ahead of his own time and unusually relevant to ours. A hat-maker by profession, he devoted hi(...)

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Happy the man, whose wish and care/A few paternal acres bound/content to breathe his native air/In his own ground. (Alexander Pope) I wandered lonely(...)

In a Word . . .

My head aches and a drowsy numbness pains my sense as though of hemlock I had drunk. The weariness, the fever, and the fret, feeling pale and spectre-(...)

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(...)

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