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Bedlinen from Piubelle, made in Portugal. But what is thread count, you ask. It’s the measure of horizontal and vertical threads in one square inch. Is it important? “Thread counts are a fad,” says Lisa Duffin of Bottom Drawer in Brown Thomas

Buying bedlinen has become a numbers game with brands trumpeting the high thread count of their sheets and duvet covers in ever higher numbers – 300! (...)

Phillips’s simulation of a developing unstable wave in the atmosphere. While  at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton he made the first computer simulation of the global climate

Today we benefit greatly from accurate weather forecasts. These are the outcome of a long struggle to advance the science of meteorology. One of the m(...)

  Grafton Street sales. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Stores are closing on a weekly basis on Irish and UK shopping streets in a crisis reminiscent of the US retail apocalypse, and there’s no sign of a bo(...)

Liam Neeson:   the actor said in a subsequent TV interview for ABC that “you sometimes just scratch the surface and you discover this racism and bigotry and it’s there”. He should have known that for black people the surface is their own flayed skins. Photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

Images have been rising from the depths of America’s consciousness like swamp creatures in a 1950s B-movie. They are ugly, violent and all about race.(...)

The filling in Greggs’ new vegan sausage roll is made out of the company’s own bespoke Quorn filling. Photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Britain’s hard-pressed retailers are queuing up to deliver news of how they fared over the festive season, culminating in “Super Thursday” tomorrow, b(...)

Kevin the Carrot: will you be rooting for him this Christmas?

Ever since that classic ESB ad trapped a young Alan Hughes into a lifetime of doing panto, we’ve known that Christmas advertisements were creepy and w(...)

First Lady Melania Trump reviews the Christmas decorations. Photograph: Andrea Hanks/The White House

In a Christmas tradition on its way to becoming as hotly anticipated as the annual release of the John Lewis ad, or a stony-faced five-year-old explai(...)

Host Ryan Tubridy and the School of Uke ukulele orchestra from east Cork during  auditions for the Late Late Toy Show in Cork. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Black Friday (November 23rd) You clutch the bloodstained Furby you have wrestled from a crying child while simultaneously kicking an octogenarian awa(...)

John Lewis Christmas ad: Various versions of Elton John playing crisper versions of ‘Your Song’

We have, in these parts, managed to resist the annual hubbub surrounding the John Lewis Christmas advert. Nobody has talked much about the current inc(...)

Sales of pianos were the most searched for item on the John Lewis website after their  ad featuring Elton John launched, the group said. Photograph: John Lewis & Partners/PA

Perhaps the £5 million John Lewis is rumoured to have spent on its Elton John Christmas advert will be worth it after all: the retailer boasted on Tue(...)

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