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George Orwell: ‘Marx discovered to be very lousy, ears full of nits, no doubt owing to the hot weather.’ Photograph: Photo 12/ Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Dipping into George Orwell’s Diaries for August 1939 this week, I was briefly confused by his apparent references to Karl Marx.   It wouldn’t be (...)

A Roman abacus. But what did the Romans really do for mathematics?

The ancient Romans developed many new techniques for engineering and architecture. The citizens of Rome enjoyed fountains, public baths, central heati(...)

Mark McCall with the Champions Cup trophy after his side’s win over Leinster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

You shouldn’t, of course, make promises you can’t keep, so Joe Molloy was taking a mighty gamble at the start of Virgin Media’s coverage when he promi(...)

John Horan: became the first GAA president to address either house of the Oireachtas. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leinster House is covered in protective screens, as refurbishment on the parliament building continues. They provide an opportune canvas for proclaimi(...)

Pádraig Harrington poses with the Ryder Cup at Wentworth after being named as Europe captain for the 2020 match against the United States at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

At the appointed hand signal from the television mandarins, a bearded Pádraig Harrington, hand-in-hand with his wife Caroline, slipped in a side door (...)

France’s president Macron is deeply unpopular, and his efforts to placate the national protests through the narrow gauge lens of economics have thus far made things worse. Why? Photograph:  Getty Images

Two huge rivers, the Rhone and the Soane which converge in Lyon, have been ferrying goods, people and ideas into this majestic city for centuries. The(...)

With no hair to grey or to lose my head is now much the same as it was 20 years ago. Photograph: Alan Betson

I’m being stalked by hair loss clinics. At virtually every online turn I’ve taken in recent weeks I’ve been confronted by ads for companies promising (...)

Chelsea’s Ross Barkley scores his side’s second goal  against Manchester United to tie the game  2-2 in extra time. Photograph:   Adam Davy/PA Wire

There are times when you wonder whether the gods of football have almost too pronounced a sense of irony. Not content with a script that pitted an und(...)

Visitors on Vorobyovy Hills enjoy the view of the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow ahead of the  World Cup semi-final  between England and Croatia. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

The World Cup has not been without its thrills, spills and catastrophic knockouts. Basically, everything you would expect. But those long, mundane and(...)

Ocean’s 8: one of the big summer movies

The Graham Norton Show Friday, BBC One, 10.45pm Tonight it’s all about the all-female Ocean’s 8 crime caper. On the sofa are Hollywood star Sandra Bul(...)

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