There was a long queue. It stretched way around a corner, and I knew there was no barber, hairdresser, closed-pub-serving-orders, top-class restaurant(...)

Dr June Almeida  was internationally renowned for her pioneering electron microscope techniques. Photograph:  Norman James/Toronto Star via Getty Images

The first person to see a human coronavirus was raised in a Glasgow tenement and left school at 16. Dr June Almeida (1930-2007), internationally renow(...)

Chief Financial Officer Alex Gersh has left Paddy Power Betfair just days before the betting company is due to publish its 2017 results.  Photograph: Paddy Power Betfair/PA Wire

Days before Paddy Power Betfair published its interim results in August, media reports forced the gambling giant to confirm that chief executive Breon(...)

Gerald Barry’s Alice’s Adventures Under Ground: European premiere with the Britten Sinfonia  at the Barbican in  November 2016. Photograph:  Mark Allan

Gerald Barry claims the idea for his latest piece struck him in the midst of a fever. “I was in Birmingham, sick in a hotel with a horrible flu, feeli(...)

 John Hurt holds the Gold Giraldillo Award as a tribute to his career during the Sevilla European film festival in Seville in  2009. Photograph: Reuters

John Vincent Hurt, actor, born 22 January 1940, died 27 January 2017 Few British actors of recent years have been held in as much affection as John H(...)

Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan: Lady Bracknell would have been justified in censuring Irish policymakers. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / Irish Times

After every financial crisis home-spun truths have a habit of reasserting themselves, according to Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan. In th(...)

Unfazed: John Hurt says he’s not concerned by the mention of the great Krapps who have preceded him, such as Patrick Magee, Harold Pinter and Michael Gambon. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Breakfast interviews often turn out to be a bad idea. You can easily end up with a recorded interview that you can’t really hear because it’s f(...)