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Philadelphia Eagles fans wave flags while stopped in traffic on North Broad Street near City Hall after their team secured their place in the Super Bowl. Photo: Getty Images

Philadelphia is a town where sports mean a little too much. So you can imagine the sensation around town with the Eagles back in the Super Bowl, one t(...)

Kari Cahill and Hazel McCague are behind Tombolo, a month-long residency for eight artists on Brow Head. Photograph: Ashley Beer

When Mark Twain famously wrote of “a good walk spoiled”, he was referring to golf. But what about art in the landscape? Our roadside attractions are, (...)

That’ll be 900 Dollarydoos, mate: The Simpsons go down under

Mark Twain, almost bankrupt from a bad business investment, did a lecture tour in Australia from September 1895 to January 1896 and was captivated by (...)

Hawaiian shirts? “Traditional work dress codes are changing. What’s bothering people is when companies ditch them without providing guidelines about acceptable alternatives.”

Dressing for work used to be easy. It was obvious what you were expected to wear and you couldn’t go wrong in a suit. If in doubt, you turned for guid(...)

There may even now be a few traditionalist hold-outs in Ireland where “meat” is still rhymed with “mate”

It’s not quite as divisive as the great “scone” pronunciation controversy, which we were discussing here recently. But on foot of that, Tony O’Doherty(...)

Ellen “Nellie” Cashman: it was said that her name was known in every mining town from Mexico to Alaska

There can’t have been many gold miners in the American wild west who, at their funerals, were also spoken of as candidates for “canonisation”. But the(...)

 John Templeton:  “The four most dangerous words in investing are ‘This time it’s different’ ”  Photograph: PA/Wire

Sometimes, you can find more wisdom in a single sentence than in an entire book, and that’s particularly true amongst the investment and trading frate(...)

Eureka stockade leader: Peter Lalor, in an illustration by Ludwig Becker from 1856. Photograph courtesy of the State Library of Victoria

On December 1st, 1854, gold miners in the town of Ballarat burned their mining licences in protest at the unelected government of the colony of Victor(...)

Seán McSweeney and Gerard Smyth. “We found that the places we remembered overlapped in various ways,” says Smyth.  Photograph: Barry Cronin

Though both were born and brought up elsewhere, painter Seán McSweeney and poet Gerard Smyth have strong associations with a region of Co Meath, and b(...)

Showman: William Bourke Cockran  addresses a rally in  San Francisco. Photograph: FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty

On the corner of Fifth Avenue and 58th Street in Manhattan, roughly where Apple’s flagship Fifth Avenue retail store is located today, once stood the (...)

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