BJ Novak with his children’s book The Book with No Pictures. Photograph: David Becker/Getty Images

Steve Martin has done it. So has Madonna. Even John Lithgow and Whoopi Goldberg have had a go. Famous folk have frequently found a sideline in chil(...)

It’s a good story: Burberry model plays astrophysicist Stephen Hawking and gets a Golden Globe nomination for his performance. An Oscar nod, according(...)

‘They are uplifted by some signs of hope among US bishops –  for instance the Archbishop of Boston Cardinal Seán O’Malley (above), in a recent television interview, stating that the Vatican investigation of the US women religious was a “disaster”.’ Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

I have recently returned from an 18-city speaking tour in the US, organised by the network of Church Reform movements. They impressed me. Their commit(...)

Snow falls on Homeless Jesus in Toronto. Photograph: Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images

Somebody called the cops on Jesus in Davidson, North Carolina, where one resident reported “him” to the police, mistaking the life-size bronze by C(...)

 People taking part in the anti-water charges protest march, in O’Connell Street, Dublin, earlier this month. Photograph: Eric Luke

The debate triggered by recent water charge-related incidents has focused attention on the scope and limits of our entitlement to protest. The startin(...)

Jah Shaka performing in Spiegeltent Antwerp in  2010. Photograph: Anviss/Flickr  Photograph: Anviss/Flickr

When Jah Shaka speaks it’s hard not to take him seriously. There’s the gentle levity of his Jamaican patois, and his bottomless brown eyes, like th(...)

Top row: Rory Gallagher, Public Enemy and David Bowie; bottom row: John Coltrane, The Rolling Stones and Aretha Franklin. Photographs: Fin Costello/Redferns, Suzie Gibbons/Redferns, Richard E Aaron/Redferns, Gai Terrell/Redferns and Estate of Keith Morris/Redferns, all via Getty Images

Every minute of the day more than 100 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube. It’s an inventory that will include a huge swathe of this, that and th(...)

In a word

It may seem odd on the second last day of the ninth month (which is really the seventh) to write about the fifth of the 10th month (though it’s really(...)

Ian Paisley at a rally on Royal Avenue outside Belfast City Hall in 1974. “Paisley the politician defeated Paisley the preacher.” Photograph: Trevor McBride

In 2006, about a year before Ian Paisley stunned the world by going into government with Sinn Féin, I was talking to a clearly troubled senior memb(...)

Course of action: US president Barack Obama golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, Martha’s Vineyard, at the weekend. Photograph: Steven Senne/AP

Fore! Score? And seven trillion rounds ago, our forecaddies brought forth on this continent a new playground, conceived by Robert Trent Jones, and ded(...)

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