Summer nights: Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in Grease

The summer of 1958, in which Grease was set, looked a beguiling cocktail of hormonally charged lindy hops, leather pants and all-round frivolity. Whic(...)

Olivia Newton-John performs during a festival in Chile in February 2017. Newton-John has said she has been diagnosed with cancer for the third time. File photograph: AP Photo/Esteban Felix

Grease star Olivia Newton-John said she has been diagnosed with cancer for the third time in three decades. The four-time Grammy winner, who will tur(...)

Before the arrival of The Beatles and Bob Dylan, the divisions between pop and folk music were remarkably well defined, if not unco-operative. After (...)

Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko staged his death to foil an alleged plot on his life by Moscow’s security services. Photograph: (Valentyn Ogirenko/Pool photo via AP

Even the master spy storyteller John Le Carré wouldn’t have tried to get away with the plotline: on Tuesday this week obituaries were being written fo(...)

Almost everyone was too old for high school. Olivia Newton-John was nearly 30, Stockard Channing four years older

In October of 1978, Bob Geldof yawned and tore up a photograph of John Travolta on Top of the Pops. A decade and a bit later, his mate Sinead O’Connor(...)

Jimmy Osmond: “I think I’d be good in prison, because I really keep myself entertained.” Photograph: David Becker/Getty Images

The artist previously known for Long Haired Lover from Liverpool, soon to be performing in Dublin, is on stage in Cardiff. He’s in a silver suit so da(...)

The fountains of the Bellagio light up in the middle of the Las Vegas strip

For much of the summer, I flitted in and out of the United States. I revisited some favourite cities and discovered some new ones. I love America m(...)

Dead Poets Society: John Keating (Robin Williams) is no ordinary English teacher

Grease (1978) It’s a classic back-to-school scene, soundtracked by a classic hit song, Summer Nights. You know the story: it’s 1959, and too-co(...)

Members of GLORIA, Dublin’s Lesbian & Gay Choir. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

It usually starts as a faint mouthing of words underneath the breath, rising to fully-formed sentences before steadily building to a caterwauling c(...)