Oscar Wilde

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Nasir ElSafi: ‘I was tortured mentally and physically. Some of the people I was arrested with were killed.’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Nasir ElSafi was arrested and imprisoned three times before he fled Sudan. Each time, the journalist and artist was tortured for his criticism of huma(...)

Brendan Humphreys and his son Kolia in Helsinki

Working Abroad Q&A: Brendan Humphreys,  originally from Coolock in Dublin,  now lives in Helsinki, where he is a researcher and lecturer(...)

Statue of Edmund Burke at Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The words “Burkean” and “berk” do not often appear together in print, but when they featured side-by-side in the subheading of an Economist article on(...)

The Lion King: Re-makes like the Lion King invariably prompt the criticism that Hollywood has run out of new ideas and resorted to lazy re-treads of old classics to rake in some cash.

Myself, Herself and Daughter Number Four went to see the Lion King. We all thought it was dreadful. It apes (pun!) the original film but contains addi(...)

Diamond aigrette hairpiece, which also becomes a pendant, Made by Elenton Jewellers c1910, available from JW Weldon €4,500.

Shagreen, the granular material often mistaken for leather, but actually the untanned skin of sharks and stingrays, has lent its subtle beauty to toil(...)

Protesters gathered at Belfast City Hall  against  Boris Johnson’s decision  to suspend parliament in the run up to Brexit. Photograph: Amanda Ferguson

Around 100 people protested in Belfast on Saturday against British prime minister Boris Johnson’s move to suspend parliament. Anti-prorogation activi(...)

The Irish Ferries vessel Ulysses leaves Dublin port .Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Revenue at Irish Continental Group rose 6 per cent in the first six months of its financial year, but the ferry group took a hit as scheduling changes(...)

Helen Norton and Jonathan White in To Hell in a Handbag. Photograph: Ste Murray

Bewley’s Café Theatre, Dublin. Until Sep 7th 1pm bewleyscafetheatre.com Many of the epigrams and witticisms in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being (...)

Korean K-pop superstars BTS. Korea’s love affair with K-pop aesthetics makes it more acceptable for men to care about their looks. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/EPA

In 2016 one of the most anticipated theatrical shows in South Korea was an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. The eponymous prota(...)

There’s the  ‘Wagner meeting’ (of epic length), the ‘mushroom meeting’ (appears suddenly, multiplies rapidly) and the ‘Stonehenge meeting’ (it’s been a fixture for ages but nobody knows why). Photograph: iStock

I rely on Google Calendar to tell me where I am supposed to be, when and with whom. When the service collapsed for an afternoon recently, it felt like(...)

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