Peter Ustinov

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Monica Seles celebrates her maiden Grand Slam victory - the 1990 French Open. Photograph: Getty

Shortly before his death in 1990, the tennis fashion designer, historian and author Ted Tinling, whose immersion in the women’s game began as Suzanne (...)

Jesse Eisenberg in Vivarium

Jesse Eisenberg is one of those lesser-spotted Hollywood stars. he’s modest, funny and engaged, takes questions at face value and operates no filte(...)

American actor Kirk Douglas in 1955. Photograph:  Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty

Kirk Douglas Born: December 9th, 1916 Died: February 5th, 2020 Kirk Douglas, one of the last surviving movie stars from Hollywood’s golden age, whose(...)

 Limerick rugby player Greg O’Shea and Amber Gill, winners of Love Island 2019. Photograph: ITV

When Leo Varadkar first sent three career diplomats (Yewande, Maura and Greg) to infiltrate Love Island as our last best hope for meaningful Anglo-Iri(...)

She-Ra, a warrior person from the gender-essentialising world of Eternia. She had a tautologically monikered brother, He-Man

Given the day that’s in it, I’m going to use my pop cultural corner of The Irish Times to talk about more of my favourite television heroines. Bette (...)

Ashford Castle sits on 365 acres overlooking Lough Corrib. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

As I pull up at the door of Ashford Castle and eyeball the beaming man in the racing green top hat and tails making his way towards my car, I marvel a(...)

Happy Hour at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Phnom Penh. Photograph: Mary Boland

It’s happy hour at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club on Sisowath Quay in Phnom Penh, where half-price cocktails are plentiful but foreign correspondent(...)

Artist Brian O’Doherty: ‘Now that I’ve got less permanent, I would like to do some permanent installations.’ Photograph: George Tatge

In Brian O’Doherty’s studio there is a large photograph dating from 2002. Five figures are posed against a white background: Brian O’Doherty, William (...)

Headless pint: House Speaker Paul Ryan gives a toast with a pint of Guinness  this week. Photograph:  Al Drago/The New York Times

There was great excitement among grammar enthusiasts on both sides of the Atlantic this week, thanks to a ruling by a US Court of Appeal.   In c(...)

Michel Déon with a portrait of himself in his home in Co Galway. In ‘La Chambre de Ton Pere’, Déon recounted how the portrait was painted. Photograph: Lara Marlowe

The novelist Michel Déon, the French writer most closely associated with Ireland, died in hospital in Galway on Wednesday at the age of 97. Déon’s t(...)

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