Philip Larkin

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Two practices on the shortlist of six for the RIBA Stirling Prize announced today are based in Ireland, and another, in London, has an Irish principal(...)

Solly was unshakeably loyal in his friendships, and ferocious in his criticism if one failed to live up to his high standards. He relished good food, vintage wine, malt whiskey, expensive cigars. Photograph: Stanley Matchett

One of the most magical rooms I have ever entered was a dusty cubbyhole at the end of a corridor off Belfast’s High Street: Atlantic Records, windowle(...)

When Philip Larkin memorably wrote “They fuck you up, your mum and dad. They may not mean to, but they do” in 1961, he wouldn’t have had in a mind the(...)

 Nelson Mandela  waves to the crowd with  Bob Geldof during a mass rally in Trafalgar Square on February 3rd, 2005

When someone you have known or loved or both dies, there seems to occur a great tearing in the fabric of the world. A weird emptiness opens for a mome(...)

Late former South African president and freedom fighter Nelson Mandela waves to the crowd with musician and campaigner Bob Geldof during a mass rally in Trafalgar Square on February 3rd, 2005 in London, England. Mr Mandela told the rally to help “Make Poverty History in 2005” and help set free millions of people in the world’s poorest countries who remained imprisoned by poverty. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

When someone you have known or loved or both dies, there seems to occur a great tearing in the fabric of the world. A weird emptiness opens for a mome(...)

You hear the phrase so often these days, you’d almost believe it was a useful thing to say. It’s so pervasive you might even be convinced it wa(...)

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