The Northern Ireland protocol is salvage from the shipwreck of Brexit. Photograph: iStock

The capital of Texas declared its independence from the culture of the rest of the state by adopting the motto: Keep Austin Weird. Northern Ireland ne(...)

Vincent Prince  as Prince Prospero in The Masque of the Red Death.

“The ‘Red Death’ had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous,” runs the opening line of Edgar Allan Poe’s spo(...)

It’s no coincidence there is only a very limited fast-travel system in Red Dead Redemption 2.
In praise of walking in video games

I’ve been playing a lot of Red Dead Redemption 2 lately, and like a lot of people I’ve been taking my time with it. It’s hard not to take your time wi(...)

Angry bird: social media incentivises conflict over constructive dialogue. Photograph: Reuters

Just when did public debate become a game of trying to catch people out? Did it start with the Enlightenment and its focus on religious hypocrisy? Or (...)

The residents are kept physically safe, they are fed and watered and generally  staff act kindly. With rare exceptions, nursing homes are not examples of places filled with joy; there is not much life to be found in them. Photograph:  Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

In all probability at some time during 2018 Irish citizens will be asked to vote on whether or not to remove the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution.(...)

Instagram influencer  Taylor (Elizabeth Olsen) and her unhinged stalker Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza) in ‘Ingrid Goes West’:   social media misquotations and mistranslations  pepper the movie

In television-land, the “sadcom” likely peaked sometime between Phoebe Waller-Bridge sobbing through the denouement of Fleabag and Sarah Lynn’s visit (...)

Doctors spend a significant amount of time learning communication skills. Firstly in medical school, with skilled “medical actors” playing the role of(...)

Before you bite into that carrot, think twice: you may be consuming its soul

It’s hard to live ethically these days. Everything we do seems to damage the environment or harm some other creature – so much so that it appears t(...)