There are deep cultural reasons why tattoos were frowned upon for so long in China because until the Qing dynasty, which ended in 1911, tattoos were used as a form of punishment

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Hamlet Sweeney: “We just wanted to write a great song so that if it didn’t make Eurovision, at least we’d still have a great song. And we nailed it.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

When we last met in January 2017, Hamlet Sweeney was sitting at the desk of a top-floor office on Dublin’s South William Street, laying out his plans,(...)