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1979: Terry Jones, star of Monty Python’s Flying Circus directed and starred in Monty Python’s Life Of Brian. Photograph: Evening Standard/Getty Images

What The Beatles were to British music, Monty Python were to British comedy and it is no great stretch to view founding member Terry Jones, who has di(...)

Jack L on stage
Jack L: On My Culture Radar

Current favourite book I’m in the middle of The Big Yaroo by Patrick McCabe, his follow-up to The Butcher Boy. It’s about Francie Brady’s continuing (...)

Tania Rodrigues and Clare Corbett, who have narrated hundreds of audiobooks. Photograph: Fabio De Paola/Guardian

Bill Bryson is sitting before a lectern in Audible’s London headquarters, narrating his latest book, a disquisition on human biology called The Body: (...)

Gay Byrne: as he  passed through the Pearly Gates, he was probably still asking “Why?” Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw/PA

During my seminary days at the Irish College Rome, which largely coincided with the Second Vatican Council, I had a line to say in one of the plays we(...)

Comedian David Mitchell has just published his latest collection of Observer columns, Dishonesty is the Second-Best Policy.

David Mitchell has some strong opinions. “Sorry about going off on one about various things,” he says at the end of our interview. I don’t mind. It’s (...)

 Gay Byrne was probably  the last Irish broadcaster who could be routinely referred to by the term “himself”

Among its definitions of the pronoun “himself”, the Oxford Dictionary Online notes a usage traditional in these parts and meaning “a third person of s(...)

From Roman chariots to outer space: the Atlantis space shuttle takes off at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photograph: Craig Rubadoux/AP

A Cork-based solicitor who drew a direct line between Roman charioteers and the US space shuttle programme has seen his historical musings go viral. (...)

Dubliner Fergus Linehan, Edinburgh International Festival director: Performers want more security. Photograph:  Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Increasing numbers of artists are asking to be paid in dollars and euros instead of sterling because of Brexit uncertainty, the director of the Edinbu(...)

‘Some critics of religion such as Dawkins (pictured) and Dennett do indeed point out, convincingly to me, that scientific explanations of the universe are reliable while religious ones are not.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

The relationship between science and religion has never been easy but it became much more difficult in Europe after Galileo discovered in 1610 strong (...)

Book lovers  waiting to enter the Secret Garden venue at last year’s  Dalkey Book Festival. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Later today, well over 100,000 people will congregate at Slane and Malahide to hear, respectively, the venerable sounds of Metallica and the even more(...)

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