Nigel Owens: generally recognised as one of the best referees of his or indeed any other generation.

What do Leonardo Da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh, Michelangelo and Claude Monet have in common with modern rugby players, and specifically those who popula(...)

Eugeen Van Mieghem: Refugees, 1914, Black Chalk, 35 x 47 cm. Image courtesy of Eugeen Van Mieghem Museum, Antwerp

We know the past through books and art. Close my eyes, and Paris in the late 1800s is a place of Degas dancers, Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, a(...)

Leonard Cohen takes a bow on stage in  Toronto in 2008. Photograph:  Aaron Harris/AP Photo/The Canadian Press

Vona Groarke “Dear Vona Groarke, I’m happy you exist.” July 18, 2000. Signed (in blue ink), ‘Leonard Cohen’. We were two poets trying to make a go o(...)

Vincent van Gogh’s ‘Self-portrait with Bandaged Ear’ (1889). Photograph: Peter Barritt/Getty Images/SuperStock RM

It is the most famous act of self-mutilation in the history of art, but the exact motivation – love? Jealousy? Rage? – for Vincent van Gogh’s decision(...)

 US actor Leonardo DiCaprio  released a statement through his representatives saying he will return any gifts or donations connected to a Malaysian wealth fund, pending a fraud investigation of that fund by the United States and other countries. Photograph: Christophe Archambault/EPA

Leonardo DiCaprio says he is awaiting direction from the US justice department regarding any ill-gotten funds that may have supported his environmenta(...)

Vincent Van Gogh painted View of the Sea at Scheveningen in 1882

Two Vincent van Gogh paintings that were stolen from a museum in Amsterdam more than a decade ago have been recovered by Italian law enforcement autho(...)

Christine Ryall

Who? Christine Ryall is the Ireland consultant to Christie’s, the international auctioneers founded in London in 1766. Christie’s has had a represen(...)

The weapon which the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh supposedly used to kill himself – it is displayed as part of the exhibition On the Verge of Insanity: Van Gogh and his Illness at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on Tuesday. Photograph: Robin van Lonkhuijsen/EPA

The gun used by angst-ridden Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh to kill himself more than a century-and-a-quarter ago is to go on public display for the fi(...)

Berghain: Berlin’s clubbing mecca – home of DJ Marcel Dettmann, above – jostles with the Berlin Wall in terms of what the city is famed for in the eyes of younger generations. Photograph: Merlijn Hoek

On June 23rd Japan will pass a law to allow clubs in Tokyo to stay open until 5am. Its existing legislation dates back to its US occupation in 1948; (...)

Joy Danker in her shop at the Royal Hibernian Way in Dublin: “My personal interest is in Irish Celtic revival silver”

Joy Danker owns Danker Antiques in the Royal Hibernian Way on Dawson Street in Dublin city centre. It is a leading specialist in antique Irish silver(...)

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