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Laura Whitmore: There were some grumblings on social media

Monday night’s Love Island final will bring down the curtain on what had the potential to be a seismic chapter in the history of reality television’s (...)

Noted writer and  cartoonist  James Thurber sits in a chair lighting a cigarette in New York, New York, 1954. Photograph: Fred Palumbo/Underwood Archives/Getty Images

James Thurber, who worked for the New Yorker, was an enormously popular comic writer and cartoonist, and this representative collection is one of his (...)

“My vaccination text had warned ‘be on time’, adding – a little tautologically – ‘but do not arrive more than five minutes before your appointment’.” Photograph: Chaiwat Subprasom/Getty Images

Out walking in Kilmainham on Tuesday – near the old gaol, ominously – I learned the news that I was to be shot at dawn. Well okay, not dawn, exactly. (...)

Ben Stiller starred in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a film adaptation of James Thurber’s 1939 short story. ‘Fantasy serves a huge purpose for human beings and it allows us to play around with different identities and roles in our minds.’

Question: I would describe myself as the living embodiment of two well-known fictional heroes/antiheroes, both called Walter. The first being the worl(...)

 England’s dismal Six Nations and the performance of head coach Eddie Jones will be subject to a “brutally honest analysis”, according to the English Rugby Football Union. File photograph: PA

Eddie Jones’s future as England’s head coach will be decided within the next three weeks but the English Rugby Football Union insists it will not “ove(...)

Waris Ahluwalia in the 2007 Wes Anderson movie, The Darjeeling Limited

Real-life adventures Wild (2014) Cheryl Strayed decided to walk the Pacific Crest Trail to face her demons, and her memoirs were turned into this upl(...)

Victoria & Abdul: Eddie Izzard at Venice Film Festival this month. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

Where do you start with Eddie Izzard? The first activity mentioned in any potted biography will still be “stand-up comedy”. In the early 1990s he gain(...)

Michael Dawes (32), took his father Dave and stepmother Angie (both above, after their 2011 Euromillions win) to court after they stopped giving him money. He claimed the couple had promised to ensure he and his partner, James Beedle (34), would never have to worry about money again. File photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A man who was given nearly £1.6 million (€1.86 million) by his father after the latter and his stepmother won £101 million in the Euromillions has had(...)

Members of the Garda Emergency Response Unit take part in  a  counterterrorism exercise with members of other European police agencies  at the ESB generating station in the Pigeon House, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins, Dublin.

The arrests of four suspects in operations targeting suspected Islamist extremists in Ireland have generated significant media coverage. But are two s(...)

One question stands out among the many that arise in the Denis O’Brien versus Red Flag Consulting legal action. Why did O’Brien give the USB memory st(...)

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