Ian Paisley jnr: plenty of reading material in his Irish passport. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Watching BBC’s Newsnight programme on Thursday, I was intrigued to hear presenter Kirsty Wark use the word “thrawn” in a question to an interviewee. I(...)

In the news: some of the headline-makers of 2018

Answer all 100 questions in our special Christmas Quiz to be in with a chance of winning one of the following prizes: 1st prize: One night (...)

Slang – new and old – has always been about sex, drink and being rude

When Michael Deacon, a journalist from the Daily Telegraph, picked up a secondhand copy of the Penguin Dictionary of Historical Slang, he chanced upon(...)

Sherlock Gnomes, Watson, Gnomeo and Juliet in Sherlock Gnomes from Paramount Pictures and MGM.

The movieverse is littered with horrible boyfriends: Hugh Grant in Bridget Jones, Josh Harnett in The Virgin Suicides, Anthony Michael Hall in Edward (...)

In 2007 the World Health Organisation classified night shift work as a probable carcinogen due to circadian disruption

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.” – William Shakespeare Like most healthcare professionals, I’v(...)

Steven Spielberg: 'I probably watch five old movies a week and five new movies a week. And it’s the old films more that make me want to keep directing.' Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Wrapped in a heavy suit and scarf against the wintry London day outside, Steven Spielberg walks up without a coterie of minders, a trail of rose petal(...)

Theresa May and Arlene Foster: the DUP this week helped to kill the thing it purports to love – the power and prestige of Britain. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty

It has never seemed more apt that perhaps the greatest work of English literature, William Shakespeare’s King Lear, is about the consequences of a cap(...)

Age Hareide and Christian Eriksen celebrate after the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier match between Denmark and Kazakhstan at Telia Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo: Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images

Denmark manager Age Hareide’s injury worries appeared to ease significantly on Tuesday as all but one of the players who have joined up with the squad(...)

Sissy Spacek in ‘Carrie’

Stephen King is not the most-adapted author in history. It just feels that way. The International Movie Database lists a staggering 238 credits, but t(...)

 King Hanvery VIII’s determination to marry Anne Boleyn and the Pope’s refusal to endorse the divorce which would have made it possible was more the occasion than the cause of the historic schism. Photograph: iStock

According to Cardinal Reginald Pole the English Reformation was result of Henry VIII’s “fleshy will” and “carnal concupiscence”. It is easy to under(...)

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