Mark Twain

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Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran was a guest on Today with Sean O’Rourke.

That collective moan you may have heard reverberating across Ireland on Monday morning was from Ireland’s Catholic bishops. It was not delayed reactio(...)

 Tony Abbott:   “My issue is not immigration, it’s the rate of immigration.” Photograph:  Michael Masters/Getty Images

For decades, Australian opposition to immigration was almost the sole preserve of the far right. The only exceptions were a small minority on the left(...)

Saint Augustine of Hippo. Illustration: istock

I meant to mention it in my review of the book (which appears elsewhere in this newspaper today), and somehow forgot. But an unfortunate feature of Th(...)

Scientists at MIT studying Twitter news stories found that false news was usually more novel than true news

A lie can run round the world before the truth has got its boots on, said Terry Pratchett, paraphrasing Jonathan Swift and others before him – but not(...)

Sean Ryan
Why I love to . . . play golf

“A good walk spoiled” as a description of golf is a quote often attributed to Mark Twain. Well, as a septuagenarian, I love to play golf precisely bec(...)

Philadelphia Eagles fans wave flags while stopped in traffic on North Broad Street near City Hall after their team secured their place in the Super Bowl. Photo: Getty Images

Philadelphia is a town where sports mean a little too much. So you can imagine the sensation around town with the Eagles back in the Super Bowl, one t(...)

Kari Cahill and Hazel McCague are behind Tombolo, a month-long residency for eight artists on Brow Head. Photograph: Ashley Beer

When Mark Twain famously wrote of “a good walk spoiled”, he was referring to golf. But what about art in the landscape? Our roadside attractions are, (...)

That’ll be 900 Dollarydoos, mate: The Simpsons go down under

Mark Twain, almost bankrupt from a bad business investment, did a lecture tour in Australia from September 1895 to January 1896 and was captivated by (...)

Hawaiian shirts? “Traditional work dress codes are changing. What’s bothering people is when companies ditch them without providing guidelines about acceptable alternatives.”

Dressing for work used to be easy. It was obvious what you were expected to wear and you couldn’t go wrong in a suit. If in doubt, you turned for guid(...)

There may even now be a few traditionalist hold-outs in Ireland where “meat” is still rhymed with “mate”

It’s not quite as divisive as the great “scone” pronunciation controversy, which we were discussing here recently. But on foot of that, Tony O’Doherty(...)

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