Willy Wonka

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In my day they’re what passed for tasty Christmas treats. We’d have sprouts for dessert covered in cream and they’d often come in selection boxes next to the Revels. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

It’s December, and thanks to “liberals” (sorry for whispering but I’m in The Irish Times office) there’s absolutely no sign of any celebration anywher(...)

Connie Doody, co-founder of Lir Chocolates, with her granddaughter Eimear Hehir (6) from Ballyea, Co Clare. Photograph: Andres Poveda

We’re sitting in Ann Murray’s office at the Lir Chocolates factory near Navan, Co Meath talking about Brexit. Or is it Lir’s expansion plans? Maybe we(...)

Halloween bounty: 45 chocolate bars, 10 packets of chocolate buttons, 17 packets of jellies . . . Photograph: Getty

The youngest tipped over the pillowcase. Time to count the bounty. Here we go: 45 chocolate bars, 10 packets of chocolate buttons, 17 packets of jelli(...)

Reece Morrison of Wilsons Auctions helps display hundreds of items of memorabilia  which are to be auctioned at the firm’s showrooms in Mallusk, Co Antrim. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The auction of a huge collection of movie and TV memorabilia seized from a criminal who turned a nuclear bunker into a drugs factory has generated int(...)

Jibes about arts degrees and low-paying jobs provide plenty of material for meme makers online. Many colleges are now reforming their courses to place a greater focus on boosting graduates’ employability

They’ve always been an easy target. And nowadays, jibes about arts degrees and low-paying jobs provide plenty of material for meme-makers online. “Oh(...)

Portable garden options: tulips growing in galvanised steel dustbins.

A portable garden, filled with potted plants, is a wise way to grow, if you rent or plan to move house, says award-winning landscaper and Chelsea Flow(...)

Diarmuid Gavin in his ‘Garden of Pure Imagination’ at the Dundrum Shopping Centre. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Diarmuid Gavin is trying to explain how eccentric humour like that from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory inspired his garden display at Dundrum(...)

An array of colourful Lupins. Photograph: Richard Johnston

If you’re a greedy gardener like I am, then few things can equal the magic of propagating new plants from seed. It’s the conjuror’s trick that I never(...)

Arséne Wenger: he has said he will decide his future as Arsenal manager in March or April. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Mentally very jaded? Not Arséne Wenger, apparently. The manager did his utmost on Friday to suggest that his description of his players’ mindset duri(...)

Dash McCarthy in front of the Eiffel Tower

The only time my eight-year-old son has ever fallen down the stairs was when he was a baby and my wife had left us home alone for the first time to go(...)

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