IBO’s artistic director Monica Huggett suggested that people imagine their performance as ‘musical vaudeville’

Humour is a two-way thing. We’ve all got blind spots for stuff that goes over our heads or beneath our radar. I’ve never forgotten the experience of (...)

Duomo in Treviso which contains a Titian painting. Photograph: Vito Arcomano

We keep hearing the rustling sound of unseen animals rushing away as we cycle the rural back roads of the Veneto region in northeast Italy. Sometimes (...)

Machine man: James Cameron and a Terminator. Photograph:  Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

“Ah, you’re from Dublin,” says James Cameron. “I had a honeymoon there many years ago.” I momentarily freeze. What is the correct etiquette here? Sho(...)

 The Museo Nazionale del Cinema in Torino, Italy

Torino – Museo Nazionale del Cinema I think this may be my favourite museum ever. Housed in a former synagogue, the museum contains sections on the h(...)

Lip service: a mouth made up in Maybelline’s Touchable Taupe gives me the illusion that I am a fully functioning adult

In the interests of full disclosure, I should mention that I’m wearing make-up in the photograph on this page. If you met me at 7 o’clock in the morni(...)

Leo luggage handler

Robot Leo does lion’s share of check-in work See what the future could be bringing at airports. Airport technology company Sita has developed a robo(...)

The 82-storey residential tower on New York’s West 57th Street

I used to be naively comforted by the idea that, as we get to know more, things tend to improve. It’s an increasingly difficult position to hold when,(...)

A man looks at a male nude at the press preview of the Leonardo da Vinci  exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

An exhibition featuring 10 original drawings from the master draughtsman Leonardo da Vinci go on display to the public on Wednesday morning with visit(...)

Expressions of fury in horses, lions and a man by Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519). Photograph: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016

A special exhibition of 10 original drawings produced by Leonardo da Vinci will go on show at the National Gallery of Ireland on Wednesday. The work(...)

Masterworks: Detail from ‘Skylark’ by Pál Szinyei Merse

A shapely young woman lies naked on her stomach in a field of wild flowers. The chignon at the nape of her neck is half undone. She leans on her righ(...)

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