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Darth Vader actor Dave Prowse dies aged 85

3 hours 22 min ago
Dave Prowse, the Bristol actor who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, has died aged 85.
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'Brighid's Diary: You'll be back,' I was told ... and 14 years later here I am

8 hours 37 min ago
It has been 14 years since I've written for this newspaper. The odd time, particularly when I'm down the country, some farmer might say, "I used to love your articles." The truth is, I loved writing them. The idea of cheering someone up with a little story on a Sunday gave me a sense of immense joy and satisfaction.
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Both sides now of Joni Mitchell

8 hours 37 min ago
Don't call Joni Mitchell a confessional songwriter. "The point is not to confess," she once explained. "I've always used the song-writing process as a self-analysis of sorts. Like the [1975] Blue album - people were kind of shocked at the intimacy. It was peculiar in the pop arena at that time, because you were supposed to portray yourself as bigger than life. I remember thinking, 'Well, if they're going to worship me, they should know who they're worshipping'."
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Di, Nancy and Maggie remind us that nostalgia can work magic

8 hours 37 min ago
The future is fragile. The present is lonely and grey. Little wonder, then, that right now pop culture prefers to look back. The music service, Spotify, reported a huge spike in ' 80s music this past summer. In October, Spitting Image, the comedic conscience of that lacquered decade, was relaunched. And, this month, the streaming giants have placed their fingers on the same, lucrative pulse of nostalgia. They have given us Princess Diana roller-skating through the palace, Thatcher icily facing down the queen, Nancy Reagan and her astrologer. Each halcyon vignette has provided a comforting respite from the horror of the news. We know how it worked out. The story has been written.
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Movie reviews: Black Beauty, The Night Porter and Possessor

8 hours 37 min ago
Disney has made a new live-action film of Anna Sewell's 1877 novel. It is the fifth cinematic version and, like all those that have gone before, it makes the setting, time and gender of Black Beauty its own. Here, the setting is modern-day Long Island and the horse is female, the voice of Kate Winslet no less. However, the essence of the story remains the same, an unbreakable bond that defies all odds. What's not to like?
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'If you look Irish, it's not a bad thing'

8 hours 37 min ago
Glenn Close laughs when Amy Adams talks about the cold weather in Ireland. Both women have first-hand knowledge of the vagaries of the Irish climate, although it hasn't dimmed their affection for the country.
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Reaction to 'Toy Show' star Adam out of this world, says proud dad

8 hours 37 min ago
Adam King has spent years dreaming big dreams and watching the International Space Station fly over his home while stargazing through a telescope with his older brother.
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History repeating in reality show version of royal rumble

8 hours 37 min ago
Camilla Parker-Bowles is being called a rotten home-wrecker and women everywhere are shopping Lady Di's wardrobe: time is a circular disc.
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Andrea's hymn brings back bittersweet festive memory

8 hours 37 min ago
A new recording by Andrea Corr has put to rest a haunting childhood memory, one that has stayed with her despite fame, fortune and selling millions of records.
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Comfort viewing with cake and furry creatures is food for the soul

8 hours 37 min ago
There could easily have been no Great British Bake Off this year. Only the sacrifice of over 100 people who agreed to go into a bubble for six weeks during filming - contestants, presenters, crew, hospitality staff - kept the show on the road.
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Wading into a world of painterly, lyric poetry

8 hours 37 min ago
Paula Meehan, poet and artist, remembers "always having something that would make a mark in my hand - pencil, crayon, pen, brush, especially brushes".
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No more Mr Nearly... Writer Donal Ryan on his award-winning sixth novel

8 hours 37 min ago
Could there be a more popular winner of the 2020 An Post Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year than Donal Ryan, for his sixth novel, Strange Flowers? Ryan is loved by critics, readers and fellow writers (most, anyway…) alike, because as well as a beautiful writer, he is, by all accounts, a properly nice guy. And his good press holds true - literally the first thing he does when I ring to talk to him after the happy announcement, is to congratulate me on being shortlisted in a different category.
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Beaming beanstalks, lost boys and banter into homes

8 hours 37 min ago
Beanstalks, lost boys and banter, Emer O'Kelly writes, will be beamed to you at home
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There's no undoing damage done by Donald the Destroyer

8 hours 37 min ago
Writer Jean Hanff Korelitz and her husband, the Irish poet Paul Muldoon, are planning to bring their adaptation of James Joyce's The Dead to Dublin next year. The New York-based couple are "talking to an important cultural Irish institution", Korelitz says.
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What all young book lovers will want this Christmas

8 hours 37 min ago
One upside of this year's enforced hibernation is the surge in book sales and the renewed interest in reading, as people of all ages seek escapism, entertainment and education.
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Famine victims today cannot flee to safety

8 hours 37 min ago
Emigration saved many lives during the Great Famine yet it is not widely available to modern-day famine victims, according to leading academic Dr Cormac Ó Gráda.
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Victoria Derbyshire opens up about breast cancer diagnosis on I’m A Celebrity

Sat, 11/28/2020 - 22:22
Victoria Derbyshire has praised the NHS for “saving her life” after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015.
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HRVY makes Strictly history after securing perfect score

Sat, 11/28/2020 - 20:48
HRVY and his partner Janette Manrara made Strictly Come Dancing history by becoming the show’s first pair to earn a perfect score in week six.
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Late Late Toy Show appeal raises more than €6million for charities

Sat, 11/28/2020 - 20:07
The Late Late Toy show has raised more than €6million for charity since it aired on Friday.
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Victoria Derbyshire opens up about breast cancer diagnosis on I’m A Celebrity

Sat, 11/28/2020 - 19:19
Victoria Derbyshire has praised the NHS for “saving her life” after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015.
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