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Walking Dead star says high death rate of stars keeps show ‘sexy’

3 hours 6 min ago
The Walking Dead’s infamously high on-screen death rate for its cast keeps the show “sexy”, one of its stars has said.
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'I think I've developed a fairly healthy relationship with fame' - Lupita Nyong’o talks Us, privacy and privilege

5 hours 3 min ago
There's something distinctly regal about Lupita Nyong'o. She sits perched at the end of a sofa in Soho's Ham Yard Hotel, and when she smiles slightly and says hello I feel like I've been granted an audience. Back straight, head still, and dressed in an elegant black dress that perfectly offsets her skin tone, she is spectacularly beautiful, the face of Lancôme, who could hardly have picked a more perfect one.
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'I think my father just went nuts' - superstar pianist Lang Lang on being pushed by his ambitious father and his difficult road to success

5 hours 3 min ago
Most concert pianists will tell you their greatest fear is damaging their hands, jeopardising not just their career but their means of expression. Chinese superstar Lang Lang used to say the same. Now 36 and possibly the most celebrated pianist living, he believes a far greater loss would be to fall out of love with music-making.
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Celebrity Globetrotters - clueless fame-seekers find all the world’s a stage in Morocco

5 hours 3 min ago
In the second episode of Daniel and Majella's USA Road Trip (RTÉ1), Majella wondered if Daniel's "dipstick" was as long as that of an American guy who was helping them get rid of their camper van's sewage. Oh, don't ask.
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Dumbo, death and Disney's dark side - even the sunniest films reflected Walt’s grief over tragic death of his mother

5 hours 3 min ago
Not everyone was thrilled when Disney announced five or six years ago that a Dumbo remake had been green-lit. The original 1941 animation is one of the sacred cows of the Disney canon, a charming and heartbreaking cartoon about a baby circus elephant who's ostracised because of his huge ears, which subsequently come in handy. Though by no means Walt Disney's most ambitious animation, it including some boldly innovative moments, like the scene where Dumbo accidentally gets drunk and has a vivid hallucination.
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30 years since Like A Prayer: pop masterpiece that captured the real Madonna Louise Ciccone

5 hours 3 min ago
When Madonna went into the studio in September 1988 to begin work on what would be her fourth studio album, she was the biggest pop star on the planet. Although not an overnight success - having toiled hard until landing a deal with record label Sire - her career experienced a meteoric rise from the moment she released her debut single 'Holiday' in 1983.
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Electric at Smock Alley: Steering a clever course in a crowded and muddy field

5 hours 3 min ago
Writer/performer Ali Hardiman's comedy chops get a superb outing in this love letter to the fun of music festivals.
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Everything around us has been designed for men – and a new book reveals it's killing women

5 hours 3 min ago
Close your eyes and picture a human being. Now, picture a solicitor. Now a doctor. Now a scientist. Open your eyes and tell me honestly: were you picturing men or women?
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On Cussing: A history of bad language: from zounds to F-bombs

5 hours 3 min ago
Bad language - swearing, profanity, being foul-mouthed, "effing and blinding", cursing (or, as Katherine Dunn euphemises that in the title of her book, cussing) - has been around for as long as we've had language itself. "The graffiti on the walls of Babylon," she writes, "would scorch our eyebrows, and the raunchy Romans had a whole literature of spicy kinks."
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Pick of the week: The Yorkshire Ripper Files: A Very British Crime Story

5 hours 3 min ago
In the late-1970s, Britain was gripped by the horrific exploits of the serial killer Peter Sutcliffe. He began attacking women in northern England in 1975, and as his early victims were prostitutes killed in frenzied knife attacks, the tabloid press dubbed him the 'Yorkshire Ripper'. By the time he was eventually caught in 1981, Sutcliffe had murdered 13 women and attempted to kill seven others, but controversy ensued when it emerged that West Yorkshire police had interviewed him nine times, but let him slip through the net.
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Bairbre Power... Out and about

5 hours 3 min ago
Darren Kennedy is adding to the family. I'm not talking a new doggy alongside his cute teacup Yorkie, Harry, but he's adding to his Kennedy & Co grooming collection which has been a commercial hit since it launched this spring.
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Soap of the week: EastEnders

5 hours 3 min ago
Tiffany (pictured) has returned... She manages to keep under the radar for a spell (aided, no doubt, by the fact she gifted her metallic lagging jacket to Bernie when she left for "Milton Keynes"), that is until she's located lurking about Ted's flat. No surprises for guessing who sniffs her out... Indeed it is Bernie!
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Ambitious debut explores a family's struggle to communicate

5 hours 3 min ago
The debut novel from Wexford-based teacher Eleanor O'Reilly begins with a short story. In a class assignment, 10-year-old Jenny Augustt introduces the rest of her family: her 'Ma', Annette, who is "in under the stairs again"; Jacob, her five-year-old brother who has been diagnosed with autism; and her 'Da', Kevin, who takes the kids to the local chipper for their dinner, which doubles up as a convenient excuse to hide from his formidable mother-in-law, granny Mae-Anne.
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Punishment, psychological trauma and imperfect healing

5 hours 3 min ago
In fiction and television, Northern Ireland is having a moment. Jenny McCartney's debut novel, set in Belfast and London in the mid-1990s, comes in the wake of several other recent novels - by Geraldine Quigley, David Keenan and Booker Prize-winning Anna Burns among others - in which the Troubles loom large. Channel 4's Derry Girls, now in its second series, is also an international hit, but even in the context of Northern Ireland's cultural resurgence, The Ghost Factory differentiates itself in a couple of ways.
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Irish Annie: the first victim of the Yorkshire Ripper

5 hours 3 min ago
Anna Patricia Brosnan was born in Tralee on March 21, 1933, to farmer Michael Brosnan and his wife. All the Brosnan children - nine girls and three boys - were brought up in Tralee but were keen to explore beyond it. Fifteen-year-old Anna left home in 1948, joining her eldest sister, Helen, who had settled in the Yorkshire town of Keighley after World War II. Eleven miles north-west of Bradford, Keighley had a rich seam of Irish Catholic immigration; those fleeing the Great Famine of the 1840s found work in the wool and cotton mills, and factories producing machinery.
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Reasons to be cheerful about modern Ireland

5 hours 3 min ago
St Patrick's Day is usually accompanied by "shocked and appalled" news and hand-wringing analysis, because of a minority of idiots fighting, littering, drinking too much and so on. But just as it's remiss to gloss over anti-social behaviour, so it is inaccurate to suggest it defines 2019 Ireland in some way.
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Compelling story of Thatcher's Colditz hero killed by the INLA

5 hours 3 min ago
Just before 3pm on March 30, 1979, just a few weeks before Margaret Thatcher became prime minister, a bomb exploded that shook the Palace of Westminster.
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'Granny Smith' and Ireland's first youth orchestra

5 hours 3 min ago
Venezuela was on the news when I picked up Gillian Smith's biography of her mother Olive, a hitherto unsung heroine of the Irish musical scene.
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The Rock and a roll call of Gibraltar's finest

5 hours 3 min ago
Just over five years ago, Gibraltar joined the international football family. Today, the Republic of Ireland go into action at the foot of The Rock.
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Review: Devil May Cry 5

5 hours 3 min ago
Poetry in motion encapsulates the DMC formula but never so much as in this sixth (yes, sixth) in the series. DMC5 returns to the roots of the Gothic fantasy brawler after a divisive 2013 reboot.
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