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    Douglas Rain, the voice of Hal in sci-fi classic 2001, dies at 90


    Canadian actor Douglas Rain, best known for supplying the creepily calm voice of the computer Hal in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, has died at the age of...

    Canadian actor Douglas Rain, best known for supplying the creepily calm voice of the computer Hal in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, has died at the age of 90.
    Marvel Comics mogul Stan Lee dies aged 95

    Marvel Comics mogul Stan Lee dies aged 95


    Stan Lee, who dreamed up Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk and a cavalcade of other Marvel Comics superheroes that became mythic figures in pop culture with soaring success at the movie box office, died at the age of 95, his daughter said on...

    Stan Lee, who dreamed up Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk and a cavalcade of other Marvel Comics superheroes that became mythic figures in pop culture with soaring success at the movie box office, died at the age of 95, his daughter said on Monday.

    Michelle Obama says Trump ‘birther’ theory put her family in danger


    Former US first lady Michelle Obama has spoken out about Donald Trump’s “birther” theory, saying it was “reckless” and endangered her...

    Former US first lady Michelle Obama has spoken out about Donald Trump’s “birther” theory, saying it was “reckless” and endangered her family.

    Toy Story 4 teaser trailer shows old gang back together


    Woody and Buzz Lightyear are reunited with their old friends in a first-look teaser trailer for Toy Story 4, along with a surprising new...

    Woody and Buzz Lightyear are reunited with their old friends in a first-look teaser trailer for Toy Story 4, along with a surprising new addition.

    Richard Wilson: I’m too old to reprise Victor Meldrew role on stage


    One Foot In The Grave star Richard Wilson has ruled out reprising his role as Victor Meldrew for a stage version of the comedy as he is “too...

    One Foot In The Grave star Richard Wilson has ruled out reprising his role as Victor Meldrew for a stage version of the comedy as he is “too old”.

    Facebook commissions news programme from Channel 4


    Channel 4 will provide news content to Facebook to increase the reach of “high-quality” and credible...

    Channel 4 will provide news content to Facebook to increase the reach of “high-quality” and credible journalism.

    Strictly’s Danny John-Jules tells Amy Dowden: You truly inspired me


    Danny John-Jules has thanked his Strictly Come Dancing partner Amy Dowden and said he should have expressed his gratitude more...

    Danny John-Jules has thanked his Strictly Come Dancing partner Amy Dowden and said he should have expressed his gratitude more often.

    Campaign to give deaf audiences greater access to the arts


    Campaigners are calling for theatres, museums and galleries across the country to give deaf and hard of hearing audiences access to the “passion of the...

    Campaigners are calling for theatres, museums and galleries across the country to give deaf and hard of hearing audiences access to the “passion of the arts”.

    Holly Willoughby shares I’m A Celebrity picture


    Holly Willoughby has shared the first-look picture of her and Declan Donnelly ahead of their stint presenting I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of...

    Holly Willoughby has shared the first-look picture of her and Declan Donnelly ahead of their stint presenting I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

    Kim Kardashian West urges people to ‘come together during these trying times’


    Kim Kardashian West urged people to “come together” during “these trying times” as her home state of California was still dealing with deadly wildfires and the aftermath of a mass...

    Kim Kardashian West urged people to “come together” during “these trying times” as her home state of California was still dealing with deadly wildfires and the aftermath of a mass shooting.

    Nicki Minaj stuns fans with cheeky Michael B Jordan awards show comment


    Nicki Minaj shocked fans with a cheeky comment to Black Panther star Michael B Jordan while accepting an award at the E! People’s Choice...

    Nicki Minaj shocked fans with a cheeky comment to Black Panther star Michael B Jordan while accepting an award at the E! People’s Choice Awards.

    Victoria Beckham reflects on fashion career as she picks up icon award


    Victoria Beckham said “what you can achieve is limitless” as she reflected on her “nerve-wracking and all-consuming” career in...

    Victoria Beckham said “what you can achieve is limitless” as she reflected on her “nerve-wracking and all-consuming” career in fashion.

    Claire Foy not trying to shake off The Crown with dragon tattoo role


    Claire Foy has said she feared that taking on the role of Lisbeth Salander would be seen as an “obvious” attempt to shake off her role in The...

    Claire Foy has said she feared that taking on the role of Lisbeth Salander would be seen as an “obvious” attempt to shake off her role in The Crown.
    Catch up TV: In case you missed it

    Catch up TV: In case you missed it


    This RTE/BBC co-production written by Gwyneth Hughes and directed by Lynsey Miller is no easy watch. It is brutal and disturbing. Worst of all, it is...

    This RTE/BBC co-production written by Gwyneth Hughes and directed by Lynsey Miller is no easy watch. It is brutal and disturbing. Worst of all, it is true.

    Sound and fury signifying nothing


    There are no pictures on radio, but the BBC has become adept down the years at painting images in the mind with words and sound...

    There are no pictures on radio, but the BBC has become adept down the years at painting images in the mind with words and sound instead.

    What Lies Beneath: Camiers Siding: a VAD convoy unloading an ambulance train at night after the Battle of the Somme by Olive Mudie-Cooke


    Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, literally the stoppage [Latin, stitium] of arms, marked the end of the Great War, 100 years ago today - "a very cloudy still day", in London, according to Virginia Woolf who wrote in her diary, on that momentous...

    Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, literally the stoppage [Latin, stitium] of arms, marked the end of the Great War, 100 years ago today - "a very cloudy still day", in London, according to Virginia Woolf who wrote in her diary, on that momentous day.
    'I'm such a worrier my marriage split became just another worry'

    'I'm such a worrier my marriage split became just another worry'


    Jason Byrne said in 2012 he was at his happiest when he worked in an electrical warehouse in Dublin. The Ballinteer boy wonder, who would become, in the words of The Times, the outright King of Live Comedy earned €60 a week wiring plugs. "I was, happy,...

    Jason Byrne said in 2012 he was at his happiest when he worked in an electrical warehouse in Dublin. The Ballinteer boy wonder, who would become, in the words of The Times, the outright King of Live Comedy earned €60 a week wiring plugs. "I was, happy, yeah," he says now. "That was zero responsibility. There was no children. No wives. No nothing. No mortgages. No pressure at all. In those days I was dabbling in comedy, just doing it for the laugh and getting a bit of cash and that was that."
    Rich portrait of a courageous war correspondent

    Rich portrait of a courageous war correspondent


    Bravery or recklessness? It was a question Marie Colvin posed in a speech given over fallen colleagues in 2010. Her work as a war reporter, which ended with her death in 2012, was infused with courage. But, in this excellent account by fellow journalist...

    Bravery or recklessness? It was a question Marie Colvin posed in a speech given over fallen colleagues in 2010. Her work as a war reporter, which ended with her death in 2012, was infused with courage. But, in this excellent account by fellow journalist Lindsey Hilsum, it was not without ambiguity. Colvin's bravery is luminous yet during her last days, her decision to continue broadcasting from the hideout in Baba Amr, rather than just writing articles, infuriated the Syrians and put her and the others' lives at additional risk.

    Take a ride back to the Wild West


    Once a mainstay of Hollywood, the Western genre seemingly faded away in the late 1960s. In the last few decades, several filmmakers have made concerted efforts to keep the tales of the Wild, Wild West alive, in both traditional and non-traditional...

    Once a mainstay of Hollywood, the Western genre seemingly faded away in the late 1960s. In the last few decades, several filmmakers have made concerted efforts to keep the tales of the Wild, Wild West alive, in both traditional and non-traditional ways.
    Film of the week: Wildlife

    Film of the week: Wildlife


    Sometimes the kitchen sink is all you need for riveting drama, as some of the greatest directors have shown us. At 34, Paul Dano, the actor who set fire to the screen in There Will Be Blood and Love & Mercy, equips himself with this knowledge as he steps...

    Sometimes the kitchen sink is all you need for riveting drama, as some of the greatest directors have shown us. At 34, Paul Dano, the actor who set fire to the screen in There Will Be Blood and Love & Mercy, equips himself with this knowledge as he steps behind the camera for the first time to adapt Richard Ford's 1990 novel.

    Kilroy was here: a grown-up double act


    Moral complexity and the Second World War make for great theatre, writes Emer...

    Moral complexity and the Second World War make for great theatre, writes Emer O'Kelly.

    Fresh, lively new voices reflect the vibrancy of Irish debut writing


    Every year, six brand-new voices join the literary canon, as marked out by their inclusion in the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year award category at the An Post Irish Book...

    Every year, six brand-new voices join the literary canon, as marked out by their inclusion in the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year award category at the An Post Irish Book Awards.

    'I got a gun pulled on me' - DJ Pete Tong


    It's all gone Pete Tong. The traffic coming in from the airport is so bad that the man himself is running 30 minutes late. Pete Tong (for it is he) eventually arrives at the hotel with a beautiful lady in tow, who goes to the reception to check...

    It's all gone Pete Tong. The traffic coming in from the airport is so bad that the man himself is running 30 minutes late. Pete Tong (for it is he) eventually arrives at the hotel with a beautiful lady in tow, who goes to the reception to check in.
    A hot flicker of light for dark winter evenings

    A hot flicker of light for dark winter evenings


    A late solstice of the Irish literary calendar is marked by the arrival each year of Winter Papers, the arts anthology curated by Kevin Barry and his wife Olivia...

    A late solstice of the Irish literary calendar is marked by the arrival each year of Winter Papers, the arts anthology curated by Kevin Barry and his wife Olivia Smith.

    The loves of my life: Lisa McHugh


    The country-music star chats to Chloe Brennan about her favourite people, places and...

    The country-music star chats to Chloe Brennan about her favourite people, places and things.
    Charles the heir, Charles the heartless, Charles the husband: how Britain's prince regained public favour

    Charles the heir, Charles the heartless, Charles the husband: how Britain's prince regained public favour


    If ever a man was defined by the women in his life, it is Charles, Prince of Wales. His relationships with his mother, his first wife and his second wife have dominated him so completely that it is mainly in response to them that we see him - Charles the...

    If ever a man was defined by the women in his life, it is Charles, Prince of Wales. His relationships with his mother, his first wife and his second wife have dominated him so completely that it is mainly in response to them that we see him - Charles the heir, Charles the heartless, and finally Charles the husband.

    Sultan of the Mississippi meets the Tyne


    Money for nothing? In mid-1977, Mark Knopfler, working as a penniless English teacher, put together a rock group in his poky council flat in Deptford, London. His flatmate John Illsley, who worked in a timber yard, played bass, his younger brother David,...

    Money for nothing? In mid-1977, Mark Knopfler, working as a penniless English teacher, put together a rock group in his poky council flat in Deptford, London. His flatmate John Illsley, who worked in a timber yard, played bass, his younger brother David, a social worker, played guitar and Pick Withers played drums.
    TV Review: What's seen cannot be unseen

    TV Review: What's seen cannot be unseen


    I remember the start of a TV drama series a few years ago, something about gangsters. I remember seeing the ads for it, and thinking that I have seen some great gangster movies and TV programmes in my time, but I just couldn't face another one - I was...

    I remember the start of a TV drama series a few years ago, something about gangsters. I remember seeing the ads for it, and thinking that I have seen some great gangster movies and TV programmes in my time, but I just couldn't face another one - I was all gangstered out.
    Literary diary: Madeleine Keane

    Literary diary: Madeleine Keane


    Barely has the ink dried on one festival - last week's inaugural celebration of crime writing MurderOne was a fantastic success - than another one hurtles down the tracks. Opening on Thursday, November 15 at Smock Alley, the 12th Dublin Book Festival...

    Barely has the ink dried on one festival - last week's inaugural celebration of crime writing MurderOne was a fantastic success - than another one hurtles down the tracks. Opening on Thursday, November 15 at Smock Alley, the 12th Dublin Book Festival promises a feast of Irish writing and publishing across the weekend.

    It’s all about ‘people power’ now: Spice Girls hoping to spread message of unity


    The Spice Girls have spoken of the importance of “people power” – rather than Girl Power – after selling hundreds of thousands of tickets for their comeback...

    The Spice Girls have spoken of the importance of “people power” – rather than Girl Power – after selling hundreds of thousands of tickets for their comeback tour.

    Aerosmith’s Joe Perry in hospital after jamming with Billy Joel


    Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has been taken to hospital with breathing problems that began after a guest performance with Billy Joel in New...

    Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has been taken to hospital with breathing problems that began after a guest performance with Billy Joel in New York.

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    If you played in the IBU Sim pairs last Tuesday, you will remember the hand I have used this week. It is board 19 and the slam is played by North if it is to make as S has no...

    If you played in the IBU Sim pairs last Tuesday, you will remember the hand I have used this week. It is board 19 and the slam is played by North if it is to make as S has no chance.

    The World Chess Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana started two days ago in London. Twelve games are scheduled, with additional games and shorter time controls, if needed for the tie-break. The total prize purse of this match is €1m - which may sound generous but is actually on the lower side for such events.


    The World Chess Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana started two days ago in London. Twelve games are scheduled, with additional games and shorter time controls, if needed for the tie-break. The total prize purse of this match is...

    The World Chess Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana started two days ago in London. Twelve games are scheduled, with additional games and shorter time controls, if needed for the tie-break. The total prize purse of this match is €1m - which may sound generous but is actually on the lower side for such events.

    Obituary: Micheal O Suilleabhain


    As they walked towards a reception, following a concert at the University of Limerick, philanthropist Chuck Feeney tapped Micheal O Suilleabhain on the shoulder, and, although the musician had no idea at the time who the billionaire was, Feeney told him,...

    As they walked towards a reception, following a concert at the University of Limerick, philanthropist Chuck Feeney tapped Micheal O Suilleabhain on the shoulder, and, although the musician had no idea at the time who the billionaire was, Feeney told him, "we will be talking later about doing a bit of fundraising".
    Obituary: Wah Wah Watson

    Obituary: Wah Wah Watson


    Wah Wah Watson, the guitarist Melvin Ragin, who has died aged 67, was the little-known name behind some of the best-loved, most hummed R&B music ever recorded; among the songs that he played on were Let's Get It On by Marvin Gaye, Papa Was a Rolling...

    Wah Wah Watson, the guitarist Melvin Ragin, who has died aged 67, was the little-known name behind some of the best-loved, most hummed R&B music ever recorded; among the songs that he played on were Let's Get It On by Marvin Gaye, Papa Was a Rolling Stone by the Temptations, and Rose Royce's disco classic Car Wash.

    Eleanor Tomlinson: Being part of Poldark is a privilege


    Eleanor Tomlinson has said she feels lucky to have bagged her role in Poldark as it has opened up so many...

    Eleanor Tomlinson has said she feels lucky to have bagged her role in Poldark as it has opened up so many doors.

    Tamara Beckwith hopes to be ‘glam-ma’ to granddaughter Luna


    Tamara Beckwith has said she hopes to be a “glam-ma” rather than a scary grandmother to her daughter’s newborn...

    Tamara Beckwith has said she hopes to be a “glam-ma” rather than a scary grandmother to her daughter’s newborn baby.

    Spice Girls launch t-shirt campaign for gender equality


    The Spice Girls have launched a special charity t-shirt to raise money to champion equality for women and...

    The Spice Girls have launched a special charity t-shirt to raise money to champion equality for women and girls.

    Olly Murs and Craig David surprise project workers for Children In Need


    Olly Murs, Craig David and Little Mix are among the stars who have surprised project workers funded by BBC Children In Need for the chance to duet with...

    Olly Murs, Craig David and Little Mix are among the stars who have surprised project workers funded by BBC Children In Need for the chance to duet with them.

    Michael Buble to return to UK for six-date arena tour


    Michael Buble has said that he “can’t wait” to celebrate the release of his first album in two years with an arena tour of the...

    Michael Buble has said that he “can’t wait” to celebrate the release of his first album in two years with an arena tour of the UK.

    Kylie Minogue reveals distress over trademark dispute with Kylie Jenner


    Kylie Minogue has spoken of how upset she was when her lawyers referred to Kylie Jenner as “a secondary reality television personality” during their trademark...

    Kylie Minogue has spoken of how upset she was when her lawyers referred to Kylie Jenner as “a secondary reality television personality” during their trademark battle.

    Wanted! Artist calls for help from embroiderers


    An artist is asking for volunteers to embroider words on to clothing for an exhibition which will explore the experience of living with...

    An artist is asking for volunteers to embroider words on to clothing for an exhibition which will explore the experience of living with epilepsy.
    I had seven years of rejection before I got my book published – Irish author Remie Michelle Clarke

    I had seven years of rejection before I got my book published – Irish author Remie Michelle Clarke


    A decade after she first put pen to paper, Dublin writer R.M. Clarke has finally had her debut novel, ‘The Glass Door’, published, although not in the conventional way, and not without a...

    A decade after she first put pen to paper, Dublin writer R.M. Clarke has finally had her debut novel, ‘The Glass Door’, published, although not in the conventional way, and not without a battle.

    New series from Sir David Attenborough to start on BBC One


    Sir David Attenborough’s new series that follows the in-depth stories of five different endangered animals will begin on BBC One...

    Sir David Attenborough’s new series that follows the in-depth stories of five different endangered animals will begin on BBC One tonight.

    Viewers joke that Killing Eve star Jodie Comer has infiltrated Strictly


    Fans of Strictly Come Dancing were left reeling after noticing Killing Eve star Jodie Comer sitting in the audience of this Saturday’s live...

    Fans of Strictly Come Dancing were left reeling after noticing Killing Eve star Jodie Comer sitting in the audience of this Saturday’s live show.

    Spice Girls break ticket sale records after online queue hits 700,000


    The Spice Girls have broken ticket sale records as fans struggled to secure their place at a show in an online queue of more than 700,000...

    The Spice Girls have broken ticket sale records as fans struggled to secure their place at a show in an online queue of more than 700,000 people.

    Tom Felton: I’ve never tried to distance myself from Draco Malfoy


    Tom Felton has said he is “more than happy” to be known for playing the character Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter film...

    Tom Felton has said he is “more than happy” to be known for playing the character Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series.

    Michelle Rodriguez reveals she felt duty to portray image of female strength


    Michelle Rodriguez has spoken about her fear of appearing weak in films and said she has been more of an activist than an actress in her bid to portray female...

    Michelle Rodriguez has spoken about her fear of appearing weak in films and said she has been more of an activist than an actress in her bid to portray female warriors.