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Cities are for people, not cars

Two Mondays ago, as I rummaged in the kitchen for something that could be passed off as dinner, a man lost his life 100 yards from my front door. He was crossing the road on foot when a vehicle struck … Continue reading

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Democracy in overdrive: time for a break from the ballots

Will this endless cycle of consultative decision-making ever end? In the league table of fevers, ‘election’ sits a lot closer to ‘scarlet’ than ‘Saturday night’, yet we appear to have found ourselves trapped on an election merry-go-round spinning out of … Continue reading

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Music festivals: at what age can we stop pretending this is fun?

All over Ireland, thousands of people are facing into months of anxiety and trauma. These are people for whom summer is marred by feelings of regret, despair and self-loathing. They are society’s hidden victims: people in their 30s and 40s … Continue reading

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I’m a vegetarian, not a small child

Despised by chefs, shunned by vegans: the life of a simple vegetarian. Continue reading

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Star Wars: Can we really trust this well-funded Rebel Alliance?

Well-funded rebels, fuelled by dogma and self-sacrifice, take on an authoritarian regime losing its grip on a multi-ethnic territory. Where do these script writers get their ideas? Continue reading

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The serene madness of Gaza

The horse leaps into the air, obediently following the young woman’s command to jump the fence. Every so often the dull thud of his hoofs hitting the ground coincides with an air strike. Nobody aside from me seems to notice … Continue reading

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Brexit and borders: why Europe badly needs Euro 2016

Football fans can be tedious at the best of times, but we’re rarely as sanctimonious as when discussing the social, cultural and political importance of our game. You thought that 22-year-old’s inability to clear the first man with a corner … Continue reading

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