So exhausting and stressful was the arrival of my first-born child that I really relished that pint of Guinness at the end of a draining day. So I had a fond smile when I heard that the makers of the black stuff, Diageo, are offering new fathers six months’ paid paternity leave. The plan is that men working for the […]Read more
Billy Keane: 'Both adults and children alike love Gabriel's poems – they add the extra to the ordinary'
The old travelling man came in to our pub on a slow day and my dad was writing away at the counter. “What are you writing about, John B?” asked the old travelling man. “I’m writing an epic poem,” replied Dad. Please log in or register with Independent.ie for free access to this article. Log In New to Independent.ie? Create […]Read more
Letters to the Editor: 'Constant confusion – when bake day is thrown into total chaos by the appliance of science'
The 2019 redefinition of the SI base units came into effect this week, by setting exact numerical values for the Planck Constant (a discovery by a German physicist based on energy quanta which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918) instead of using the physical paradigm of kilograms which was sealed up in a French basement somewhere – […]Read more
As Sherlock Holmes observed, “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” The impossible, in this case, has been Brexit. Theresa May, the British prime minister who announced her resignation on Friday, turned the poisoned chalice of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union every which way in an attempt to make it palatable. She […]Read more
(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good evening. Here’s the latest. 1. “I have done everything I can.” Prime Minister Theresa May will resign after almost three years of trying and failing to lead Britain out of the E.U. Her announcement signifies the end of an embattled and at times awkward premiership beset by crises. Standing […]Read more
With yet another rejection of her Brexit deal looming, along with an imminent drubbing for her Conservatives in elections to the European Parliament, no one much disagreed with Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May when she stepped outside the black door of 10 Downing Street on Friday and said that it was “in the best interests” of the country for a […]Read more
Warrior women are very much on the minds of members of Calgary’s Kala Bhavan Dance School this week and for one dancer, it’s like a blend of the mythical and her daily life. The dancers are rehearsing for their biggest show of the year, an original production they’re creating called Yoddha: The Great Warrior, set in a mythical kingdom in […]Read more
So, here we are getting deeper into wildfire season — a time when people come out of their homes near forested areas and suddenly see a wall of smoke with a baseboard of fire on Hell’s horizon. I have never been through it, so I can’t imagine being told I need to evacuate quickly and have to make some terrible […]Read more
(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning, We’re covering the announced departure of Britain’s prime minister, and a potential settlement in sexual misconduct lawsuits against Harvey Weinstein. It’s also Friday, so there’s a new news quiz. Theresa May announces her departure Facing a cabinet rebellion over her latest Brexit plan, the British prime minister said […]Read more
Good morning, We start today with the triumph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the start of European elections, and a trade-war bailout for U.S. farmers. Breaking Julian Assange of WikiLeaks was indicted under the U.S. Espionage Act for publishing classified files in 2010, raising profound First Amendment issues. India’s leader is on track for a new term Exceeding all expectations, […]Read more