I am so at home in Dublin, more than any other city, that I feel it has always been familiar to me. It took me years to see through its soft charm to its bitter prickly kernel - which I quite like too.

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A Surrealist’s Journey

The life and myriad achievements of scientist and artist Desmond Morris

Artistic Differences

The Fab Two: Lennon and McCarney working with and against each other

Beyond Chatter

Making sense: the ‘antiphilosophical’ philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein

Spreading Civilisation

Lecky, liberalism and Britain’s role as world leader

The English School

A defence of the centrality of history to  international relations

A State of Chassis

How neoliberalism hollows out liberalism and democracy

Luminous Spaces

Seamus Deane’s contribution to the formulation of a new republicanism

The Primacy of Politics

The thinkers and thought that underlay the War of Independence

Greed or Good?

Business and politics: two views on how they should interact

Writers United

The pros and cons of bringing writers together in a corporate body