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Comparisons are odious – just don’t tell the Spice Girls, because they’re about to hear a lot of them

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These days, it’s all about being on brand – so it’s time to know yours well, and choose your language accordingly.

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Those who can ‘fake it till they make it’ might be more successful in life, but are they always happy? Our columnist has her doubts

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These days, people don’t expect to make it in the creative arts unless they’re Instagram-savvy, picture-perfect commodities – so Anna Burns’s Booker win is surprising and welcome news

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Let’s not be too hard on Pigeon-Head Man. His surreal act of aggression has gone viral and helped draw attention to the housing crisis in Ireland

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News of Orla Kiely’s fashion business troubles came as a surprise to many last week, but not to this columnist

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Ironically, the more openly we talk about sex in public, the more fraught our personal relationships are. We’re not short on discourse, but empathy

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Censoring other voices, no matter how offensive they may be, is an own goal for liberals everywhere, as displayed by the latest furore over Steve Bannon’s invitation to the New Yorker festival

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The Presidential election is likely to be highly entertaining fare, but let’s not build up the job itself into something that it’s not

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The difference between our reaction to the refreshingly honest Carlow Rose and to a Pope who mumbles platitudes in response to child abuse reveals all we need to know about our nation’s problematic relationship with the truth

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Finally a festival which doesn’t make you feel you’re too vintage to enjoy it. All Together Now, let’s raise a glass of Prosecco to that

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Singer/songwriter David Kitt is emigrating due to the high cost of living in this country – and much of the reaction to his decision showed us why Ireland has increasingly become a cold house for artists

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As Eamon Dunphy bowed out of television last week with a characteristic flourish, it seems sad that a younger generation of broadcasters and journalists have no licence to emulate his old-school audacity and originality

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There will always be those who decry a state drugs policy that informs as well as criminalises, but with cocaine and ketamine use spiralling, isn’t it time we made protecting people’s health more important than avoiding offence?

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If we’re going to beat 2018’s stresses, we have to find increasingly outlandish ways to relax. So brace yourself for bootcamp, llamas, surfing and a dose of Michael D’s dogs