Into the mystic: How a musical superstar tumbled down a rabbit-hole
He’s one of the towering figures of 20th-century music, but of late Van Morrison has become a lockdown sceptic. As he faces a defamation action from Northern Ireland health minister Robin Swann, just how did the Belfast Cowboy get here?
The Profile: Crispin Odey, hedge fund pioneer, Tory donor and Brexiteer
Crispin Odey, a Harrow and Oxford-educated hedge fund manager, has hurled large sums of money at numerous Brexit and eurosceptic organisations as well as the Tory party and the Christian Party: Proclaiming Christ’s Lordship. However, his investments have suffered some major blow-outs and, in March this year, he found himself in court where he was acquitted of indecently assaulting a woman in 1998
The Profile: Kyrie Irving, the NBA star who is making headlines – and missing games – over his refusal to get a vaccination for Covid-19
The basketball star has asked for privacy but speculation about his vaccination status was all but confirmed when it was reported that he had interacted with Instagram posts from a conspiracy theorist who claims that “secret societies” are implanting vaccines in a plot to connect black people to a master computer for “a plan of Satan”.
Profile: Johnny Mercer, Conservative party member of parliament for Plymouth Moor View
Gung-ho Iraq and Afghanistan veteran turned Tory politician Johnny Mercer has made a platform for himself defending the actions of former British army soldiers. Last week, he was in Belfast to support 80-year-old Dennis Hutchings on trial in connection with the fatal shooting in 1974 of John Pat Cunningham, a man with learning difficulties
Profile: Jason Sudeikis, actor
Jason Sudeikis gave up a basketball college scholarship to take up improvisational comedy, a career decision that last weekend earned him an Emmy award for the title role in Ted Lasso, the feelgood AppleTV+ series that takes a swipe at toxic masculinity