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Bushfires rage

Despite the overwhelming evidence and a general consensus within the scientific community, there is still a vocal minority who reject climate change as nothing more than a natural phenomenon. True, to some extent global warming is inexorable, but the actions of humans mean it’s speeding up at an unprecedented and frightening rate. We are in …

Islamic theology, mythology and folklore is full of references to spirits, demons and supernatural creatures. References to the Djinn (Jinn or in Western parlance, genie) are frequent and the concept of these beings has survived throughout the ages. These invisible entities are associated closely with fire and are often said to materialise in animal or …

You might think that westerns are an outdated genre. One which harks back to the likes of John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Gary Cooper and Jimmy Stewart. A world of taciturn, broody and angry men. Of hard drinking heroes and women in need of rescue. The good guys and the bad guys. The cowboys and Indians. …

Elena and Tom

It is estimated that something like seven million children in the United States suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This behavioural and mental disorder, characterised by bouts of excessive energy and often impulsive actions, affects around one in ten of all under-eighteens. While diagnosis is still an issue, treatment has become increasingly controversial; medical …

Since his victory in the elections at the beginning of 2019, President Jair Bolsonaro’s reign has been controversial, to say the least. Styling himself as a South American Donald Trump, his populist and militaristic leadership has resulted in clamp downs on individual freedoms, a rise in corruption and violence, and an elevation of the church’s …

Tham Luang Nang Non cave

Sometimes truth can be more unlikely than fiction. A true story can grip an audience much more than even the best thriller. A lot of this can be attributed to jeopardy. We know bigshot Hollywood stars aren’t going to die but what about a person we don’t know? With their last film, Free Solo, Jimmy …

Iran has a rich history of making some of the best cinema coming out of the Middle East, despite the numerous obstacles placed in the way of directors. It has been Persian filmmakers who have often made the transition to European festivals and won international awards. Over the last decade we’ve seen a number of …

Angela is not herself

Irish culture is awash with myths and legends. The lush green countryside of the Emerald Isle is fertile ground for all manner of magical and supernatural creatures. Fairies play a major role in Irish folklore, with myriad tales of the wee folk, An Saol Eile, hawthorn trees and fairy mounds. Indeed, the behatted leprechaun has …

an elephant

For the vast majority of people, our ability to see even a tiny fraction of the diverse flora and fauna this planet has to offer is reliant on television or visits to zoos, wildlife parks and aquariums. Much of our knowledge has come via famous naturalists, with the likes of David Attenborough bringing wonderment to …

Fahra and Farida

At the end of World War I, the territory of Palestine was ceded by the Ottoman Empire and governed under British Mandate. For three decades colonial rule was characterised by protests and violent clashes with both the Jewish and Palestinian Arab communities. When it ended in 1948, the withdrawal of troops left a vacuum in …