Erotica Unbound

EL James may have revolutionised the erotica market, but is just one of many in a long line of artists

With the final instalment of the Fifty Shades trilogy released in early February, the notion of erotic fiction has become increasingly prominent in the media. There is no doubt that when we think of erotica our minds immediately jump to

When the water is safer than the land

Off the idyllic Greek shores of Lesbos, refugees are clambering for safe entry into the EU

The Greek island of Lesbos has long been a popular choice for people wishing to escape the continent to holiday in its picturesque scenery while tanning on one of its many sandy beaches. However, as of recent years, Lesbos has

In the shadows of the land of the rising sun

Who are the mysterious “Yakuza”, and what is their role in modern Japan?

Contrary to popular belief the Yakuza are not a single entity in Japan’s criminal underworld. Rather the term ‘yakuza’, in Japanese roughly translates to ‘good for nothing’ and can apply to any individual gangsters or their affiliated gangs. Many theorize

The Irish connection

Situated in Royal Kilmainham hospital, hundreds of Irish veterans meet every year to remember their experiences abroad

Standing in a crowd, we watched as President Higgins laid a wreath at the plaque before a minute’s silence was observed. The shot of a cannon punctuated the silence, making one or two observers jump. A disgruntled tourist muttered to

Wise enough to play the fool

Far removed from the clowns of our childhood, Danielle Olavario uncovers the ancient history of The Fool

True to form, Raymond Keane arrives at the interview wearing glasses with frames thick and black, at first glance making it seem like he was a performer wearing Groucho glasses. He does not seem to recognise how apt this coincidence

A crime against consumers

Is it your imagination or are your favourite products really getting smaller?

Reducing the size of products sold to consumers without reducing the price the same has now become standard practice in most businesses. This deceitful process, commonly known as ‘Shrinkflation’, increases the price level of goods per unit as a result

A visit to Sarajevo

Comhall Fanning reminisces on his trip to the interesting, vibrant, and historical city of Sarajevo

My friend Ali and I, both embarking on a year off-books in Austria, decided to leave Ireland a few weeks early and travel around the Balkans before taking a bus to Austria. One of the most interesting cities we visited