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How to get married

Most British weddings are civil ceremonies, devoid of religious significance and tradition. Huge spending on the big day has filled the void. But if meaningful alternatives are to be found, the state must play its part
Shiv Malik  

The playboy and his muse

The working-class lover of JM Synge, one of Ireland’s great playwrights, has been airbrushed out of history. Joseph O’Connor explains how their secret affair inspired his latest novel
Joseph O'Connor  

The science of the tiny

Nanotechnology-science that operates at the molecular level- has been threatening to become the "next big thing" for several years. But now it really is set to take off and products deriving from it will soon be changing everyday life
Michael Gross