GAMETECH: Gearing up for virtual realities

I WAS 12 years old and Doom had just finished installing on my Compaq Presario.

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Space Cowboy’s got guts and he lets you hear them at the Laya Healthcare City Spectacular

Gulp! Street performer Space Cowboy can swallow 24 swords in one go he tells Richard Fitzpatrick

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The darker side of Nina Simone's music

Nina Simone may be a dinner party staple, but there is also a deep and darker side to the singer, says Ed Power

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St Vincent’s Annie Clark is the patron saint of pop

Annie Clark has gone from an indie waif to counter-culture royalty in front of Ed Power’s eyes. And that ascent hasn’t ended yet

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Play reveals the hidden desire that exposes an unfulfilled wife

Aislín McGuckin has the wit and elegance to play the bored Natalya, whose life of stifling privilege is smashed by her desire for her son’s tutor, the 21-year-old Aleksei, in Turgenev’s play, A Month in the Country, says Padraic Killeen

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Five things to do this week

Our pick of the best things happening in the cultural world this week.

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Children’s books

A Tower Of Giraffes – Animal Bunches by Anna Wright (Words and Pictures, €15.10 HB). 

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Book review: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

THERE is a place in northern Myanmar, close to the Chinese border, that can’t be found on any map, even if you have access to the latest hi-tech GPS systems. 

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Book review: Judges

OVER the past decade UK-based MacLehose Press has earned deserved plaudits for its dedication to translating the most compelling foreign-language literature for an English-language audience.

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Book review: Hand Reached Down to Guide Me

ON the morning I was to be married for the second time, I found myself going to my knees in the shower and praying: that my ex-husband would find love again ...” 

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Book review: Fox Tossing, Octopus Wrestling And Other Forgotten Sports

FUCHSPRELLEN is the inspiration for Edward Brooke-Hitching’s first book. 

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Book review: How Music Got Free: What Happens When An Entire Generation Commits The Same Crime?

STEPHEN WITT is a self-confessed downloading addict, who claims he hasn’t paid for music since the turn of the millennium.

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Book review: Grey

WHEN Fifty Shades Of Grey came out, I chose not to review it. And then it exploded — and everyone read it, even my mum.

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Book review: Dealing with China: An insider unmasks the new economic superpower

Hank Paulson is the ultimate insider. He worked with Nixon, was US treasury secretary, but hit the jackpot working for Goldman Sachs in China. Gerard Howlin discusses a career built on, among other things, charm.

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Book review: Natural Capital: Valuing The Planet

Putting a value on things we take for granted may save humanity argues Dieter Helm. Noel Baker is impressed by his powerful, commonsense arguments.

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Idris Elba writes and directs King For A Term on Sky Arts, Thursday, Idris Elba as Dad and Omar Agyei as Akuna.

What to watch on TV this week

Idris Elba writes and directs King For A Term on Sky Arts, Thursday, Idris Elba as Dad and Omar Agyei as Akuna.

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Movie Reviews: Terminator: Genisys, Magic Mike XXL, Amy

You don’t need to have been a fan of Amy Winehouse’s music to be riveted by Amy (15A) , Asif Kapadia’s documentary about the Grammy Award-winning singer that is composed almost entirely of home-movie footage. 

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