So what if people hate our tattoos... they work for us
Now, Karen Ireland asks three women and a man with inking if it is taboo in the workplace?
Now, Karen Ireland asks three women and a man with inking if it is taboo in the workplace?
New parents will soon learn that lie-ins are a thing of the past and - for the unlucky many - an unbroken night's sleep becomes the stuff of dreams. Before you know it, you're fuelling yourself on a diet of caffeine and sugar to cope with the exhaustion.
The 49-year-old author and TV producer, originally from Belfast, now lives in Hertfordshire with his wife Helen-Jane. His debut novel, Standstill, under then name JA Marley, has just been launched.
It is not God's will for some to have everything and others to have nothing". This statement of Blessed Oscar Romero, the martyred archbishop of San Salvador, sums up, succinctly, the message of God's Word to Christians this Sunday.
It is said that 19 is one of the most impressionable of all ages to be snared by new music and that's the age I was when Oasis released their monumental debut, Definitely Maybe, in August 1994. Every time I listen to that album now, I am transported back to my first year in...
Luckily, before I meet Annie Mac, I find an article she wrote in 2014 which lists the questions she hates. Her personal bugbears all concern queries as to what it's like being a pregnant/mother/female DJ in this "male-dominated world". You wouldn't ask Pete Tong how he copes with six children, she reasons, quite rightly.
At the height of their popularity in the 1960s, there were 50 pawnbrokers in Belfast; now there are just two. Ivan Little recalls an era when the 'poor man's bank' was a lifeline for families on the breadline.
Motorcycle racing is part of the DNA in Northern Ireland and has been since the halcyon days of the 1950s and 1960s when Ralph Bryans became our first ever world champion in 1965, later followed by Joey Dunlop and Brian Reid, and more recently by Ballyclare's Jonathan...
One of the first UK fashion bloggers to quit her day job and make a living out of her website, Fashion Foie Gras, otherwise known as Emily Johnston, considers herself part of the "old school" of the blogging crowd.
More than 1,200 holiday passengers on the Red Star Line's Belgenland held their breath as the luxury liner left Philadelphia on a world cruise when they discovered that a stewardess on board in the summer of 1926 was Violet Jessop. For the Irish girl had survived two sinkings...
The best zombie film since 28 Days Later, is high praise indeed for a new film, but then avid bibliophiles already know that The Girl With All The Gifts is a tale with a difference.
Mary has spoken and won't be budged. Master baker Paul Hollywood may have decided to sneak through the back doors of Channel 4 and sign a three-year contract for a newly-minted series of The Great British Bake Off, but the show's star attraction, Mary Berry, will not be...
Scheming widow Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) is concerned about rumours that have begun to circulate about her relationship with smitten suitor, Lord Manwaring (Lochlann O'Mearain). She seeks refuge with her late husband's family on their vast estate.
The year is 1879 and the scars of the American Civil War are yet to heal.
Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) is a hired heavy, who beats up perverts and stalkers with his knuckleduster. A young woman called Amelia Kuttner (Margaret Qualley) pays him to scare off low-rent private detective Holland March (Ryan Gosling), who has been asking for...
Blossoms' singer Tom Ogden is nothing if not down to earth. Like many 20-year-olds from the Manchester area, he's still riding high after his beloved City's victory in the recent derby against Manchester United, although he's rather sad he had to give up his season ticket when his...
Almost 60 years after the original Magnificent Seven rode into town, a new group of gun-toting outlaws are hoping to beat the bad guy. Susan Griffin chats to Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and film-maker Antoine Fuqua about bringing the story up to date.
Folkster Seth Lakeman unveils Ballad Of The Broken Few, Bristol rockers The Ramona Flowers share Part Time Spies and composer Vangelis returns with Rosetta, an album inspired by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission. Ella Walker rounds up the best of this...
A talented Northern Ireland football player who suffered a fractured skull and swelling on the brain after a vicious attack outside a Belfast nightclub has suffered another blow with the news that he has been banned from the game for a year.
Shakin' Stevens was one of the Eighties biggest-selling singles artist but now he is digging deep into his past to hone a much darker album, Echoes Of Our Times.
Our reporter Rachel Dean checks out all the style at Victoria Square in Belfast.
Fancy showing your feline some love? Abi Jackson paws over the gadgets worth raiding the kitty for.
The son of legendary Belfast comedian Frank Carson will today announce a substantial £50,000 gift from his late father's estate to continue the work he started in the final years of his life to promote integrated education in Northern Ireland.
In the noisy hysteria of Hollywood, composure is a virtue. Those who stay calm in the nucleus of the Twitterstorm are worth their weight in gold - or, in real terms, $850 an hour (about £650), which is how much divorce lawyer Laura Wasser charges for her services. Though...
The widow of esteemed poet Seamus Heaney has said reading his words is the most difficult thing to do following his death in 2013.
He's predicted the winning lottery numbers, played Russian roulette on TV, and coerced a member of the public to think they'd pushed a man to his death.
This year’s National Eczema Week (until this Sunday) aims to highlight the often ‘hidden’ side of living with a skin condition — the emotional and psychological impact.
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Summer - or what passes for our hot season - is well and truly over. But as the temperature starts to drop, where do Northern Ireland people spend their annual break?
After a recent Cancer Research UK report called for urgent action to ensure the future of screening services here, two NI people who suffered from the disease tell Lisa Smyth how a quick diagnosis saved their lives.
A client recently came to me with a fear of public speaking. So, first, I asked her to mentally place herself in that situation and tell me what she was experiencing.
With more than 35,000 survivors here needing support, the Stroke Association is calling on people to back its Give a Hand campaign starting on Saturday. Two women, who suffered an attack, describe the challenges they have faced since. Lisa Smyth reports.
The 24-year-old plays for Dungannon Swifts Football Club and works at Cuba menswear shop in the town. He lives in Dungannon with his family.
A quarter of UK children aged between 11 and 15 have been offered substances, which can be a worry for many parents. Starting discussions early can be crucial when it comes to legal and illegal highs, says psychiatrist Dr Owen Bowden-Jones.
The 45-year-old is a chef and managing director of the Yellow Door catering company. He lives with his wife Jilly near Portadown.
As Freshers’ Week starts four writers, Una Brankin, Lee Henry, Fionola Meredith and Alex Kane, recall those first heady days of student life.
It is not particularly beautiful countryside. It is a flat plain at the north west corner of Lough Neagh, where the River Bann flows in. Most of us know the tedious stretch of road between the blue bridge at Toome, past the Elk Bar and Mal's Place to the Castledawson roundabout. We...
The trailer for the forthcoming Netflix movie The Siege of Jadotville is a masterclass in old-fashioned Hollywood shock and awe. Machine-guns roar, soldiers weave between explosions, a helicopter and fighter jet tangle in mid-air combat. You expect Bruce Willis and/or Arnold...
As I was unpacking my clothes in my new room in student halls, I had a moment - I can't remember exactly what I was holding, or folding - when the realisation hit me like a ton of bricks: I was alone. Boxes brought up, nervous hellos with my flatmates done, my mum and...
The shocking images of the Democratic nominee being carried to a vehicle in a state of near-collapse six days ago have sent tremors through the presidential race. Not so long ago, Hillary Clinton had seemed on course for an easy win - perhaps even a landslide bigger...
Whether you like sharing funny dog-ears selfies on Snapchat, emoji-laden missives on Whatsapp or pictures of Pusheen the cat on Facebook Messenger (yep, that's her name), chances are you've got a favourite messaging app or two.
As an Irish soldier in the UK forces, Sean Hartnett was part of a covert surveillance unit when civilian worker David Caldwell was mortally wounded by a dissident republican bomb. In this extract from his new memoir, Hartnett reveals how he had been tracking Mr Caldwell's...
Jesus called people to respond urgently and without delay to his proclamation of the Kingdom of God. Frequently, that call was in the form of stories. For example, on one occasion the story was about 'A Dishonest Manager'.
Widow Margaret Boyd, who has just died at 95, never forgot the little boy to whom she was a nanny around 80 years ago when she was in her teens. So in her 80s Margaret, who always carried a picture of the two-year-old in her purse, set out to find the grown-up Ralph Brown...
It's hard to believe there was uproar when it was originally announced Renee Zellweger would play Bridget Jones. Some felt the Texas-born star couldn't possibly embody the quintessential British creation - but now, it's impossible to imagine anyone other than Zellweger in the role.
Producer Debra Hayward has been with the Bridget Jones franchise from the very beginning, and was part of the team responsible for getting everyone back on board.
Terry Waite, whose best-selling book Taken On Trust was published earlier this month with a new chapter to mark the 25th anniversary of his release from five years' captivity in Beirut, is no stranger to Belfast.
As creative pregnancies go, Bridget Jones's Baby has taken longer than most to come full-term. It's been 12 years since Renee Zellweger adopted a near-flawless English accent to portray the hapless singleton in Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason.
For more than 20 years, James Donahue (James Allen McCune) has been haunted by the disappearance of his sister Heather, whose chilling final moments were documented in footage from October 1994 that became The Blair Witch Project.
A Bangor man who has watched seven members of his family battle cancer has warned men to be on the look-out for signs of male breast cancer, after he was diagnosed with this rare form of the disease.