Oh Jonny boy: mid-20th century Ireland in glorious technicolour

To mark St Patrick’s Day, the Photographers’ Gallery in London is releasing newly restored pictures of mid-20th-century Ireland by the famed John Hinde Studio. Dubbed the king of technicolour tourism, the studio’s postcards took the country from its conservative black and white past into an alluringly vibrant present, and made of it an enticing rural …

Finland’s story shows equality is the best route to happiness

If you can’t buy happiness, perhaps you should move to Helsinki. Finland has emerged from a 10-year economic depression to be ranked by the UN last week as the happiest place to live on the planet. The most important factor in Finland topping the UN’s happiness ranking is the country’s history of equality. It has managed …

Playlist: The Playlist: Pearl Jam Kicks Up a Fury, and 9 More New Songs

“Can’t Deny Me” is the first original new Pearl Jam song in five years.CreditMario Ruiz/Epa-Efe, via Rex/Shutterstock Every Friday, pop critics for The New York Times weigh in on the week’s most notable new songs and videos — and anything else that strikes them as intriguing. This week, a protest song from Willie Nelson, a …

The Workologist: When a Good Friend Becomes a Terrible Colleague

A dear friend outside the workplace turns out to be a big problem on the job: throwing tantrums and stealing ideas. How can you make work tolerable and save the friendship? CreditGlenn Harvey Send your workplace conundrums to workologist@nytimes.com, including your name and contact information (even if you want it withheld). The Workologist is a …

Legal challenge to Labour over shortlists and transwomen

A group of Labour members have begun legal action over proposed changes to the party’s policy on the formal inclusion of self-identifying transwomen on all-women shortlists. The challenge comes after it emerged last week that the equalities committee of Labour’s ruling body proposed clarifying that all-women shortlists and women’s reserved places were open to self-defining …

Saturday’s best TV: Performance Live: Winged Bull in the Elephant Case; Below the Surface

When the second world war broke out, the National Gallery’s art collection was evacuated to Snowdonia. This performance piece reimagines the journey of the paintings, represented in human form. The elements range from classical to grime, ballet to the spoken word of Isaiah Hull. Its components are excellent – the music, venturing into immersive ambient …

Former Carillion finance directors expected to face investigation

The accounting watchdog is expected to announce an investigation into potential misconduct by two former finance directors at Carillion, the failed government contractor. The Financial Reporting Council’s conduct committee is understood to have agreed that there are sufficient grounds for a probe into the conduct of Richard Adam and Zafar Khan. An announcement is expected …

On College Basketball: Virginia Loses in a Way No One Will Ever Forget

The top-seeded Cavaliers leaving the court after losing to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the first round of the N.C.A.A. tournament. Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images Virginia’s 74-54 defeat at the hands of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County was a long time coming. It was the first time a No. 16 seed had …

‘It could be huge. It could be a nightmare’: attempting the largest family reunion in the world

“When his first request for an interview with former president George HW Bush was rejected, AJ Jacobs resorted to a desperate plea: “Couldn’t you do it for family?” – pointing out that they were (distant) cousins. The plea worked. Bush gave him an interview and even posed for a photo – an image that sits …