People search their family trees looking for a tenuous connection to a long forgotten Irish heritage. A great grandfather's, friend's dog - born in Ireland and providing the licence to enjoy a guilt free Guinness.
If the worlds we choose to conjure there don't have women in them (and in particular those who don't happen to be white, size 8, under 35, or able-bodied) isn't it a disappointingly skewed and now long out of date depiction of humanity we are reflecting?
I've been making notes of the times pleasant things have happened on the way to work, like the time I spoke to a stranger on the tube or witnessed a man offer to help a woman lift her buggy up the station stairs.
Some encouraging results from the survey indeed show that children from lower socio-economic backgrounds spend more time reading on devices than their wealthier peers. More encouraging results: print books are actually more popular with three to five-year-olds than reading on devices!
There is a huge number of creative people that make important, thought-provoking art - on a shoestring, in the back of the pub, after their full-time job, you name it. But art market is competitive and with the advance of Internet - ever changing. We cannot allow creativity and art to become a pursuit solely for financially privileged.
As you enter the exhibition, you are met with the face of Alexander McQueen merging into his trademark skull, which for me signified the work and the person merging into the visionary he became. Known for his legendary catwalks and theatrical style, this has been translated into exhibition form.
Last year was a stellar year for picture books and 2015 is already shaping up to include many future classics. Here are this season's titles that should be on every child's bookshelf.
Lee Alexander McQueen was a rare talent - he had that scarce combination of superb craftsmanship and extraordinary vision. And both of these pillars of his strength are on show in this stunning new exhibition of his work.
IdeasTap provides funding, career opportunities and mentoring to a network of nearly 200,000 young people across the creative professions. The charity has given away more than £2.3 million to around 62,000 beneficiaries, helping filmmakers, visual artists, designers, theatremakers, writers, actors and a long list of other creative folk get their careers off the ground.
Nowadays, libraries are unfortunately losing their appeal to the new generations. How can a visit to the library compete with playing Minecraft on an iPad?
Somerset has for instance already approved plans to slash its mobile library service by more than half. Staffordshire county Council is also considering cutting its six mobile libraries and closing 24 of its 43 static libraries.
Spring's here and the self-publishing sap is surging with three unmissable events...
I often think about where a talent in mathematics comes from? Is it a side effect of having Aspergers? If I can't understand the society around me, Maths might seem like the easiest subject to relate to. A pure subject, untainted by human bias.
Sotto Voce, an art exhibition at the on until the 18th of April, in Bond Street, London, had the ambitious idea of investigating these simultaneous events when artists started experimenting with the abstract white relief with a focus on the 1930s to 1970s.
s someone who loves exploring foreign languages, I like having a name that could be directly translated in any language. It's my way of accepting different cultures, embracing them, and attempting to blend in.
Arts charity IdeasTap has announced it's being forced to close due to lack of funding. The organisation's disappearance will leave a gaping hole in the UK's support network for young artists. Doing anything at all - paid or unpaid - in the creative industries is hard enough.