An angler had a big surprise when he accidentally reeled in a "weird, dinosaur-like" fish. Oscar Lundahl is believed to have nearly jumped out of his boat when he saw on the end of his line the strange-looking species with large, bulbous eyes. It turned out the creature was a ratfish, which lives in deep water and is distantly related to sharks.
Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage says he believes Britain's departure from the European Union will be delayed again because parliament will reject Prime Minister Boris Johnson's attempt to do a last-minute deal with Brussels. Cast by his supporters as the godfather of Brexit, Farage said Britain's exit, due on Oct. 31, was now in doubt as what he called the political elite in London was plotting with the EU to betray the 2016 referendum, in which Britain voted 52%-48% to leave.
Catherine Tyldesley's husband has said that he is fully prepared to become the target of jokes about the so-called Strictly Come Dancing curse.Fitness trainer Tom Pitfield, who has been married to the former Coronation Street star since 2016, said his friends already made fun of him for having a wife on TV.
Jo Swinson was heckled by an MP in her own party as she defended the decision to accept former Conservative Phillip Lee into the Lib Dems.Dr Lee's defection to the party shocked Westminster a fortnight ago when he crossed the floor of the House of Commons while Prime Minister Boris Johnson was at the Despatch Box.
A treasure hunter is being sued by the Church of Scotland over a Viking hoard worth almost £2m which he found on its land.Derek McLennan discovered the 10th century relics – including silver bracelets, a gold ring, an enamelled cross and a bird-shaped gold pin – under a Dumfriesshire beach in 2014.
A man killed himself by blowing up his own house on his daughter’s wedding day, police said shortly after his body was found in the rubble.The homeowner had been seen standing in front of the property in Edgewood, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, shortly before it exploded and caught fire at around 2.30pm on Saturday.
Robert Downey Jr is returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe sooner than expected.Precisely a year after his character bowed out in Avengers: Endgame, Downey Jr will make an appearance in Scarlett Johansson’s standalone Black Widow, Deadline has reported.
Pakistan's dispute with India over Kashmir is now a flashpoint with the potential to escalate into nuclear war, Imran Khan has warned.
Sebastian Vettel’s troubles this year are more likely to be a “technical” problem than an issue with the four-time Formula 1 world champion’s mentality, reckons Juan Pablo Montoya.
From Steve Bannon to Dominic Cummings, we like the idea that someone’s pulling the strings, even if they’re awful. At the peak of the media’s fascination with Steve Bannon, and before it became clear that his route to the White House was less the application of evil genius and more a question of a peripatetic opportunist striking it lucky, one issue dominated – why does he wear two shirts at the same time? The speculation reached fever pitch towards the end of 2017 when this minor sartorial deviation became yet another marker of his special talents. He had “baffled” DC fashionistas. “There is something hideously irresistible about Bannon,” the Financial Times commented as recently as July. “Is it the blend of a dishevelled public image – he wears two shirts simultaneously and looks as if he cuts his hair with a combine harvester – with scandalising political views?” The only right answer to the question is of course: who cares? He was an unelected official with no accountability but enough power to promote the racial profiling of Muslims via a travel ban which was yanked into the courts by concerned citizens and lawmakers. It didn’t matter what he wore while families were being separated, due process was violated and legal residents were denied entry. It’s always the way with shady political advisers. We ask: what’s their deal? What has been their path to pre-eminence? What darkness do they bring to the plot? The same playbook is being used with Boris Johnson’s chief adviser, Dominic Cummings. Why the gilet? The tote bags? What clouds is he summoning with his powers of political atmokinesis? In almost every single profile of him the way he dresses crops up, as if it were impossible for a human being to eschew sartorial convention without that being a sign of edgy intellect. He has been nicknamed the Mekon after the big-brained comic-book villain, his cultivated eccentricity earning him a starring role in the Channel 4 drama Brexit: The Uncivil War. The fact that the campaign Cummings led was found guilty of breaking the law was reduced to a line of text at the end of the film, a breezy by-the-way. In his review, Vote Leave whistleblower Shahmir Sanni wrote: “This film is not a film about Brexit – it’s a film about Dominic Cummings, for Dominic Cummings.” Anything else messes with the narrative, you see, the arc of destiny. Someone like Cummings can only have been elevated to a position at the prime minister’s side because, whether you agree with him or not, there must be something to him. That something could be fierce intelligence, exceptional nous, plus a dash of the anti-establishment feeling common among such figures. But being anti-establishment in the loose sense that Cummings and Bannon are shouldn’t be confused with not actually being part of the establishment. In fact, it is access to the right people, the adventurism of those with nothing to lose, the financial comfort that enables you to write lengthy sophomoric blogposts, that carries the Cummingses of the world to the top. His success as director of the Vote Leave campaign is attributed to talent, not wrongheadedness or a willingness to bend or break rules. And still the profiles tell a tale of the outsider geniusing his way into the heart of politics. Why do we lend the stories of these svengalis a coherence that in reality they lack? Perhaps because the idea that there is no meritocracy, no real rhyme or reason to who ends up having influence over our lives is rather unsettling. Banal qualities are embellished and stretched to make them sound exceptional. A CNN profile claimed Cummings was “widely regarded as a political genius” because his singular talent, according to one interviewee, was “unbelievable strategic focus on the task at hand”. His apparently unique political philosophy is summed up in his favourite phrase – “don’t get stuck in the weeds”. Another way of putting this would be: here is a man with no attention to detail. Even when these figures are exposed for who they really are – when it becomes clear that they are not the mystic priest of mythology, but conmen with hygiene issues and a talent for identifying vulnerabilities in their patrons – it never seems to matter. Remember Nick Timothy? He was hailed as “ the man who is really running Britain” for Theresa May, until it became clear that his real talent was for losing elections that were supposed to be in the bag. He has failed upwards since, rewarded with a column in the Telegraph, and now a CBE. The trope of the evil genius feeds off another cliche, that of the hapless political leader who is overwhelmed, isolated, surrounded by plotters and in need of a firm hand to steer him or her through political crises. This is also wishful thinking in that it papers over the mendacity or foolhardiness of those in charge – because again, how unnerving is that? It’s not just Timothy who tanked May’s election. Cummings does not control Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn is not the political prisoner of Seumas Milne. Comforting as it may be to some to believe that leaders are in thrall to their advisers, the reality is they work hand in glove. These stereotypes stick because they serve to deflect the deepest fear of all: that there was no plot to be lost in the first place. If the Brexit debacle can teach us anything, it is that we need to start questioning the assumption that our political elite knows what it is doing. Cummings will walk away from the wreckage and another “compelling” figure will take his place. The hope is that whoever replaces him will be met with cynicism and outrage, rather than fascination and hagiography. . Nesrine Malik is a Guardian columnist
Rising numbers of children are being treated for “eco-anxiety”, experts have said, as they warn parents against “terrifying” their youngsters with talk of climate catastrophe.
The clubhouse manager for Old Edmontonians FC said guests at a 30th birthday party helped restrain the suspected killer.
After three months of chaos in Hong Kong, tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets with a new “protest anthem” on Sunday, despite the formal withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill.
Jo Swinson says that her party will make "very clear" in an election campaign that "a vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to revoke Article 50 if we form a majority government." The Lib Dem leader accused Boris Johnson of not acting in the national interest, saying the prime minister "is prepared to ride roughshod over our democracy.".
The 2019 Goodwood Revival is over for another year. The most authentic historic motorsport event, at the Goodwood Motor Circuit outside Chichester and held in splendid late summer weather, provided another feast of great racing.
Brits are enjoying a glorious Indian summer as revellers hit the beach this weekend to bask in 26C sunshine.Forecasters say that the temperatures are set to continue next week as the UK enjoys a toasty start to autumn.
The former Oasis duo, who are almost as famous for rowing with one another as their music, are rarely seen together. Speaking to the Sunday Mirror, twice-divorced Liam, 46, said he is marrying manager Debbie Gwyther next year and intends to have older brother Paul as best man. Talking about his brother, he said their mother "thinks Noel needs a f***ing clip.
County lines drug networks have been blamed for a huge spike in the number of children identified as having links to gangs, after the figure more than doubled in three years.