Portuguese trawler nets ‘prehistoric shark’

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright SIC Noticias Image caption Nasty big pointy teeth Portuguese scientists have captured a “shark from the age of the dinosaurs” off the Algarve coast. Researchers caught the rare frilled shark aboard a trawler, where they were working on a European Union project to “minimise unwanted catches in commercial fishing”, Sic Noticias TV reports. [...]

Turkmenator 2: The cult of personality

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Getty Images How do you manage your public image if you’re the autocratic leader of a state Human Rights Watch describes as “among the world’s most repressive and closed countries”? If you’re Turkmenistan President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, part of the answer, it seems, lies in appearing on a state television channel playing basketball while [...]

Has the core message of the Poppy Appeal been diluted?

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Getty Images Has the core meaning of the Poppy Appeal – the annual charity drive in remembrance of those killed in conflict which supports The Royal British Legion – been diluted by crass uses and commercialisation? The person behind a viral Twitter account cataloguing extreme poppy examples thinks this might be the case. [...]