What’s the point of Nobel prizes?

For some they are the pinnacle of recognition, for others they reek of western bias and sexism. So who will win this years awards? How did it all start? To his familys horror, Alfred Nobels last will and testament in 1895 left most of his estate, the equivalent of 148m in todays money, to a prize fund. Having amassed a fortune from artillery factories and the invention of dynamite and other explosives, the Swedish businessman had an eye on his legacy. The fund set up five prizes to be awarded annually to those whose work in the preceding year was deemed to have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind. He named five prizes: physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and …

Police believe body in septic tank is woman missing since 1982

Man arrested after discovery of remains thought to be Brenda Venables in Worcestershire Police have arrested an 86-year-old man on suspicion of murder after a womans remains were found in a septic tank. Detectives believe the remains are those of Brenda Venables, who disappeared from the village of Kempsey in Worcestershire in 1982 when she was 48. Venables was reported missing by her husband, David, a farmer. He told his local newspaper at the time that he had no idea what happened to her. West Mercia police launched a murder investigation after the discovery of the remains at the couples former home in Bestmans Lane, Kempsey, on 12 July. Police announced on Tuesday that an arrest had been made. A …

Gordon Brown: ‘Boris Johnson could be UK’s last prime minister’

Ex-PM says Johnsons anti-Europe conservatism is seen in Scotland as anti-Scottish Boris Johnson could be the UKs last prime minister, Gordon Brown has warned, after the Conservative leadership frontrunner met Scottish MPs to reassure them of his desire to bolster the union. Johnsons meeting with 11 out of the 13 Scottish Conservatives at Westminster on Wednesday is understood to have covered when he should first visit Scotland if elected, how colleagues north of the border could feed into policy decisions and the future structuring of government Johnson has proposed a union unit within Downing Street. The meeting was described as positive and businesslike. Brown, the former Labour prime minister, warned of an approaching head-on conflict between Johnsons hardline views and …

Teenagers held over homophobic attack on two women on London bus

Lesbian couple assaulted by group of young males blame rise of rightwing populism for growth in hate crime The two women left needing hospital treatment after they were attacked on a bus in a homophobic assault have blamed a rise in rightwing populism for growing hate crime and called on people to stand up for each other. Melania Geymonat, 28, and her girlfriend, Chris, 29, defiantly announced they would not be intimidated into hiding their sexuality, days after they said they were attacked by several young men when they refused to kiss upon demand. I was and still am angry. It was scary, but this is not a novel situation, said Chris. Im not scared about being visibly queer. If …

Theresa May prepares ‘bold’ last-ditch offer to MPs on Brexit bill

Prime minister will ask her cabinet to sign off on concessions this week Theresa May will ask her cabinet to sign off a package of Brexit concessions this week, as she gears up for one last bid to win over MPs and salvage something concrete from her troubled premiership. With the Conservatives on course for a drubbing in Thursdays European elections, the prime minister hopes the results will focus the minds of her own MPs and persuade them to support the long-awaited withdrawal agreement bill (WAB). Despite the collapse of cross-party talks with Labour, ministers hope some of the measures discussed can still be bolted on to the bill, as part of what May has called a new, bold offer …

Diner accidentally gets 4,500 bottle of wine in Manchester restaurant

Hawksmoor steakhouse tweets chin up! to staff who served it, adding: mistakes happen A lucky diner was accidentally given a 4,500 bottle of red wine at a steakhouse in Manchester. A manager at the Manchester branch of Hawksmoor, an upmarket chain specialising in steaks and seafood with nine sites across the UK, apparently picked up the luxury wine unknowingly in what the restaurant management described as a one-off mistake. A tweet posted on the Hawksmoor Manchester Twitter account read: To the customer who accidentally got given a bottle of Chateau le Pin Pomerol 2001, which is 4,500 on our menu, last night hope you enjoyed your evening! The tweet also sought to reassure the person responsible for the costly faux …