As the world grapples with the consequences of fake news, a Belgian icon and timeless hero of many a journalist, Tintin, celebrated his 90th birthday yesterday. It was on Jan. 10, 1929 when the first of the adventures of the intrepid international reporter was published in “Le Petit Vingtieme’’ newspaper supplement in Brussels. Created by Belgian artist Hergé, the adventures of the fictional character -- with his customary blue sweater, rolled pants and flipped copper hair -- took him and his faithful dog Snowy across the world, building an image of journalists as do-gooders.
A pair of durable boots is a must-have in anyone's winter wardrobe -- and a team of archaeologists has found a timeless pair in a very unlikely place. The skeleton of a man, dating back around 500 years, has been discovered face down in the mud under London's River Thames, with his thigh-high leather footwear remaining virtually intact.