David Attenborough has seen far more than perhaps anyone else alive, and is still eager to see more. Therein lies his genius. Photograph: Sarah Dunn/ BBC

David Attenborough turns 90 tomorrow, fittingly perhaps on the anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. He no doubt will smile with characteristic bemuse(...)

An artist’s impression of a new state-of-the-art polar research ship that is to be named RRS Sir David Attenborough. Photograph: NERC/PA Wire

Britain’s new polar research ship is to be named RRS Sir David Attenborough, despite Boaty McBoatface topping the public vote. The decision to name t(...)

David Attenborough appearing on his first TV wildlife show Zoo Quest in 1956, as the series will be screened in colour to mark his 90th birthday.  Photograph: PA/BBC

David Attenborough’s first TV wildlife documentary is to be screened in colour to mark his 90th birthday. The 1950s series ‘Zoo Quest’ originally air(...)

Artists’ impression issued by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) of a new state-of-the-art polar research ship. Photograph: NERC/PA Wire

A campaign to name a polar research ship Boaty McBoatface may be heading for the rocks, after a UK government minister said he wanted something that “(...)

The idea of becoming a journalist came from “watching Humphrey Bogart with a trilby on saying things like ‘hold the front page, sister’.” In retrospect he’s amazed at how easy it was.

Michael Parkinson has interviewed over 2,000 people. He recently had reason to review them all when compiling a DVD collection and he’ll be discussing(...)

Rallying support: Donald Trump on the campaign trail. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty

‘President Trump”. Two words that seemed laughable when the Donald declared his intention to seek the Republican Party nomination to run for the White(...)

Chris Watson records a geyser

I will never forget the first time I heard the eider ducks. Listening to In St Cuthbert’s Time, Chris Watson’s sonic re-creation of what the holy isl(...)

The glacier at Langjökull, which tourists can explore.

‘Ah you are from Ireland. Here we say we are all descended from Brian Ború – we stole his daughter.” All of a sudden the penny dropped. Our Icelandic(...)

Angela Merkel the “indispensable European” for “defending Germany’s interests without losing sight of Europe’s”. Photograph: Carsten Koall/Getty Images

Nigella Lawson is not a regular in this column, but she has a nose for trends and her latest trend is Germany. In a review of her latest show, I read (...)

Australian flanker David Pocock: “I’ve absolutely loved the game of rugby and I’m so grateful for the opportunity that it’s given me.” Photo: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty

David Pocock is different. That he should bring an entirely new dimension to this week’s World Cup final build-up with his open invitation to David At(...)