This week’s selection of wholesome stories includes a historic victory for Andy Murray, Britain’s youngest ever Mensa member and your next Scottish holiday stop off…
1. He’s done it again!
On Sunday, The Times reported that Andy Murray swung another five set victory at the Australian Open, beating Thanasi Kokkinakis from two sets down. The second round match, finishing at 4am local time, lasted five hours and 45 minutes, the longest in the tennis star’s career.
2. And the nominations are…
The 2023 Oscars are just around the corner, celebrating the best films from the last 12 months. The nominations were announced via livestream by actors Riz Ahmed and Allison Williams. A star-studded night awaits, with The Telegraph reporting on nominations including Brendan Fraser in the emotionally charged drama The Whale and director Baz Luhrmann’s biopic, Elvis.
3. Three and mighty
Featured on The Times’ Instagram page, Teddy Hobbs from North Somerset became Britain’s youngest member of Mensa, when he took the IQ test at just three years and seven months. At the age of two he had taught himself how to read fluently to his parents; aged three he taught himself to count to 100 in seven languages including Mandarin and German. Impressive!
4. A happy tail
Firefighters in San Bernardino County rescued a dog from a storm drain with help from an ID tag and an apple airtag. The one-year-old Australian shepherd dog was swept into a flood control basin after running off the lead. The Independent shared the happy ending on its YouTube channel.
5. House of Hobbits
90-year-old Stuart has built an off-grid Hobbit house in Inverness, the Mirror reported on TikTok.
He moved into the house in 1984 while he was renovating but became so fond of the project, he made the 200-year-old building his official home. It has become a tourist hotspot after a French holidaymaker came across the house and posted it online as a recommendation.