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Doctors and deaths: how many mortalities were avoidable?

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Mortal combat Health secretary Jeremy Hunt promised more protection for medical staff accused of criminal malpractice after a doctor was…

Which town is most proud to be English?

9 June 2018 9:00 am

Ready for take-off? That Heathrow timeline in full: 1949 Labour government proposes an additional two runways for newly opened Heathrow…

What do Gammons really think of gammon-gate?

19 May 2018 9:00 am

Gammon vs gammon Controversy raged over whether calling an angry, white, right-wing man a ‘gammon’ is racist. The insult is…

Barometer: The top four worst microphone gaffes

5 May 2018 9:00 am

Is this thing on? Sainsbury’s Chief Executive Mike Coupe was recorded singing ‘We’re in the Money’ as he prepared to…

Worried about owning your own home? You should be

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Kill or cure An anti-war protester on a march against the Syrian missile attacks claimed that President Assad couldn’t be…

Britain has 58,000 ‘travellers’ – but only a quarter live in caravans

14 April 2018 9:00 am

Disapproving chorus Derbyshire’s Chief Constable told the all-male Derbyshire Constabulary Choir to sever all police ties unless it takes women.…

How do you make a cricket ball swing?

31 March 2018 9:00 am

Not cricket The Australian cricket captain Steve Smith was banned for a match and fined his match fee after a…

Jeremy Corbyn’s hat and the art of photo manipulation

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Spin doctors The BBC has denied it photoshopped a Newsnight backdrop to make Jeremy Corbyn’s hat look more Russian. The…

The ageing rock stars who go on and on

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Ageing rockers The Rolling Stones announced their first live shows for five years. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards (both 74), Charlie…

How to get the Winter Olympics experience at home

24 February 2018 9:00 am

The great indoors How to get the Winter Olympics experience without leaving England: — The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead: ‘London’s…

Are these the coldest Winter Olympics ever?

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Museums of curiosity The former culture secretary Ed Vaizey suggested that there are quite enough museums in Britain, and that…

Dire warnings of a Brexit university brain drain? They’re a myth

10 February 2018 9:00 am

How to sell snake oil Ex-cabinet secretary Lord O’Donnell accused Brexiteers of ‘selling snake oil’. How do you sell snake…

Ikea’s founder was a billionaire skinflint – but others were even worse

3 February 2018 9:00 am

Tight money Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of Ikea, was worth an estimated £40 billion. Yet the eighth richest man in…

What did Ukip do in five years that took Sinn Fein 66?

27 January 2018 9:00 am

Redundant robots Fabio, a robot assistant in an Edinburgh grocery store, was retired after scaring customers. We worry about artificial…

Which UK employer pays men 80 per cent less than women?

20 January 2018 9:00 am

Big losers Construction company Carillion collapsed with debts of £1.5 billion. How does that compare with other UK corporate failures?Overend…

Are things really getting better? The numbers tell us so

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Many people are gloomy about 2018. But some things are improving every year… Natural disasters These killed 9,066 people in…

How did psychic predictions for 2017 play out?

6 January 2018 9:00 am

Did that happen? What psychics foresaw for 2017:— ‘Crash in euro, Denmark and Italy leaving the EU; North and South…

What Christmas really costs us — and how much of it we waste

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Christmas splurge How much extra do households spend at Christmas?— £500, according to the Bank of England. Over the course…

Stolen spikes: the strange history of the Irish border

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Border skirmishes What did the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic used to look like? — In 1923 a…

As Prince Harry gets engaged, how many other single men marry divorcees?

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Pit stopped After complaints from the Durham Miners’ Association, a rugby club at Durham University cancelled a pub crawl in…

The Queen wed 70 years ago... but she has 20 more to go to break a record

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Enduring love The Queen and Prince Philip celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. They are not the first public figures to…

If EU nationals are leaving the NHS, why are their numbers going up?

18 November 2017 9:00 am

No. 2 iron English Heritage launched a crowdfunding campaign for repairs to Abraham Darby’s 1779 bridge at Ironbridge, Shropshire. This…

Where was the very first tax haven?

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Pennies from haven Last week’s huge leak of the ‘Paradise Papers’ has put the Channel Islands and the Isle of…

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4 November 2017 9:00 am

Lynx on the loose — A Eurasian lynx escaped from a zoo in Wales, pre-empting plans to introduce six of…

Don’t agree with me? You must be a Nazi

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Littler Hitlers Cabinet secretary Damian Green appealed to commentators to halt the ‘ridiculous rise of routine comparisons to Hitler’. A…