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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…

How much does a ‘1st quality’ essay cost to buy online?

14 October 2017 9:00 am

Cheat sheets The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education wants universities to catch out more students who buy essays online.…

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7 October 2017 9:00 am

Bunny beginnings Hugh Hefner, creator of Playboy, died. How did he get the idea for bunny girls? — Hefner said…

Where in Europe has the smallest gender pay gap? Surprisingly, Romania

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Lost in the post Postcard maker J. Salmon is to close after almost 140 years, because holidaymakers now send phone…

What the European Union really costs Britain

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Roll up, roll up Party conferences this year revolve around the familiar settings of Bournemouth, Brighton and Manchester. But one…

Which European nation has the most pregnant mothers who drink alcohol?

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Selfie-worth The animal rights charity Peta dropped a case claiming that a macaque which took its own photo was entitled…

Whose bombs made bigger bangs than North Korea’s?

9 September 2017 9:00 am

More or less a million One in 79 Britons is now a millionaire thanks to property price rises. The word…

Would Laurence Olivier be allowed to play Othello today?

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Ethnic ethics Actor Ed Skrein withdrew from a cartoon film after protests that he had the wrong ethnic background to…

What are the odds on Donald Trump coming out as gay?

19 August 2017 9:00 am

Big bong theory Big Ben, otherwise known as the Great Bell, is due to fall silent on Monday for renovations…

Usain Bolt and the sporting legends who went out with a whimper

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Out with a whimper Usain Bolt managed only a bronze in his last appearance in the 100 metres at the…

Do you want a Glasgow kiss – or a Liverpool kiss?

29 July 2017 9:00 am

But me no butts Boris Johnson, being taught a Maori head-to-head greeting, joked that it might be ‘misinterpreted in a…

Where does Dignitas find its customers?

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Smash the orange Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office, said the government’s Brexit plans could ‘fall apart like…

Has Jacob Rees-Mogg got his son’s name wrong?

15 July 2017 9:00 am

The joy of Sixtus Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg and his wife announced the birth of their sixth child, a son…

How many NHS dentists earn more than £600,000 a year?

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Banking up the wrong tree The Magic Money Tree is such a neat concept it is a wonder it has…

As the first Darren enters the Commons, how many MPs have ‘common’ names?

1 July 2017 9:00 am

Sharon and Tracy MP Darren Jones, the new Labour MP for Bristol North West, says he is proud to be…

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24 June 2017 9:00 am

A mountain to climb Brexit secretary David Davis gave the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, a copy of Regards vers l’Annapurna…

How the election was stacked against Labour for a change

17 June 2017 9:00 am

Keep walking George Osborne called Theresa May a ‘dead woman walking’. The expression ‘dead man walking’ was called out by…

Banksy’s anti-Tory election stunt backfired – but how else might you risk breaking bribery laws?

10 June 2017 9:00 am

X offenders The artist Banksy had to withdraw an offer of a free print to people voting against the Conservatives…