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The bits of Magna Carta that David Cameron won’t want taught in schools

21 June 2014 8:00 am

The not-so-great charter David Cameron wants every child to be taught about Magna Carta. Some bits he might want to…

If you thought this World Cup was weird, take a look at Brazil 1950

14 June 2014 8:00 am

Old world Brazil has struggled to get ready for the World Cup, even though it hosted it before, in 1950.…

Is it normal for monarchs to abdicate? Yes!

7 June 2014 9:00 am

Game of thrones The Spanish king, Juan Carlos, announced that he is to abdicate in favour of his son, Prince…

If Alex Salmond is cutting bureaucracy, why does he have so many quangos?

31 May 2014 9:00 am

Escape committees An LSE/Institute for Government report estimated the cost of Scottish independence at £2.7 billion, a sum arrived at…

A Romanian neighbour? Most people wouldn’t even notice

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Parliamentary privilege Some facts and figures about the European Parliament, according to the parliament: — The parliament annually costs €3.10…

Four stories the EU would like the right to have forgotten

17 May 2014 9:00 am

Memory holes The EU wants to introduce a law which would force Google to delete from its searches old information…

When judges go to jail

10 May 2014 9:00 am

Judges in jail Barrister and part-time judge Constance Briscoe was jailed for 16 months for perverting the course of justice…

Are pigeons braver than dogs?

3 May 2014 9:00 am

Animal spirit A labrador blown up with her handler while sniffing for bombs in Afghanistan in 2008 became the 64th…

Runaway runners and other other sporting refugees

19 April 2014 9:00 am

Done a runner Mami Konneh Lahun, a 24-year-old athlete from Sierra Leone, went missing after finishing as the 20th-placed woman…

The rise and fall of the Red Road flats

12 April 2014 9:00 am

Flat pack Some facts about Glasgow’s Red Road Flats, built in 1968, which are to be demolished as part of…

The not-so-great escapes

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Escapology This week marked the 70th anniversary of the Great Escape, when 76 Allied servicemen tunnelled out of Stalag Luft…

MH370 isn't the only flight that's still missing

22 March 2014 9:00 am

Plane vanished Some other planes, besides Flight MH370, which have disappeared without trace: — A Boeing 727 cargo plane that…

Do wars always start in years ending ‘14’?

15 March 2014 9:00 am

Years of war Imaginative souls have tried to compared the situation in Ukraine with that which preceded the first world…

Where to open your brothel: an international comparison

8 March 2014 9:00 am

The best places to open a brothel The Commons all-party group on prostitution has called for a Scandinavian-style law where…

A looter's guide to presidential palaces

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Palace coups The people of Ukraine enjoyed a peek inside President Yanukovych’s palace, complete with petting zoo and collection of…

Barometer: The kamikaze pilot who retired after three missions

15 February 2014 9:00 am

A kamikaze pilot at 80 The Japanese city of Minami-Kyushu was attacked for wanting to add the letters of 1,036…

Barometer: When Britain was good at the Winter Olympics

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Our first winter Hopes will not be high for a big haul of British medals in Sochi, but we have…

The political lives of Walter Mitty

1 February 2014 9:00 am

The political life of Walter Mitty Nigel Farage attacked the ‘Walter Mittys’ in his own party. A few of the…

When they warned you about eight for the road

25 January 2014 9:00 am

One for the road Road safety campaigners were angered by the opening of the first pub at a motorway service…

A successful obesity campaign? Fat chance

18 January 2014 9:00 am

Fat chances The National Obesity Forum said that Britain is reaching a ‘doomsday scenario’ where half the population is obese.…

Barometer: Storm waves? It could be three times worse

11 January 2014 9:00 am

The test of a wave Waves measuring 27ft from peak to trough were seen off Land’s End as the stormy…

The first world war in numbers

4 January 2014 9:00 am

Centuries of conflict 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the war which was supposed to end all wars. Has the…

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14 December 2013 9:00 am

Whose year is it anyway? Some things which 2014 has been declared to be the year of: — Year of…

Barometer: Who snorts more cocaine — the rich or the poor? 

7 December 2013 9:00 am

The darkest day Several people were injured on ‘Black Friday’, a day of retail discounting imported from the US, where…

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30 November 2013 9:00 am

Third-class thinking A report by the Institute of Economic Affairs recommended standing-room-only third-class carriages as an alternative to longer trains…