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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…

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…