Barometer

Where the ‘garden village’ really comes from

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Village people The government announced plans for 14 ‘garden villages’. The concept of a garden city or village is attributed…

Where the wild things are: a guide to Europe’s wolves

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Supremely exciting The nation awaits with bated breath the decision of the Supreme Court on whether the government can exercise…

Gasworks, druids and one-way streets: weird anniversaries in 2017

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Forgotten anniversaries 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the Russian revolution. Other anniversaries:50 years Radio 1; first North Sea gas…

Sorry, Philip Hammond, autumn Budgets aren’t a new idea

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Autumn Budgets Philip Hammond announced that in future the Budget will be held in autumn rather than spring. This is…

What past Buckingham Palace renovations cost (and who paid)

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Bucks for Bucks Buckingham Palace is to be renovated at a cost of £369m, funded through an increase in the…

Hey Donald, here are the walls to beat

19 November 2016 9:00 am

Also in our Barometer column: the other popular-vote winners who didn’t get the presidency; immigration; internships

Nissan’s forgotten, strike-ridden past

5 November 2016 9:00 am

Strike force Nissan is to expand its plant in Sunderland, building two new models there. The Japanese company is praised for…

Christopher Marlowe and other Shakespeares

29 October 2016 9:00 am

Folio society A new collection of Shakespeare’s work credits Christopher Marlowe as co-author of the three Henry VI plays. Some…

Great gorilla escapes of our time

22 October 2016 9:00 am

Ape escapes A gorilla got out of its enclosure at London Zoo and entered a keepers’ area, prompting an evacuation…

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15 October 2016 9:00 am

Fears of a clown Professional clowns complained that the current craze for scaring people by dressing in clown outfits was…

How common are ‘tenement Scots’?

8 October 2016 9:00 am

Tenement Scots John Cleese referred to the editor of this magazine as a ‘tenement Scot’. Do more Scots live in…

The Lynch who started lynching people

1 October 2016 9:00 am

Lynch lore John McDonnell refused to apologise for a 2014 interview in which he called for former employment minister Esther…

David Cameron’s memoirs are worth just a third of Tony Blair’s

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Underbooked David Cameron is said to be struggling to get a good price for his memoirs, with talk of a…

Here’s the French foreign minister for you, Emily Thornberry

17 September 2016 9:00 am

French intelligence Some interesting facts about the French foreign minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, for the benefit of shadow foreign secretary Emily…

Can multiple party leaders work? Yes, in New Zealand

10 September 2016 9:00 am

In it together Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley were elected co-leaders of the Green party. Has a political party had…

The Burkini story: proudly born in Australia (and only 60% Muslim)

3 September 2016 9:00 am

Behind the cover-up Some facts about Burkinis: — The Burkini was invented by Ahedi Zanetti, a Lebanese-born Australian businesswoman, in…

Could we win back Gordon Brown’s gold at the Olympics?

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Golden years How many Olympic events would Team GB have to win before we could earn back the gold reserves…

How often do people (even judges) swear?

20 August 2016 9:00 am

Four-letter surveys A judge at Chelmsford Crown Court who was sworn at by a man she was sentencing to jail…

Does an emperor’s illness really bring Japan to a halt?

13 August 2016 9:00 am

The end of an emperor — 82-year-old Emperor Akihito of Japan has announced that he wants to abdicate, partly, he…

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6 August 2016 9:00 am

Knight falls There were calls for Sir Philip Green to be stripped of his knighthood. Who is stripped of such…

Who was the first ‘unacceptable face of capitalism’?

30 July 2016 9:00 am

Capitalist faces A report by the Business and Pensions select committees described Philip Green as the ‘unacceptable face of capitalism’.…

How Britannia got her trident

23 July 2016 9:00 am

How Britannia got her trident Parliament voted to renew Trident as Britain’s independent nuclear deterrent. But what about Britannia and…

Six curious things about Theresa May

16 July 2016 9:00 am

Nuggets on May Some trivia about Theresa May — At 59, she is the oldest new prime minister since Jim…

When referendum re-runs go the ‘wrong’ way

2 July 2016 9:00 am

Repeat until fade More than three million voters disappointed by the result of the EU referendum have signed a petition…

Is football now bigger than rugby in Wales?

25 June 2016 8:00 am

Big game hunt Wales beat Russia 3–0 to finish above England in their group at the European Football Championships. Which…