Barometer

As lettuce grows scarce, who’s growing our fruit and veg

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Special forces Cathedral constables at York Minister got back their powers of arrest, which they had held from the 13th…

How many goals must an England footballer score to be knighted?

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Match of the knights Emails emerged suggesting David Beckham would rather appreciate a knighthood. How many goals do you have…

Trump’s rivals in the British petition game

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Trump’s rivals More than 1.7m people signed a petition on Parliament’s website demanding that Donald Trump’s state visit be cancelled,…

When nuclear bombs go wrong

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Nuclear near-misses It was revealed that last June an unarmed Trident missile test-fired off Florida from a British submarine headed…

Why does America inaugurate its presidents in January?

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Starting cold Why is US Presidential Inauguration Day always on 20 January? — The date was moved from 4 March…

When blacking up carried the death penalty

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Black background A Morris dancing troupe with blacked-up faces had to abandon its performance in a Birmingham shopping centre after…

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…

Barometer

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…