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Demolished houses of the evil and infamous

18 June 2016 9:00 am

Houses of ill repute The Austrian interior minister has suggested that his government will demolish the house where Adolf Hitler…

The truth about boxers and brain damage

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Boxing brains Muhammad Ali died aged 74, after more than 30 years with Parkinson’s Disease. How many boxers suffer brain…

The biggest threats to gorillas (Cincinnati Zoo not included)

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Gorilla warfare Harambe, a 17-year-old gorilla, was shot at Cincinnati Zoo after he started dragging away a boy aged four…

The many, many resting places of St Thomas à Becket

28 May 2016 9:00 am

A man in full A relic said to contain a fragment of St Thomas à Becket’s elbow arrived from Hungary for…

300 signatures can be wrong. How about 2 million?

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Name check 306 business people signed a letter to the Daily Telegraph saying that Britain would be better off outside…

What could Muslim women do within 48 miles of home? Almost everything

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Secrets of the stars The astrologer Jonathan Cainer died after beginning his last horoscope for his own star sign: ‘We’re…

Meet London’s senior mayor (no, it’s not Sadiq)

7 May 2016 9:00 am

London’s other mayor How many people could name the capital’s other mayor, the Lord Mayor of London? The office, officially…

Putting a price on Winston Churchill’s head

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Getting a head Barack Obama dismissed Boris Johnson’s accusations that he shown disdain for Sir Winston Churchill by removing a bust…

Michael Gove and the bogeymen of Europe

23 April 2016 9:00 am

European bogeymen Michael Gove said ‘remain’ campaigners were spreading tales of bogeymen. But what is a bogeyman? Appropriately enough, the…

The chief executives who volunteer for pay cuts

16 April 2016 9:00 am

Boss cuts The chief executive of the Co-operative Group, Richard Pennycock, asked for a pay cut, saying his job had…

West Heslerton and other villages with one careful owner

9 April 2016 9:00 am

Squire power The village of West Heslerton in Yorkshire was put up for sale at £20 million after its owner,…

What Hillary Clinton won’t find in Area 51

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Area of doubt Hillary Clinton has said that if she is elected she will open files on the US military…

Denmark tried Osborne’s sugar tax. Here’s what happened

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Bottling out Does any country have experience of a sugary drinks tax? — Denmark introduced a tax on sweetened soft…

Staines, Pile o’ Bones and other towns that changed name

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Name that town The representative of Slough in the UK Youth Parliament called for the town’s name to be changed…

What you can see at Britain’s least popular tourist attraction

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Lonely fortress Weoley Castle in Birmingham was revealed to be the least-visited tourist attraction in England, with 5,205 visitors last year. What…

Shouting in Guildford, and six other things you’re not allowed to do

5 March 2016 9:00 am

You can’t do that there ’ere Some of the things which have been banned under Public Spaces Protection Orders, according to…

No second EU referendum? Tell that to the Danes and the Irish

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Vote no, vote often David Cameron scorned Boris Johnson’s idea that voting to leave the EU might result in further…

The legend of the honest estate agent

20 February 2016 9:00 am

Selling with honesty An Essex estate agent sold a flat in Westcliff-on-Sea for £22,500 over the £125,000 asking price after…

What does it take to have someone declared dead? £480, for a start

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Matters of life and death Lord Lucan is now officially presumed dead. How do you have someone declared dead? In…

What happens if a British election ends in a dead heat? Well, one did…

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Ballots drawn Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders tossed a coin to decide which of them was the winner in some…

Henry Worsley and the annals of heroic British failure

30 January 2016 9:00 am

So near and yet so far Henry Worsley died in a Chilean hospital of peritonitis after being airlifted from Antartica,…

Barometer: why is oil measured in barrels, and who in England can’t speak English?

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Roll out the barrel The price of crude oil dropped below $30 a barrel. Why do we measure it in…

Is EU referendum rebellion career suicide? Ask Harold Wilson’s cabinet...

9 January 2016 9:00 am

The outsiders Did the seven members of Harold Wilson’s cabinet who campaigned to leave the Common Market in the 1975…

What to expect in 2016 (less mercy from the taxman)

2 January 2016 9:00 am

In with the new How the new year is being celebrated around the world. From 1 January…BRITAIN: Annual Investment Allowance…

Father Christmas will be 400 next year

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Christmas birthday Next year has a claim to be the 400th birthday of Father Christmas. Ben Jonson wrote a short…