Barometer

Why Pippa Middleton’s wedding must be public

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Pippa goes public Church of England lawyers ruled that the public must be allowed to attend the wedding of Pippa…

Just how bad was Labour’s drubbing under Michael Foot in 1983?

22 April 2017 9:00 am

Back to the Foot year This year’s election has been likened to that of 1983 when, under Michael Foot’s leadership,…

How many chemical weapons does the world have left?

15 April 2017 8:00 am

Also in Barometer: the demise of the free in-flight meal; egg-hunts without Easter; what’s the minimum wage around Europe?

What forces could North Korea range against sabre-rattling Donald Trump?

8 April 2017 9:00 am

Nice littler earners Cressida Dick, the new Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, will take a voluntary pay cut from £270,000…

Three other countries that left the EU

1 April 2017 9:00 am

First through the exit Is Britain the first country to leave the EU? — As a full part of France,…

The men who declare themselves princes

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Princes among men British DJ Mark Dezzani was hoping to be elected prince of Seborga, a self-proclaimed independent state in…

The first recorded woman golfer (clue: it wasn’t Mary Queen of Scots)

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Mary Queen of Golf? The vote by the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers to admit women as members has reawakened…

How did we end up naming storms?

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Naming the weather Former BBC weatherman Bill Giles has said he’s fed up with storms being named. — The practice…

Three mistakes to match the great Oscars mix-up

4 March 2017 9:00 am

And the losers are… La La Land was mistakenly announced as winner of the Oscar for best picture before the…

The footballing giant killers of 1914

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Big league Lincoln City became the first non-league club since Queens Park Rangers in 1914 to win a place in…

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…