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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…

Barometer: Who was the first warmist?

5 December 2015 9:00 am

The first warmist The first attempt to quantify the link between CO2 in the atmosphere and global temperatures was attributed…

The many fights over the Lord’s Prayer

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Amen corner Digital Cinema Media, a company which distributes adverts to cinemas, refused to allow an advert which involves the…

How they tried (and failed) to make ‘La Marseillaise’ nicer

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Friendly words England football fans sang ‘La Marseillaise’ in a friendly match at Wembley. The anthem has not always been…

Should the first modern Olympic drug cheat get to keep his gold?

14 November 2015 9:00 am

A marathon of cheats Russian athletes may be stripped of the medals they won at the 2012 Olympics, but what…

Justin Trudeau and four more hereditary prime ministers

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Family business Justin Trudeau, son of Pierre Trudeau, was elected to his father’s old job as Prime Minister of Canada.…

Make-up, chocolates, deodorant and sand: two weeks in cancer scares

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Killer facts The World Health Organisation added processed meats to its list of ‘known’ carcinogens. A few of the other…

The clock towers bigger than Big Ben

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Bigger Bens Big Ben will have a £29m refurbishment. Who has the biggest clock tower? Kremlin Clock: Installed on the…

Four great demolition disasters

17 October 2015 8:00 am

Bang goes the plan The demolition of six tower blocks in Glasgow failed when the top half of two of…

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10 October 2015 9:00 am

The death of Diesel The Volkswagen scandal has brought into question the future of the diesel engine. A century ago…

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3 October 2015 8:00 am

Water worlds Nasa announced it had found evidence of running water on Mars in the form of dark streaks on…

Just what Tom Watson needs: a Bananarama tribute band

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Available for parties Labour deputy leader Tom Watson said that leaving his party to join the Liberal Democrats would be…

How many party leaders get nearly 60% in their membership vote? More than you’d think

19 September 2015 8:00 am

It’s their party Jeremy Corbyn won the Labour leadership contest with 60% of the vote among four candidates in the…

The birth of the plastic bag (blame Sweden)

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Old bags The government announced details of a compulsory 5p charge for single-use plastic bags in shops. Plastic bags have…

Does anyone else have an upper house as undemocratic as the Lords?

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Peers’ peers Forty-five new peers were created. Are we alone in having an upper house of parliament made up of…

How common is adultery? Much more common than getting caught

29 August 2015 9:00 am

How many cheats? More data on members of extramarital dating site Ashley Madison were put online. How widespread is adultery?…

How many asexuals are there?

22 August 2015 9:00 am

No sex, please Several friends of the late Sir Edward Heath asserted that he could not be guilty of sexually…

Illegal workers do sometimes get caught (including at the Home Office)

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Caught working The government announced a crackdown on illegal workers. How many illegal workers are caught in Britain? — From…