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Campaign songs and the singers who wish they weren’t

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Out of tune The use of a song, ‘Love Natural’ by the Crystal Fighters, at the launch of the Labour…

Do Scots really die that much younger?

11 April 2015 9:00 am

The Scottish way of death Nicola Sturgeon said the SNP would block a rise in the state pension age on…

Could you afford to take a job with the royal family?

4 April 2015 9:00 am

Royally paid Staff at Windsor Castle were balloted in strike action over pay. What can you earn in the royal…

A censored hymn to motorway misery

28 March 2015 9:00 am

Service record The government is to form a design panel to improve motorway services stations. These have not always charmed…

How weird is it to have a second kitchen?

21 March 2015 9:00 am

Cooking statistics Ed Miliband was photographed in a miserable kitchen, but it turned out to be only a snack preparation…

How (not) to poison a dog

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Deadly to dogs An Irish setter was allegedly poisoned at Crufts, using beef containing slug pellets. Some other substances with which dog-show rivals…

The perils of planespotting

7 March 2015 9:00 am

A dangerous hobby Three men from Greater Manchester were arrested and held in the UAE after being seen writing down…

Five more MPs making Malcolm Rifkind’s day rate

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Golden league Some MPs who earn Sir Malcolm Rifkind’s rate of £5,000 a day: — Sir Tony Baldry (Banbury): £3,333…

Why did the House of Lords ever have a rifle range?

21 February 2015 9:00 am

Gun lords The House of Lords shooting range is to be turned into a cupboard, having previously survived an attempt…

What Samsung’s new TVs owe to Jeremy Bentham

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Watching brief Samsung warned users of its voice-activated televisions that what they said in front of the TV could be…

Would Jesse Boot have agreed with Stefano Pessina? (Clue: he called his employees ‘comrade’)

7 February 2015 9:00 am

Right Boot, left Boot What would Jesse Boot, who built Britain’s largest chemist chain from his father’s herbal shops, made…

Female bishops are very, very old news

31 January 2015 9:00 am

Female bishops The Reverend Libby Lane was ordained as Bishop of Stockport, the Church of England’s first female bishop. —…

The surprising truth about global inequality

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Poor data Oxfam complained of an ‘inequality explosion’, citing an estimate that by next year 1 per cent of the…

Three people to ask about free speech in Britain

17 January 2015 9:00 am

Not Charlie Some cases which make Britain a pretty poor champion of free speech: — In 2005 Bristol pub landlord…

Revealed: five British royals who definitely slept with underage girls

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Teen queens The Duke of York denied allegations in court papers that he had had sexual relations with a girl…

Reasons for Ed Miliband to be cheerful (we had to stretch a bit)

3 January 2015 9:00 am

Election omens Reasons for Ed Miliband to feel confident in 2015: — Only three parliaments since 1945 have run to…

100 years of Pyrex, processed cheese and nudes in movies

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Marking a century Some things which celebrate their 100th birthday in 2015: 3-D films The first was shown at the…

When a cricket ball cost Britain an heir to the throne

6 December 2014 9:00 am

A fatal shot The sad death of Australian batsman Philip Hughes was a reminder that a cricket ball can kill.…

The price of seeing Santa (and what it gets you)

29 November 2014 9:00 am

Dear Santas A £22.50 a head Christmas theme park in Warwickshire designed by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen closed temporarily for improvements after…

Actually, Bob, they do know it’s Christmas (we checked)

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Yeah, Bob, they know The answer to the rhetorical question posed by the Band Aid single, ‘Do they know it’s…

Fort Lauderdale’s law against feeding the homeless still isn’t America’s dumbest

15 November 2014 9:00 am

States of criminality A 90-year-old Florida man feeding the homeless was arrested under a Fort Lauderdale law which makes it…

You can still book your flight to Mars

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Space to dream Richard Branson’s dream of commercial space flights has suffered a setback after a prototype craft crashed. But…

Rochester’s special qualities, and the price of Ebola.com

1 November 2014 9:00 am

What’s special about Rochester What is special about Rochester and Strood? — Rochester has the second oldest cathedral and school…

David Cameron’s not the only one in trouble over morris dancing

18 October 2014 9:00 am

Dirty dancing David Cameron was accused of causing racial offence by posing with blacked-up Morris dancers, though it was pointed…

Dealing with trolls the Swedish way

11 October 2014 9:00 am

How to deal with a troll In Scandinavian mythology, trolls were shady creatures who lived below ground and varied in…