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What punishment can you expect for throwing a milkshake at a politician?

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Milkshakes and other missiles What can the man who threw a milkshake over Nigel Farage in Newcastle expect as a…

Will more babies be called Archie now the royals have chosen it?

18 May 2019 9:00 am

Royal name games Will more children be called Archie following the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son?…

How long before Baby Sussex slips down the line of succession?

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Endangered species The UN claimed a million species of plants and animals could become extinct. If they all died out,…

Does fracking really cause earthquakes?

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Great shakes Shale gas commissioner Natascha Engel resigned in protest at what she called ‘absurd’ restrictions on fracking — in…

How dangerous are barbecues?

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Spires on fire Paris was lucky not to lose its medieval cathedral entirely, a fate which London suffered in 1666…

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Who has hidden in an embassy for longer than Julian Assange?

20 April 2019 9:00 am

Embassy endurance Julian Assange was thrown out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, seven years after seeking sanctuary from extradition…

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Eight things claimed to be worse than smoking

13 April 2019 9:00 am

Flextensions Some organisations which may have benefited from Donald Tusk’s offer of a ‘flextension’ to Article 50: — Adidas, which…

How is the country split over Brexit?

6 April 2019 9:00 am

German customs The original customs union, or Zollverein, was established by Prussia along with 17 other states which make up…

The maddest road signs from around the world

30 March 2019 9:00 am

Silly signs The Department for Transport ordered councils to remove ‘obsolete and unnecessary’ road signs. Some examples of the art…

The biggest explosions in history

23 March 2019 9:00 am

The march of time If we leave the EU on 29 March, with which historic events will that date be…

Will no-deal Brexit fears lead to cheaper flights?

16 March 2019 9:00 am

Cox’s codpiece Attorney general Geoffrey Cox returned from Brussels without even a ‘codpiece’, the name used by some Tories for…

Is knife crime rising everywhere?

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Trolley dollies Virgin Atlantic dropped its requirement for air hostesses to wear make-up at work. What was required of the…

How much do you think it costs to travel from London to Manchester?

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Success of the SDP The breakaway Labour MPs would have an uphill task emulating the SDP’s early success. It fought…

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Brexiteers have ‘a special place in hell’ – but who else has a spot there?

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Places in Hell President Donald Tusk said there must be a ‘special place in Hell reserved for those who promoted…

Where does the expression ‘deep state’ come from?

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Turkey and the deep state Boris Johnson said that if Brexit was blocked, the public would blame it on the…

How Spanish was the Spanish flu?

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Paths of infection 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the height of the Spanish flu pandemic which is believed to…

The many political crises that have interrupted Christmas

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Crisis at Christmas MPs were warned that they might have to give up part of their holidays to deal with…

Could the vote on the Brexit deal set a record for a government defeat in the Commons?

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Big defeats Could the vote on the Brexit deal set a record for a government defeat in the Commons? Aside…

What kills penguins?

24 November 2018 9:00 am

Black Friday When and where did the term ‘Black Friday’ originate? — It was used to describe a collapse in…

Have wildfires really got worse over the years?

17 November 2018 9:00 am

Hard bitten A British tourist died after contracting rabies from a cat bite in Morocco. Whatever happened to the prominent…

How many restaurants have actually gone bust?

10 November 2018 9:00 am

It is cricket The use of a baseball expression, backstop, for possible arrangements over the Irish border could upset some…

Does using social media affect children’s mental health?

3 November 2018 9:00 am

On the wagon A ‘caravan’ of several thousand Central American migrants was reported to be travelling through Mexico towards the…

Mazes; royal babies; carbon data; FTSE falls

20 October 2018 9:00 am

Twists and turns Jeremy Hunt, taking a group of EU foreign ministers around the maze at Chevening House in Kent,…

Who hires the most stretch limos?

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Global warnings How much time do we have to save the world from catastrophic climate change? 5 years         (according to…

Why the Tories are three times more welcome in Birmingham than Liverpool

29 September 2018 9:00 am

Beastly crimes Police in Croydon stopped investigating a series of cat killings after concluding that foxes were likely to blame.…