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Which prime minister spent the most on their Downing Street flat?

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Flat spin Which prime minister spent the most on their Downing Street flat, according to figures reported over the years?…

Who gave Abba ‘nul points’ in 1974?

24 April 2021 9:00 am

Falling from grace Six Premier League football clubs had announced their intention to join a European Super League, from which…

How often does it snow in April?

17 April 2021 9:00 am

D of E awards A few of the late Duke of Edinburgh’s lesser-known titles and honours: — Royal Chief of the Order…

How likely is a false positive from a Covid test?

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Positive thinking The government wants us to test ourselves for Covid-19 twice a week, using lateral flow kits which will…

Which football teams are the biggest losers?

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Mounting losses The England football team beat San Marino 5-0, taking to 56 the number of competitive games that the…

Does the UK really have the highest Covid death rate?

27 March 2021 9:00 am

A long way from home A walrus turned up off the Pembrokeshire coast, thousands of miles south of its normal…

Has Neil Ferguson been proved right about Covid?

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Calculated risk It is a year since Neil Ferguson’s Imperial College team published the paper that inspired the government to…

Which TV interviews have attracted bigger audiences than Harry and Meghan’s?

13 March 2021 9:00 am

Good for the goose The government indicated that it will ban foie gras, out of animal welfare concerns. While it…

Which countries still haven’t had a single case of Covid?

6 March 2021 9:00 am

French lessons France’s former president Nicolas Sarkozy was sentenced to three years in jail, with two of them suspended, for…

Which Covid vaccine is really the most effective?

27 February 2021 9:00 am

State of the art Graffiti on Edvard Munch’s first version of ‘The Scream’ was revealed to be the work of…

Do gender studies departments have a gender problem?

20 February 2021 9:00 am

Target practice The government hit its target of giving a first Covid vaccine to 15 million of the most vulnerable…

How often do tempers flare at parish meetings?

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Temper, temper A Zoom video of a disruptive parish council meeting in Handforth, Cheshire, went viral. It is not the…

What were the GameStop investors actually buying?

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Best before The government plans to introduce labels on domestic appliances informing consumers how long they are likely to last.…

Are we returning to ‘normalcy’ or ‘normality’?

30 January 2021 9:00 am

New normal Why have so many people started saying ‘normalcy’ rather than ‘normality’? — Normalcy has been traced back to…

Are there any mountains left unclimbed?

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Bad service Economic growth fell by 2.6% in November, the month of the second lockdown, compared with falls of 7.3%…

How close have protestors got to entering parliament?

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Parliamentary objections The US Capitol was raided by Donald Trump supporters trying to prevent the confirmation of Joe Biden’s election…

How quickly could we vaccinate the entire country?

9 January 2021 9:00 am

A ferry tale Gerry Marsden, who died aged 78, was credited with making the ferry across the River Mersey world-famous.…

Do divorces really increase after Christmas?

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Now and then Were households allowed to mix at Christmas during the plague? Samuel Pepys’s diary entry for 25 December…

Is any song more lucrative than ‘Happy Birthday’?

12 December 2020 9:00 am

Last orders The new tier restrictions have made life difficult for pubs. How many are closed? — According to the…

What are the best pandemic board games?

5 December 2020 9:00 am

Dangerous games Sage scientists advised against playing board games at Christmas. Some games to consider if you are feeling subversive:Pandemic…

Which countries are most sceptical about vaccines?

28 November 2020 9:00 am

Gloss over Should we be worried that the head of research into respiratory drugs at AstraZeneca is called Dr Pangalos,…

What does it mean to be ‘fit as a butcher’s dog’?

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Boris and the butcher’s dog Who first coined the phrase ‘as fit as a butcher’s dog’? It has been traced…

Open and shut case: how did lockdown affect shops?

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Shot in the arm Global stock markets reached a new high after pharmaceutical firm Pfizer announced a vaccine it is…

Who came up with ‘lockdown’?

7 November 2020 9:00 am

The start of lockdown The earliest known use of ‘lockdown’ in its current sense was in a 1973 story in…

Where is there water in the solar system?

31 October 2020 9:00 am

The Moon under water Nasa scientists using spectrometers claim to have found good evidence of water on the surface of…