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14 December 2013 9:00 am

Whose year is it anyway? Some things which 2014 has been declared to be the year of: — Year of…

Barometer: Who snorts more cocaine — the rich or the poor? 

7 December 2013 9:00 am

The darkest day Several people were injured on ‘Black Friday’, a day of retail discounting imported from the US, where…

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30 November 2013 9:00 am

Third-class thinking A report by the Institute of Economic Affairs recommended standing-room-only third-class carriages as an alternative to longer trains…

Barometer: How many of today's Ukippers voted Tory in 2010? 

23 November 2013 9:00 am

Brave new words ‘Selfie’ was declared to be Oxford Dictionaries’ ‘word of the year’. It hasn’t, however, yet been added…

Barometer: David Dimbleby is not alone (unfortunately)

16 November 2013 9:00 am

Whose tattoos? David Dimbleby, 75, has had a scorpion tattooed on his right shoulder. Some more tattoo-wearers who perhaps ought…

Barometer: Who eats dogs?

9 November 2013 9:00 am

Dog’s dinner A Canadian hiker rescued in Quebec was reported to have killed and eaten his German shepherd dog in…

Which NHS staff have enjoyed the biggest salary increases? 

2 November 2013 9:00 am

What can they do? Saudi women took to the wheel in defiance of laws preventing them from driving. Some recent…

Barometer: How is the National Theatre like Tesco? 

26 October 2013 9:00 am

National statistics Some lesser-known facts about the National Theatre: — 26 per cent of its income comes from box office…

Should 'Union Jack' just be used at sea?

19 October 2013 9:00 am

Union dispute Pedants suffered a blow as the chief vexillologist of the Flag Institute declared that the Union Jack and…

Barometer: How many ghost towns are there in Britain?

12 October 2013 9:00 am

Lost property The second-to-last surviving resident of St Kilda — a small archipelago 40 miles off the Outer Hebrides which…

Barometer: How many loaves must the PM make before his breadmaker starts saving money?

5 October 2013 9:00 am

Does workfare work? George Osborne announced a ‘work for benefits’ scheme. ‘Workfare’ schemes have been attacked by the left. Do…

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21 September 2013 9:00 am

Vitamins and the veil A judge at Blackfriars Crown Court allowed a niqab-wearing defendant to identify herself only to a…

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14 September 2013 9:00 am

Trust us The National Trust opened the Big Brother House at Elstree Studios at the weekend. Some other less grand…

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7 September 2013 9:00 am

Shining examples The ‘Walkie Talkie’, a new tower block in Fenchurch Street, was blamed for partially melting the interior of…

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31 August 2013 9:00 am

Your name here Supporters of Merthyr Town Football Club objected to having their ground renamed the Cigg-e Stadium in a…

The FA's 99.6pc conviction rate, and other weird facts

24 August 2013 9:00 am

We will remember them A German diplomat called on Britain to commemorate but not celebrate the centenary of the Great…

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17 August 2013 9:00 am

Ward ceremony There have been 29 health secretaries since 1948. How many have wards that — though not necessarily named…

Barometer: Spain’s own version of Gibraltar

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Other people’s rocks Spain threatened to introduce a €40 border-crossing charge and find other ways of making life difficult for…

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3 August 2013 9:00 am

Art by the seaside The Kent seaside resort of Herne Bay staged the parade of a urinal through the town…

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20 July 2013 9:00 am

Running scared Three participants were gored at the Pamplona bull run. The event has reputation for danger, but how risky…

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13 July 2013 9:00 am

Family games Andy Murray said that as a child he lived in the shadow of his elder brother Jamie, who…

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6 July 2013 9:00 am

A place of greater safety CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden has claimed asylum in 21 countries. How do whistleblowers fare in…