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19 January 2017 3:00 pm

Starting cold Why is US Presidential Inauguration Day always on 20 January? — The date was moved from 4 March…

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14 January 2017 9:00 am

Black background A Morris dancing troupe with blacked-up faces had to abandon its performance in a Birmingham shopping centre after…

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7 January 2017 9:00 am

Village people The government announced plans for 14 ‘garden villages’. The concept of a garden city or village is attributed…

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29 December 2016 3:00 pm

Supremely exciting The nation awaits with bated breath the decision of the Supreme Court on whether the government can exercise…

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10 December 2016 9:00 am

Forgotten anniversaries 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the Russian revolution. Other anniversaries:50 years Radio 1; first North Sea gas…

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3 December 2016 9:00 am

Autumn Budgets Philip Hammond announced that in future the Budget will be held in autumn rather than spring. This is…

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26 November 2016 9:00 am

Bucks for Bucks Buckingham Palace is to be renovated at a cost of £369m, funded through an increase in the…

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19 November 2016 9:00 am

Long divisions Donald Trump reaffirmed his plan for a border wall between the US and Mexico, but said parts might…

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5 November 2016 9:00 am

Strike force Nissan is to expand its plant in Sunderland, building two new models there. The Japanese company is praised for…

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29 October 2016 9:00 am

Folio society A new collection of Shakespeare’s work credits Christopher Marlowe as co-author of the three Henry VI plays. Some…

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22 October 2016 9:00 am

Ape escapes A gorilla got out of its enclosure at London Zoo and entered a keepers’ area, prompting an evacuation…

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15 October 2016 9:00 am

Fears of a clown Professional clowns complained that the current craze for scaring people by dressing in clown outfits was…

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8 October 2016 9:00 am

Tenement Scots John Cleese referred to the editor of this magazine as a ‘tenement Scot’. Do more Scots live in…

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1 October 2016 9:00 am

Lynch lore John McDonnell refused to apologise for a 2014 interview in which he called for former employment minister Esther…

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24 September 2016 9:00 am

Underbooked David Cameron is said to be struggling to get a good price for his memoirs, with talk of a…

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17 September 2016 9:00 am

French intelligence Some interesting facts about the French foreign minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, for the benefit of shadow foreign secretary Emily…

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10 September 2016 9:00 am

In it together Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley were elected co-leaders of the Green party. Has a political party had…

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3 September 2016 9:00 am

Behind the cover-up Some facts about Burkinis: — The Burkini was invented by Ahedi Zanetti, a Lebanese-born Australian businesswoman, in…

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27 August 2016 9:00 am

Golden years How many Olympic events would Team GB have to win before we could earn back the gold reserves…

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20 August 2016 9:00 am

Four-letter surveys A judge at Chelmsford Crown Court who was sworn at by a man she was sentencing to jail…

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12 August 2016 11:00 pm

The end of an emperor — 82-year-old Emperor Akihito of Japan has announced that he wants to abdicate, partly, he…

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6 August 2016 9:00 am

Knight falls There were calls for Sir Philip Green to be stripped of his knighthood. Who is stripped of such…

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30 July 2016 9:00 am

Capitalist faces A report by the Business and Pensions select committees described Philip Green as the ‘unacceptable face of capitalism’.…

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23 July 2016 9:00 am

How Britannia got her trident Parliament voted to renew Trident as Britain’s independent nuclear deterrent. But what about Britannia and…

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16 July 2016 9:00 am

Nuggets on May Some trivia about Theresa May — At 59, she is the oldest new prime minister since Jim…