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Who is most likely to be killed by police in the US?

13 June 2020 9:00 am

The Colston chronicles Who, exactly, was Sir Edward Colston? Colston was born into a family of merchants and spent the…

Has Covid-19 evolved to become less deadly?

6 June 2020 9:00 am

Covid deaths Has Covid-19 evolved to become less deadly? — Global infections reached a new peak on 29 May, with…

What is there to see in Barnard Castle?

30 May 2020 9:00 am

Site test What’s on offer in the town of Barnard Castle? — Ruined 12th-century castle perched high above the Tees,…

Which football teams have welcomed the strangest fake crowds?

23 May 2020 9:00 am

Unusual crowd FC Seoul apologised after using sex dolls to try to create some atmosphere as games went ahead behind…

What would a perfectly socially-distanced UK look like?

16 May 2020 9:00 am

Safety first The government was criticised for its new coronavirus slogan, ‘Stay alert’. What are the most common safety slogans…

How many books are in the average home?

9 May 2020 9:00 am

Admitting defeat 8 May is celebrated as VE Day, but it is also a date which marks a significant English…

How many 100th birthday cards does the Queen send?

2 May 2020 9:00 am

Multiplying by hundreds The Queen penned a personal 100th birthday message to Captain Tom Moore, who has raised money for…

Who else has made history at Captain Tom Moore’s age?

25 April 2020 9:00 am

Oldies and goodies Captain Tom Moore, 99, raised more than £26 million by walking 100 laps of the garden of…

How many racing drivers lived as long as Stirling Moss?

18 April 2020 9:00 am

TV quizzes An ITV drama told the story of Major Charles Ingram, who was convicted of cheating in the gameshow…

Is Bernie Ecclestone the world’s oldest father?

11 April 2020 9:00 am

Game on A few things which are still going on, in spite of coronavirus: — Football in Belarus, where the…

How much are people eating during lockdown?

4 April 2020 9:00 am

People power Boris Johnson said that the reaction to the coronavirus crisis showed ‘There really is such a thing as…

How much food have we really been stockpiling?

28 March 2020 9:00 am

Time out When did British workers start being ‘furloughed’? The word furlough is first recorded in the English language in…

Where does ‘helicopter money’ come from?

21 March 2020 9:00 am

Taking off Who came up with the concept of ‘helicopter money’? — The term is derived from an essay in…

Is climate change making the weather more windy?

7 March 2020 9:00 am

Heathrow’s nine runways When was a third runway for Heathrow first proposed? Heathrow was always planned to have multiple runways.…

Who can use the word ‘royal’?

29 February 2020 9:00 am

What a hole The World Health Organisation added processed meats to its list of ‘known’ carcinogens. A few of the…

Who actually goes on a cruise?

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

Breeding controversy A Downing Street aide, believed to have been recruited as a result of Dominic Cummings’s advert for ‘weirdos…

The brands regretting calling themselves ‘Corona’

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Going viral A few of the businesses which chose ‘Corona’ as a brand name and now have a bit of…

Is the Wuhan coronavirus really that deadly?

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

Mumbo jumbo The Prime Minister called opposition to imports of US-produced food ‘mumbo jumbo’. The expression was introduced to the…

Who leads the global 5G market?

1 February 2020 9:00 am

In the beginning How did Britain mark its entry into the European Economic Community on 1 January 1973? There were no…

How much public income does the royal family receive?

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

Parliamentary motions The government floated the idea of moving the House of Lords permanently to York.    Until it was found…

How can Harry and Meghan cash in?

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Royal flush The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have registered the trademark ‘Sussex Royal’ as part of their plan to…

Is a double-barrelled surname still posh?

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Lock, stock and double barrels In Rebecca Long Bailey, who sometimes hyphenates her name and sometimes doesn’t, the Labour party…

What did psychics predict was going to happen in 2019?

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Bah humbug Some of the things reported to have been banned this Christmas: — Mulled wine banned from being sold…

How common are volcanic eruptions?

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Volcanic eruptions At least six people were killed when White Island, a volcano off New Zealand’s North Island, erupted. How…

What weather records were broken in 2019?

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Keeping it in the family A study by the Middle East Technical University claimed to prove that the pronounced chin…