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Chas Newkey-Burden

Vegetable dildos ‘a whole new ball game’
An aubergine-shaped sex toy
Tall Tales

Vegetable dildos ‘a whole new ball game’

And other stories from the stranger side of life
27 Oct 2021
Man splattered as plane drops ‘fluidy’ excrement
A plane
Tall Tales

Man splattered as plane drops ‘fluidy’ excrement

And other stories from the stranger side of life
20 Oct 2021
Who’s to blame for UK’s looming Christmas crisis?
A man dressed as Santa Claus walks through Manchester city centre
Today’s big question

Who’s to blame for UK’s looming Christmas crisis?

Brexit and Covid-19 among explanations as festive supply chain blame game begins
15 Oct 2021
Pop star says ‘alien’ is derogatory term for extraterrestrial life
Aliens seen in the woods
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Pop star says ‘alien’ is derogatory term for extraterrestrial life

And other stories from the stranger side of life
13 Oct 2021
Beethoven’s unfinished symphony finished by AI
Beethoven statue in Germany
Stranger than fiction

Beethoven’s unfinished symphony finished by AI

Musicians, historians and scientists join forces to ‘create something that Beethoven himself might have written’
1 Oct 2021
Why stagflation matters
A £5 note
Getting to grips with . . .

Why stagflation matters

Analysts fear return to ‘toxic cocktail‘ of rising prices and sluggish economic growth
1 Oct 2021
Is the fuel crisis over?
Out of use petrol pumps
Today’s big question

Is the fuel crisis over?

Downing Street has been accused of “gaslighting the public” by insisting that the UK fuel shortages problem has been resolved
1 Oct 2021
What kind of mask works best against Delta?
An FFP2 mask
Getting to grips with . . .

What kind of mask works best against Delta?

Study shows surgical masks are more effective than cloth but are N95 and FFP2 the ones to have?
24 Sep 2021
Backstage in the White House: what is at stake for Boris Johnson?
Boris Johnson in New York
Behind the scenes

Backstage in the White House: what is at stake for Boris Johnson?

Prime minister to travel by rail for meeting with ‘train nut’ president where Afghanistan and climate change will be discussed
21 Sep 2021
Prince Andrew accused of ‘playing hide and seek’ to avoid sex assault lawsuit
Prince Andrew
The latest on . . .

Prince Andrew accused of ‘playing hide and seek’ to avoid sex assault lawsuit

But US judge rules legal papers can be served to Duke of York’s LA-based lawyers
17 Sep 2021
Trump ‘would knock out Biden in a few seconds’
Donald Trump leaving the White House
Tall Tales

Trump ‘would knock out Biden in a few seconds’

And other stories from the stranger side of life
10 Sep 2021
Will pension triple-lock U-turn cost Boris Johnson?
An OAP's hands holding a pension book
Today’s big question

Will pension triple-lock U-turn cost Boris Johnson?

‘Livid’ pensioners threaten revenge at the polling booth – but move may be favoured by the young
8 Sep 2021
New Zealand retreats from plan to open borders
Arrivals at Auckland airport
The latest on . . .

New Zealand retreats from plan to open borders

Minister leading Covid response questions wisdom of move in current ‘Delta environment’
8 Sep 2021
Why the UK is heading for a clash with France over Channel migrants
Migrants arriving in the UK
Getting to grips with . . .

Why the UK is heading for a clash with France over Channel migrants

Priti Patel may withhold £54m payment promised to Paris to curb illegal crossings
7 Sep 2021
Doctor says we should not sleep naked because of flatulent spraying
The feet of a person sleeping in a bed
Tall Tales

Doctor says we should not sleep naked because of flatulent spraying

And other stories from the stranger side of life
7 Sep 2021
Why are Covid cases in ‘epicentre’ South America suddenly falling?
The Parque Taruma Cemetery in Manaus, Brazil
Today’s big question

Why are Covid cases in ‘epicentre’ South America suddenly falling?

The region accounted for a quarter of all coronavirus deaths until recently
6 Sep 2021
Pizza ‘a healthier breakfast than cereal’
A pizza being cut
Tall Tales

Pizza ‘a healthier breakfast than cereal’

And other stories from the stranger side of life
6 Sep 2021
Why Dominic Cummings wants to thwart a Donald Trump comeback
Dominic Cummings leaves his London home
Getting to grips with . . .

Why Dominic Cummings wants to thwart a Donald Trump comeback

Former No. 10 adviser publishes plan to squeeze former president out of 2024 election campaign
3 Sep 2021
Man who married sex doll dumps her for an ashtray
An ashtray
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Man who married sex doll dumps her for an ashtray

And other stories from the stranger side of life
3 Sep 2021
Nazi sympathiser sentenced to read Dickens
Charles Dickens
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Nazi sympathiser sentenced to read Dickens

And other stories from the stranger side of life
2 Sep 2021
Health chiefs warn cattle dewormer can’t stop Covid
Cows
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Health chiefs warn cattle dewormer can’t stop Covid

And other stories from the stranger side of life
31 Aug 2021
Sea snakes ‘mistaking divers for sex partners’
A diver
Tall Tales

Sea snakes ‘mistaking divers for sex partners’

And other stories from the stranger side of life
24 Aug 2021
‘Angel investors’ pay to fly Afghans out of Kabul
Kabul airport
Unreported world

‘Angel investors’ pay to fly Afghans out of Kabul

Team of former special operations soldiers in bid to save 4,650 people over the next eight days
23 Aug 2021
Will more universities ban unjabbed students?
Masked students at Oxford University
Today’s big question

Will more universities ban unjabbed students?

A UK university has banned students from living on campus if they cannot prove they have been vaccinated against Covid-19
20 Aug 2021
Taliban ‘tortured and massacred’ Hazara men
Afghan army cadets dress as Taliban fighters during an exercise
In Brief

Taliban ‘tortured and massacred’ Hazara men

Amnesty International says killings prove minorities are at risk from Afghanistan rulers
20 Aug 2021
Will Afghanistan descend into civil war? The resistance has begun
Afghan government security forces in Panjshir valley
Today’s big question

Will Afghanistan descend into civil war? The resistance has begun

Fighters and politicians in Panjshir valley vow to fight Taliban but will they settle for seat at the table?
19 Aug 2021
Lab-made mini brain develops its own ‘eyes’
Organoid brain
Stranger than fiction

Lab-made mini brain develops its own ‘eyes’

Researchers hope organoid development will prove useful for studying human brain
19 Aug 2021
What are China and Russia planning for Afghanistan?
Taliban press conference
Today’s big question

What are China and Russia planning for Afghanistan?

Beijing and Moscow reach out to the Taliban as Iain Duncan Smith fears West is losing the new Cold War
18 Aug 2021
‘Oppression dress-up’: Lily Cole under fire for burqa Instagram post
Lily Cole posing in a burqa
Why we’re talking about . . .

‘Oppression dress-up’: Lily Cole under fire for burqa Instagram post

The 33-year-old has been criticised for ‘spitting in the face of Afghan women’
18 Aug 2021
Messi’s tearful tissue up for auction at $1m
A tearful Lionel Messi
Tall Tales

Messi’s tearful tissue up for auction at $1m

And other stories from the stranger side of life
18 Aug 2021
Will Afghanistan define Joe Biden’s presidency?
Joe Biden
Today’s big question

Will Afghanistan define Joe Biden’s presidency?

Veteran diplomat says US president’s credibility is in ‘tatters’
17 Aug 2021
Man breaks speed-drinking record
Eric Booker
Tall Tales

Man breaks speed-drinking record

And other stories from the stranger side of life
17 Aug 2021
Alternative White House designs revealed
Alternative White House design
Tall Tales

Alternative White House designs revealed

And other stories from the stranger side of life
12 Aug 2021
Plastic waste ‘sexually exciting’ crabs
A crab
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Plastic waste ‘sexually exciting’ crabs

And other stories from the stranger side of life
11 Aug 2021
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