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Was Prince William a frog in a past life?, Eagle Eye

Was Prince William a frog in a past life?

Number 587 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No was asked by Save the Frogs, and was also awarded a prize by The Independent on Sunday for the Most Spurious Use of the Royal Wedding in a Press Release:
“Was Prince William a frog in a past life?” asked Save the Frogs in [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 17 April 2011 at 11:21 am

“No” campaign extends lead to 6 points, Eagle Eye

“No” campaign extends lead to 6 points

Our ComRes poll in The Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror tomorrow shows the No vote opening up a six-point lead in the referendum campaign.
Since January we have asked the official question, as it will appear on the ballot paper on 5 May:
At present, the UK uses the “first past the post” system to elect [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 16 April 2011 at 7:30 pm

Did Marlene Dietrich plot to murder Hitler?, Eagle Eye

Did Marlene Dietrich plot to murder Hitler?

Now that the Daily Mail has professionalised its operation, its contribution this morning, number 586 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, is as fine an example of the genre as one could hope to see.
And, as if to illustrate the flexibility of the device, it follows number 585, asked last [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 16 April 2011 at 10:50 am

Poll alert, Eagle Eye

Poll alert

We have a ComRes poll in tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday, shared with the Sunday Mirror, which has asked a lot of questions about the Coalition, one year on, the Alternative Vote referendum and the royal wedding.
In addition to voting intention in the theoretical general election that might occur tomorrow, and in the referendum on the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 16 April 2011 at 10:06 am

Doctor Who – a threat to the political and social order?, Eagle Eye

Doctor Who – a threat to the political and social order?

Number 582 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No is asked by Jonathan Jones at The Guardian. (Christopher Eccleston, Ninth and Best Doctor, right.)
Number 583, as Norman Geras points out, manages both to be a QTWTAIN and to invoke Godwin’s Law in the space of a single headline.
France’s burqa ban: Has [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 16 April 2011 at 8:19 am

Questions to Which the Answer is Nyet, Eagle Eye

Questions to Which the Answer is Nyet

“Is Russia’s puppet president ready to stand up to his master?”
Well, the Telegraph changed the headline to “Is Dmitry Medvedev ready to stand up to Vladimir Putin?”, but the original is preserved in the url (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/8451710/Is-Russias-puppet-president-ready-to-stand-up-to-his-master.html)
Is that because they realised that a puppet cannot stand up to his master unless the blue fairy turns him [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 15 April 2011 at 10:14 pm

Should Zsa Zsa Gabor Become a New Mom at Age 94?, Eagle Eye

Should Zsa Zsa Gabor Become a New Mom at Age 94?

Um, wait. Er, I know the answer to this one. Anyway, this is number 579 in the unstoppable series.  Thank you to Damian Counsell at PootBlog.
Zsa Zsa Gabor, at age younger than 94, right.

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 15 April 2011 at 9:59 pm

Michael Meacher Demands an Inquiry into Why He Was So Useless, Eagle Eye

Michael Meacher Demands an Inquiry into Why He Was So Useless

A former minister has demanded an official investigation into his approval of a controversial nuclear fuel plant at Sellafield in Cumbria, reports The Independent.
“Tony Blair made me do it,” said Mr Meacher, 71. “Only a full public judicial inquiry into why I took a decision with which I didn’t agree would put this matter to [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 15 April 2011 at 9:43 pm

Ticking things off the list…in Minsk, of all places, Sport

Ticking things off the list…in Minsk, of all places

I am lucky enough to have done my fair share of border hopping.  I’ve bumbled from Kenya to Uganda, popped in on Pakistan, pootled around a bit of India and a few others, as anyone unfortunate enough to have heard any ‘gap yah’ stories will no doubt attest. I have had cameras confiscated or destroyed, [...]

By | Sport | Friday, 15 April 2011 at 6:07 pm

In it for the long run: Expo, Health

In it for the long run: Expo

I could feel my heart starting to beat faster and my mouth get dry.  As I approached the sea of red Virgin London Marathon signs my adrenalin was pumping. I knew I was among fellow runners – they had a look in their eyes that was a mixture of steely determination and fear — except [...]

By | Health, Sport | Friday, 15 April 2011 at 5:49 pm

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