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Can you teach a baby to read?, Eagle Eye

Can you teach a baby to read?

Spotted by Rob W. He probably didn’t know he was entering a competition, but he has won a signed copy of Questions To Which The Answer Is No.

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 14 December 2012 at 10:16 am

Are Hobbits Blue Labour?, Eagle Eye

Are Hobbits Blue Labour?

Joe Oliver wins a signed copy of Questions To Which The Answer Is No for spotting this fine double example of the form: Is the Shire one nation? Are hobbits blue Labour?

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 7 December 2012 at 12:41 pm

Rentoul’s Little Shop of Stocking Presents, Eagle Eye

Rentoul’s Little Shop of Stocking Presents

Just what someone needs for Christmas. The book Questions To Which The Answer Is No. Just to remind you what it is about, here is a question asked by New Zealand television:
Can you teach a dog to drive?

Number 885 in my series, spotted by Paddy Briggs, who has already won a signed copy of the book. [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 6 December 2012 at 4:15 pm

Could Britney Spears write the next Great American Novel?, Eagle Eye

Could Britney Spears write the next Great American Novel?

No idea what this is about or why anybody is asking this question, which appears as a sub-headline on an MTV webpage in the middle of words that include “collabo” but do not include any explanation of Spears’s connection with novel-writing.
Whatevs, pop pickers. The answer is no, and the spotter of this question, Mitchell Stirling, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 30 November 2012 at 12:11 pm

Are we literally starving students into submission?, Eagle Eye

Are we literally starving students into submission?

Magnificent. Epic in its stupefied leftism. A paragon of self-obliviousness. An unbeatable Question To Which The Answer Is No. Barbara Ellen is a fifth columnist at the heart of rightonness, trying to make The Observer look ridiculous, and succeeding.
She was trying to explain why fewer students had turned up for a demo than she thought should [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 25 November 2012 at 4:48 pm

Should Cameron Set His Europe Policy to Woo UKIP Voters?, Eagle Eye

Should Cameron Set His Europe Policy to Woo UKIP Voters?

Yes the answer is no.
I have written about David Cameron’s successful Brussels summit for The Independent on Sunday, pointing out that his party’s Euroscepticism ought to be a winner with the British voters, were it not for his party’s tendency to squabble over which kind of Euroscepticism is the correct one.
One argument for which I [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 24 November 2012 at 6:17 pm

Was Barack Obama inspired by 1990s Berkshire visit?, Eagle Eye

Was Barack Obama inspired by 1990s Berkshire visit?

It’s Friday, and time to announce another two winners of the Questions To Which The Answer Is No competition.
Tom Wein spotted the above, in the finest traditions of local journalism, the Get Reading local website report of the President’s re-election, which it linked to his 1996 visit to Wokingham. Kezia, Barack Obama’s father’s first wife, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 23 November 2012 at 11:53 am

Did blowing into Nintendo cartridges really help?, Eagle Eye

Did blowing into Nintendo cartridges really help?

This is not a proper Question To Which The Answer Is No (QTWTAIN) because Chris Higgins, who asked it a couple of months ago, knows perfectly well that the answer is no. But I like it and I am grateful to Alex Walters for the lovely bit of nostalgia.

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 18 November 2012 at 9:49 pm

“Would you dare to wear the romper suit for grown-ups?”, Eagle Eye

“Would you dare to wear the romper suit for grown-ups?”

It is that moment for which we have been waiting: the announcement of the first winners of the Questions To Which The Answer Is No competition.
The first winner is Paddy Briggs, who spotted this question (above and right) asked by the Daily Mail. Extra points have been awarded for the illustration, which confirms that the answer [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 16 November 2012 at 2:46 pm

Is China more democratic than the West?, Eagle Eye

Is China more democratic than the West?

Monster Question To Which The Answer Is No, asked by my former colleague Martin Jacques* on the BBC News website. That is number 872 in my classic series, now a book, an e-book and a competition.
Extra marks to the BBC for Jacques’s question’s being included in a series called “A Point of View”. So, it is a point of view, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 2 November 2012 at 9:15 pm

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