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Gordon Brown Reconsidered, Eagle Eye

Gordon Brown Reconsidered

William Keegan spoke at the Mile End Group at Queen Mary, University of London, last night about his new book, Saving the World? Gordon Brown Reconsidered. (Pictured, centre, with Jon Davis, left and Steve Richards, right.)
The title of his book is of course number 871 in my series of Questions To Which The Answer Is [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 at 1:03 pm

Did being buzzed by a biplane make the Queen Mother lose a son who would have been King?, Eagle Eye

Did being buzzed by a biplane make the Queen Mother lose a son who would have been King?

Struggling to keep up, and my numbering has gone awry again, as the Daily Mail and the BBC compete to advertise my book, Questions To Which The Answer is No. (Download the Kindle edition here; buy the book here; enter the competition here.)
But the above is number 868 in the series, asked by the Mail [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 30 October 2012 at 10:13 am

Those Alternatives to Trident In Full, Eagle Eye

Those Alternatives to Trident In Full

Marvellous. Nick Clegg’s spokesman has briefed journalists on the Liberal Democrat position on nuclear weapons. He said that today’s news that Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, was spending £350m on the design phase of the Trident replacement does not mean that the Lib Dems have given up their opposition to a “like-for-like” replacement.
The Lib Dem [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 29 October 2012 at 4:28 pm

Will Ohio State’s football team decide who wins the White House?, Eagle Eye

Will Ohio State’s football team decide who wins the White House?

Keep them coming. Number 857 in my never-ending series of Questions to Which the Answer is No was asked by Slate and drawn to my attention by Alex Worth.
Something to do with American football, Ohio being the decisive state in the US Electoral College, and a study suggesting that big sporting victories are worth votes to [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 25 October 2012 at 8:31 pm

Is “whom” history?, Eagle Eye

Is “whom” history?

Keep those entries coming for the Questions To Which The Answer Is No competition. My generous publisher, Elliott & Thompson, will give 10 signed copies of my QTWTAIN book to the finders of the best new QTWTAIN in newspapers or on the internet.
The only rule is that the author or publisher of the question has [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 15 October 2012 at 9:56 pm

Did homosexuality kill off the dinosaurs?, Eagle Eye

Did homosexuality kill off the dinosaurs?

Entries are pouring in for the Questions To Which The Answer Is No competition. The above, number 850 in my series, was submitted by Dom Stapleton. I have been unable to find the source of the image to which he links, so it may be satirical, but the text seems authentically Creationist.
Indeed, there seems to [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 28 September 2012 at 1:51 pm

Is Asking Inane Questions the Future of Journalism?, Eagle Eye

Is Asking Inane Questions the Future of Journalism?

Number 846 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No was asked by Paul Waldman at The American Prospect, making fun of some classic Newsweek covers. Including numbers 847, 848 and 849: “Was Mussolini Right?” (pictured), “Is the Future Underground?” and “Was Feminism a Mistake?”
Thanks to Mark Colvin for these entries to [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 24 September 2012 at 10:21 am

Do you want to pass up the chance to win a book?, Eagle Eye

Do you want to pass up the chance to win a book?

Your chance to win! To mark the publication of my book, Questions to Which the Answer is No, next week, my generous publisher, Elliott & Thompson, is giving away 10 signed copies of the book.
There is an extract from the book in The Independent on Sunday, and a sample is available here. It is a [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 22 September 2012 at 2:49 pm

Can your lipstick give you heart problems?, Eagle Eye

Can your lipstick give you heart problems?

To soften up the market for the publication of my book, Questions to Which the Answer is No, next week, I present this bumper collection.
Number 839 in the series (pictured), from 19 August. As Steve Baines says, this is a classic Daily Mail headline. “Can [insert everyday item] cause [insert serious illness]?”
Via Aasmah Mir and Alastair [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 17 September 2012 at 2:29 pm

Can Tony Blair make a comeback with a top EU job?, Eagle Eye

Can Tony Blair make a comeback with a top EU job?

I thought I had just found an old webpage by mistake, but no, this appears to be a September 2012 news story, in Public Service Europe.
It is in fact, number 174 in the world-famous series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, all over again.
It took me back to a favourite old blog post [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 11 September 2012 at 2:06 pm

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