Genealogy has become a very popular hobby. People like to find out who they are and where they came from. Researching family histories isn't simply about collecting names and dates. It can unearth all sorts of interesting facts about migration and other social history.
"The scale of migration [since EU expansion in 2004] has cheered those eager to promote mobility within the EU and distressed those who fear the economic and social effects of uncontrolled immigration. Yet both cheerleaders and detractors of Europe's newfound mobility are getting worked up by a temporary phenomenon." Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah explains why the UK has nothing to fear from the legendary Polish plumber.
Research by the UK's Institute for Public Policy Research shows that a strong pound and booming house prices are helping Brits live their dream of moving overseas - and that most of us don't leave because the country's gone to the dogs.
"Ever been driving along a motorway, seen a building, and wondered what it was? Wonder no more. Mike Jackson and his small team have trawled the lengths of three of Britain's longest motorways to find out for you!" Dave reviews Mike Jackson's innovative and lively Motorway Sights Guides.
"Since I returned from Abu Dhabi, only slightly trimmer and more toned, I have managed to put on around six kilos in weight. Not surprising. I eat more in the winter and exercise less than I did in AD. But despite a campaign of regular exercise combined with sensible eating and drinking for a whole year, I have not lost even a pound and my waist is as wide as ever." Miranda Irving thinks life just ain't fair sometimes...