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Stat of the week

Three-quarters of UK children spend less time outdoors than prison inmates. A fifth of children do not play outside at all on an average day, the poll found. Ref: The Guardian (article link).

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Stat of the week

Windfarms across the UK generated more electricity in 2016 than coal power plants for the first time ever, according to an analyst’s estimates. Three major coal power plants closed in 2016, causing coal electricity generation to plummet to 9.2%, down … Continue reading

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All the lonely people (where do they all come from)

Here’s a killer statistic from the newspapers this morning. This year 1/3 of people living in the UK will holiday alone.

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Focus on the self

Here’s a little gem from Time magazine (20 May 2013). In the 1950s families displayed a wedding photo, a school photo and maybe a military photo in their homes. The average middle class American family now walks amid 85 pictures … Continue reading

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Statistic of the Week

Here’s some possible evidence to support the idea that the change argument can be a bit of a myth. Around 90% of the US workforce is employed in occupations that existed 100 years go. The Observer, 06.09.15 (P20).

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Show me the money

Pretty much done with the re-write of my chapter on money. Just left to to print it off on paper and read it through with a glass of red wine in hand (yes, I know about the quote about write … Continue reading

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Looking without seeing

  This is a good one. Did you know that the average ‘dwell time’ (horrible phrase) for the Mona Lisa is 17 seconds? In other words, the amount of time people spend looking at the most famous painting in the … Continue reading

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  Approximately 40% of Americans are expecting Jesus to return by the year 2050. More on this from PEW Research Center on this link. (Photo by yours truly in Athens last week. I think he’s been waiting quite a while).

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Cost of office

Here’s a stat and a half. A certain city mayor in the US (allegedly*) spent $260 MILLION on his campaigns to become and remain elected. He spent $184 per vote cast in 2009 alone. What’s that quote about the finest … Continue reading

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Sorry, another stat

This can’t be right. A poll by Populus/The Times says that 14% of UK 18-24-year-olds and 12% of 25-34-year-olds have “warm feelings” towards Islamic State (IS). This compares to 5% of UK adults (?) and 1% of over 65s. If … Continue reading

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