Category Archives: Stats

Killer Statistic

Between 2010 and 2013, China used more cement than the US used during the whole of the Twentieth Century. Juliet Samuel, Daily Telegraph, 26.1.19.

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Monday statistic

Last year the number of students taking a creative arts exam in the UK fell by 51,000. Arts subjects, including design, drama and art, now account for only 1 in 12 GCSEs. Four years ago it was 1 in 8. … Continue reading

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Stat of the Week

This screamed out at me while reading the Weekend FT on a plane. “The so called Milton Hersley School Trust has an eye-popping $12 billion in assets.”

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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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