Category: Briefs

Briefs

All Bar None

“There are said to be 138,000 bars in Spain. This as many as the rest of western Europe put together.”   Source: Ghosts of Spain,

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Privileged Check-in

Reportedly, just 5 per cent of the world’s 7.7 billion population has ever travelled by aeroplane.   Source: Edward Lucas, The Times, Monday 9 September

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Spirit of the Emperor

Spirit of the Emperor  A marketing triumph is Napoleon Brandy. The great man never drank spirits, contenting himself with Burgundian Chambertin which he rarely drank

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Educated “uneducated”

The 17.4m people in the UK who voted to leave the EU are often characterised broadly by media commentators as “uneducated”. But according to Rod

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Boris the First

Boris Johnson is the first baptised Catholic to become UK Prime Minister, though subsequently, as a teenager, he underwent confirmation as an Anglican.   Source: Damien Thompson, The

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Motorway Madness

As the schools break up in England this week, our motorways will be busier than ever. Here’s three odd insights to the world of British

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Stone Cold Reader

Professor Norman Stone, who died aged 78 on 19 June 2019, was an eminent historian renowned for the research he invested in his books. According to

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The Big Weigh-In

A million dollars in $100 dollar bills weighs 20.5 pounds. A million in $20s is 102 pounds (seven stone and three pounds). A million in

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The remains of the day

“It is possible to cremate someone in the United States today, ‘without ever speaking to, much less seeing a human being’. You can arrange it

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