Category: Briefs

Briefs

Orange is not the only fruit

For the first time, UK shoppers are spending more on avocados than on oranges. According to The Grocer, £142 million was spent in 2015 on avocados and

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Shooting Stars

Share prices of gun manufacturers Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co have each risen more than shares of Apple since 2009, driven by

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Coal Face Facts

In the early 1980s Britain’s electricity-generating capacity from coal and nuclear sources exceeded usage by nearly 20 per cent. Today, as a result of Governments’

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Relative Riches

Someone living below the US poverty level, earning $11,000 a year expressed as real purchasing power, is in the top 15 per cent of the

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Refugee Report

Since the felling of the Twin Towers in New York on 11th of September 2001 some three quarters of a million refugees have been admitted to

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Wossname?

Smith, the most common name in the UK, is derived from the Old English term meaning one who works in metal. Foreign names with the

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Inmate Infirmary

While the Prison Service copes with a 25 per cent cut in funding, the number of prisoners over 60 doubled to 4,000 over the last

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Russian Roulette

Fifty-three years ago this week, as the Cuban Missile Crisis played out, the world came closer to catastrophe than at any other time in history.

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Stuff Happens

Mass shootings may appear commonplace in the USA but according to figures from the FBI the murder rate is in decline. There were 9.4 murders

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French Revolution

France today imports most of its edible snails and exports more vodka than cognac. Source: review of The History of Modern France by Jonathan Fenby in the Times Literary Supplement, 9

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