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Saturday 9th September 2017




A new series that looks at important numbers


1              10 trees were needed to make the paper to print the 2013 repoert on the enviromental impact of the British HS2 rail scheme. (QI)


2              6 the number of pints of tea British soldiers were rationed to in the First World War. (QI)


3              2.3million the number of gallons of milk a herd of 800 cows produces in 1 year


4              2,303,500,000 Total number of Beatle albums sold


5              4,000 total number of different versions of the classic Beatles tune Yesterday have been recorded by other artists. It holds record for most recorded versions of a song


6              9 is the number of golf courses eligible to hold The British Open Golf Championships


7              2000 the number of elephants that weigh the same as the railway tracks that were used through the Channel Tunnel that is 6000tonnes


8              8¼ mile long M6 Preston By-pass was the first motorway to be opened in the UK . It was opened on the 5th December 1958


9              67 the number of miles (107km) which was the length of the M1, between Crick and Berrygrove,The third, and first major inter-urban, motorway to be opened in the year 1959


10           193.5 mi[1] (311.4 km) The length of the M1 today


Saturday 9th September 2017





A new series that looks at important numbers


1              2 The number of  golden phonograph records were almost thrown off space probes Voyager 1 and 2  New Yorker due to a rogue inscription.

2              1,718 billion The train journeys made on Network Rail

3              20,000 The number of  miles of Network Rail track in UK

4              1.2 billion The train journeys made within the London commuter belt.

5              £1.3bn The total worth of coins stored in piggy banks around the UK . Around half of this amount is estimated to be in the old £1 style, a coin that ceases to be legal tender on 15 October.

6              £203,583  The amount in loose change which was found on public transport in London over the past year, according to Transport For London.

7              1.3 million The number of Earths that could fit inside the sun which is an average sized star

8              4 percent The number of lost remotes found in the fridge or freezer,

9              74 The number of minutes the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that Americans spend 1 eating each day. The third fastest eaters among those in the 34 countries studied

10           14.9 The number of hours a day in UK devoted to leisure, eating , sleeping  and personal care. Rated 20 out of 38 countries

When I was a lad at school around 13 years old, our Maths teacher used to call me Wol. At the end of the year as we were moving up a class I plucked up courage to ask why he called me Wol. He told meit was thename of the deslexic owl in Winnie the Pooh. With my Harry Potter glasses he said I looked like the Wise Old Owl in the Winnie the Pooh stories.


Being the vain person I am I took it as a compliment

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