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The legend of the honest estate agent

Also in our Barometer column: British creationists; alcohol levels in dead drivers; adults living with their parents

20 February 2016

9:00 AM

20 February 2016

9:00 AM

Selling with honesty

An Essex estate agent sold a flat in Westcliff-on-Sea for £22,500 over the £125,000 asking price after advertising it with the words: ‘Wipe your feet on the way out…this property is full of rubbish, there is mould on the walls and I think there may even be fleas.’ The original honest estate agent was Roy Brooks, who operated from Chelsea in the 1960s and won fame by describing properties he was selling with such accolades as ‘erstwhile house of ill-repute’, ‘rather theatrical — in keeping with the pretentious style of the owner’ and ‘ten rather unpleasant rooms with slimy back yard’. The latter property, advertised for £4,650, would now be worth 1,000 times that..

Genesis fans

Dan Walker, who has been appointed to present BBC Breakfast, is said to believe in creationism. Is he unusual? A 2009 poll asked whether people believed in ‘Young Earth Creationism’ — that the Earth was created by God in the past 10,000 years.

Definitely true 11%
Probably true 21%
Probably untrue 22%
Definitely untrue 38%
Don’t know 8%

The age groups most inclined to believe were 18–24s and over-65s.
Source: ComRes/Theos

Drinking and dying

The government was reported to be considering reducing the drink-drive limit in England and Wales from 80mg per 100ml to 50mg. How much alcohol was in the bloodstream of drivers and motorcyclists killed in 2013?

0–19 mg/100ml 77.3%
20–49 4.2%
50–79 1.9%
80–109 1.6%
110+ 15.1%

Source: DfT

Endlessly at home

William Wragg, 28, the Tory MP for Hazel Grove in Greater Manchester, revealed that he had moved back in with his parents to save money. Is that common at his age?
— According to the ONS, 26% of 20-to-34-year-olds still live with their parents, up from 21% in 1996.
— Londoners were least likely to be living in the parental home (22%), perhaps because of the number of people who move to London early in their careers.
– In 2012, according to the Pew Research Centre, 36% of Americans aged 18–31 were still living with their parents.

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