After complaints from the Durham Miners’ Association, a rugby club at Durham University cancelled a pub crawl in which members were to dress as coal miners or ministers from Mrs Thatcher’s government.
— Attitudes towards the 1984-85 miners’ strike were not always so censorious. In 2001, the conceptual artist Jeremy Deller staged a re-enactment of the Battle of Orgreave, involving 800 re-enactment enthusiasts as well as 200 miners who had been there on the day. Staged at Orgreave itself, it was filmed and shown on Channel 4 with few complaints.
Ups and downs
Which industries saw the biggest rises and falls in real-terms productivity (i.e., greater than inflation) since 2007? CPI inflation over the period was 25.9 per cent.
|RISING REAL-TERMS PRODUCTIVITY|
|Food and drink||+37%|
|Hotels and catering||+36%|
|Transport and services||+30%|
|Wholesale and retail||+27%|
|Recreation and culture||+26%|
|FALLING REAL-TERMS PRODUCTIVITY|
|Finance and insurance||+11%|
|Mining and quarrying||-13%|
Prince Harry, a bachelor, is to marry Meghan Markle, a divorcee. How common are such marriages? In 2011, the 249,133 recorded UK unions broke down as follows:
|Neither party married before||165,467|
|Single man, divorced woman||21,265
|Divorced man, single woman||24,302
The Department of Health announced it would investigate every stillbirth. How does Britain compare internationally? Figures are for stillbirths in every 1,000 births.