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Hot topic: How many of us own fans?

3 August 2019

9:00 AM

3 August 2019

9:00 AM

Growing fanbase

A photograph of the Queen meeting Boris Johnson revealed that she uses a Dyson electric fan. How many of us own fans?
— Sales of electric fans rose from 471,403 in 2008 to 648,829 in 2017, according to Prodcom figures collected by the Office for National Statistics.
— The retailer AO.com reported that sales rose six-fold during last week’s heatwave compared with a week earlier.
— Fans are popular in Britain because so few homes have air conditioning. A Mintel survey from 2009 revealed that only 0.5% of homes have air conditioning. In the US the figure is 87%.
— The use of air conditioners and electric fans currently accounts for 10% of all global electricity consumption, according to the International Energy Agency.

Crowded cabinet

Is the cabinet getting too big? While the number of paid cabinet ministers is limited to 22, including the prime minister, there is an ever-increasing number of ministers attending cabinet. The number attending their first cabinet:

Margaret Thatcher 22
John Major 24
Tony Blair 24
Gordon Brown 27
David Cameron 29
Theresa May 27
Boris Johnson 33

Numbers game

The video game Fortnite held a world cup in a stadium in New York. How many people around the world are claimed to play video games?

CrossFire 660m
Dungeon Fighter 600m
Pac-Man Doodle 505m
Candy Crush Saga 500m
Tetris 500m
Fantasy Westward Journey 310m
Fortnite 250m

By contrast, according to Fifa, 265 million people around the world regularly play football.

Hot competition

Cambridge recorded Britain’s highest-ever July temperature at 38.7°C, beating the previous all-time record of 38.5°C recorded at Faversham on 10 August 2003. Some tropical countries which, surprisingly, have lower temperature records than Britain:

Maldives 34.9°C
Cayman Islands 34.9°C
British Virgin Islands 35.0°C
Singapore 37.0°C
French Guiana 38.0°C

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