Holidaymakers are being flown home after travel company Thomas Cook failed. The idea might have horrified the company’s eponymous founder, whose first excursion was a temperance outing from Leicester to Loughborough on 5 July 1841, on a charter train from the Midland Railway Company. All 500 tickets were swiftly sold. A holiday from Leicester to Liverpool and North Wales followed in 1845, including several nights in temperance hotels and a night-time ascent of Snowdon. Thomas Cook went on to organise trips to the 1851 Great Exhibition for 150,000 from the Midlands.
A Labour activist and parent of a patient accused the Prime Minister on a visit to a London hospital of ‘destroying’ the NHS. How has the budget for health and social care in England changed since the last Labour government left office in 2010? (At 2018/19 prices)
Source: King’s Fund
Which European countries generate the highest proportion of their electricity from nuclear?
Source: International Energy Agency
Sarah Thomas, an American, became the first person to swim the Channel four times in succession. How many people have swum the Channel?
— There have been 2,373 successful solo swims since Matthew Webb in 1875; 63.1% have been by men, 36.9% by women.
— The average age of a successful swimmer is 35 years and 131 days.
— 32% came from the UK, 17% from the US and 9% from Australia.
— The average time is 13 hours, 32 mins.
— The most popular day is 22 August, with 66 successful crossings on that day.