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Barometer | 15 August 2019

Barometer | 15 August 2019
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Girls only

Polish village Miejsce Odrzanskie was reported not to have had a single boy born in the past decade, though 12 girls have been born in the same period. However, such an imbalance is far from a freak occurrence:

— Assuming a 50-50 chance of a baby being male or female, the probability of 12 girls born in succession is one in 4,096. Given that there are 10,000 parishes in Poland, you would expect at any one time for there to be two to three whose last dozen births were all female.

— There is an equal chance that 12 boys will be born in succession.

Powerless

A million British people were reported to have been left without electricity when a gas power station and wind farm both failed. How does that compare with people left without power in some of history’s biggest outages?

India, July 2012

620m

Indonesia, August 2019

100m

Southern Brazil, March 1999

97m

Italy, September 2003

56m

Eastern US/Canada, August 2003

55m

And in Britain:

Great Storm, 1987

1.5m

Miners’ strike, 1972

1.2m

Banged up

The government is to review prison sentences. How does our incarceration rate of 140 per 100,000 compare with that of other countries?

HIGHEST

US

655

El Salvador

615

Turkmenistan

552

Virgin Islands

542

Thailand

512

Cuba

510

LOWEST

Guinea-Bissau

10

Central African Republic

16

Republic of Congo

27

India

33

Oman

36

Nigeria

36

(England and Wales ranks at number 112 out of 223)

Source: World Prison Brief

Dropped off

What does it cost to drop off a passenger directly outside our biggest airports?

Heathrow

Free

Gatwick

Free

Stansted

£4 for 10 mins

Luton

£4 for 13 mins

Manchester

£3 for 5 mins