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Barometer | 20 October 2016

Also in Barometer: 100 per cent food taxes, who gets what for a speech, and make your own Marmite

Ape escapes

A gorilla got out of its enclosure at London Zoo and entered a keepers’ area, prompting an evacuation of visitors. Other gorillas who tried to emulate King Kong:
— Casey, a 400 lb male, scaled a 15-foot wall and a four-foot fence at Como Zoo in Minnesota in 1994 and spent an hour at large before being coaxed back.
— Little Joe, a 300 lb male, got out of Franklin Park Zoo, Boston, in 2003 and roamed free before being shot with a tranquiliser dart. Two people were injured.
— Jabari, a 300 lb Western Lowland Gorilla, scaled 16 ft walls to escape at Dallas Zoo in 2004. He injured four people, including a boy of three, before being shot dead. A 19-year-old female gorilla escaped briefly at the same zoo in 2010.

Heavy duty

Nick Clegg claimed food prices would go up if Britain left the single market. Some of the tariffs we impose on food from outside the EU but won’t have to after Brexit:

Frozen hams and shoulders of swine 33%
Fresh chilled carcasses of swine 50%
Lobster 50%
Fresh tuna 50%
Snails 50%
Frozen, edible bovine tongue 100%
Fresh or chilled eel 100%
Beer made from malt 100%
Desiccated coconut 100%
Cashew nuts 100%
Cocoa beans 100%
Mangoes 100%
Coffee 100%
Source: WTO

Silver tongues

Shami Chakrabarti was revealed to be earning up to £5,000 a time as a public speaker. What do others command?

Buzz Aldrin, John McEnroe, Alan Sugar, Herman von Rompuy £25,000+
Ben Ainslie, Raymond Blanc, Ian Botham, Lawrence Dallaglio £10,000 – £25,000
Paddy Ashdown, David Gower, Geoff Hurst, John Humphrys £5,000 – £10,000
Steve Davis, Germaine Greer, Vicky Pryce, Polly Toynbee £2,500 – £5,000

DIY Marmite

A brief spat between Unilever and Tesco over wholesale prices left Marmite-eaters in crisis. The official recipe is a closely guarded secret, but one fan says you can try this:

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