The Olympics have not even started yet, but already one world record is under threat: that for the world’s longest traffic jam. The first day of operation of an Olympic lane on the M4 led to a 32-mile tailback from the edge of London to Newbury in Berkshire. These are the records to beat:
Longest jam Nothing has yet surpassed the 109-mile tailback on the A6 between Lyon and Paris on 16 February 1980, caused by Parisians returning home from their skiing holidays in poor weather
Losing the race
The 2011 census found that the population of England and Wales grew by 3.7 million, or 7.1 per cent between 2001 and 2011. But the population of some places is shrinking:
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Tug of war
The Army was called upon to provide security at the Olympics following the failure of private security company G4S to train enough guards. How do the Army and the private security industry compare?
The BBC announced that it would be using 765 members of staff to cover the Olympics. How many staff has the BBC sent to the Games in the past?