The Spectator

Barometer | 29 October 2015

Plus: Who’d pay most sugar tax; the rise of English wine; the biggest concert halls

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Killer facts

The World Health Organisation added processed meats to its list of ‘known’ carcinogens. A few of the other things which have been claimed to be linked to cancer in the past fortnight:

— Make-up in Halloween outfits (blamed by a laser surgery centre in New York)

— Chocolate (blamed by a colorectal surgeon at St George’s Hospital, Tooting)

— Deodorants (tabloid article — no source given)

— Hormone-replacement therapy (tabloid article — no source given)

— ‘Roundup’ herbicide (named in US lawsuit)

— Sand used in fracking, which is to say, sand (Friends of the Earth)

— Nail polish (tabloid article — no source given)

— Shampoo (US gynaecologist)

Sweet surrender

Who would pay the most sugar tax?

Daily sugar intake in grams

Male manual workers


Male non-manual


Female manual


Female non-manual


Bubbling up

English wine production was said to be on course to break another record. How has it fared in recent years?


6.3m bottles


4.45m bottles


1.03m bottles


3.02m bottles


4.05m bottles


3.18m bottles

Halls of fame

Plans will shortly be announced for a new concert hall at the Barbican. Who has the largest regular classical music venues?

LDS Conference Centre, Salt Lake City, Utah (home of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir)

21,000 seats

Elliot Hall of Music, West Lafayette, Indiana

6,005 seats

Royal Albert Hall

5,500 seats

Saratoga Performing Arts Centre, New York

5,100 seats

Koussevitzky Music Shed, Tanglewood, Massachusetts

5,100 seats

Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Athens (open air)

5,000 seats

Sala Palatului, Bucharest

4,000 seats

Metropolitan Opera House, New York

3,900 seats