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Barometer | 7 September 2017

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More or less a million

One in 79 Britons is now a millionaire thanks to property price rises. The word is first recorded in 1821, when £1 million was worth £100 million now. More modern-day values of millionaire:

£24 million: 1956, when Cole Porter’s song ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’. featured in the film High Society.

£20 million: 1962, when the Glaswegian song ‘Ma Maw’s a Millionaire’ was recorded.

£7.8 million: 1975, when Dr Hook released their song ‘The Millionaire’.

£1.7 million: 1998, when Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? began on British television.

Bigger bangs

A North Korean nuclear test was estimated as the equivalent of 50,000 tonnes of TNT. How does that compare historically?

Little Boy: Hiroshima bomb on

6 August 1945

15,000 tonnes TNT

Fat Man: Nagasaki bomb

three days later

20,000 tonnes

Grapple Y: Largest UK N-test, April 1958 near Christmas Island

3 million tonnes

Test Number 6: China’s largest test, Xinjiang, June 1967

3.3 million tonnes

Castle Bravo: largest US test, near Bikini Atoll, March 1954

15 million tonnes

Tsar Bomba: Soviet test in October 1961 at Mityushikha Bay, Siberia; still the world’s largest nuclear blast

50 million tonnes

Born three

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child. How unusual are third children? In 2012, 47 per cent of parents had one child, 39 per cent had two and 14 per cent three, but with wide regional variations in the proportion with three or more.

HIGHEST PROPORTION

Tower Hamlets

28.4%

Newham

24.7%

Hackney

22.8%

LOWEST PROPORTION

City of London

8.8%

Isles of Scilly

9.7%

North Tyneside

11.6%

Source: ONS

Industrial inaction

McDonald’s workers in Cambridge and Catford went on strike, a first for the company in Britain. Which industries are most and least prone to industrial action?

MOST WORKING DAYS LOST PER 1,000 STAFF

Education

39

Transport/storage

35

Health/social work

33

LEAST WORKING DAYS LOST PER 1,000 STAFF

Financial

1

Construction

1

Wholesale/retail

<1

Source: ONS