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How weird is it to have a second kitchen?

Plus: petitions to rival Jeremy Clarkson’s; racial discrimination cases; and a cat comparison

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Cooking statistics

Ed Miliband was photographed in a miserable kitchen, but it turned out to be only a snack preparation room which he has in addition to a large kitchen downstairs. What is the state of the nation’s kitchens?

— The average size in England, according to official data, is 11 square metres. Five per cent of homes have a kitchen smaller than five square metres and 17 per cent have kitchens large than 15 square metres. Some 13 per cent have, like Ed’s, a separate utility room or second kitchen.

— 955,000 English homes are estimated to have a hygiene problem, and in 4 per cent of these the cleanability of the kitchen is deemed to be an issue.

Signs of the times

Over 850,000 people signed an online petition demanding that Jeremy Clarkson be reinstated on Top Gear. What else were people petitioning about last week?

Offer smear test to all females over the age of 16

328,000 signatures

Protect religious slaughter

in the UK

135,000

More efforts to track down owners

of pets killed on the road

123,000

End non-stun slaughter to promote animal welfare

118,000

Make CCTV mandatory in

slaughterhouses

110,000

Source: epetitions direct

Discriminating verdict

Nigel Farage said he wanted to ditch racial discrimination laws to reduce the burden on employers. How many of the nearly 200,000 employment tribunal cases in 2013/14 were on the grounds of race?

Working Time Directive

49,100

Unfair dismissal

28,500

Unauthorised deductions

27,400

Equal pay

17,200

Breach of contract

16,800

Sex discrimination

13,700

Redundancy pay

6,660

Disability discrimination

5,200

Race discrimination

3,060

Source: Ministry of Justice

Big cats and little cats

A conservation body proposed to reintroduce the Eurasian lynx into the British countryside, from which it disappeared around the year 700 AD.

How does a lynx measure up against a domestic cat — and a tiger?

Length

Domestic cat

40–50cm

Lynx

80–130cm

Tiger

270–310cm

Weight

Domestic cat

4–5kg

Lynx

18–30kg

Tiger

75–300kg