Didn’t Know That Last Week – 24th May 2018

Didn’t Know That Last Week – 24th May 2018

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 24th May 2018


 1              In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase “Goodnight, sleep tight”. askten

2              NHS maternity hospitals are paying out £1,000 in insurance premiums for every baby they deliver to protect themselves and staff against the cost of medical negligence cases. The claims for maternity and other accidents has risen to £65bn, up from £26bn in 2014. Daily Telegraph

3              Nearly half of all our food and energy is imported and 95% of trade reaches our shores by sea. Every year Britain imports goods worth £524 billion; and 90% of world trade is transported by sea. Yet, the UK has just 19 Royal Navy warships to protect our interests; less than half of the number in service 10 years ago. Office of National Statistics.

4              Self-made fortune has triumphed over old money, as 94% of those in its annual rich list are revealed to be self-made entrepreneurs. This forms a contrast to the first rich list in 1989, when just 43% of the entries had made their money themselves. Jim Ratcliffe, who once lived in a council house near Manchester, is now the richest person in the UK. The Sunday Times

5              Almost 18 million Britons watched coverage of Saturday’s royal wedding, making it by far the biggest television event of the year, as social networks and news websites also saw enormous online interest in the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. British viewers overwhelmingly turned to the BBC’s coverage, led by Kirsty Young, Huw Edwards and Dermot O’Leary, which attracted a peak audience of 13.1 million during the ceremony itself. ITV’s programming attracted a peak audience of 3.6 million people, while substantially smaller numbers of people watched on Sky News and the BBC News Channel. The viewing figures are lower than for the 2011 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton but the overall fall in TV audiences means the BBC’s coverage was comfortably the most watched British television programme of 2018.

6              Almost 75% of our planet is water but 97% of it is undrinkable

7              In Iceland everyone has to learn how to swim by law

8              In Russia it is illegal to brush your teeth more than twice a day

9              In Samoa it is illegal for a man to forget his wife’s birthday

10           Bristol has a mobile kebab truck called ‘Jason Donervan’


Be the reason someone smiles today


Happiness is…relaxing and listening to Marsha Hunt’s vinyl album


Easiest job in the world of course, Australian psychiatrist, “G’day, how you doing no worries next”.


Love is…being loved back


Walk on Guilded Splinters – Marsha Hunt

Highest Chart Position: No.46 1969

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