jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 11th March 2019

 I didn’t know that last week. A list of 20 things I did not know last week.


1              .The difference between what the government received in revenue last month and what it spent was £14.9bn it is the largest surplus figure since records began in 1993 for January., the month when most people submit their self-assessment tax returns. The Financial Times

2              New parents remain sleep deprived for six years. UK researchers say a new study of thousands of new parents suggests they face sleep deprivation for as long as six years after the birth of a child. The effect was most pronounced in women and was worst in the first three months after the birth of a first child. Women reported an hour’s less sleep per night, while men lost an average of only 13 minutes. The Guardian

3              One in 10 adults has never worked. Despite record employment, one in 10 UK adults has never had a paid job, according to official data. Analysing 41 million people aged 16-64, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that 3.6 million people, more than half of whom were students, had never done a day’s paid work. The number of people in work in the UK has continued to climb. Last month, the ONS reported a record 32.6 million people were employed between October and December. Daily Mail

4              Forever is over. About 34,000 people in the UK bought the £1 engagement ring from Poundland in the weeks running up to this year’s Valentine’s Day. Argos are still selling a more upmarket £20 version for the less money conscious. It’s a far cry from the Taylor-Burton diamond that was so valuable that the strict insurance policy stipulated that Elizabeth Taylor could only wear it for 30 days a year, with armed guards accompanying her at all times.

5              BBC and ITV to announce a streaming rival to Netflix. The BBC and ITV are to charge viewers to stream thousands of their classic shows on a new “Britflix” rival to Netflix to be announced this week. The leading broadcasters have been in talks for more than a year about pooling their archives to compete with global streaming giants such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Among the classics that could feature on the service are Fawlty Towers, Inspector Morse, Midsomer Murders and Absolutely Fabulous. The Times

6              We’re happiest at 16 and 70. There’s a lot of anxiety about adolescent mental health, but according to a new report, based on data collected by the ONS over seven years, people in Britain are happiest at 16. After that, it’s mainly downhill until they reach rock bottom in their early 50s; then, levels of overall contentment start to rise again, reaching a new peak at the age of 70. This U-shaped model has been found to be fairly pervasive in higher-income countries; but elsewhere in the world, the pattern is different. In the former Soviet Union happiness levels start lower in childhood and then decline steadily with age. In sub-Saharan countries, the levels remain low throughout. BBC

7              68% of Britons feel there is currently no political party that represents them, up from 61% last July. Less than 10% of people closely identify with any leading political figure. The Observer

8              The average 4 year old asks over 400 questions a day

9              Ant’s take rest for around 8 Minutes in 12 hour period.

10           When the moon is directly overhead, you will weigh slightly less.

11           There are only two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: “abstemious” and “facetious.”

12           The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.

13           What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers all have in common? Ans. – All invented by women

14           A snail can sleep for three years.

15           American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.

16           The influential British authors C. S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley died on the same day: November 22nd, 1963. That was also the fateful day John F. Kennedy was assassinated. All three of these coincidental deaths inspired American author Peter Kreeft to write the novel Between Heaven and Hell: A Dialog Somewhere Beyond Death with John F. Kennedy, C. S. Lewis, & Aldous Huxley.

17           Health benefit of plants. While it may seem obvious that surrounding yourself with gorgeous greenery is good for you, there are also some very specific benefits to be had. Many of our homes contain VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds), gases that can come from carpets, furniture, paint, candles or fires. A study by NASA concluded that 87 per cent of air toxins are removed by house plants every 24 hours. What more reason do you need to start filling your home with living marvels? Good Florist Guide

18           Who was the richest person of all time? Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world, according to the 2019 Forbes billionaires’ list released last week. With an estimated fortune of $131bn (£99bn) he is the wealthiest man in modern history. But he is by no means the richest person of all time. That title belongs to Mansa Musa (1280-1337, king of the Mali empire) whose wealth was incomprehensible. His generous handouts wrecked an entire country’s economy. BBC

19           Pause. Stop. Rewind! The cassette, long consigned to the bargain bin of musical history, is staging a humble comeback. Sales have soared in the last year – up 125% in 2018 on the year before – amounting to more than 50,000 cassette albums bought in the UK, the highest volume in 15 years. In 1989 83 million were sold.

20           If you earn more than $18,000 (£14,000)  you are amongst the richest 4% of people on earth

World population is around 7.7 billion 4% is 308 million



“You cannot open a book without learning something.” –Confucius


Happiness is…sleep if you are a new parent


A woman shoots her husband, holds him underwater for five minutes then hangs him. Right after that, they enjoy a lovely dinner together. Explain.

Answer: She took a picture of him, developed it in her darkroom, and then had dinner with him.


Love is… a sigh of contentment


Reach Out I’ll Be There – Four Tops

Highest Chart Position: No.1 27th October 1966 & No. 11 13th August 1988


Monday 11th March 2019

Nappy Day

World Plumbing Day


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