DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST WEEK  9th October 2018

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A slightly different “I didn’t know that last week” today. A sort of I didn’t know that last week, newsy bits of things I have learned not just last week but over the last few weeks.

  1. Britons blame cancer on stress and coffee. Half of Britons believe stress can increase the risk of cancer, a survey of 2,070 adults by YouGov for a cancer charity has found. In fact, there is no direct link, though stressed people may overeat or smoke, which will increase their risk. Almost 40% of those surveyed did not know being overweight does increase the risk, while others wrongly believed that coffee is carcinogenic. The Guardian
  2. One in three UK restaurant chains are loss making, One in three of UK’s top 100 restaurant groups are lossmaking, according to a new report. The 75% rise in the past year highlights how higher staff costs, rising business rates and falling consumer confidence have hit the sector hard, slashing profit margins. Mid-market chains Jamie’s Italian, Prezzo and Strada have announced closures recently while the burger chain Byron has agreed a rescue plan. The Independent
  3. School class sizes growing as cuts bite. Class sizes are being pushed up in English schools as a result of funding cuts, according to a coalition of education unions. Their research found that 62% of state schools in England had larger classes last year than they did two years before. The group says the income received by schools for each pupil has fallen in real terms from £5,396 to £5,173 in just three years. Daily Telegraph
  4. The way we live now. The number of children who live in households where no one has ever worked has surged to 213,000 – an increase of 17,000 in a year, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics. Quite apart from the effect on adults of not working, the impact on their children is profound. They are five times more likely to be in poverty and they are less likely to do well in school. The Times
  5. Cars will travel slower than bikes by 2027. Cars will travel slower than bicycles on England’s congested roads within a decade. According to data from the government, the average vehicle speed of cars on A roads in 2017 was 18.4mph, down from 19.3mph in 2014. Should the decline continue at the same rate, cars would be travelling slower than cyclists by 2027. Daily Telegraph
  6. Life expectancy for men set to equalise with women. Men could have the same life expectancy as women by 2032 for the first time since records began. Variations in lifespans have swung over the past 150 years. The gap was biggest in 1969, when women lived on average five years and eight months longer than men. It is now two and a half years but that is expected to change in the coming decades. The Independent
  7. Credit card debt rocketing in Britain. Credit card debt is growing in the UK at the fastest rate since before the financial crisis, according to data from UK Finance. The annual growth rate in outstanding credit card debt of 8.3% in February was the highest for 12 years. The BBC points the finger at contactless purchases, saying that the more regular use of these cards for smaller, transactions is a factor in increased debt. BBC
  8. Homeowners moving half as often as 10 years ago. The BBC has found that homeowners are moving half as often as they did before the 2008 economic crisis. Where people used to move house 3.6 times after their first purchase, now it is 1.8 times. High house prices, tighter rules on mortgages and older people staying on in large properties have caused the trend, say industry analysts. BBC
  9. Quote of the week. I have absolutely no idea why I’ve lived so long. I just haven’t died yet, that’s all. Britain’s joint oldest man, Bob Weighton, who along with Alf Smith, turned 110 on Thursday. Metro

10           Luxury space hotel to open in 2021. A private firm has unveiled plans to open the first ever luxury space hotel in 2021, with the first guests staying the following year. Orion Span says six people, including two crew, will spend 12 days at a time in the hotel, which will orbit the Earth. Guests will be able to watch an average of 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours and try out space experiments. National Geographic

  1. Coffee shops to outstrip pubs as three open a day. There are 24,000 coffee shops in Britain, and new ones are opening at a rate of three a day. By contrast, pubs are closing at a rate of around 20 a week. There are now around 50,000 pubs. Daily Mail
  2. Doing the washing up priced at £12,000. The Office for National Statistics has estimated the contribution to the national economy made by people who do unpaid domestic work at home. Washing, cleaning, cooking and looking after children is worth £12,000 a year per adult. Driving and caring for elderly family members add another £7,000 approximately to this value. Feeding the family was £2,400, laundry chores were £1,355 and caring for children was estimated at £5,358. The Times
  3. 31% of Brits believe they will not be able to clear their debts during their lifetime. Among 18- to 24-year-olds, the figure is 50%. The Independent
  4. One in 20 deaths are linked to alcohol. Alcohol is responsible for more than one in 20 of all deaths worldwide, according to new data from the World Health Organization. The report shows that of three million such deaths, 2.3 million in 2016 were of men. The Independent
  5. Sarah no longer in top 100 popular baby names. Sarah has dropped out of the top 100 names in England and Wales for the first time. Oliver and Olivia were the most popular baby names for the second year running, according to the Office for National Statistics. There were six new female entries: Aurora, Orla, Edith, Bonnie, Lyla and Hallie. Hunter and Ralph were the new male names in the list. The Telegraph
  6. Middle-aged urged to have drink-free days. Public Health England and the charity Drinkaware are urging middle-aged people to cut their alcohol intake by having regular “drink-free days”. People aged 45 to 65 are more likely than other age groups to drink more than the recommended limit of 14 units a week. Doctors say introducing regular days off – preferably two consecutively – will improve sleep and reduce health risks. BBC
  7. Challenging times as John Lewis profits fall 99%. The head of John Lewis, Charlie Mayfield, has spoken of “challenging times in retail”, after the store announced its profits were down 99%. Pre-tax profits for the first six months of 2018 were just £1.2m, down £95m on the same period last year. The firm is also warning that its profits for the full year will be substantially lower. Daily Mail
  8. Ten fattest countries in Europe. Only two European nations have higher levels of obesity than the UK, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). At 27.8%, the percentage of the UK population who are obese is lower only than that of Turkey, at 32.1%, and Malta, with 28.9%. The Telegraph
  9. Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, is to use $2bn (£1.5bn) to set up a charitable fund to help the homeless and to found pre-schools. Worth $164bn (£125bn), Bezos has been criticised in the past for not doing more philanthropic work. His Day One Fund will help fund existing homeless charities and create a network of pre-schools in low-income areas. BBC


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Love like you have never been hurt

Laugh like no one is listening

Sing as if no one can hear

Dance as if no one is watching

Dream like there are no impossibilities

Play like there are no winners

Give like you have plenty

Smile till your face hurts

Cherish your family and friends everyday

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