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Month: May, 2013

Little Venice

Blueprint Brief – 29th May 2013

“Venezuela” is Spanish for “Little Venice”.
It was so-named in 1499 by the Spanish explorer, Alonso de Ojedo, who saw native dwellings built on stilts over the water which reminded him of Venice.


Pension Age

Blueprint Brief – 22nd May 2013

When old age pensions were introduced in 1909, claimants had to be 70 years old. Life expectancy was 50 at the time.

With people now living, typically, into their mid-80s, an equivalent policy would mean that the state pension would only begin once you had celebrated your 100th birthday.

Source: Mark Littlewood, director-general of the Institute of Economic Affairs, The Times, 16th May 2013.

Thatcher, Cyprus, WW1, Lord Winston, Stamps – more Briefs

Blueprint Brief – 15th May 2013

173 years ago this month the first true postage stamps – the Penny Black and the Two-Penny Blue – were issued in Britain in May, 1840.
As they were not intended for overseas use, they did not carry the country’s name.
Unlike every other stamp-issuing nation, this is still the case.

Blueprint Brief – 8th May 2013

The eminent scientist Professor Lord Robert Winston said this week that he refuses to employ people with the best degrees because of their narrow approach.
Some hugely successful, and wealthy, non-graduates include Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Michael Dell, Lady Gaga, Adele, Sir Richard Branson, John Lennon, Sir Mick Jagger, Roman Abramovich, Kelsey Grammer, Sir Philip Green, Tom Hanks, Anne Hathaway and many, many more.
On the other hand it is a statistical certainty that for most people, graduating in higher education is in economic terms, a better bet.

Blueprint Brief – 1st May 2013

The 100th Anniversary of the start of World War One looms and controversy rages over how the occasion, in August 2014, should be marked.
Of the 557,618 Scots who enlisted in the British Army during the conflict, more than a quarter, 26.4 per cent, died; a mortality rate greater than all other combatant nations except Serbia and Turkey. Professor Niall Ferguson notes that “the Serbs and Turks probably lost more men to disease”.
Taking Great Britain and Ireland as a whole the percentage of men killed was 11.8 per cent.

Source: Niall Ferguson, The Pity of War

Blueprint Brief – 24th April 2013

As Cyprus struggles over Euro-survival, Cypriots hang onto the thought that the nation’s capital, Nicosia, founded before the 7th Century, is named after Nike, the Greek goddess of victory.

Blueprint Brief – 17th April 2013

As Baroness Thatcher is laid to rest today, here are two thoughts:
“To govern is to choose” – Pierre Mendes France – President of the Council of Ministers, French Republic, 1954-55.
“To decide is to divide” – Tony Blair, former British Prime Minister, April 2013.