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Month: March, 2014

Dreaming Buyers

Oxford, not London, has been named as the UK’s least affordable city.

The average property in Oxford costs £340,864, more than 11 times local salaries, according to a Lloyds survey.

On average, the homes in British cities cost 5.8 times the typical local salary.

Blueprint brief: 26th March 2014
Source: The Week, 15th March 2014.

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Incomparable Will

Albert Gifford, 15, last week exacted an apology from supermarket giant, Tesco, for its alleged “misuse” of English grammar when it claimed that’s its orange juice contained oranges squeezed at their “most tastiest”.

William Shakespeare, it seems, disagreed.

He used “double comparisons” freely, writing not only: “this was the most unkindest cut of all”, in Julius Caesar;

“she comes more nearer earth than she was wont” in Othello, and even, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “what worser place can I beg in your love…?”

“Many of the purported rules of English that sticklers cite today were the invention of a small group of 18th Century grammarians”, says the author.

Blueprint brief: 20th March 2014
Source: Oliver Kamm, The Pedant, The Times, 15 March 2014.

Danish Daring

Between 70 and 90 per cent of Jewish people in Hungary, the Netherlands, Greece, Latvia and Poland perished in the Holocaust.

In Estonia, Belgium, Norway and Romania it is estimated that 40 to 50 per cent did so, while in France and Italy the proportion was somewhere around 20 per cent. In both Bulgaria and Denmark, however, just one person died.

Blueprint brief – 12th March 2014
Source: David Crane, The Spectator, 8 March 2014, reviewing Countrymen: The Untold Story of How Denmark’s Jews Escaped the Nazis by Bo Lidegaard, Atlantic Books, 2014.

Faites vos Jeux

There is one betting shop for every 2,458 of Glasgow’s 595,000 residents.

According to recently-published figures, of £158.18 million gambled each year in the city, estimated winnings amounted to £30.05 million, a success rate of 19 per cent.

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations reports that, 870,000 people in Scotland, including 1 in 5 children, can be classed as living “in poverty”.

Blueprint brief – 6th March 2014
Sources: The Herald, March 4th and 5th, 2014.