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Month: June, 2014

Numbing Numbers

This coming Saturday, 28th June, marks the 100th anniversary of the spark which ignited the catastrophe of the First World War: the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria Hungary in Sarajevo. He and his wife were murdered sitting in the back of their official car. Its registration was A111118.

Was the registration also a weird premonition of when the mass slaughter would cease?

The Armistice was on the eleventh day of the eleventh month 1918.

Sources: The Spectator, Charles Moore, 21 June 2014 and Wikipedia.
Blueprint brief – 25th June 2014

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England Expects

The World Cup may be beyond the reach of the current England football team but three records it holds are:

Team most consistently knocked out in the quarter finals – eight times

Most kicks missed in shootouts – 7

Oldest player to captain a country in a match – Peter Shilton, 40, in 1990.

Blueprint brief: 18th June 2014
Source: The Spectator, Barometer, 14 June 2014.

Rude Mechanicals?

The average garage mechanic is paid £74.33 per hour in some parts of West London, according to a survey from Warranty Direct, which describes itself as “a leading warranty provider”.

This is equivalent to an annualised salary, assuming a 40 hour week, 50 weeks a year, of £148,660.

PM David Cameron is paid £142,500.

blueprint brief: 11th June 2014
Source: The Times, 11 June 2014.

Murder in Paradise

A famous 20th Century novelist, Somerset Maugham, wrote that the French Riviera was “a sunny place for shady people”.

Many of today’s ultra-wealthy inhabit Monte Carlo, where taxes are minimal, because they perceive it to be safe.

Sadly, Madame Helene Pastor, (77) its richest woman, whose family fortune is, reportedly, E 20 billion, became the victim of a Mafia-style murder last Saturday.

Local journalist believe the motive was control of her property empire.

Blueprint brief: 4th June 2014
Source: Obituaries, The Times, 3 June 2014

RIC-Rolled

Russia’s agreement to sell hundreds of billions of dollars of Russian gas to China represents a real shift on global power says commentator Roger Boyes.

Add to that partnership both countries’ friendly overtures to the newly-elected leader of India, Nasendra Modi – who was denied for many years a working US visa – and there is all the makings of a very formidable anti-US Russia-China-India alliance.

Blueprint brief: 29th May 2014
Source: The Times, 28th May 2014.