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Month: October, 2014

Brit Book Mountain

The UK publishes more books per person than any other country in the world.

According to a report by the international Publisher’s Association, 20 new titles have been published every hour this year so far.

Last year British publishers brought out 184,000 new titles and revised editions, or nearly three for every one thousand people.

Of these 184,000 new titles, 60,000 were e-books.

Source: Oliver Moody, The Times, 23 October 2014
Blueprint brief – 29th October 2014

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I know your type

That today’s German security service hopes to by-pass cyber espionage by using typewriters for sensitive documents comes as no surprise.

And as anyone who has seen the Oscar-winning German-language film The Lives of Others knows, the Stasi, East Germany’s pre-1989 security service, was masterful in its ability to identify the nuances of the individual typewriters used by dissidents.

Even more intriguing: the longest word that can by typed on the top deck of a traditional QWERTY keyboard is, apparently, “typewriter”.

Aside, of course, from: ”perpetuity”, “proprietor” and “repertoire”.

Any more suggestions please?

Source: Collins Dictionary and The Independent, 15 July 2014.
Blueprint brief – 22nd October 2014

Tornado Title-holder

A new survey has found that an average of 47 tornados struck Britain each year from 1981 to 2010 making it the world’s tornado hotspot.

There are more tornados in the UK than in the US, taking into account the big differences in land area. Is this evidence of climate change?

The deadliest British tornado in 1913 struck a mining town in Glamorgan and the most powerful was believed to have destroyed much of old Portsmouth in 1810.
In 1091 a tornado in London is said to have demolished 600 houses.

Source: Paul Simons, The Times, 13th October 2014
Blueprint brief – 15th October 2014

Nobel Numbers by Nationality

Of the 853 individuals who have won a Nobel prize, 121 are claimed by the UK.

This compares to the USA’s 345, France’s 65 and Germany’s 104.

About a quarter of the prize-winners claimed by the UK and US were born elsewhere.

Source: Professor Colin Blakemore, The Times, 8 October 2014
Blueprint brief – 8th October 2014