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Month: November, 2015

Relative Riches

Someone living below the US poverty level, earning $11,000 a year expressed as real purchasing power, is in the top 15 per cent of the world’s income distribution.

Someone earning $28,000 a year, the median individual income in the US, is in the top 5 per cent , while someone earning $52,000 a year is in the top 1 per cent.

The bottom 20 per cent of the world’s population earns less than $550 a year in US purchasing power.

Source: Thomas Nagel, Ways to Help: How to pick a charity and other means of making altruism effective, Times Literary Supplement, 20 November 2015.

blueprint brief – 26th November 2015


Refugee Report

Since the felling of the Twin Towers in New York on 11th of September 2001 some three quarters of a million refugees have been admitted to the United Sates.

To date, not one has been arrested on domestic terrorism charges.


Source: Daily Telegraph Morning Briefing, 17th November 2015.

blueprint brief – 20th November 2015


Smith, the most common name in the UK, is derived from the Old English term meaning one who works in metal.

Foreign names with the same meaning as Smith are many:

Faber in Latin,

Lefevre in French,

Ferrero in Spanish,

Ferrari in Italian,

Kowalski in Polish,

Kovacs in Hungarian,

Faur in Romanian,

Smit in Dutch,

Schmidt in German

and MacGowan in Scottish Gaelic.

Source: Lingo: A language Spotters’ Guide to Europe by Gaston Dorren, Profile Books, 2014

blueprint brief – 13th November 2015

Inmate Infirmary

While the Prison Service copes with a 25 per cent cut in funding, the number of prisoners over 60 doubled to 4,000 over the last ten years.

The increase, partly a result of widespread prosecutions of historic sex crimes, now means that prison officials, used to retraining violent young men, now spend much of their time escorting inmates to cancer screenings and chemotherapy sessions in local hospitals.

SourceFinancial Times, 26th October 2015.

blueprint brief – 4th November 2015