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Month: April, 2016

Our Beautiful Laundrettes

There were an estimated 12,500 laundrettes on Britain’s high streets and back streets in the 1980s.

Today, it is reported, there are no more than 3,000.

Source: Sunday Mirror, 3 April 2016.

blueprint brief – 21st April 2016.


Viking Velux

English is an amalgam of many languages.

The English word “window”, unlike the French “fenetre” and the German “fenster” derives from the Vikings.

Viking houses had tiny apertures from which inhabitants could look out to gauge the ferocity of the wind and weather;

thus the “wind-eye” or “window”.

Source: BBC Radio 4, Word of Mouth, Tuesday 5th April 2016.

blueprint brief – 13th April 2016


The Big Weigh-In

A million dollars in $100 dollar bills weighs 20.5 pounds.

A million in $20s is 102 pounds (seven stone and three pounds).

A million in $5s is 408 pounds.

A million in quarter (25 cent) slot machine winning weighs twenty-one tons.


SourceCasino: Love and Honour in Las Vegas by Nichola Pileggi.