Thursday, 17th June 2021

This Month's Magazine
Did you know that..?

Did you know that..?

A collection of useless but interesting extracts from different newspapers. Topics for after dinner conversation in Andalucia

As many as 13 per cent of drivers still use a hand-held mobile phone while at the wheel. Four per cent admitted regularly sending or reading text messages while driving, according to a poll. Only 36 per cent believed the mobile phone ban should be extended to hands-free kits, the survey by road safety charity Brake and insurer Direct Line found. Daily Telegraph

According to official Spanish statistics, the number of UK citizens registered as living in Spain fell by nearly 90,000, a drop of 23%. Germans and French citizens also left in large numbers. The only foreign nationals to increase their presence in Span were the Chinese, whose numbers rose 2% to 185,250. Daily Mail

Retail prices are falling at the fastest rate since records began. Ferocious competition on the high street is forcing retailers to offer cut-price food, clothes, footwear and electrical items. The British Retail Council says typical prices in the shops were down by 1.8% in June year-onyear. Food prices mildly bucked the trend with a marginal inflation of 0.6%, but the cost of non-edible items dropped by 3.4%. The Times

All passengers flying into and out of the UK have been told that mobile devices in their hand luggage must have enough charge to be switched on. The new guidelines come after the US announced extra security checks last week. The rules cover phones, tablets and other gadgets including razors and cameras. Uncharged devices will not be allowed on board planes. Metro


In 2045 the world population will reach 10.4bn with more than 70% of people living in crowded urban areas, predicts a new study. In Global Strategic Trends – Out to 2045, a Ministry of Defence think tank also forecasts that 3.6bn people will suffer water shortages and terrorists will have access to cheap, unmanned drones and space satellites. The Observer

Foreign patients will be clobbered with a bill for 150 per cent of the cost of NHS treatment in a crackdown on health tourism. They will pay inflated charges such as £2,244 for having a baby, £2,800 for cataract surgery and £12,865 for a hip replacement. It is intended to recoup the £500million lost every year by not chasing people from outside the European Union for using the NHS. The Times

Real Madrid is the world’s most valuable sports team. The club is worth an estimated $3.44bn (£2bn). Barcelona comes in second place at $3.2bn, with Manchester United third, thanks to a value of $2.81bn. Forbes calculates the value of the teams based on equity, debt and stadium deals. MLB baseball team the New York Yankees came fourth, with NFL American Football team Dallas Cowboys in fifth. Forbes The amount of money raised by VAT for the UK Treasury in the 2013/14 tax year was £100bn. It’s a record amount – VAT now accounts for £1 in £5 of the tax take. Financial Times

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