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Talking statistics

I’ve just encountered two interesting statistics this week: Only 30% of the UK’s population trusts the media (as high as that?) and one in eight British adults owns a onesie.  I had to look it up, too.

I’m reminded that when I did some work in Liverpool for the grandly-named ‘Office of the Deputy Prime Minister’ helping new communities engage with the media, one of the participants on one of my media workshops told how the day before she had escorted a Scandinavian film crew to a local school early in the morning so they could film parents still dressed in pyjamas and dressing gowns dropping their kids off for the day.  Mind you, the area had been so poor that the council had been unable to sell some abandoned houses for as little as £5 – which was the incentive to demolish them.  I would have thought the land was worth more than a fiver.

Thinking about it, it’s interesting to think that you could buy a house for less than the price of a cinema ticket… a meal at McDonalds… a copy of 50 Shades of Grey… one hour’s parking in central London… downloading three hours of The Goon Show from iTunes.  Instead of buying a decent shirt you could have bought several houses.

Perhaps if they’d given Nectar Points or Airmiles with the houses they would have sold a few.  Anyone remember Green Stamps?

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