Barometer: David Dimbleby is not alone (unfortunately)

Plus: Cameron's relief; who walks in to walk-ins; how Prince Charles is like a million other people

16 November 2013

9:00 AM

16 November 2013

9:00 AM

Whose tattoos?

David Dimbleby, 75, has had a scorpion tattooed on his right shoulder. Some more tattoo-wearers who perhaps ought to know better:
—  Lady Steel, 71, wife of former liberal leader David Steel (pink jaguar on left shoulder).
Vanessa Feltz, 51 (photographed with Bob Marley on left arm, although it’s not known to be permanent).
Vladimir Franz, 54, composer and university professor who came fifth in this year’s Czech presidential elections (entire face covered with swirling motifs).
John Fetterman, mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania (town’s postcode on his left forearm; dates of five murders in the town on his right).
21% of US adults, according to a Harris poll last year.

What we’re aiding

David Cameron committed £6 million of the government’s £8.7 billion aid budget to disaster relief following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. How is the aid budget spent?

Health £1.08bn
Government/civil society £779m
Education £629m
Economic infrastructure £597m
Humanitarian aid £421m

Source: Department for International Development

Silver service

The Prince of Wales celebrated his 65th birthday, still waiting to take on his life’s main work. How many Britons are still working over the age of 65?
— Between May and July this year, a million over-65s were recorded as being in work, 9.4% of the total. This has risen from 8.4% over the past two years.
— During the same period 24,000 over-65s considered themselves to be unemployed, 2.2% of the total. This has fallen from 2.5% over the past two years.
Source: ONS

Who walks in

A quarter of NHS ‘walk-in’ centres have closed over the past three years. Who uses walk-in centres? Here are some comparisons with the people who use old-style GP practices:

Walk-in centre
Median age 29
Male 47%
Education beyond 18 25%
Owner-occupier 55%
White 88%


GP practice
Median age 32
Male 42%
Education beyond 18 19%
Owner-occupier 49%
White 84%

Source: British Journal of General Practice

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  • Icebow

    Tattoos are always a disfigurement, whatever the artistic merit, particularly so in the case of women.

    • Eddie

      Yes, and you used to have to go to the circus to see enormously fat tattooed women – now they’re everywhere!

      • Icebow

        Aesthetic dementia.

  • Jackthesmilingblack

    For a laugh, check Google Images for misspelt tattoos. And that`s just in English. With the current trend for kanji character tattoos, the Muppets have no idea what their tattoo means in English. Could mean, “Die Young” but then again could be “Vegetable soup”.
    I realise this is hardly an issue for the vast majority, but onsen in Japan usually exclude those with tattoos. The implication being that only organised crime syndicate members (Yakuza) sport tattoos. Occasionally I run into foreigners in Japan that bitterly regret having been tattooed. You never know what fate has in store.
    Jack, Japan Alps

  • Shorne

    As somebody once said of Tattoos (and I wish I could remember who said it) “You let a stranger draw on you and it will never come off.”

    • Ridcully

      Words of wisdom from Ozzy Osbourne regarding tattos:
      “If you really want to be different- don’t have one!”

  • John P

    I have spent many years refining my arguments against tattoos, and have managed to reduce them to two words: bad art.