What’s special about Rochester
What is special about Rochester and Strood?
— Rochester has the second oldest cathedral and school in Britain, after Canterbury.
— Medway, the unitary authority area in which the constituency is situated, has one of the highest rates of private home-ownership in Britain, with 92 per cent of homes in private hands.
— Rochester has one of the few remaining airports in Britain with only grass runways – though it has filed a planning application to build a paved runway.
— Morrisons in Strood was Gordon Brown’s first engagement after announcing the date of the 2010 general election.
— Strood was once the largest producer of steam rollers in Britain.
The deadliest battles
British involvement in the Afghan war came to an end after 13 years and the loss of 453 servicemen. How does that compare with other post-second world war conflicts?
|British military deaths|
|Korean war, 1950-53||1,139|
|Falklands war, 1982||258|
|Iraq war, 2003-09||179|
|Aden emergency, 1963-67||90|
|Yugoslav civil war, 1991-1999||72|
|Gulf war, 1991||47|
The cost of a domain
The domain name ebola.com was bought for $200,000 by an organisation called the Weed Growth Fund, which believes cannabis will turn out to be a treatment for the disease. How much for a domain name?
Hemorrhagicfever.co.uk is still available for £6.98 for two years
Faster and faster
David Cameron backed a plan for an HS3 from Liverpool to Hull. How the speed or trains in regular service has increased:
|1989 Paris-Le Mans||188mph|
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