A fatal shot
The sad death of Australian batsman Philip Hughes was a reminder that a cricket ball can kill. A blow on the cricket field may even have cost us an heir to the throne.
— One of the earliest suspected victims was Frederick, Prince of Wales, the son of George II, who is first recorded as having played cricket in 1733 when he put up a team against Sir William Gage, in a match played on Mouley Hurst, Surrey.
— In 1751, a few weeks after his 44th birthday, he was said to be suffering from an abscess in the chest caused by a blow by a cricket ball, or possibly a real tennis ball. He then caught a chill and developed pleurisy. He died on 31 March after the abscess burst.
Best case scenarios
Some ways to spend £3 million (other than on a court case to decide whether someone called someone a ‘pleb’):
— Buying Sir Cliff Richard’s Berkshire penthouse, for sale after the police raid.
— Building a new 80-bedroom Travelodge in Bolton.
— Resurfacing 12.6 miles of the A14 between St Ives and Cambridge.
— A new helipad for the Bristol Royal Infirmary.
— Providing 12 more trains a day for three years between Lincoln and Nottingham.
George Osborne announced a new ‘garden city’ for the Oxfordshire town of Bicester. One of the visions of the garden city movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries was that they would escape the overcrowding of Victorian London and have low-density housing. Will Bicester really be a garden city?
|Density (homes per acre)|
|Victorian London (Stoke Newington)||25|
|Hampstead Garden Suburb (1908)||15|
|Ave. English development, 1996–2001||10|
|Welwyn Garden City plan (1920)||8|
|Letchworth Garden City plan (1903)||6|
The toll of terror
The Islamic terror group al-Shabab murdered 36 quarry workers in Kenya. Which countries had the highest toll from terrorism last year?
Source: Global Terrorism Index
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