Price of protest
Greenpeace was fined £80,000 for defying a court order and occupying an oil rig in the North Sea. What else have protestors been fined for in Britain in recent times?
£750 for spray-painting a war memorial in Whitehall in a climate change protest.
£430 for spraying slogans on a pavement against Barclays, accusing it of investing in fossil fuels.
£400 for eating a raw squirrel at a vegan food market in Soho.
£150 for chaining themselves to the gates of a nuclear submarine base.
The tourism industry is opening up again. Who spends the most: Britons holidaying abroad or overseas tourists coming here?
— In the 12 months to August 2019 there were 71.6 million trips abroad by UK nationals. In all, they spent £46.5 billion.
— In the same period 38.3 million overseas tourists came here, spending a total of £23.7 billion.
— The most lucrative months for the UK tourism industry were:
August | £4.12 billion
July | £3.96 billion
June | £3.58 billion
The Covid 19 crisis has had the effect of boosting online commerce. Before the lockdown, which goods and services did we buy most, and least, online?
Percentage bought online:
Digital content and subscriptions | 99%
Travel | 80%
Entertainment | 64%
General retail | 57%
Household goods | 53%
Clothing | 44%
Eating and drinking | 14%
Grocery | 10%
The next stage
The arts industry has been given a £1.5 billion bailout. How big is the UK theatre industry?
In 2018 there were:
18.8 million tickets sold
£509 million taken in ticket sales.
The average ticket price was £27.68.
Theatres were on average 61% full.
Source: UK Theatre
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