Dogs are big business! As well as dog ownership doubling in six years, the pet industry has boomed in the UK, with an estimated value of £7 billion, increasing by seven per cent annually despite the recession. The past decade has seen an explosion of doggy gadgets, toys and clothes. Well, now it seems the computer age has targeted dog owners with the app market believing it can enrich your relationship with your dog.
Earlier this week I was thumbing through a range of books published by The Economist in a publisher while waiting to see someone. Not as dull as it sounds. The pocket World in Figures 2013 includes a cornucopia of country profiles that blows away myths, even if what came floating into my mind was the pastiche Fifty Sheds of Grey.
Londonderry is the most affordable, Oxford the least
The Israeli and Palestinian territories on the West Bank are messy and confusing. This weekend I was quite taken aback when I was stopped by a defiant military security guard when crossing the green line to the Western wall, and asked whether I liked it “here, in Israel”, despite theoretically still being on Palestinian land.
I pick up the phone and dial the researcher’s office number. His assistant answers. He’ll pass on my request for information. A couple of hours pass and my telephone rings. “Hello, is that Beth?” asks the caller. ‘Beth?’ I think. Then I realise what’s happening.
It would take 23 years to save enough for the average deposit
Running events take you all over the country and perhaps to somewhere you wouldn’t usually choose to visit for a weekend – this time it was Hastings for the annual half marathon.
People living in the north are happier than those in the south
“Every additional home we build creates two new jobs.”
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