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There are 344 million £50 notes in circulation worth £17.2 billion. 2020 sees the launch of the new polymer £50 note featuring Alan Turing, the famous WWII Bletchley Park code breaker of the Enigma machine and hailed by many as the father of Artificial Intelligence.

Fashion houses and jewellers have often defined religious regalia as trendy, achieving brisk trade in nuns’ habits, Maltese crosses, ankhs, Russian Orthodox crosses, rosary necklaces, Stars of David all utilised on catwalks, glossy magazine covers and German fashion shows. An Italian collection featured the “Haisidic look” with female models wearing long side curls and felt brimmed hats.

In encouraging western symbolism of Christmas, a famous Tokyo store had a Santa Claus figurine nailed to a crucifix as its central window exhibition.

Last Edited by GreyWolf at 12 Jul 17:21

New man made deserts are being created at a rate of 75 square miles a day.

In recent years 40,000 Iranian villagers have been evacuated due to water shortages.

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Roly polies, potato bugs, pill bugs. Whatever you call them, they’re not bugs—they’re crustaceans.

Pillbug (Armadillidium vulgare) rolling up.

More like a crab than an insect?:
Many commonly mistake A. vulgare for an insect, but in reality they are crustaceans. They are characterized by a number of different traits.
A few of these traits are two sets of antennae, compound eyes, gills for respiration, and pairs of appendages on each body segment

Last Edited by GeminiJen at 12 Jul 14:11

Summer is a great time to look out for carnivorous sundew plants which hide among the mosses on our bog sites and ‘eat’ insects including the Scottish midge.

Unfortunately, judging by the midge bites I suffered walking in the Lake District last week, they’re in short supply there


Tourism is on the increase, in 1950 there were 25 million tourist visits rising to 166 million in 1970 and 435 million in 1990. Today that number stands at 1.4 billion separate tourist visits worth $1.7 trillion (about 2% of global GDP).

China constitutes the world’s largest source of tourists, with Chinese people making 143 million journeys abroad annually, followed by Germans (92 million), Americans (87.8 million) and Britons (74.2 million). Australians only 11 million. Last year, international tourists brought in £23 billion for the UK.

Regarding destinations, France comes out first with an annual throughput of 87 million tourist trips, Spain 82 million, USA 77 million, China 61 million, UK 39 million with London, Scotland and Manchester as top three tourist destinations of choice.

While tourism may seem a popular phenomenon archaeological digs have determined that the Ancient Phonecians, Mayans and Shang Dynasty all travelled in pursuit of both commerce and leisure curiosity…

Last Edited by Grey-Wolf at 01 Jul 20:38
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Over the past 20 years the number of industrial robots has tripled to 2.25 million. Over the next two decades this figure is projected to rise to 20 million.

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The rings of Saturn are 173,000 miles in diameter ( the equivalent of 21 planet Earths side by side) yet are only 90 metres in depth. Formed of billions of items of space debris, varying in size from houses to snowflakes in continuous collision at a 40,000 mph rotation. Saturn’s famous red spot vortex is 5,000 miles in diameter (larger than USA) and is effectively a permanent hurricane.

Last Edited by Grey-Wolf at 30 Jun 21:40
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