The first ever ‘oranges’ from South East Asia ( a hybrid of a pomelo and a tangerine) were green.
Only 25% of the Sahara Desert is sand.
In Great Britain chickens outnumber people by 5 to one.
It is illegal to get drunk in a British pub.
75% of Great Britain is farm land.
Holland has the highest population density in Europe with 493 people per square kilometre alongside the tallest people in the world with average Dutchman measuring 184cm and for women 170cm with only 1% of its population being lactose intolerant. The 4th richest country in the world in terms of per capita GDP, two capitals: the Hague and Amsterdam, alongside the Keukenhof gardens which is the largest flower garden in the world, its national anthem “Wilhelmus” first played in 1568, is also regarded as the oldest national anthem in the world. Home to 1,180 Windmills, over half the country is only 1 metre above sea level (the term Netherlands is Dutch for low lands). Dutch innovations have included the orange carrot, gin (known as Jenever), Gouda and Edam cheeses, the importation and introduction of tea to Europe in 1610 via Rotterdam, the largest European sea port. The Dutch company Philips invented the audio cassette in 1967, the video tape in 1972, the compact disc in 1982 and the CD Rom in 1985. Holland also invented the microscope, telescope, pendulum clock and thermometer in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Dutch have been making cheese since 400 AD and are the largest exporters of cheese in the world, with twelve different key brand varieties and a dairy industry valued at 7.7 billion Euros.
There are currently over 800 Aldi supermarkets in UK with plans to grow to 1200 in the next 6 years. With over 10,000 Aldi stores in 20 different countries around the world it all began in 1913 when Anna Albrecht of Essen, Germany opened her grocery store as her husband was rendered unemployed as a coal miner as he had emphysema. Their two sons Karl and Theo Albecht were both conscripted during the war and both ended up as prisoners of war. After the war, returning to the bombed out Essen of which only 10% remained standing, fortunately including the original Albrecht grocery store. Maintaining the company policy of low prices and narrow range Theo and Hans developed the business which had grown to 300 German outlets, changing the name to ALDI as a compression of the family name “Albrecht” and “Discount” by the 1960s. With the demolition of the Berlin Wall came division between the brothers with Theo intending to sell cigarettes but with Hans cautious about this as he believed it would encourage shoplifting, two types of Aldi emerged, with Theo expanding the chain to the north of Germany and Hans to the south. By the 1990s Aldi stores had been established in the USA and across 7 different European countries.
In 1971 Theo Albrecht was kidnapped for 14 days and Hans Albrecht orchestrated the ransom payment of some 7 million German Marks
(around £2 million). Half the money was retrieved and the other half Theo attempted to write off against tax as legitimate business expenses. Ever reclusive, refusing to give interviews or engage in TV advertising, both brothers remained firmly in the shadows of their own success. Aldi products were for a long time not advertised on TV nor does the chain have any interest in offering on line shopping
The 5th April 1990 marked the first Aldi opening in UK at Stechford, East Birmingham with its limited range, low prices and a new innovation of a middle aisle which sold everything non edible from watering cans to winter socks. The main supermarket chains in UK typically carry around 40,000 different product items, Aldi around 2,000 only. With no shareholders to appease, Aldi maintained its same basic approach yet was to truly flourish after the 2008 credit crisis which saw a rise of 50% in ABC1 band (middle class) customers switching to Aldi in the interests of austerity, reflected in the number of Mercedes and BMWs to be seen parked in their forecourts. With 9 out of 10 products being Aldi own brand, packaging on the range is made to look as similar as possible to its leading brand name counterpart, Further sales were gained by moving the fruit veg into the first aisle nearer to the door. Aldi status has recently increased via the prestigious Tatler magazine, encouraging readers to eat posh at Aldi with its now wider range of continental exotica. 80% of Aldi suppliers are British and the store image sports Union Jacks on trucks, carrier bags, products and hoardings.
By 2014 both Albrecht brothers had died leaving a fortune of £30 billion and the store is now the 5th largest supermarket chain in UK.
UK sales of sherbet lemons have soared 176% to £4 million over the past five years. Rhubarb & Custard sweets up by 99.4% to £3.9 million.
Parma Violet sales are up to £1.26 million and Pear Drops up to £1.4 million. The Retro Sweets Company showing overall confectionery sales to have grown 13% to £3.9 billion.
UK households collectively contain 40 million unused electronic gadgets, most of them recyclable.
British Airways have admitted to losing 150,000 bags this year (2019).
The British Horticultural Industry is worth £24 billion a year, more than the aerospace industry.
Queen Elizabeth I regarded herself as a paragon of cleanliness. She declared that she bathed once every three months, whether she needed it or not