Key Quotes for 2006

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Last update: Wednesday 25th March
Shelved DIY jobs in British homes could be responsible for a £38 billion black hole in the property market.

Odd FactsThe Sentinel – 10th April 2006
One in five couples have decided not to have any children because of financial pressures, which has led to a cut in the average number of children per household. The figure has fallen from 2.4 – often quoted in sitcoms and media articles to 1.3.
FamilyThe Sentinel – 10th April 2006
In the UK, we own 50 million mobiles, and an average of 1,712 phones are upgraded every single hour.

Odd FactsKids Alive – 8th April 2006
The World Christian Encyclopedia reports that more than 1 billion people have yet to hear the gospel. That’s 27.8% of the world’s population.

Religion/SpiritualityCharisma + Christian Life – April 2006
It used to be a firm favourite on the British dining table, but tripe has now become the nation’s most detested food.

Food and DrinkThe Sentinel – 5th April 2006
Air pollution in the UK is not declining as quickly as expected and the levels of pollutants in the UK could reduce average live expectancy across the population by eight months.

EnvironmentThe Sentinel – 5th April 2006
More than 2.7 million sick days could be saved each year if the number of people exercising for at least 150 minutes a week was increased.

HealthThe Sentinel – 29th March 2006
The number of older people living in the countryside will soar faster than in urban areas. Already in the English countryside, two fifths of residents are aged over 50, one quarter is over 60 and one in 12 is over 75.

EnvironmentThe Sentinel – 4th April 2006
A third of parents are still supporting their grown up children, handing out up to £5,000 each year. Instead of focusing on saving for their retirement, 36% of people with adult children said they were providing their offspring with financial help.

FamilyThe Sentinel – 3rd April 2006
Television is the main source of company for nearly half of all old people in the UK. Nearly five million over 65’s in the UK rely on TV as a substitute for the companionship and support normally derived from family, friends and neighbours.

The ElderlyThe Sentinel – 30th March 2006
Hospital patients in England are being charged up to £1.5 million a year for car parking.

MoneyThe Sentinel – 28th March 2006
Beauticians are the happiest workers in the country. Florists, members of the clergy and hairdressers were also happy at work, enjoying meeting people and feeling appreciated. At the other end of the happiness scale were pharmacists, lawyers and civil servants, who complained about being over stressed and under paid.

Odd FactsThe Sentinel – 28th March 2006
Millions of British women suffer from low self-esteem. Research shows a lack of self-confidence is damaging relationships, job prospects, mental health and quality of life.

Social IssuesThe Sentinel – 27th March 2006
Men who smoke 20 or more cigarettes a day are almost 40% more likely to be impotent than those who do not.

HealthThe Sentinel – 24th March 2006
Music downloads are set to increase tenfold by 2010 to account for 15% of all music sold in the UK.

MediaThe Sentinel – 23rd March 2006
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