10 things we learned this week

Bling farmers, even more bling travelers and why criminals are helping the economy.

by Emma Haslett
Last Updated: 11 Apr 2014

1. The price of farmland has just broken the £7,000 per acre barrier. Presumably Rolls-Royce is drawing up plans for its first tractor…

2. The average income of travelers using London City airport is £94,000. That’ll be a first-class ticket, sir?

3. The black market is about to start contributing an extra £10bn to the economy. Ka-ching

4. Tech veteran Moonfruit had its 15th birthday this week. That’s (potentially) two tech bubbles it’s survived. Although admittedly the last one was by the skin of its teeth

5. Not all firms about to list shout it from the rooftops. Cambian deliberately timed its announcement that it was planning to IPO to coincide with the Budget so it could avoid publicity

6.  Greek unemployment is still about 27%

7. Experts reckon children with dyslexia find Comic Sans easier to read than any other font

8. Battersea Power Station was still generating electricity as recently as 1953

9. An inquiry by the Competition and Markets Authority into whether the ‘big six’ energy firms ‘prevent competition’ will last 18 months. We’ll have frozen to death by then…

10. The fastest brickies lay 1,000 bricks a day


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