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Five things we’ve learned while making DG #23

We signed off issue #23 of Delayed Gratification last week and are eagerly awaiting its arrival from our printers. As always, putting the issue together has made us wizards of useless trivia – we uncovered a tonne of great facts while doing our research and interviews. Below are five of our favourite things we learned while working on DG #23.

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1) Crispin Odey, the London hedge fund manager who made a bundle by betting on a Leave result in the EU referendum, has in the past spent a reported £150,000 on building a Palladian-style chicken coop in his Forest of Dean country estate. In September 2012, the Times reported that the hens’ den would be “built from local stone that features stone colonnades and windows made from English oak, topped by a decorative ‘anthemia’ design”.

2) If only goals scored by English players counted then Chelsea would have been relegated from the Premier League last season.

3) Not a single person has died from a heroin overdose in Switzerland since the country launched a heroin prescription programme in 1994. Within the scheme, registered addicts are able to collect and take the drug up to three times a day at clinics throughout the country. The drug is tested for safety and may not be taken outside of the centre. In the UK, there were 952 deaths in 2014 which involved heroin and/or morphine.

4) In 1969, Muhammad Ali played the lead role in the Broadway musical Buck White. At the time Ali had been suspended from boxing after being convicted of draft evasion for refusing to fight in Vietnam. A New York Times review by Clive Barnes said that while Ali was “beautiful” and “sings with a pleasant slightly impersonal voice, acts without embarrassment and moves with innate dignity”, he thought the production as a whole was “not quite so beautiful”. The musical only ran for five days.

5) Queen Elizabeth II appeared on her first bank note when she was eight years old. The note was the first $20 bill issued by the Bank of Canada, in 1935.

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