In July 2017 the UK’s Office of National Statistics revealed that the British film industry was the second largest contributor to UK economic growth in the services sector, growing 8.2 percent in the previous quarter alone. To see what was driving Brit-flick success, in DG #28 we looked at the biggest films officially defined as “British” by the British Film Institute over the past 15 years.
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At 12 noon on Monday 21st August 2017, Big Ben – the 161-year-old Great Bell inside the UK Parliament’s iconic clock tower – chimed its last before being taken out of commission for four years. As MPs wept patriotic tears outside the Palace of Westminster, we asked what could have led to this most egregious state of affairs? The answer, as our ‘Butterfly effect’ infographic from DG #28 illustrates, is 1066 and all that…
On 6th July 2017, the Lynx UK Trust announced it will apply for a trial to reintroduce lynxes to the wild. The project would be part of a global trend of rewilding – reintroducing species known to be extinct in a particular area. It has been 1,300 years since the big cats roamed wild in Britain – our infographic below illustrates how long six other animals waited for their comebacks.
On July 19th 2017 the BBC published the salaries of its highest earning stars for the first time, raising eyebrows across the UK – along with questions, both from the media and in parliament, about exactly how much national treasures are worth. In DG #28 we decided to put top broadcasters’ remuneration in context, calculating how many nurses, soldiers, prime ministers and politicians fit inside one BBC presenter’s pay packet…
On 10th January 2016 David Bowie died from liver cancer, two days after his 69th birthday and the release of Blackstar, his 25th and final studio album. In DG #22 we marked the passing of a multi-era-defining giant of pop culture by mapping Bowie’s life as an artist and icon.
Manchester City’s spending spree in July 2017 meant that by the start of the 2017/18 football season, the club boasted four of the world’s five most expensive defenders. Meanwhile, on 11th July, Georgian president Giorgi Margvelashvilithe warned of “creeping occupation” after Russia moved its border several hundred metres into his country.
At this London Marathon on 23rd April 2017, Mary Keitany set a new women-only world record with a time of 2:17:01, but she wasn’t the race’s only record breaker.
On 8th November 2016 Donald Trump became the fifth presidential candidate in US history to lose the popular vote but win the presidency, attracting 46.4 percent of all ballots cast compared to Hillary Clinton’s 48.5 percent. It was a split decision in terms of popular vote versus the final outcome as decided by the electoral college system – but we dug further into the CNN exit poll, and a few other sources, to find out how divided America and the world really was over the vote.
In DG #27 we investigated the chain of events that led to Barcelona homeowner Montse Pérez losing her apartment to a bizarre Airbnb scam – and ingeniously reclaiming it in June 2017.
When Donald J Trump was elected 45th President of the United States on 8th November 2016, words like “unprecedented” and “abnormal” filled the airwaves and newspaper columns. But aside from his celebrity status (oh, wait: Ronald Reagan) and his lack of experience in elected office (hang on: Dwight D Eisenhower, Ulysses S Grant…), what exactly marked him out as unique?
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