Fifty years after the QE2 ocean liner was launched by the Queen, and almost a decade after its retirement, the great ship is still gathering dust in a UAE dock. We present a fact for each year of its existence. 1. In excess of 70,000 bottles of champagne were drunk every year, on average, on the QE2, prior to her retirement in 2008. 2. The ship’s owners were subject to a bomb threat and ransom demand in 1972, made when the QE2 was 1,000 miles from land.
Editor's note: This was first published in February 2014, and was checked and updated in April 2015. One of the world's great city events, set up by the same organisation that started the Great North Run, this event threads through the normally traffic-laden streets of Addis Ababa.
The map, published on the Londonist website, which covers news and events in the capital, shows each of the city's boroughs according to the first coherent result in Google’s auto-complete options. The outcome of the research seems to suggest many boroughs are less than desirable places to live, with several areas, including Wembley, Walthamstow and Croydon, being described as “a dump”. Fulham and Ealing fared slightly better, with “posh” being the most popular auto-complete term.
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Selecting a term
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