December 9, 2014

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Glitch grounds UK flights –
A major glitch in the UK air-traffic controllers system has affected flights in and out of nearly all of Britain’s airports including 89 flights cancelled at Heathrow. National Air Traffic Services (Nats) said a technical fault in the flight data system at its Swanwick centre caused the problem.
Heathrow_T5Heathrow Terminal 5

Amazon beefs up Prime
Amazon Prime launches 4K (UHD) streaming for its Amazon Prime service following Netflix into the 4K market.

Oz helping out Global Warming issues
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Australia will contribute A$200 million over four years into a U.N. fund to help poor nations cope with global warming.
Australian_Prime_Minister_Tony_Abbott_and_Indian_Prime_Minister_Narendra_Modi_in_India Tony Abbott with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi

In the club (sandwich)
The British Sandwich Association has named chicken and bacon has been named the nation’s favourite sandwich filling – overtaking the BLT. (See List of the day)
Club-sandwichA chicken and bacon sandwich aka a club sandwich

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Moment Abroad from Andrew Walker on Vimeo.

List of the day –

Facts and Figures Concerning the UK Sandwich Industry


The information below is from the British Sandwich Association, and you can visit their website by clicking here


  • The British sandwich market bought ‘on the go’ is currently worth £2.8 billion
  • In the last year 1.69 billion sandwiches were sold ‘on the go’, at an average price of £1.66
  • Over 62% of the population buy a sandwich at least once a year
  • Over 19.7% of sandwiches are bought in work (work canteens and staff shops etc)
  • People in Yorkshire spend the most on sandwiches – an average of over £114 a year
  • People in the South West spend the least – an average of £55 a year. This means they spend under half that of their northern counterparts
  • The most expensive place to buy a sandwich is London – £1.83 versus a national average of £1.66
  • Wraps account for 4% of total sandwich sales, baguettes for 10%
  • One third of the market in value is accounted for by 25-34 year olds
  • Over 30% of all sandwiches sold have chicken as a filling
  • 70% of all sandwiches are eaten at home, totalling 6.2 billion occasions (down 3% on 2004)
  • An average of 4.2 sandwiches are eaten at home, per person, every week in Britain
  • 55% of sandwiches eaten at home are consumed at lunchtime. A further 13% are eaten at Tea, 11% at the Evening Meal and & 7% as part of a snack. Surprisingly 14% are eaten at Breakfast.
  • With a further 2.67 billion sandwiches made for lunch boxes, this means UK consumers are currently consuming nearly 11 billion sandwiches per year.

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