Six rivals for the name Isis

Plus: the faiths of Britain’s forces, and what doctors have to be sorry for

30 August 2014

9:00 AM

30 August 2014

9:00 AM

Not in their name

The BBC decided to start calling the Islamic terror group Isis by the acronym IS instead. Some organisations who are retaining the name:
Isis Equity Partners London-based private equity group
The Isis Student magazine at Oxford University
Isis day spa and hair salon in Oxford (not to mention hair salons in Birmingham, Ascot, Sunningdale and Writtle)
HMP Isis Young Offenders’ Institution in Thamesmead
Isis Motors Secondhand car dealership in Hayes, Middlesex
Spirit of Isis Ethically sourced crystal shop in Bedford

Fighting faiths

It was claimed that more British Muslims are fighting for jihadist forces than have joined HM Forces. What is the declared religion of British servicemen?

Christian 86%
No religion 12.6%
Hindu 0.4%
Muslim 0.3%
Buddhist 0.2%
Sikh 0.1%
Jewish Less than 0.1%
Other 0.5%

Source: MoD

Sorry doctors

The General Medical Council proposed that doctors who make mistakes should have to apologise to their patients. What will they be apologising for? In the third quarter of 2013 there were 1.49 million patient ‘incidents’ in NHS hospitals in England and Wales. They were classified as follows:

Patient accident 341,000
Implementation of care 174,000
Medication 168,000
Treatment, procedure 157,000
Access, administration, transfer or discharge 124,000
Documentation 93,000

Drive-in diplomacy

Four McDonald’s branches in Moscow were closed, officially for hygiene reasons. Which western fast food outlets have the most branches in Russia?

McDonald’s 433
Subway 245
KFC 151
Starbucks 26
Pizza Hut 15

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  • SimonToo

    What about the classic foe of Goldie? There’s nothing like a good row.

  • sampond

    It’s also the name of the order processing system used by teleshopping channel Ideal World.

  • Magnolia

    Isis is Lord Grantham’s lovely dog.

  • Augustus

    It’s a pity IS dropped an IS, because ISIS identifies them best: Islamic State Is Satanic.