A £22.50 a head Christmas theme park in Warwickshire designed by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen closed temporarily for improvements after visitors complained of mud, a skinny, swearing Father Christmas and elves who stood around smoking. What do you get when you take your children to see Santa? Prices for family of four:
— £20 Santa Lane, Hyde Park. Rides, visit to Santa’s toy factory plus visit to Santa. (Visit to Santa is free; the charge is for the adjoining Magical Ice Kingdom.)
— £44.40 Santa’s Magical Wonderland, Motherwell. Reindeer visit, indoor carousel, 1 hour soft play or skating, plus Santa visit.
— £57.96 Twinlakes Winter Wonderland, Melton Mowbray. 25ft high toboggan run, 2.2km train ride plus visit to Santa. Price includes ‘reindeer dust’.
— £100 Santa’s Christmas Wonderland, Warrington. Twinkling illuminations, giant Christmas tree, chance to meet Peppa Pig in a scarf and hat, plus visit to Santa.
Which migrants to Britain earn the most? Here are average hourly wages for men and women in the UK by place of birth:
Source: Open Europe
Source: Open Europe
Past their prime
Gordon Brown announced that he is to retire as an MP next May, five years after leaving Downing Street. How long have ex-PMs stayed in the House of Commons?
|Tony Blair||0 years 0 months|
|John Major||4 years 0 months|
|Margaret Thatcher||1 year 3 months|
|Jim Callaghan||8 years 0 months|
|Harold Wilson||7 years 1 month|
|Edward Heath||27 years 2 months|
White van clan
How many men drive white vans?
— There are an estimated 2.57 million vans used by businessmen.
— 32% are white, 22% blue, 20% silver.
— Only 65% are driven by men.
— Driver earnings average £21,000 a year.
— The most common occupation among van drivers is builder, but builders only make up 6% of van drivers.
— 56% of drivers use their vans for shopping as well as work.
Source: The AA
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