Make-up, chocolates, deodorant and sand: two weeks in cancer scares

Plus: Who’d pay most sugar tax; the rise of English wine; the biggest concert halls

29 October 2015

9:00 AM

29 October 2015

9:00 AM

Killer facts

The World Health Organisation added processed meats to its list of ‘known’ carcinogens. A few of the other things which have been claimed to be linked to cancer in the past fortnight:
— Make-up in Halloween outfits (blamed by a laser surgery centre in New York)
— Chocolate (blamed by a colorectal surgeon at St George’s Hospital, Tooting)
— Deodorants (tabloid article — no source given)
— Hormone-replacement therapy (tabloid article — no source given)
— ‘Roundup’ herbicide (named in US lawsuit)
— Sand used in fracking, which is to say, sand (Friends of the Earth)
— Nail polish (tabloid article — no source given)
— Shampoo (US gynaecologist)

Sweet surrender

Who would pay the most sugar tax?

Daily sugar intake in grams
Male manual workers 113g
Male non-manual 95.2g
Female manual 76.9g
Female non-manual 73g

Bubbling up

English wine production was said to be on course to break another record. How has it fared in recent years?

2014 6.3m bottles
2013 4.45m bottles
2012 1.03m bottles
2011 3.02m bottles
2010 4.05m bottles
2009 3.18m bottles

Halls of fame

Plans will shortly be announced for a new concert hall at the Barbican. Who has the largest regular classical music venues?

LDS Conference Centre, Salt Lake City, Utah (home of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir) 21,000 seats
Elliot Hall of Music, West Lafayette, Indiana 6,005 seats
Royal Albert Hall 5,500 seats
Saratoga Performing Arts Centre, New York 5,100 seats
Koussevitzky Music Shed, Tanglewood, Massachusetts 5,100 seats
Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Athens (open air) 5,000 seats
Sala Palatului, Bucharest 4,000 seats
Metropolitan Opera House, New York 3,900 seats

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  • Jabez Foodbotham

    Sand used in fracking, huh. California legislation already requires cancer warning labels on bags of sand to put in children’s sand-pits. Beware of the Beach!

  • Dominic Stockford

    Most people already pay 20% tax on sugar products, why more?

  • Liberanos

    We’re doomed. Almost 100% of the world’s population will be dead within the next hundred years.

    • Robbydot1

      Makes you think.

  • Strativarius

    It’s official, seaside holidays kill, especially in Tunisia

  • IainRMuir


    Are the Tuareg aware of this?

    They should be told.

    (On second thoughts, don’t, they’ll want to come here.)