Seeds of change
The Chelsea Flower Show opened in autumn for the first time, delayed thanks to the pandemic. The show has been cancelled before due to the world wars — during the second world war the site was used for an anti-aircraft gun emplacement. But it wasn’t always held in Chelsea. It began as the Royal Horticultural Society show in Chiswick, held from 1827 onwards. It moved to Kensington Gardens in 1861 when rival flower shows were attracting visitors away. In 1888 it moved to Temple Gardens, between Fleet Street and the Thames. It was first held in Chelsea — in a single marquee — in 1913.
Energy prices spiked. Which countries have the most expensive electricity for domestic customers (US cents per kWh)?
Belgium, Portugal 32
Cayman Islands, Bahamas 31
Ireland, Japan 29
Barbados, Cyprus 28
UK, Italy 27
(Average global price is 14.2 US cents)
Who has got the biggest submarine fleet?
North Korea 36
South Korea 22
(Australia is 18th on the list with 6)
The road most travelled
An offshoot of Extinction Rebellion closed part of the M25. How much traffic does the road carry, and how does it compare with other crowded sections of motorway?
Average daily vehicle flow in 2017
M25 J18-19 (affected section) 179,643
M25 J14-15 (busiest section) 211,059
M60 J12-13 184,327
M1 J8-9 165,209
M6 J8-9 164,040
M42 J5-6 152,876
M4 J4-5 146,847
M8 J16-17 135,657
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