Magazine article The Spectator


Magazine article The Spectator


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A collector's item

- The Lord Chamberlain ruled that there would be no official commemorative tea towel for the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton. Some manufacturers are going to produce them regardless. But will they be a good investment? Consider the four Charles and Diana tea towels were for sale on eBay last week.

- An unopened teatowel with illuminated gothic script but no picture had attracted one bid for £3, with eight days' bidding left.

- A used teatowel featuring the faces of Charles and Diana had attracted a bid for £5 with four days to go.

- Two more, both unused and unopened, had yet to see a bid at starting prices of £5.

Guns and killings

The shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, a Democratic member of the House of Representatives, has revived the debate over US gun laws.

% households owning guns

Gun homicides per million people per year

39 US 37

29 Canada 8

27 Switzerland 6

19 Australia 4

16 Italy 16

15 Sweden 2

9 Germany 2

5 England/Wales 1

Source: GunCite

Stirring the pot

Total annual bonus pot, City of London:

2002 £3. …

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