Magazine article The Spectator

Barometer

Magazine article The Spectator

Barometer

Article excerpt

Gnome territory

This year only, garden gnomes are allowed at the Chelsea Flower Show. Some other places to see them:

Germany. The home of the gnome, where the rst batch were manufactured in 1841, has an estimated 25 million.

European Gnome Sanctuary, Barga, Italy. A town whose parks and gardens have become a dumping ground for stolen gnomes, promoted by an underground Gnome Liberation Front.

Bed of Wast Water, Cumbria. In 2005 the North West Police Underwater Search Unit removed a gnome on the lake bed blamed for luring several inexperienced divers to their deaths. More gnomes promptly appeared - this time below the depth limit at which police divers work.

Taxing calculations

David Cameron wrote to British dependencies asking for more help ghting tax avoidance. How well do tax havens balance their budgets?

british virgin islands (2012) Revenue £189m Expenditure £170m Surplus £19m cayman islands (2011) Revenue £440m Expenditure £498m Decit £58m jersey (2011) Revenue £793m Expenditure £663m Surplus £130m

Space nations

The government is to spend £16 million sending a British astronaut to the International Space Station. …

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