Magazine article The Spectator

Barom E T E R

Magazine article The Spectator

Barom E T E R

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Minority sports The annual cheese-rolling race took place at Cooper's Hill, Gloucestershire, won by an American who had flown over for the occasion. Some more minority sports:

Chessboxing Contestants compete over 11 rounds, each one consisting of 4 minutes of chess followed by 2 minutes of boxing.

National championships are held in India Unicycle polo Self-explanatory. Ten teams are registered in the UK, but the home of the sport is Germany, where 53 teams play Sheep-counting Invented by professional sheep-counters employed by Australian auction houses. Held inaugural national championships in Australia in 2002.

Bank of optimism The Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King upgraded his forecast of GDP growth for the second quarter of the year.

How seriously should we take the Bank of England's forecasts for economic growth?

Forecast May 2007 +2.8% -6% May 2008 +2.5% +1. …

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