Magazine article The Spectator

Barometer

Magazine article The Spectator

Barometer

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Lonely fortress

Weoley Castle in Birmingham was revealed to be the least-visited tourist attraction in England, with 5,205 visitors last year. What is there to see?

-- It is described as the ruins of a fortified manor house built by the Lords of Dudley as a hunting lodge in the 1270s. Visitors can view the ruins from a platform most days, but can access the stones by special arrangement or for events such as the Easter egg hunt.

-- It is also possible to hire the Event Space for conferences and corporate events -- described as an 'open-plan multi-functional space with a digital projector and screen, and with room for 30 people'.

Power games

EDF's finance officer resigned after warning that the Hinkley Point C reactor could bring the company to its knees -- in spite of British consumers being forced to pay a guaranteed, index-linked price of £92 per MWh ($134/MWh) for electricity from the plant. How does this cost compare with current electricity generation costs in OECD countries?

-- Natural gas: $61 per MWh (US) to $133 per MWh (Japan).

-- Coal: $66 per MWh (Germany) to $95 per MWh (Japan).

-- Nuclear $29 per MWh (South Korea) to $64 per MWh (UK). …

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