Viewing figures for Blue Peter are down to about 100,000—from a high of about 8m at the programme’s peak. (The Independent, 15th January 2009)
More than 4.5m people in England are on the waiting list for council housing. Although there are 4m council and housing association homes, only about 170,000 become vacant every year. (The Times, 30th January 2009)
For the 2006 elections, the US defence department set up an internet-based voting system costing more than $830,000 to allow overseas military and expatriates to vote. Sixty-three people used it. (International Herald Tribune, 13th June 2007)
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