English rural parishes with either no bus service or one that does not run after 6pm: 5,110
Miles daily Saudi Arabian oil production would stretch loaded in nose-to-tail articulated road tankers: 465
Annual passengers per km of railway line in the UK: 44,265
In Italy: 25,625
Percentage of 200 tested Bombay professional blood donors who were HIV-positive: 86
Estimated Bosnian children exposed to prolonged terrorisation by war: 150,000
Estimated number of sins committed by an individual in a lifetime: 2,522,880,000
Large public waste incinerators in the EC: 525
Miles sugar used by France's Coca-Cola plants each year would stretch loaded in nose-to- tail juggernauts: 4
Sources: RM/Council for the Preservation of Rural England; RM/Rural Development Council; RM/Int'l Herald Tribune (8.4m bbl); RM/Eurostat; ibid; Ideas For Tomorrow Today; UNICEF/
International Herald Tribune; August Montague Toplady (1776)/Bradley, The Penguin Book of Hymns; RM/Eurostat; RM/Int'l Herald Tribune.
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