Saturday, February 16, 2013

Top thirteens


England:
1. Greater London 8,278,251
2. West Midlands (Birmingham) 2,284,093
3. Greater Manchester 2,240,230
4. West Yorkshire (Leeds) 1,499,465
5. Tyneside (Newcastle) 879,996
6. Liverpool 816,216
7. Nottingham 666,358
8. Sheffield 640,720
9. Bristol 551,066
10. Brighton 461,181
11. Portsmouth Urban Area 442, 252
12. Leicester Urban Area 441,213
13. Bournemouth Urban Area 383,713

Great Britain:
1. Greater London 8,278,251
2. West Midlands (Birmingham) 2,284,093
3. Greater Manchester 2,240,230
4. West Yorkshire (Leeds) 1,499,465
5. Greater Glasgow 1,199,629
6. Tyneside (Newcastle) 879,996
7. Liverpool 816,216
8. Nottingham 666,358
9. Sheffield 640,720
10. Bristol 551,066
11. Brighton 461,181
12. Portsmouth Urban Area 442, 252
13. Leicester Urban Area 441,213

UK:
1. Greater London 8,278,251
2. West Midlands (Birmingham) 2,284,093
3. Greater Manchester 2,240,230
4. West Yorkshire (Leeds) 1,499,465
5. Greater Glasgow 1,199,629
5. Tyneside (Newcastle) 879,996
6. Liverpool 816,216
7. Nottingham 666,358
8. Sheffield 640,720
9. Bristol 551,066
10. Belfast Metropolitan Urban Area 579, 554
11. Brighton 461,181
12. Portsmouth Urban Area 442, 252
13. Leicester Urban Area 441,213

I was surprised at how little the lists changed. I don't know why I was surprised. Yet I was happy too, because all I had to do was copy and paste instead of typing the list three times. God's way of telling me this was a stupid post? You be the judge.

Amazing but true:
England has 84% of the UK population, 53% of the UK land area.

Meaningless stat (but it begged to be done):
London has 16% of England's population, 1% of England's land area.

Other fun facts (for those who don't know the definition of "fun"):
Where is the point farthest from the sea in England? Nobody seems to know. I found a claim for farthest to the sea in all the UK (see below) but that wasn't the question. (Note, for those of you who think this means "see," I assure you the question is not asking, "farthest from the pope." K?)

Most distant places in England? Probably Lands End to Marshall Meadows Bay, a distance of (using my American metric skills) about 8.6 km. Give or take.

Long after I had tired of reading the arguments about "place farthest from the sea" I ran across the following from a BBC website. I'll bet this is what you guessed, too. You will note it ignores the question, "... farthest point from the sea in England."

Just outside the quaint village of Coton in the Elms is a small farm.
It is like most other farms in Derbyshire, beautifully nestled among verdant fields and grand trees.
However Church Flatts farm is special.
The Ordnance Survey has calculated it is the furthest point from the sea in all the UK.
To be precise, the identified point is one mile south-east of the farm house occupied by Henry and Joyce Blackwell.
Mrs Blackwell said she had been informed of the farm's special status by the Ordnance Survey, but the only people who showed any interest in the site were occasional ramblers.
So, living so far away, does Mrs Blackwell visit the sea often?
"I don't think I have been to the sea since 1988," she said.
Sadly, that was to identify the body of her mother, who died while holidaying at Skegness.
Mrs Blackwell said she used to visit the beach in the 1970s when her two sons were younger.
"They have grown up now, so we don't have much reason to go to the beach."
Well, do the Blackwells ever eat fish?
Mrs Blackwell laughs: "No, I guess we are more meat eaters."
EXACT CO-ORDINATES
Brady Haran and sand castle
Latitude: 52º 43.6'N
Longitude: 1º 37.2'W


News Online's Brady Haran built a sand castle to mark the point (see video above)
The Blackwells farm 300 sheep and 250 cattle on their 150-acre property.
For the record, the nearest section of coast to Church Flatts farm is the mean low water line at Fosdyke Wash, on the edge of The Wash, south of Boston, in Lincolnshire.
This is some 70 miles (113 kilometres) away.
However, to be highly technical, the nearest high tide point is on the River Trent, which is a tidal river.
Using this definition, the nearest point to Church Flatts Farm is at Cromwell Lock, north of Newark, in Nottinghamshire.
This is just 45 miles (72 kilometres) from the farm.

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And so to bed.

PS-In case anyone was curious, Edinburgh was, like, number 53.

29 comments:

  1. Umm, are you not expecting anyone to read this? Because I did and I detect a few tiny, little, minuscule, probably irrelevant, dare I say errors? Discrepancies may be a better word.

    Oh wait, you knew that....

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    1. There are two number 5's in the third list...

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    2. Are you sure, Rob? That would really mess things up because it only goes up to 13.:)

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  2. Top thirteen whats?
    Arbitrary boundaries drawn on a map for administrative reasons?
    Given that Scotland and Wales are both narrower, coast to coast than England, the furthest point from the sea probably remains the same.
    But seriously, who really cares?

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    1. Top 13 most populated cities/areas in England.

      Top 13 most populated cities/areas in Great Britain.

      Top 13 most populated cities/areas in the UK.

      I do.

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  3. I guess in the mindset of someone living in England UK=Great Britain=England.

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    1. Nope.
      That's not what I meant, in fact, almost the opposite.
      The point is that these populations are not those of the cities but of strange constructs such as 'Portsmouth Urban Area' What?
      Manchester the city, and Greater Manchester, which is an administrative region, most of it NOT in Manchester.
      "West Yorkshire (Leeds)"... What does that mean? Leeds is one of several cities in West Yorkshire, but the population is... what?
      Are they quoting the population of the city of Leeds, or the population of West Yorkshire?
      The lists you quote might look authentic to you, but are meaningless to me, because it's not clear what they're trying to describe. We don't talk of the 'Leeds Area' as a separate region. Do the figures include, say, Bradford, Huddersfield, Wakefield? Halifax? If not, then where are they drawing the imaginary boundary?

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    2. I don't know, Soub. I was only trying not to be another sheep with a top ten list of something. I find facts of the UK interesting.

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    3. Portsmouth Urban Area is well known to me. Portsmouth City with add on bits. It matters not a jot where the boundaries are because these places merge into each other. Once upon a time they may have been pretty little villages. Some of them anyway.

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  4. As for furthest place from the sea, it's only really important if you live in fear of all things oceanic. If you're sixty or seventy miles away, then Leviathan is unlikely to come knocking at your door.
    Architeuthis will not drag you from your bed with his suckered tentacled.
    I understand the U.S. place furthest from the sea is in South Dakota.

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    1. I am, I am, I'm in real fear of Leviathan. I may have moved to the wrong place. Where is the nearest hill?

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    2. Leviathan? he will give you a whale of a time....

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    3. It's Dover's sole claim to fame.

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    4. Your plaice or mine dearie....?

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  5. Speaking for Australia....the farthest from the ocean in Aus is approximately 2000 kms. That is 1242.74 miles.

    That up there in the UK is a mere drop in the ocean! ;)

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    1. The ocean drops on the UK usually.

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    2. 2000 kms, Lee? Can that be? That's a long weekend drive! I would never have guessed that. :)

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  6. I'm going to have to rush out and inform all my friends about these fact.

    Utterly fascina...zzzZZZzzz...

    Whut? Whut? Wassatyousay?

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  7. English facts clearly, they are totally distorted and deliberately falsified.
    As you would expect.

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    1. Absolutely. The Department of Obfuscated Statistics has the task of making seemingly simple information ultimately unreliable.
      Way back in the second world war, they were the people who took the place-names off all the signposts and thus protected us from invasion by german paratroopers dressed as nuns, the current hiding of England's furthest point from the sea, or 'Pole of Inaccessibility' has kept us safe for a number of years from an oceanic squid invasion.
      Scotland, having no such government department, has been invaded by squid no fewer than three times in the last twenty years.
      Furthermore, the publication of accurate population figures may render an area more prone to Zombie attack.

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    2. Zombies are often found on here.......

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    3. What? Squid too? Leviathan and squid together, or separately? I need to know.

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    4. Careful, he is just baiting' you.

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    5. I'd better stop carping on...

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    6. I would never sink so low. I'm more pelagic than demersal.

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  8. Wow - Didn't realise such a post could spark so much vitriol! I personally found them very interesting and would definitely want to know how far places were from the sea, having grown up on the North Sea coast. I remember always being told that no matter where you live in the UK, you're' never more than 100 miles from the sea. Could do with that right about now as I'm stuck in the mid-west USA with nothing but a gargantuan fresh water lake. Just not the same.

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