Contemplation 1918 v 2018
The five leading causes of death were: 1. Pneumonia and influenza 2. Tuberculosis 3. Diarrhoea 4. Heart disease 5. Stroke The American flag had 45 stars The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was only 30 Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet There was neither a Mother's Day nor a Father's Day Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write and, only six per cent of all British pupils went to university Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at local corner chemists. Back then, chemists said, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach, bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health!" Eighteen per cent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help There were about 230 reported murders in the entire USA. In 2014 this figure had risen to 14,249 In the UK the murder rate in 1915 was 1420. In 2015 it was 537 Can you imagine what it may be like in another 100 years? l
The year is 1918 - one hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes! Here are some statistics for the year 1918: The average life expectancy for men was 47 years Fuel for cars was sold in chemists only Only 14 per cent of homes had a bath Only eight per cent of homes had a telephone The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower The average British wage in 1915 was £15 per year! A competent accountant could expect to earn £800 per year, a dentist £900 per year, a vet between £600 and £900 per year, and a mechanical engineer about £2000 per year More than 95 per cent of all births took place at home Ninety per cent of all doctors had no university education! Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press and the government as "substandard" Sugar cost two pence a pound Eggs were 10 pence a dozen Coffee was five pence a pound Most women only washed their hair once a month, and, used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason
Council wins award for backing small businesses
Forest of Dean District Council’s Forest Economic Partnership (FEP) has scooped a special award for its economic support of local small businesses. The Small Business Friendly Awards 2018 were held by the Federation of Small Businesses Gloucestershire and West of England at Gloucester Rugby Club and open to county, unitary and district authorities. Forest of Dean District Council picked up the ‘most innovative small business campaign’ award for its work addressing key challenges and opportunities in the district around education and skills, transport and infrastructure,
digital connectivity and bridges and borders. The FEP was launched by the Forest of Dean District Council in January 2018 to bring together businesses, councils, people, ideas and resources to give the Forest of Dean a united economic voice l Pictured (l-r) Terry Lockwood, FSB national councillor for SouthWest; Peter Williams, head of paid services, Forest of Dean Council; Cllr Julia Gooch, cabinet member for business;Andrew Callard, chairman of Forest of Dean Economic Partnership and RussellWarner, FSB area lead for Gloucestershire.
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