Swell Maps

For those who like this sort of thing the Times offers the following two maps:

1. British surnames at home and abroad.

People called Blair, a name from the West of Scotland, had increased by 50 per cent since 1881 to 12,473 in Britain today. Because of emigration in previous centuries, however, the name is even more common in the US, where they now number 27,379. In Australia there are 2,581.

2. A breakdown of obesity in the UK.

The data can be broken down so that it is possible, for example, to name Oak Road in Easington, Co Durham, as the street where residents are at highest risk of obesity, and St Mary’s Gate, Kensington and Chelsea, as the lowest risk.