But in England it appears to be making a comeback

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moncler outlet online I spent St George’s Day this year in Nottingham, among a large crowd bedecked in the red and white of their national saint. “Why can’t we celebrate St George?” they asked me. “The Irish, Scots and Welsh have moncler outlet jackets their national days. Why can’t we English have ours?” moncler outlet online

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moncler outlet store The British people, it appears, have the mistaken belief that much of the UK has been concreted over. Could it be that the psychological impact of city living means people have moncler sale a distorted idea of what our own country looks like? moncler outlet store

This misunderstanding is suggested by new survey data produced by Ipsos Mori. Asked how much of the UK’s land area is densely built on, the average estimate was 47%. The far more accurate figure based on satellite images highlighted by Professor Alasdair Rae and in my blog last November is 0.1%.

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