How Access to Greenspace in the UK differs by Ethnicity

In June 2020 the BBC came under fire for suggesting non-white people are not welcome in the countryside. A report on its rural issues focussed TV show Countryfile said that Blacks, Asians and other minorities don’t feel welcome in rural areas, with some claiming they have experienced open racism.

In the episode, reporter Dwayne Fields reacted to recent Black Lives Matter protests by quoting a report commissioned and published in September 2019 by DEFRA, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. This government report concluded that ‘Many communities in modern Britain feel that these landscapes hold no relevance for…


Death on the Streets of the UK

We have based most of the Databeats’ articles on collecting new data ourselves. Sometimes huge amounts of data. We then set about finding the story in the data by using our skills in data analysis and visualisation. The data collection is an important starting place, but it’s the supporting actor to the analysis that tells the story in the final article.

But with this Databeats’ article collecting the data is the story, because one of the richest countries in the world does not know how many citizens are dying on its streets due to homelessness.

This lack of data is…


Looking back at 100 albums of Now

This year Now That’s What I Call Music celebrates the huge milestone of 100 albums. Since 1983 these “mix-tape” albums has been a staple of British music culture and the formula behind them still feels remarkably simple — yet it works: take some of the chart toppers from the last few months, add a few tracks that people may have missed, and then spice it up with something alternative or different at the end.

In reality, the “best” chart music depends more on artists giving their permission for the song to be included on a Now album. …


Data Beats join forces with Paul Tomkins from the Tomkins Times to examine management achievement in Europe.

Is the notion that managers get a decade at the top true? We thought it was worth further investigation. And while there are always exceptions to any rule (Alex Ferguson’s success at Manchester United spanned more than 20 seasons; Joe Fagan’s at Liverpool was a brief and brilliant flourish), it seems to hold some water.

For the purposes of this study we looked at all of the most successful managers of the past 40 years, focusing purely on football within Europe. We set specific criteria that not everyone will agree with. We focused on the elite of European club football…


Was Colin Welland’s acceptance speech prediction correct?

The victory speech is now more well known than the film that prompted it — Chariots of Fire that won 4 Oscars in 1982.

On winning the award for Best Original Screenplay, Yorkshireman Colin Welland quoted US independence war hero Paul Revere to the American audience,

“The British are coming!”

Such confidence from a Brit was rather unexpected, especially considering the dross the British film industry had regularly made throughout the 1970s.

And for a while, Welland’s pronouncement of a British Hollywood invasion seemed prophetic. In the following year, Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi won 8 awards. Subsequent years saw a poorer…


Are artists trotting out the same old set lists gig after gig?

Have you ever considered how much thought a band gives to the songs they play in their live sets? Perhaps you’ve noticed there are a couple of big favourites to get the crowd going, before a lull for new material — or maybe even the dreaded acoustic bit — before the real belters come out for the finale and encore.

But how much does their “set list” vary for each venue they play on a tour? As their new material dries up and they rely on the old favourites, do they stick to the same old formula, or do they…


How councils are cutting local services to fend off bankruptcy

While the media has focused on the growing funding crisis and the increased A&E waiting times in the NHS this winter another, perhaps larger crisis, is developing in local government across England.

With so many different types of local government (county, district, London borough and metropolitan) with different responsibilities for local services across the country, it can be confusing to understand what local government actually does in an area. It’s safe to say, however, everyone in some shape or form uses council services every day, from roads to adult care to leisure centres to children’s centres. …


The difference in how the rich and poor spend their money

A couple of weeks ago the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released over fifty data tables on family spending for 2016/17, broken down by household and area characteristics as well as the types of spending. The data provides a rich insight into the spending habits of UK households.

The media reports on the data release focused on the return of average household income to the pre-crash level of 2008, how much the 65+ are now spending on recreation and culture, or the amount spent on red wine and package holidays.

Most articles seemed to ignore the detailed data available on…


A data led analysis of the biggest centres and their shops

In the mid-80s to early 90s going to shopping centres was becoming a rather homologous experience. You knew what to expect; it didn’t seem to matter where you went they all looked the same, seemed to be called the same, and have exactly the same shops. At the same time they just seemed to get bigger and bigger; culminating in the opening of the biggest of them all, the Metrocentre in Gateshead, in 1986.

Now we are repeatedly told by the press that retail is dying and that there are too many shopping centres (currently around 550) in the UK…


What’s on the box at Christmas, then and now.

There’s something about the process of getting older that adds a certain nostalgic filter to almost everything, especially when you have children. Christmas TV was never fantastic admittedly (3–2–1 Pantomime anyone?) but wasn’t there something more to it than the culmination of big, explosive soap plots that have led to Christmas TV ratings in 2016 at an all-time low. When such nostalgia strikes it’s sometimes a good idea to remove memories from the situation and dig into the actual data. …

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