Playing for big bucks: Some stats on the highest paid sports stars

There's no doubt about it, there are some obscene amounts of money splashed around in the sporting world. This year Forbes crowned Cristiano Ronaldo the world's highest paid sports personality, and with total earnings of $88milion, the captain of the Portuguese team was a cool $6.6million dollars better off than the nearest competitor, Lionel Messi.

Despite footballers claiming the top two spots on the sports rich list, basketball seems to be a good profession to take up if you want to earn a small fortune. Three of the top wealthiest sports starts are basketball players - LeBron James ($77.2million), Kevin Durant ($56.2million) and Kobe Bryant ($50million). Here's a run down of the top ten by their total earnings.


Wedding bells are ringing: Some charts on tying the knot

The numbers show that the vast majority of couples choose to tie the know between May and October, with June and August proving the most popular month for setting a date. Now that we're slap bang in the middle of the wedding season, you may well have had to dust off your best bib and tucker a couple of times so far this summer. So what do the statistics say about modern marriage?

Well, it's quite a mixed picture. Research carried out by the UK's Marriage Foundation found that while 87% of men and 92% of women from the Baby Boomer generation had been married at some point during their lives, estimates are that almost half of today's twenty-somethings will never tie the knot. Statistics from the Office for National Statistics also showed that in 2014, just over half (51.2%) of the adult population in Britain was married, a fall of 2.6% on a decade ago.


The sky's the limit: Some vertigo-inducing Skyscraper stats

Going to prove that everything has to have its own 'themed' day, 10 August was 'Skyscraper Appreciation Day'. That's right, a whole day to celebrate those almost impossible to comprehend feats of modern engineering and the tall statistics which surround them.

The International Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) compiles a list of the world's tallest skyscrapers, as well as setting out the criteria by which they are measured. Completed in 2010, the number one on their list is currently the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, that monstrous 828m/2,717ft tower which has earned the imaginative classification 'megatall' from the CTBUH.

The Burj Khalifa knocked Taiwan’s Taipei 101 skyscraper off the top spot, but there have been plenty more which have come close to the number one’s dizzying heights.  Here’s a chart showing the top ten tallest skyscrapers which have ever been built, with their height given in meters:


A creative nation: New statistics show the UK's creative industry continues to boom

A government report published at the beginning of July has shown just what a creative nation Britain is, and there are some big statistics to back it up.

Despite slow economic growth and a stubbornly high unemployment rate, the creative industries have bucked the trend by continuing to grow, swelling the UK’s coffers in the process.  The creative industries are now estimated to pull in £84billion per year or £10million an hour, with exports worth upwards of £20billion to the UK economy.  Employment in this sector has increased three times faster than the national average, up almost 20% since 2011 and now accounting for a staggering 1.9million jobs.