This is somewhat off topic, though not completely, as we have written before about the G8, Live 8 and other suchlike jamborees.
I cannot resist passing on the following figures from this week’s Private Eye:
6.6 million: Average UK TV audience for Live 8, described by the great and the good as the “greatest spectacular ever seen”.
6.2 million: TV audience for East Enders, deemed to be disastrous enough for the BBC to overhaul the entire series and, indeed, threaten it with the chop.
5.5 billion: Potential global TV audience for Live 8, according to organizers.
4.8 billion: Total population of the world with access to electricity.
Good to know they can all count.