May 23, 2007

Horse 762 - Now I Know How Many Holes It Takes...

I was reading through various reports about the upcoming Champions League Final between AC Milan and Liverpool and stumbled upon a somewhat amusing remark about the redevelopment of one of the stands at Ewood Park where Blackburn Rovers play.

The North Stand when completed in 2009 will have an additional 6000 seats which increase the capacity of Ewood Park to just over 37000 people. The stand is to feature a rear wall with 4000 glass portholes with reference to the club's supporters group and fanzine "4000 Holes"

Of course Beatles fans will already know where this came from within the lyrics of A Day In The Life:
I read the news today, Oh boy!
Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire.
And though the holes were rather small,
They had to count them all;
Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall.

What they probably don't realise however is where that original comment came from in the first place:
The Daily Mail
January 17, 1967
According to road surveys carried out by the Ministry of Transport in conjunction with The Lancashire County Roads Office, there are more than 4000 holes in the road in Blackburn, Lancashire, or one twenty-sixth of a hole per person. If Blackburn is typical then there are over two million holes in Britain's roads and 300 000 in London.

Now by inference if there is 1/26th of a hole per person, and the Royal Albert Hall holds 5,544 people including standing in the Gallery due to fire and safety restrictions, then it follows that this Grade I listed building requires a mere 213 holes to fill it, which is hardly what one would call a "Sea of Holes" at all is it?

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