For the Romans, number 1 meant to be first among equals (primus inter pares).

The first ever no. 1 in the pop music singles charts on 14 November 1952 was ‘Here in My Heart’ by Al Martino.

The Roman god Janus is famous for having 2 faces on the same head, each looking in a different direction.

It was Benjamin Disraeli who said that there are 3 types of untruth – lies, damned lies and statistics.

Any map can be coloured using only 4 colours.

David killed Goliath with 5 pebbles.

Nearly every snowflake is 6-sided – and each is unique.

Seven is a number occurring in all aspects of life, from luck to religion. Think Snow White, colours of the rainbow, deadly sins and Hindu Chakras.

The system of Roman numerals has just 7 letter, 1, V, X, L, C, D and M.

To the Chinese 8 is the luckiest number (because it sounds like the word for prosperity) and it’s no coincidence that the Beijing Olympics began at 8 seconds and 8 minutes past 8 pm on 8/08/2008.

Country House Secrets: Behind Closed Doors

This is the world that Ruth Binney has brought so wonderfully to life in her book". Praise from foreword writer Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey.
Inside the country house, what exactly were the duties of the master's valet and the lady's maid? How did these fit into the daily routine? And what were the protocols for visitors? The answers to these, and many more questions, are revealed in this entertaining and intimate guide to the self-contained world of the country house. read more

Taken from the book Country House Secrets: Behind Closed Doors.