So - pubs are now closing at a rate of one every 3 hours!
I also recently worked out that a new charity is registered every 3 hours.
Co-incidence? or a sign that either ex-drinkers are looking for new ways to occupy their time, OR that pubs are a hot-bed for charity creation?
UPDATE: 22 March 2010
it seems the government may have picked up on this post and and my earlier one about the value of pubs, and have recently announced a multi-million pound programme of support to enable communities to take over their own pubs!