We have an odd situation at work, in that suddenly and unprecedentedly there are far more 4-year-olds needing Junior Kindergarten spaces than there are JK spaces to accommodate them. The local school had to do a lottery and there was much bad feeling over it. The Business Co-ord was saying to me 'It's like there was a mini-population spike in 2004. I wonder what caused it?'
'Can't imagine,' said I. '2003 was the complete annus horribilis. SARS, the Iraq War, the bla--- Oh.' Yes indeed. A two or three-night blackout in August '03 will give you a population spike in mid-2004.