Monday, July 24, 2017

The shocking value of all the items you throw away in your lifetime

BRITS throw away over £22,000 worth of items in their lifetime, a new study reveals. A study of 2,000 adults examined the number and cost of non-perishable items removed from the home, with 59 items a year in good working...

MPs’ £74K salary: How does it compare with the rest of us?

YESTERDAY'S announcement from The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) sees MPs' wages rise to £74,000. The report declared that their £67,060 was increased in order to align future average income around the UK. Making them £23k better off in 2020. It was revealed...

The seven best Swindon blogs

OKAY listeners, of late I’ve turned into something of a list-maker. It’s a handy way of drawing attention to a number of elements/items in one place after all. During the course of writing this blog I often mention other blogs...

Yetis, Elvis and bananas growing on trees: The 30 most commonly-believed myths

MILLIONS of Brits are firm believers in myths – from the workaday to the weird and wonderful, according to a new study. The most commonly-held misconception is that bananas grow on trees – they are plants. Second in the poll of...

Top 10 weird food combinations that prove good enough to eat

CHEESE and strawberry jam sandwiches, cold baked beans in a salad and tuna with salt & vinegar crisps — they sound revolting but are all good enough to eat, according to a new survey. ​The traditional image of Brits being...

10 things to celebrate about Swindon…revisited

BACK in 2013, when I conceived this blog, my starting point was 10 things to celebrate about Swindon. This was a non-definitive list, in no particular order, of things that I felt to be worth shouting about. The list encompassed...

50 things that most divide British opinions

RUSSELL Brand, beards and blue cheese have been named among the 50 things that divide opinion the most for the British public. The study into British tastes compiled a list of the people, foods and flavours that have the nation...

Best days of your life?: The 30 top memories from school

ONE in two British adults believes their school years were ‘the best days of their lives’. The survey delved into the life experiences of 2,000 adults to reveal the nation’s 30 most vivid school memories. Topping the list were school assemblies and competing in...

20 reasons Brits want to cut short their summer holiday

ONE in five Brits return home from holiday disappointed with their sunshine break, new research has revealed. A study carried out among 2,000 holidaymakers found that many are left homesick, irritated or bored after jetting off for the trip of...

Fans vote for perfect 70s supergroup – plus the 70 best things about the...

FREDDIE Mercury on vocals, Eric Clapton on guitar, Paul McCartney on bass and Phil Collins on drums – not a bad little combo. That’s the dream line-up for the perfect 70s supergroup as voted for in a poll of 2,000...

KINGS OF THE CASTLE: Top 5 quirky festival venues this summer

FROM castles to animal parks, UK festivals are moving away from the traditional field to more exotic locations. With an increasing amount of people opting for mass music gigs, festival organisers have become more creative with where they choose to...

REVEALED: Britain’s perfect home…and 50 reasons why

THE perfect home is a four-bedroom, detached house in the country – with a power shower, walk-in wardrobe and utility room, a study has found. It would also be in a peaceful area, away from the hustle and bustle of...

Classic literature’s 15 greatest heroines

ELIZABETH Bennet, the charming and quick-witted protagonist from Jane Austin’s beloved Pride and Prejudice, has been crowned the nation’s all-time favourite classic literary heroine. Agatha Christie’s much-loved detective Miss Marple was runner-up, followed by the eponymous central character from Charlotte...

The 50 secrets to lasting love

HOLDING hands into old age, laughing at your partner’s jokes even when you don’t find them funny and knowing when to bite your tongue — that’s true love, according to those who’ve experienced it the longest. A study of 2,000...

50 signs you’re a competitive mum

QUEUEING up to get the front seats for the school play, always winning the ‘mums race’ on sports day and producing ‘Bake Off’ standard cakes for the fair are just some of the ways competitive mums try to impress. A...