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...

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...

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...

Top 30 TV and film locations Brits want to visit

BRITS are choosing holidays to countries and landmarks made famous by TV and film, with New Zealand, Malta, the USA – and Dorset among the most popular destinations, a study has found. One in four adults now regularly pick where...

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...

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...

Forget trigonometry: Here are the 30 things they should teach in school

ASSEMBLING flat pack furniture, jump-starting a car and wiring a plug are amongst the tasks Brits wish they’d been taught at school, it was revealed. A new study has revealed the top 30 responsibilities adults feel they would have been...

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...

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 greatest sporting moments of all time

LONDON 2012’s ‘Super Saturday’ has been named the Greatest Sporting Moment of all time, in a new poll. The heart-stopping August night in the Olympic stadium saw heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill, long jumper Greg Rutherford and distance runner Mo Farah all...

The 100 greatest things of the last 30 years

THE World Wide Web, smart phones, online banking – and the Super Mario Brothers have been named among the greatest things from the past 30 years. Online shopping, WiFi, Google, digital cameras, text messaging, emailing and flat screen TV’s are...

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...

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...

Trouble sleeping?: The 50 best ways to nod off

A DARK room, the sound of rain – and a game of cricket are most likely to send Brits to sleep, a study has found. The poll of 2,000 adults, commissioned by bedding giant Slumberdown, revealed the top 50 things...

Six great indie coffee shops in Swindon and why you should visit them

I’M A big believer in shopping locally where you can and supporting local coffee shops where you can. In this post I write a little about the benefits to the local economy of shopping and eating in independently owned establishments. So...