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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 perils of internet dating and 10 ways to stop putting yourself at risk

INTERNET daters put themselves at risk by offering personal information like their home address, surname and phone numbers within minutes of meeting a stranger online. A survey of 1,500 singletons using dating sites and apps revealed the typical adult chats...

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...

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 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...