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HEARD about the latest craze among kids? Swimming with elaborate mermaid tails. A trend already ‘massive’ in the USA but now taking off in the UK, the third annual Miss Mermaid UK pageant having recently taken place in Northampton. The Royal Life Saving Society UK which works to prevent drownings…
I THOUGHT the silly season was still with us when I just read about the slew of cookery shows about to explode on TV. But no! The coming season sees the launch of the all-new Great British Bake Off, The Big Family Cooking Showdown, Celebrity Masterchef, Jamie’s Quick and Easy…
AT a time when the UK media are going into overdrive with yet more speculation about who did or did not say what about Brexit, and what it may or may not mean, we have to take our hats off to the Spanish police for the speed and decisiveness of…
A HOLIDAYMAKER’S claim that she suffered ‘nausea and diarrhoea’ during an all-inclusive Thomas Cook holiday in Egypt has been branded a lie. During the period when she was supposedly ‘trotting back and forth to the toilet,’ she was posting on social media about being in ‘luxury.’ This follows another £10,000…
MUCH is made of the UK’s ‘chaotic’ charity sector, let alone those cringeworthy telethons. Diva slebs demanding press coverage for ‘doing my bit’ and squabbling over fees, petty expenses, credits - just about everything. And the nauseating spectacle of super-rich, self-righteous presenters, actors and comedians lecturing us how and where…
DISTURBED sleep can lead to dementia! This according to the latest research that a single night of disturbed sleep increases levels of a brain protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease. But perhaps it’s drinking too much coffee that causes us to sleep badly, and so reportedly increase the risk of developing…
IN a twist on the famous psychological experiment of self-control - would you like one marshmallow now, or could you wait just 15 minutes for two instead? - scientists found ravens outdid chimpanzees and even four-yearolds when challenged to defer gratification and plan ahead. According to the Swedish researchers, ravens…
RYANAIR, Monarch and easyJet are among the worst airlines in the world! This verdict is the result of the latest rankings by AirHelp which graded 87 global airlines on quality, service, ontime performance and claims processing. Hang on! Budget airlines operate on very tight margins and, as such, are able…
WARNING: the following contains strong language right from the start! What the **** … Well, I’d better tone it down a bit as it’s a family newspaper! I thought at first it was a belated April Fool’s joke but no. The BBC interview I just watched is only too true,…
THE recent General Election, with its reports from all over the UK, brought home some memories of old haunts, especially of former, err, homes. So, idly Google-MapsStreet-Viewing, I zoomed in on one home which was sold to a couple with small boys. Oh, look, I moan to myself, they’ve taken…
AT this time of year, air travel’s uppermost in many people’s minds. Not always a pleasant experience what with queuing, flight delays, ‘misunderstandings’ etc. easyJet recently denied claims that, ahead of a flight from Malaga to Bristol, its pilot announced there was a ‘50/50’ chance both its engines would work,…
WHO do you trust? Politicians? Bankers? The police? Trust is now at an all time low - for many, mainly due to those at the top who have let the rest of us down. Indeed, it was once suggested all UK MPs should attend ‘honesty’ classes. And that’s the truth,…
WITH headlines ranging from ‘May The Farce Be With You’ and ‘Theresa Back From The Dead’ to ‘The Maybot Rebooted As Strong And Humble. Stumble For Short, we witnessed a master class in how to lose a general election, snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory. Theresa May lost…
NEWS that the next likely governor of California is preparing for battle against Silicon Valley’s job-killing robots shouldn’t come as any surprise. After all, 60,000 workers in a Chinese factory owned by the manufacturer of the iPhone have already been replaced. But what about British jobs potentially lost to robots…
WHAT a boring, unexciting election campaign we had overall! But it’s sad that, initially at least, Theresa May had to resort to personal smears on the opposition leader in an attempt to garner votes. She made a fundamental mistake in attacking Jeremy Corbyn’s integrity. Every attack she made gave him…
IF you could see inside my head, you’d find some profoundly insightful thoughts about the EU’s Brexit negotiation tactics. Before you got there, though, you’d find the following: are Theresa May’s ‘Legs-it’ skirts too short (shorter even than Jeremy Corbyn’s defence pledges) and should she have posed for Vogue (and,…
CONGRATULATIONS! So you’ve been invited to give a speech! This could be as best man, father of the bride or whatever for a wedding (like Pippa Middleton’s recent extravaganza), an anniversary, business event or other special occasion. But public speaking’s a doddle, nothing at all to worry about. Fortunately, there…
NOW is the time when you really start to see them. Tourists, I mean. After all, they’re the easiest to recognise as a species. They’re the pasty-looking white blobs on the beach - unless the sun’s setting when they’re red as lobsters and being given the kiss of life by…
THERESA MAY’S searing attack on unelected Eurocrats for trying to sabotage both the general election and Brexit is unprecedented. She said she wanted to reach a Brexit deal, and for the EU to succeed: “But the events of the last few days have shown that whatever our wishes and however…
DO you possess exceptional interpersonal skills? Are you equally skilled at customer care and PR? Yes? Then, read on! (And no, I’m not offering you a job, but you might find that a certain airline may in the near future.) United Airlines is facing another PR disaster after a potentially…

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