BBQ OMG: 11 million barbecues to fail this summer

London – VIJAY SHAH via SWNS digital It is the middle of summer, and in the UK, that of course means barbecue season. Families and people across the land will be pulling out their grills from the shed after a year of hibernation to fry tonnes of burgers, chops, sausages, kebabs and other meat and vegetarian products, but not all of them will reach the perfect sizzling conclusion, with a group of researchers claiming that up to 11 million British barbecue parties will be ruined this summer alone. The main reasons for flaming failures, according to the research by meat … Continue reading BBQ OMG: 11 million barbecues to fail this summer

LOOKING GOOD?: UK pre-teens increasingly concerned with appearance

London, UNITED KINGDOM VIJAY SHAH via SWNS digital   Increasing numbers of the United Kingdom’s pre-teens, children under thirteen years of age, are becoming concerned over their physical appearances, with the average child now worrying about how they look for ninety minutes a day, according to a study. An astonishing 90 per cent of the study participants – sourced from different age groups – said they frequently worried about they look, as influences from media, society, picture-perfect celebrities, and the direct and indirect influences of more ‘popular’ classmates impinge on children’s body confidence at startling younger ages.     One … Continue reading LOOKING GOOD?: UK pre-teens increasingly concerned with appearance

WORKING 9-5: Average British commuter spends £48k on travel in a lifetime

London, UNITED KINGDOM VIJAY SHAH via SWNS digital The average British commuter will spend around GBP £48,000 (USD $60211) of the course of a lifetime, just on travelling to their workplace, a recent survey of 2,000 commuters in the U.K. has discovered. The figure is not surprising to many observers. Britain has some of the highest transport fares in Europe, with many tickets around ten times their European equivalent. In addition, the average Briton will also spend up to a year of their life on the commute, assuming they work for 47 years of their lifespan. The survey showed that … Continue reading WORKING 9-5: Average British commuter spends £48k on travel in a lifetime

TOP OF THE FLICKS: The UK’s 50 most popular movies of all time

London, UNITED KINGDOM VIJAY SHAH via SWNS digitalhub A recent survey among UK cinemagoers has revealed that the Seventies musical Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, is the most popular film of all time, SWNS news service reported recently. The romance between high school exchange student Sandy and her beau Danny, set in the 1950s with an iconic soundtrack from the era of fast Harleys and milk bars topped the most popular movie of choice in the poll amongst 2,000 British adults commissioned by www.OnePoll.com. On its release in 1978, Grease blew up the box office, receiving record numbers of cinemagoers thanks … Continue reading TOP OF THE FLICKS: The UK’s 50 most popular movies of all time

BLACK FRIDAY: Don’t let it become ‘black eye’ day

London, UNITED KINGDOM VIJAY SHAH via SWNS digitalhub The American commercial tradition of Black Friday has made its presence felt on our shores and high streets these past couple of year. One of the most important days for sales and footfall in the retail calendar, Black Friday is when shops slash the prices of items like white goods, clothes and electricals by as much as 50-70%. While Black Friday is a blessing for bargain hunters, it has also become notorious for scenes of absolute mayhem, with videos surfacing of shoppers tussling with and climbing over each other to hook that last … Continue reading BLACK FRIDAY: Don’t let it become ‘black eye’ day

FLEXIOFFICES: The UK’s most hated office personalities

Wander past the reception into any office in the United Kingdom or indeed anywhere else you fancy, and just as Sir David Attenborough might steathily and subtly observe different species of wildlife on the African savannah, you will soon notice from being hidden surreptitiously behind that large pot plant that just like animals, there are different species of office worker; the busybody, with an ‘in’ tray as high as Mount Everest; the chatterboxes, constantly talking on the phone or to anyone within earshot (and lack of an escape route) and the quiet ones; who wish their wage packet was as golden as their silence. Others cling to the boss’ every word, … Continue reading FLEXIOFFICES: The UK’s most hated office personalities