Only 1 in 8 Brits have been abroad in 2021, research shows

A study of 2,000 adults found only 12 per cent have managed to escape the UK and get abroad during 2021. Four in 10 have been able to enjoy a ‘staycation’, while another 40 per cent haven’t gone away at all. Just under two thirds (64 per cent) feel the changing isolation and quarantine rules…

Behind Closed Doors: Keeping Your Secret Passions Hidden From The Outside World

Everyone has interests that they would rather keep to themselves. While most people can relate to even the weirdest of passions, talking about this sort of topic in public can be very embarrassing, especially when it is a personal thing. No matter your particular kink or interest, though, you should be able to enjoy the…

Lord of the Ring – why Tolkien is most successful author ever

When it comes to perfect material for the big screen you can't beat the works of JRR Tolkien, it seems. Chris Price looks at the most successful book-to-film adaptations of all time including The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Next time you are chatting to your mates down the pub or at work…

‘Don’t get your knickers in a twist’, voted favourite British phrase

Researchers polled 2,000 adults to find out the most popular dialect sayings with 'Don't get your knickers in a twist' topping the list. Other beloved phrases include ‘a curtain twitcher’ – ‘a nosey person’, ‘it’s a dreich day’ – ‘a miserable day’ and ‘having a blether’ – ‘a chat’ or ‘a gossip’. But there are…

6 in 10 Brits think alien invasion is inevitable

Six in 10 Brits think an alien invasion is inevitable and 80 per cent have a plan to deal with it, according to research. The study of 2,000 adults revealed the hilarious things they'd do if aliens paid us a visit - including hiding under the bed, pretending to be out, or simply panicking. Other…
middle aged couple in a kitchen

Brits stop worrying what people think about them at 46

Self-conscious Brits finally stop worrying about what other people think of them at the age of 46.  A study of 2,000 adults aged 55 and over found they also don't feel comfortable in their own skin until they turn 42 and aren't content in their careers until the ripe old age of 40. When it…

Old batteries and phone chargers dominate ‘drawer of stuff’

The average Brit’s ‘drawer of stuff’ contains six batteries, three phone chargers, five ‘unspecified’ cables – and four takeaway menus! It’s also home to four mysterious keys with no known lock, six pens and pencils, and five instruction manuals. Research of 2,000 adults found 55 per cent keep their ‘drawer of stuff’ in the kitchen,…

World Book Day: Harry Potter best movie adaptation ever, claims survey

The Harry Potter franchise has been voted the best movie adaptation of a book of all time, according to new research marking this Thursday's World Book Day (March 4). The study, by Showcase Cinemas, shows that a third of Brits voted the magical movies as the greatest film adaptations of all time. Following close behind…

Syringe emoji loses blood in Covid re-vamp

Apple is changing its syringe emoji to remove the dripping blood, as it becomes widely used to talk about the Covid-19 vaccine instead, writes The BBC.  Apple's new version appears to have nothing inside the needle (though it could be the clear vaccine liquid). "This makes the emoji more versatile when used to describe Covid-19…

You Tube’s Top 10 Romantic Film Scenes – Heath Ledger tops list

From epic kisses to emotional declarations of love, romantic scenes in films make up some of the most memorable moments in movie history. Luxury holiday company Kuoni has trawled through hundreds of the most famous romantic film scenes to discover which is the most loved by the public. YouTube ‘like’ data was analysed to pinpoint the most…